A McNugget That Made History

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A McNugget That Made History

September 9, 2018

Chicken McNuggets aren’t anything fancy. They’re just food (well, sort of: chicken plus lots of salt and fat). But one McNugget became very famous for its looks. Rebekah Speights was eating at a McDonald’s in Nebraska, and found a piece of chicken that looked exactly like George Washington! Can you see his eyes and nose, and the back of his wig? She posted a picture of it on the eBay website, and someone actually paid $8,100 to buy it. Rebekah didn’t keep the money — she gave it to a church in her town, which is nice. What’s funny is that she’d already had the McNugget for 3 years before selling it. We hope whoever bought it didn’t try to eat it.

Wee ones: If you’ve eaten 2 McNuggets so far, what numbers do you say for the next 3 that you eat?

Little kids: If you’re eating McNuggets and the  2nd looks like a Pokemon character, and so do the 4th and 6th…what’s the next McNugget that looks like a Pokemon?  Bonus: By the time you’ve eaten 10 McNuggets, how many have you eaten that look like Pokemon characters?

Big kids: If the McNugget sold for $8,100 but Rebekah paid $10 for the box of them, how much extra money did she end up with?  Bonus: If the Washington McNugget sold for $8,100, but a Lincoln one sells for only half, for how much does it sell?











Wee ones: 3, 4, 5.

Little kids: The 8th.  Bonus: 5 McNuggets.

Big kids: $8,090.  Bonus: $4,050.

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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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