# Too Big for Dinner

Here's your nightly math! Just 5 quick minutes of number fun for kids and parents at home. Read a cool fun fact, followed by math riddles at different levels so everyone can jump in. Your kids will love you for it.

# Too Big for Dinner

July 18, 2015

For people who like to eat seafood, lobster is a favorite. These 8-legged, 2-clawed critters usually weigh around a pound and a half; a 2- or 3-pound lobster is a real treat. So you can imagine the shock of this fisherman the other day when he pulled this fellow out of the water! The lobster was about 3 feet long and weighed 20 pounds. Based on its size, scientists think it must have lived at least 25 years — far more than the usual 5 to 7 years for lobsters we eat. The funny thing is, the scientists weren’t that surprised: it turns out lobsters can live as long as 75 or even 100 years, and the biggest one ever weighed 44 1/2 pounds. Luckily for this lobster, the law says you have to throw oversized lobsters back into the ocean. So now it gets to keep eating instead of being eaten.

Wee ones: Who’s taller, that 3-foot lobster or you? Find out your height in feet!

Little kids: The trap held this huge lobster and 5 others. How many lobsters were in there?  Bonus: How many claws did they have all together? (Count 2 per lobster).

Big kids: By how many years is that 25-year-old lobster older than you? (or if you’re older, by how much?)  Bonus: If the lobster really was 100 years old, in what year was it born? (We’re in 2015 right now.)