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A Seemingly Simple Brain Teaser Is Driving Everyone Bananas (And Coconuts And Apples)

The answer is definitely not 'fruit salad.'

It's often the simple things that cause the most mind-bending confusion. Take this riddle, for instance.

On January 30, Facebook user Lisa Woelke innocently shared a brain teaser on her Facebook involving what some people are calling "fruit algebra."

Since then, the puzzle been liked over half a million times, shared a little over 158,000 times, and a staggering 2.5 million people have commented on it, most of them arguing over the answer.

Why? Because it looks really simple, but isn't at all:

What do you think the answer is? Scroll past a few GIFs of animals enjoying the very fruit that's causing the Internet so much mental anguish, and I'll let you know.

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Just so we're all on the same page, most people can figure out that apples equal 10, banana clusters equal 4, and two halves of a coconut equals 2.

So, if you think the answer is 16, you would be wrong. If you were a bit more perceptive, you may have noticed that the last equation only features half a coconut, and (like me) quickly guessed 15. You (and I) would also be wrong.

That's because the cluster in the last image is missing one banana, making it worth 3 in the last equation. Meaning ~*the answer*~ is 14. Ain't life bananas? ?

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H/T BuzzFeed