Pie to the Sky

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Pie to the Sky

December 11, 2014

If you love apple pie, there’s no such thing as too much of it. At least that’s how people in Maine feel about it. Last month, folks at St. Joseph’s College in Standish put together the world’s longest line of apple pies. Their 1,548 pies made a line 1,161 feet long- almost a quarter mile! That beat the previous record of “only” 1,477 pies, set by Edgar Hensel a year earlier. All together, the record-breaking pies used 10,000 apples, 300 pounds of sugar, and 1,000 pounds of butter. The project took 135 volunteers more than 8 hours, during which they carried, chopped and sprinkled all those pounds of apples. Whether or not they liked pie before all that, we’re betting they won’t want to eat an apple pie again for a while.

Wee ones: Those 10,000 apples came from 7 different orchards (farms of apple trees). Can you count from 1 to 7?

Little kids: If you got to join those 135 bakers, how many volunteers would there have been then?  Bonus: If you set a new record using twice as many apples, how many would you use?

Big kids: The bakers took 8 hours 10 minutes to make the pies. If they started at 8:30 am, when did they finish?  Bonus: If each of the 135 volunteers had eaten a pie by day’s end, how many pies would have been left for the record?

The sky’s the limit: Which is more, the pounds of sugar per pound of butter, or the pounds of butter per apple?




Wee ones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.

Little kids: 136 bakers.  Bonus: 20,000 apples.

Big kids: At 4:40 pm.  Bonus: 1,413 pies.

The sky’s the limit: There’s more sugar per pound of butter: 3/10 of a pound of sugar per pound of butter vs. 1/10 of a pound of butter per apple.

And thank you Kathleen M. and the folks at Windham Public Library in Maine for spotting this!

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Laura Overdeck

Laura Overdeck

Laura Bilodeau Overdeck is founder and president of Bedtime Math Foundation. Her goal is to make math as playful for kids as it was for her when she was a child. Her mom had Laura baking before she could walk, and her dad had her using power tools at a very unsafe age, measuring lengths, widths and angles in the process. Armed with this early love of numbers, Laura went on to get a BA in astrophysics from Princeton University, and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business; she continues to star-gaze today. Laura’s other interests include her three lively children, chocolate, extreme vehicles, and Lego Mindstorms.

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