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When you interview with Elon Musk, he is going to ask you the following math riddle and it is leaving many viewers stumped.

It has since been shared on TikTok, where lots of people have lined up to try their hand at it.

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TikTok user @pinkpencilmath says Musk allegedly asks this question during interviews at SpaceX. “Can you get it?” she asked in her video. If we are being very honest here? No. No, we cannot. That’s okay with us, though.

SpaceX is probably a bit out of our element anyway. The question is a simple one. You are standing on the Earth’s surface. You start walking one mile east, one mile west, and one mile north. You end up exactly where you started, where are you exactly? That’s a tough one and while we know that there has to be a correct answer, it is hard for us to come by at the moment.

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The one person who said that they were at the same exact place that they started intrigued us but there is no way that it could be this easy. “I am either at the North Pole, or the South Pole, or at the equator, or in the Bermuda Triangle,” someone else said. For those who are curious, there are actually multiple answers to the question.

One solid answer is that you are on the surface of the earth. After all, it says you start on the surface of the Earth and you end in the exact place where you started.

Photo: TikTok/@pinkpencilmath

According to Popular Mechanics, another valid answer is the North Pole.

“Imagine a circle with a 1-mile circumference that has the south pole at its center. If you were to start one mile north of this circle, you would travel one mile south, one mile west all the way around the circle, and then one mile north back to your starting point,” says Popular Mechanics.


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