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This Math Problem About Cheryl’s Birthday Is Driving The Whole World Insane

Can you answer this?

In a situation not too dissimilar to the blue/gold dress thing the other month, a math problem that was initially posted onto Facebook by some dude in Singapore has gone viral because it’s basically tying people’s brains in knots trying to figure it out.

Here’s the problem:

Albert and Bernard just met Cheryl. “When’s your birthday?” Albert asked Cheryl.

Cheryl thought a second and said, “I’m not going to tell you, but I’ll give you some clues.” She wrote down a list of 10 dates:

May 15 – May 16 – May 19

June 17 – June 18

July 14 – July 16

August 14 – August 15 – August 17

“My birthday is one of these,” she said.

Then Cheryl whispered in Albert’s ear the month – and only the month – of her birthday. To Bernard, she whispered the day, and only the day.

“Can you figure it out now?” she asked Albert.

Albert: I don’t know when your birthday is, but I know Bernard doesn’t know, either.

Bernard: I didn’t know originally, but now I do.

Albert: Well, now I know, too!

When is Cheryl’s birthday?

Either this question makes no sense at all or I’m a complete math dumbass (yep), because all I’m getting is anxiety trying to figure it out. D’you think you’ve got the right answer? Click/slide over to the next page to see if it matches up…


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