This question was recently spotted on a Primary School exam paper. The translation is, "If a ship has 26 sheep and 10 goats on board, how old is the ship's captain?". Online commentators have asked what on earth the teacher was thinking and whether there could possibly be a meaningful answer for the students to reach.
After some research, I think I've narrowed down the possibilities. The total weight of 26 sheep and 10 goat is 7,700kg, based on the average weight of each animal. In China, if you're driving a ship that has more than 5,000kg of cargo you need to have possessed a ship's license for five years. The minimum age for getting that is 23, so he must be at least 28. It's a start...
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