Pillow Fight for Pets

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Pillow Fight for Pets

January 21, 2019

How would you feel if you went to bed at night ready to sleep, and found someone already sleeping in your spot? You’d be pretty ticked off, right? Well, that’s what happens to a small dog in this video, when the cat of the house tries to take over the doggie bed. The French bulldog is not happy at all, and tries to scare off the cat, who just sits there and doesn’t seem to care. Cats weigh around 8 to 12 pounds, while French bulldogs don’t weigh that much more, about 20-28 pounds. Sure, ants can move objects that are 50 times their own body weight, but this pup can’t do that. He may lose this pillow fight.

Wee ones: If the pup drags the doggie bed (and cat) 6 feet down the room, takes a breath, and then drags it 1 foot more, how many feet did he drag it?

Little kids: How many paws do these 2 pillow-fighters have in total?  Bonus: If the dog is 5 years old and moved there when he was 2, and the cat is 9 years old and moved there when he was 4, how long have they lived there together?

Big kids: If the cat pulls this stunt every 3rd day starting on a Sunday, how many times does he do it till it’s on a Sunday again?  Bonus: If the dog weighs 20 pounds and could move 50 times his own weight, how heavy a cat could he shove?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Answers:
Wee ones: 7 feet.

Little kids: 8 paws.  Bonus: For 3 years, once the dog got there; the cat has been there 5 years.

Big kids: 7 more times: since the week isn’t divisible by 3, he has to cycle through 21 days.  Bonus: 1,000 pounds!

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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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