# Well, Shucks

Do you love corn on the cob? Before you can cook corn on the cob, you have to “shuck” it. That means yanking off the corn’s husk (those papery green leaves) and brushing away the brown silk strings. It’s kind of like peeling a banana. But do you think you could peel 9 or 10 bananas – or shuck the same number of ears of corn – in just 1 minute? That’s how one 4-person team just got in the record books! This food truck crew shucked 38 ears of corn in 1 minute to beat the previous record of 31. We don’t know what they have planned for their next world record, but we – just like the corn – are all ears.

Wee ones: Can you count all the ears of corn in the picture? Point and count, left to right!

Little kids: If there are 3 people at a table and there are 2 more ears of corn than people ears at the table, how many ears of corn must be at the table? Bonus: If you’re shucking 7 ears of corn and have finished 3 ears, are you at least halfway done?

Big kids: If 3 members of the 4-person team each shucked 9 ears of corn, how many ears did the 4th member shuck to reach their record-breaking 38? Bonus: It’s barbecue time! If each person gets to eat 2 ears out of the 38, how many more people can the 4-person team invite to chow down on corn?

The sky’s the limit: While the shuckers shuck, the grillers grill and the eaters eat. If the shucking team can keep up shucking 74 ears every 2 minutes, the grilling team grills 100 ears every 4 minutes, and the eating team eats 99 ears every 3 minutes, who’s waiting around for whom?