Big Bunny

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Big Bunny

December 17, 2014

We usually think of rabbits as small, cute, furry pets. But they can grow big, and the world record-breaking big bunny is one giant bundle of fluff. Ralph, a Continental Giant rabbit, weighs 55 pounds! Continental Giants are a “breed” or type of bunny, but even with that name they usually weigh 26 to 30 pounds at most. Ralph obviously thought that wasn’t enough — nor did his parents, who were huge themselves. Each of them held the record for biggest bunny at some point, too. Like most bunnies, Ralph likes to eat carrots, cabbage, cucumber, corn on the cob, crackers, and even a few foods that don’t begin with “c,” like apples and broccoli. He eats so much of them that it costs $90 per week to feed him. That said, if you want a fluffy live pet that’s as big as you are, Ralph and his giant friends could be a good choice.

Wee ones: If Ralph likes carrots, cabbage, cucumber, corn, and crackers, how many c-word foods does he like?

Little kids: If Ralph eats 2 carrots and twice as many crackers for breakfast, how many food items does he eat?  Bonus: If you wanted him to have as many carrots as those crackers, how many more carrots would you need to give him?

Big kids: Ralph weighs 55 pounds. How does that compare to you – which of you weighs more, and by how much?  Bonus: If you eat just $10 more of food per week than Ralph does, how much does it cost to feed the two of you?

 

 

 

Answers:
Wee ones: 5 c-foods.

Little kids: 6 food items, since it includes 4 crackers.  Bonus: 2 more carrots.

Big kids: Different for everyone! Subtract your weight in pounds from 55, or subtract 55 from your weight.  Bonus: $190 per week, since you eat $100.

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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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