I was checking the math work of an unnamed blonde daughter of mine whose name begins with “S”.

She is usually a good student, but on one problem, the answer key said that the answer was 100. S_____’s answer to the question was 50. Looking at her work, I could see that she did the math right. 25 x 2 = 50. So far, so good. So what did she do wrong?

It was a word problem. The question was:

**How many shoes do you need for 25 horses?**

I decided to ask the question again to see how quickly she could figure out her mistake.

**Dad: How many shoes do you need for 25 horses?**

**S____: 50.**

**D: OK, let’s try this again. How many shoes do you need for 25 men?**

**S: 50,…. oh, I get it. You need 100 horseshoes for 25 horses. [If she was a teenager she would have said “Duh!” here.]**

**D: Good. I have just one more question. How many shoes do 25 women need?**

**S: [Thinking hard…] Oh, about a thousand.**

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🙂 Some woman like to shop only for shoes and some feel they have to have at least 5 pairs in each colour! I was wondering…those women that can’t go without about 200 pairs (ok, that sounds a bit over the top now, but you get them!), do they feel more “safe” in a “comfort zone” if they have so many pairs of shoes. I dislike shoes, I only wear them because I have to! lol! -not completely true 🙂 –