# A Flower Math Problem From China Goes Viral

Posted: Jun 16 2016, 3:09am CDT | by , Updated: Jun 16 2016, 7:44am CDT, in News | Also on the Geek Mind

Via Trending In China / Facebook

## Facebook users break their heads over a new math puzzle that is more complicated than it appears on first glance.

A math problem out of China is going viral on social media. The equations with flowers look simple at first glance, but the devil is in the details. There are four equations with the last one missing the solution. There are three different flowers at first glance, but that is the first mistake.

There are actually four different kinds, with two looking similar. Another mistake people make is that the last operator is a multiplier and not addition.

Can you solve it with the hints above? If you are still not able to solve the flower math puzzle, click here to reveal the solution.

The flower math puzzle is yet another riddle that goes viral. In March a drawing by Dudolf puzzled Facebook users again. The most famous to date is though the blue dress mind boggler.

The main ingredients of a viral puzzle is the controversy. People need to be able to get opinionated about the solution. They believe there answer is correct and the they defend it until the end. The blue dress was perfect for that as depending on the personal condition the color appeared different. The flower math problem is different as there is one correct answer, but this math puzzle is also controversial.

There has been a similar flower math problem circulating earlier this year. This one is slightly different. There is an argument if these flower math puzzle are mathematically solvable. There is no explicit definition that the number of pedal matters. The solution assumes that the four pedal flower has a different value than a 5 pedal flower. No equation in the riddle is defining that. It is like an "unwritten rule."

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