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Every month we will give you a math/statistics brain teaser that lets you test your knowledge with a fun problem.

This Month's Challenge: Monk Steps

A monk has a very specific ritual for climbing up the steps to the temple. First he climbs up to the middle step and meditates for 1 minute. Then he climbs up 8 steps and faces east until he hears a bird singing. Then he walks down 12 steps and picks up a pebble. He takes one step up and tosses the pebble over his left shoulder. Now, he walks up the remaining steps three at a time which only takes him 9 paces. How many steps are there?

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Many of the ideas in these Teasers come from thoughts formed by some of the great mathematical/statistical geniuses in history. To learn more about them and to take a fun quiz to find out which famous mathematician through history most interests you, try our Mathematicians' Quiz.

Or if you'd like more Math/Science fun you might want to try...

Dare to Compare
Now with both 4th and 8th grade level questions!

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