A puzzle has been circulating around Facebook has been driving friends and families apart in an attempt to find the answer.
But the solution is 14, and those that believe otherwise have been tricked by the confusing drawings, The Independent can reveal.
In the picture, an apple represents 10, each banana represents one and each coconut half represents one. Those numbers can be easily added up to resolve the “??” as 14.
This is driving Facebook crazy today ... pic.twitter.com/xGd9a7cRLZ— ∞ Thighler Perry ∞ (@_aquemini) January 31, 2016
The apples must equal 10 because three of them add up to 30 (and they all appear to be identical). That means that two bunches of four bananas must represent four, since two of those plus an apple equals 18. Which, in turn means that each coconut half is worth one, because if you subtract two of them from a bunch of bananas you get two.
So far, so confusing — but all of that is much clearer when you look at the pictures.
But everything then gets a lot murkier. Many people are finding that the answer appears to be 16 — but that’s the result of the pictures being confusing.
1/4 These aren't moving either
The effect comes from much the same place
2/4 And neither is this
Yep, this is also a still image
3/4 These circles aren't moving
The trick comes from the way that our brains scan images over and over
4/4 There's only two colours in this picture
The effect comes from the way that the brain receives different parts of the image at different times
Many people are missing that one coconut and one banana has been removed from the last line. If you remove those then you subtract two, and get to the final and definitive answer: 14.