Sure, most cats are soft and furry. But this one has gone bonkers. Sophie holds the world record for the longest cat fur. Measuring more than 10 inches long, Sophie’s fur might be longer than your own hair. Judging from the look on her face, we’re not sure she likes having all that fur…and you can’t blame her. Her owners have to brush her out 2-3 times every week to keep it neat. But now that she holds the Guinness World Record for furriest cat, maybe it’s worth it.
Wee ones: If Sophie’s fur is 10 inches long and your hair is 6 inches long, whose is longer?
Little kids: The previous recordholder, Colonel Meow, had fur 1 inch shorter than Sophie’s. How long was Colonel Meow’s fur? Bonus: They say eating salmon (a type of fish) makes your hair soft and healthy. If Sophie eats salmon twice a day, how many times does she eat it in a week?
Big kids: If Sophie’s fur grows 1 inch every 2 months starting now, could it be 14 inches long by next May? (We’re starting September now.) Bonus: If Sophie needs 2 more brushings this week (Wednesday through Saturday) on any 2 days, how many different pairs of days could she be brushed?
Wee ones: Sophie’s fur is longer!
Little kids: 9 inches. Bonus: 14 times.
Big kids: Yes! It will reach 14 after 4 sets of 2 months, which brings us to April. Bonus: 6 pairs: We-Th, We-Fr, We-Sa, then Th-Fr, Th-Sa, and finally Fr-Sa. That’s 3+2+1=6.
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.