This time out, the game was inspired by a post at the always wonderful and funny Jenni over at Jiggety Jigg. A while back, she has a post about a word problem in her son’s math homework that went like this:
Each basket held 16 watermelons. Dan collected 1/2 of a basket. Kim collected 2/3 of a basket. Who collected more apples? Show how you know.
You have to read Jenni’s post about the problem as it is quite funny, but the obvious problem with this question is that who the hell is collecting apples??? This post got me to thinking about word problems. I always sucked at them as I always got caught up in the details and the scenario and was able to concoct all kinds of legitimate reasons why my answer would be correct if this, that and the other thing had happened. In other words, I would create a complex back story to explain my (usually wrong) answer and not focus on the math problem at hand. (Have I mentioned that I suck at math? Cuz I do.) Plus I was easily razzled-dazzled by the superfluous information that wasn’t needed to solve the problem.
So I thought it would be fun to create word problems of our own. The idea here is to make them as ridiculous, detailed, impossible, stupid, and dramatic as possible. (In other words, the math does not matter.) You know, something along the lines of:
A train leaves Pittsburgh traveling 60 miles per hour at 6:00 pm. At 7:00 pm, a train traveling 70 miles per hour leaves Philadelphia. Assuming that Kevin left the door open when he went to school at 5:00 am, how many mosquitoes got into the house when Dad got home from work?
I’ll have my wacky word problems up on Friday — along with Mr. Linky so you can link up your own attempts. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!