The Biggest Stamp In The World

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The biggest stamp in the world was so big that as soon as it was stuck on an envelope and posted in a letterbox … it jetted off around the globe. The magic letter with the biggest stamp in the world was rocket – powered – it didn’t need air mail … or a postman. The magic letter with the biggest stamp in the world was so magic that it didn’t need a map – nor an air ticket. It flew all by itself. Soon the magic letter was folded into a paper aeroplane and jetting through the air, soon up in the clouds. The magic letter with the biggest stamp in the world was as light as a feather … and could fly through the air, no matter what the weather. After passing London, the magic letter with the biggest stamp in the world was soon spinning off in a round the world plane trip … in the Pacific Ocean, he decided to take a dip. Luckily the wind was blowing, so the magic letter with the biggest stamp in the world soon dried off. The magic letter headed over the Channel and was splattered with salty sea water. From zooming through the clouds, the magic letter with the biggest stamp in the world passed the pyramids in Egypt and over the Nile river. The magic letter with the biggest stamp in the world was so magically fast that it reached Austrailia in absolutely no time whatsoever. The magic letter with the biggest stamp in the world, decided that South America would be a great place to be … though it almost got stuck on a rain forest tree ! In the South Pole, the magic letter with the biggest stamp in the world rested in an igloo … and got his stamp licked by a Polar bear before heading off in a Northerly direction towards India for a suntan. The magic letter with the biggest stamp in the world, was so quick that it had completed it’s magic round the globe trip within minutes. And was back home again in almost no time at all.

stamp1.jpg Stamp On It ! 

Answer the following questions … show your mathematical equation.

Example :
Question – If the biggest stamp jetted off around the globe at a rate of 25 miles per minute and the global journey was 2355 miles – how long did it take in hours ?
Answer – 2355 / 25 / 60 = 1.57

stamp1.jpg The magic letter with the biggest stamp in the world was rocket – powered – it didn’t need air mail … or a postman. If the biggest stamp jetted off around the globe at a rate of 55 miles per minute, in 4 hours how far would it have travelled ?

stamp1.jpg The magic letter with the biggest stamp in the world was so magic that it didn’t need a map – if on each day it got lost 214 times, in 215 days how many times did it get lost ?

stamp1.jpg It flew all by itself. Soon the magic letter was folded into a paper aeroplane. Each aeroplane had 6 folds and there were 252 aeroplanes. How many folds is that ?

stamp1.jpg London is 456 miles away from the Pacific Ocean – and the stamp took a detour to Edinburgh, which is 56 miles North. How far did it travel ?

O EDINBURGH

O PACIFIC OCEAN

O LONDON

stamp1.jpg The pyramids in Egypt were 256 362 high – and the stamp went up and came back down again – how many metres did it travel ?

stamp1.jpg The stamp’s length was 25 cm, it’s width 20 cm. If the stamp grew by 5% – how big does that make the new area ?

stamp1.jpg The stamp area was 600 cm 2 – if the stamp increased size in a ratio of 2 : 6 – what is the new area ?

© Jacqueline Richards 2005

Answers = 55 x 60 x 4 = 13 200; 214 x 215 = 46 010; 6 x 252 =1 512; 256 362 x 2 = 51 272; (25 x 20 = 500 cm 2) + (500 / 100 x 5 = 25) = 525; change the 2 : 6 ratio to 1 : 3 (which is the same thing – it’s a trick question !) basically this question is saying that the size increased by one third so … 600 + 1/3 of 600 = 800.

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