Soup is good for you, but it should also be fun to eat. That’s why alphabet soup, soup with little o’s, etc. are all great options. Even better is when your soup is looking back at you. Maybe you’ve tried those Campbell’s soups with noodles shaped like princesses, Phineas and Ferb, or Scooby Doo. Did you ever wonder exactly how many of each character end up in the can? Or whether it’s equal? Did some character not get his fair share of noodles? And what are your chances of getting your favorite character with each bite? It’s time to run some numbers.
Wee ones: If you eat 3 Cinderella noodles, 2 Snow Whites and 2 Ariels, how many princess soup noodles did you eat?
Little kids: If your Cars soup has 22 Maters but twice as many Lightning McQueens, how many Lightnings are in there? Bonus: How many Maters and Lightnings all together?
Big kids: These soups each seem to have 6 types of noodles. If Campbell’s makes 6 different soups in this series, how many different kinds of noodles do they have to make? Bonus: If you’re eating soup from just one can, and with each spoonful you pick up either 1 or 2 noodles, how many total different spoonful combos can you scoop?
Wee ones: 7 noodles.
Little kids: 44 Lightning noodles. Bonus: 66 noodles altogether.
Big kids: 36 different noodles. Bonus: You have 27 types of spoon arrangements: 6 1-noodle possibilities and 21 2-noodle possibilities.