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Seems to be simple, but many fail to answer correctly

 
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I found this in my local newspaper as an exercise which tricked many and as a result answered incorrectly. According to an article, even some calculators which support expressions provide wrong answer.

Here it is:

8 / 2 (2 + 2) = ?

It is quite related with some questions we see often here on ranch. It didn't trick me for a second, did you?
 
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When I was in primary school (1962-1968) we had the sentence: Meneer Van Dam Wacht Op Antwoord, meaning powers, multiplication, division, square roots, addition, subtraction. It didn't mention parentheses, but the answer would have been 1. Like 3 - 3 + 3 would have been -3. But then came these computers, spoiling it all...
 
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