# Challenge: You Will Be Able to Pass This Crazy Viral Math Puzzle If Your IQ Is Higher Than 130

The fact that you see a 6 doesn’t mean that my 9 is incorrect. We’re just viewing the figure from different perspectives. If nothing else, this is the main lesson in this puzzle. There could be a lot of solutions to it, but I’ve come up with the two most noticeable ones. Based on the... View...
The fact that you see a 6 doesn’t mean that my 9 is incorrect. We’re just viewing the figure from different perspectives. If nothing else, this is the main lesson in this puzzle. There could be a lot of solutions to it, but I’ve come up with the two most noticeable ones. Based on the standard laws of arithmetic operations, the solutions – except the first one – are woefully wrong. However, this is a brain teaser, so it has to be tweaked to elicit deep thinking and critical reasoning from anyone who attempts to find a solution.
A lot of puzzles like this one are everywhere, but not very many have two perfectly sensible solutions to them. Philosophically, it teaches that people shouldn’t always be narrow-minded and averse to diversity. The way you imagine a certain thing to be might not even pop up in another person’s train of thought, and you’re both making a lot of sense. At first, the puzzle may look meaningless and impossible to decipher. Puzzles that disobey the standard laws of mathematics are usually solved by performing extra operations on the terms and expressions one after the other.

So, have at it while you’re on this page. Without looking at the solutions, attempt the puzzle and take note of the first reasonable answer you arrived at.

The first possible Solution

If this was your first solution to the puzzle, then you’re most likely a straight-forward thinker. You like to see things as they plainly appear and if you must go through another route, it’ll most likely not be a complex one.

It’s no news that 1 + 4 = 5

2 + 5 = 7, normally, so what’s up with the 12? 12 was obtained by adding the result of the previous expression to the supposed 7. 7 + 5 = 12. That makes sense.

3 + 6 is not 21, but I’m sure by now you’ve figured out the trick. Add the supposedly correct answer to the result of the previous expression.

Now for the main piece. 8 + 11 is 19. Add 21 to 19, you’ll arrive at 40.

40 is one of the two possible answers.

The fact that you arrived at 40 doesn’t mean you’re not a critical thinker. Actually, it means you’re an egg-head who believes in simplicity.

The second possible solution

In my opinion, this one is a bit more complex. If you saw this solution first, you are most likely a person who likes to backtrack when you’re stuck in a situation to see if you missed something along the way.

It’s still not a new experiment that 1 + 4 = 5. Either way, 5 is still the answer when you multiply 4 by 1 and add the result to 1, i.e., 1 + 1(4).

2 + 5 = 12: this is possible when you multiply 5 by 2 and add the result to 2, i.e., 2 + 2(5).

3 + 6 = 21: this is possible when you multiply 6 by 3 and add the result to 3, i.e., 3 + 3(6)

8 + 11 = 96: this is possible when you multiply 11 by 8 and add the result to 8, i.e., 8 + 8(11).

96 is one of the two possible answers.

Either one is correct. Give yourself a pat on the back if you arrived at any one of these two answers. If you figured out both, you’re a true genius.