Dinosaur Dogs

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Dinosaur Dogs

November 2, 2015

We love looking at all the photos from Halloween, and all the funny costumes kids and grown-ups wore. But some of the best costumes were worn by dogs. As Bedtime Math fans Vivian and Celeste L. just shared, New York City held its 25th annual Halloween Dog Parade, where dogs got to march around Tompkins Square Park in costume. This year 275 dogs marched in the parade, with many of them dressed as dinosaurs because of the Jurassic Park movie. Other dog costumes included alligators, dragons, movie characters, and even Pope Francis. Each year Americans spend $350 million dressing up their pets, more than a third as much as the $950 million they spend on costumes for their kids. And the funny part is, some of those kids dressed up as dogs! When you do the math, either way it adds up to a lot of fuzz and fur.

Wee ones: How many dog dinosaurs do you see in the picture?

Little kids: If you have 5 dogs dressed up as dinosaurs, how many more dinosaur costumes would you need to have 8 in total?  Bonus: If you had 2 dogs posing as dinosaurs and 2 real dinosaurs, how many legs would they have altogether? (Count only the real legs, not the costume ones.)

Big kids: There were far more spectators (people watching) than dogs at the parade. If there were 275 dogs and 10 times as many people, how many people came?  Bonus: If this was the 25th dog parade, in what year was the first? (We’re in 2015 right now.)

 

 

 

Answers:
Wee ones: 2 dogs.

Little kids: 3 more dogs.  Bonus: 16 legs, since you’d have 4 4-legged animals.

Big kids: 2,750.  Bonus: In 1991.

And thank you Vivian and Celeste for sharing this news!

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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 while still in diapers, 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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