The Biggest Mushroom In The World

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The biggest mushroom in the world grew as tall as a tree so hundreds of people could eat mushroom soup for tea (though the mushrooms did take a bulldozer rather than a knife and fork to cut up enough mushrooms into bite – size pieces). No – one knew where the biggest mushroom in the world came from, or why it was so big. Perhaps the farmer had spilled a bag of fertiliser on the soil where the biggest mushroom in the world was planted. It took five hundred people to plant and even more to dig it up again when it was fully grown. When the rain poured, the biggest mushroom in the world was the best umbrella you could ever hope for. It was a warm, dry and safe haven to shelter from the rain. When the sun shone, the biggest mushroom in the world grew another two hundred feet. The biggest mushroom in the world grew to be the size of a house. Seagulls perched on it’s gutters and there were even plans by the Council to make the biggest mushroom in the world into an airport’s radar … or a hydro – electric power plant (what would be really good about the biggets mushroom in the world’s hydro – electric powr plant would be that it would be edible, of course). The biggest mushroom in the world was so big that everyone could have a nibble … including the local mouse – who ate so much that he too grew … and grew … and grew. It took the mouse three weeks to scale to the top (though coming down the biggest mushroom in the world, of course, was much easier). The biggest mushroom in the world took three months to grow … and was so big that if you stood on top of it, you couldn’t see the ground below. To clean the biggest mushroom, took a ladder and three buckets of soapy water. The scrubbing brush had to be as big as a telegraph pole. It also took four boxes of car polish to keep it shiny and three cans of paint to keep it’s red spots red and it’s white spots white. The biggest mushroom in the world cast a shadow as big as the Eifel Tower in France – when the biggest mushroom in the world grew, darkness fell over everywhere.

mushroom2.jpg Mushed By A Broom Mushroom 

Answer the following questions … show your mathematical equation …

Example :
Question – The biggest mushroom in the world grew as tall as a tree. The biggest mushroom grew at a rate of 2cm per day – the tree was 500 cm high … how many days did it take the mushroom to reach the same height as the tree ?

mushroom2.jpg So two hundred of people could eat three mushrooms for tea – how many mushrooms did they eat all together ?

mushroom2.jpg Three people dropped their mushrooms – how many mushrooms were left ?

mushroom2.jpg Although the mushrooms did take a bulldozer rather than a knife and fork to cut up enough mushrooms into bite – size pieces. Each bite size piece was 5 cm long – how many pieces fit inside the 500 cm high tree ?

mushroom2.jpg No – one knew where the biggest mushroom in the world came from, or why it was so big. Perhaps the farmer had spilled a 1 kilo bag of fertiliser on the soil where the biggest mushroom in the world was planted. Originally the mushroom was 5 cm high ?

mushroom2.jpg It grew at a rate of 1 cm per day for every 1 gram of fertiliser – how many days did it take to be 203 cm high ?

mushroom2.jpg It took five hundred people to plant and even more to dig it up again when it was fully grown. It took 500 people to dig up each of the 7 mushrooms – how many people did it take in total ?

mushroom2.jpg When the rain poured, the biggest mushroom in the world was the best umbrella you could ever hope for. The umbrella was 330 cm wide – the mushroom was 5 cm wide – how many mushrooms could fit underneath the umbrella ?

mushroom2.jpg It was a warm, dry and safe haven to shelter from the rain. 400 raindrops fell on each of the 15 mushrooms – how many raindrops were there in total ?

mushroom2.jpg When the sun shone, the biggest mushroom in the world grew another two hundred feet. The biggest mushroom in the world grew to be the size of a house. The house was fifty times as big as the 5 cm high mushroom – how high was the house ?

mushroom2.jpg If two centimetres were eaten off the mushroom by a slug, making it 3cm high, what is the difference in the length between the top of the mushroom and the top of the drainpipe ?

mushroom2.jpg 16 seagulls perched on it’s gutters. The gutter was 500 cm long. Each seagull was 8 cm wide – how much room was left on the gutter ?

mushroom2.jpg After two seagulls flew away – how much room was there ?

mushroom2.jpg There were even plans by the Council to make the biggest mushroom in the world into an airport’s radar – the radar was 150 cm high – how many mushrooms fit inside it ?

mushroom2.jpg Or a hydro – electric power plant (what would be really good about the biggest mushroom in the world’s hydro – electric power plant would be that it would be edible, of course). 4 hydro – electric plants were built. Each hydro – electric plant produced 500 mushrooms per year. In 7 years how many mushrooms were produced ?

mushroom2.jpg The biggest mushroom in the world was so big that everyone could have a nibble … including the local mouse – who ate so much that he too grew … and grew … and grew. For every mushroom, the 5cm mouse grew 2 cm and it ate 345 mushrooms – what was it’s new height ?

mushroom2.jpg It took the mouse three weeks to scale to the top (though coming down the biggest mushroom in the world, of course, was much easier). The biggest mushroom in the world took three months to grow … it grew 1 cm a day …how high does this make it ? Remember each month had 30 days.

mushroom2.jpg And was so big that if you stood on top of it, you couldn’t see the ground below. To clean the biggest mushroom, took a 50 cm ladder and three buckets of soapy water. Each bucket was 4 cm high – how many buckets could fit along the length of the ladder ?

mushroom2.jpg The 5 cm scrubbing brush had to be as big as a telegraph pole. The telegraph post was 305 cm long, how many scrubbing brushes fit inside the telegraph pole ?

mushroom2.jpg It also took four boxes of car polish to keep it shiny and three cans of paint to keep it’s red spots red and it’s white spots white. Each mushroom had 5 red spots and four white ones. There were 25 mushrooms in total – how many spots does that make all together ?

mushroom2.jpg The biggest mushroom in the world cast a shadow as big as the Eifel Tower in France – The Eifel tower was 600 metres high. The shadow was three times that height. In cetimetres, how high was the shadow cast over the Eifel tower ?

© Jacqueline Richards 2005

Answers –
200 x 3 = 600; (200 x 3) – (3 x 3) = 591; 500 / 5 = 100; 203 – 5 = 198; 500 x 7 = 3 500; 330 / 5 = 66; 400 x 15 = 6 000; 5 x 50 = 250; 500 – (5 – 3) = 498
500 – (16 x 8) = 500 – 128 = 372 ; 150 / 5 = 30 ; 4 x 500 x 7 = 14 000; 5 + (2 x 345) = 695 ;30 x 3 x 2 = 606 ;50 / 4 = 12.5 ;305 / 5 = 61; 25 x (5 + 4) = 225 ;3 x (600 x 100) = 9 000

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