- Publish Date
- Tuesday, 23 February 2016, 12:26PM
This deceptively simple children's brainteaser is sweeping the internet as adults struggle to work out the correct answer:
It is not clear where the puzzle originated from, but internet users are still no closer to agreeing on an answer.
A quick glance at the puzzle might suggest the answer is 16, as the apple has a value of 10, the bananas a value of four and the coconut a value of two.
But in the final line, the fruit are different.
There is half a coconut, instead of two halves that establishes a value of two. And instead of the four bananas representing the value of four, there are three bananas.
If the numbers are then reduced along with the portions of fruit, you get a totally different answer: 1 + 10 + 3 = 14.
Frustratingly there is no definitive answer to the riddle, leaving guessers with no choice but to continue scratching their heads.