A Record-Breaking Beagle

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A Record-Breaking Beagle

March 29, 2016

It’s always exciting when someone breaks a world record, doing something bigger or faster than anyone. But it’s even more fun when a pet does it. This cute dog just broke the world record for running a ball the longest distance. Purin, a 9-year-old beagle, ran while standing on top of a big yellow ball, and her quick little paws rolled it 33 feet (10 meters). She did this in less than 12 seconds, making her the fastest dog to run a ball 10 meters. If we humans tried that, we’d have a hard time staying on there…it probably helps to have 4 feet instead of 2. Best of all, Purin broke the record on National Puppy Day. This is her 2nd world record, as she has also caught more balls with her paws in 1 minute — 14 total — than any other dog. What will Purin try next? Baseball? Volleyball? Whatever it is, we hope she’s on our team.

Wee ones: Purin is 9 years old. Is she older or younger than you are, or the same?

Little kids: If you and Purin race, how many legs do you have all together?  Bonus: How many puppies would have to join in to bring the total to 14 legs?

Big kids: If while practicing catch, Purin barks when she catches the 3rd ball, then the 7th ball, then the 12th… on what ball does she bark again to keep up the pattern?  Bonus: If Purin rolled 33 feet in 12 seconds, how long should she take to run 66 feet?

The sky’s the limit: If Purin runs her ball at you at 3 feet per second, and you’re running yours twice as fast toward her from 30 feet away, where will the two of you meet if you started at the same time? (Hint if needed: It doesn’t matter how many feet per second either of you can run…all that matters is that you’re twice as fast!)




Wee ones: Different for everyone…see if your age in years is more than 9 or less than 9, or maybe it’s actually 9!

Little kids: 6 legs.  Bonus: 2 more, to add 8 legs.

Big kids: The 18th ball. She started on 3, then added 4, then 5, so she then adds 6.  Bonus: 24 seconds, since it’s twice as far.

The sky’s the limit: 10 feet from Purin’s starting point. If you run twice as fast, for each part she runs you’ll run 2 parts, making 3 parts total. So she will run 1 of those 3 parts, or 1/3 of 30 feet.

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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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