How Many Squares Are in This Image? The Answer Is Surprisingly Tricky

Olena Siedykh, Alamy Stock Vector
Olena Siedykh, Alamy Stock Vector

Take a look at this image. How many squares can you count? The answer is a bit tricky, according to Readers Digest, so go ahead and look carefully.

Ready?

Did you guess 9? Or 13? Or 14? Sorry, but not quite right.

The key is that each of the small squares can be combined to make bigger squares. The whole thing, in fact, is one square in itself.

The creator of the puzzle claims that there are 19 squares pictured—that’s the solution that accompanies the illustration.

A banner reads 'The right answer' next to a version of the puzzle with a '19' in the center
Olena Siedykh, Alamy Stock Vector

But, to underscore how subtly tricky this one is, other geometry whizzes have been able to find 23 squares by combining the smallest squares in the middle. Give it a second look, and see if you can find all the different iterations. And let us know if you can find more than 23!

When Mark Hamill Pitched George Lucas on Boba Fett Being Luke Skywalker's Mom

We've all had some over-the-top ideas when thinking about what we would do if we could helm a Star Wars movie. There are basically endless possibilities on where a franchise like that could go. And it seems even Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, has pitched a few ideas to George Lucas over the years.

For Return of the Jedi, Hamill apparently had a major idea for Boba Fett: He wanted the bounty hunter to be Luke's mom.

Hamill, who loves to engage with his fans via social media, confirmed that it was indeed true—and shared a lengthy explanation on how it all went down:

Hamill clearly envisioned Boba Fett being more central to the franchise, but ultimately (and understandably) couldn't sway Lucas with his admittedly not-so-great idea The fan-favorite character was recently believed to be getting his own standalone film, however Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy ​reportedly declared the project "100 percent dead" last month.

Although Luke Skywalker met his demise in The Last Jedi, Hamill has confirmed that he will be returning for Episode IX. We just hope he continues to pitch more ideas.

How Are Balloons Chosen for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?

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The balloons for this year's Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade range from the classics like Charlie Brown to more modern characters who have debuted in the past few years, including The Elf On The Shelf. New to the parade this year are the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. But how does the retail giant choose which characters will appear in the lineup?

Balloon characters are chosen in different ways. For example, in 2011, Macy’s requested B. Boy after parade organizers saw the Tim Burton retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. (The company had been adding a series of art balloons to the parade lineup since 2005, which it called the Blue Sky Gallery.) When it comes to commercial balloons, though, it appears to be all about the Benjamins.

First-time balloons cost at least $190,000—this covers admission into the parade and the cost of balloon construction. After the initial year, companies can expect to pay Macy’s about $90,000 to get a character into the parade lineup. If you consider that the balloons are out for only an hour or so, that’s about $1500 a minute.

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