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Best Math Friends


It’s not Facebook, It’s not MySpace, it’s BMF, Best Math Friends. Friend as many current celebrities and historical figures as you can by answering their word problems. See if you can friend all 50! Be careful though, if you answer too many problems incorrectly the game will end. Simply click “correct” if the word problem and answer given by the celebrity or historical figure is correct, and “incorrect” if it is not correct.
Meet the “friends”

Abraham Lincoln

16th President of the United States who led the nation through the Civil War. He wrote famous speeches such as the Gettysburg Address and freed the slaves in the middle of the by issuing the Emancipation Proclamation. Lincoln is one of the most beloved figures in American history. He was the first president to be assassinated in 1865.

Amelia Earhart

Famous pilot who set several flight records for female pilots. During her time, Amelia was an important celebrity who reportedly took First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt for fights over Washington D.C. She disappeared forever over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 after attempting to fly around the world. No one knows what happened to her.

Susan B. Anthony

Famous activist who fought for women’s suffrage (right to vote) in the 1800’s. She was once arrested for placing an “illegal” vote for President Ulysses S. Grant.

Babe Ruth

Famous baseball player in the 1930’s for the New York Yankees. Nicknamed “the Sultan of Swat” and “Bambino,” Ruth slugged over 700 home runs and was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees in 1918. The Red Sox failed to win the World Series for 86 years after the trade. Red Sox fans called in the “curse of the Bambino.”

Barack Obama

44th American President and first African-American president in U.S. history.

Alexander Graham Bell

Famous inventor credited with patenting the first useable telephone.

Betsy Ross

Credited with sewing the first American flag.

Bill Clinton

Former Rhodes Scholar and 42nd American President.

Daniel Boone

Famous frontiersman and explorer who charted and explored much of Kentucky.

Bruno Mars

Current pop artist famous for “the Lazy Song”

Christopher Columbus

Spanish explorer credited with discovering North America in 1492, even though he believed he had landed in Asia. Even though we celebrate Columbus Day, he was brutal and cruel to the natives whom he encountered and killed or enslaved thousands.

Crazy Horse

Famous Lakota warrior who fought the U.S. government for taking the lands of his people.

Dolley Madison

Famous wife of fourth president of the United States. Well known for saving important paintings from the White House when the British invaded Washington during the War of 1812.

Frederick Douglass

Famous African-American abolitionist during the Civil War Era. Douglas ran a popular abolitionist newspaper called the North Star before and after the war.

Elvis Presley

Famous singer and actor in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Known as “the King,” his famous songs include “Hound Dog” and “Blue Suede Shoes.” Presley’s home, known as Graceland, is a popular tourist destination in Memphis, Tennessee.

Eleanor Roosevelt

First lady during Franklin D. Roosevelt’s presidency. Famous for her philanthropic efforts, writings, and support for civil rights.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

32nd president of the United States credited with helping the nation rise from the Great Depression and guiding it through World War II. Roosevelt served three terms as president, more than any other president.

Ben Franklin

Famous American statesman, inventor, philanthropist, and patriot. Benjamin Franklin is credited with discovering that lightning was electricity as well as inventing the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin Stove. He helped edit the Declaration of Independence and was an important diplomat to France during the Revolutionary War. It was Franklin who helped convince France to join the Americans in fighting the British in the War.

Lady Gaga

Eccentric singer and entertainer known for her wild dress style and pop hits such as “Poker Face” and “Bad Romance”

Jerry Garcia

Famous lead singer of the rock band the Grateful Dead.

Lou Gehrig

Famous New York Yankee baseball legend who’s career was cut short by a disease that now bears his name.

George Washington

George Washington: Served as America’s first president. As Commander-and-Chief of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, Washington’s leadership helped the Patriots eventually defeat the British. Washington’s home in Virginia, known as Mount Vernon, is a popular indoor and outdoor museum today.

Hilary Clinton

Former first lady and Secretary of State during Barack Obama’s presidency.

Andrew Jackson

Seventh president of the United States, most famous for his military victory over the British in New Orleans during the War of 1812. Andrew Jackson is honored on the front of the $20 bill, despite his brutal policies against Native Americans which resulted in the Cherokee’s walking the Trail of Tears.

Jimi Hendrix

Famous guitarist and rock singer in the 1970, famous for “Purple Haze” and “All Around the Watchtower”

Janis Joplin

Famous rock singer in the 1960’s, best known for her songs “Piece of My Heart” and “Me and Bobby McGee”

Jackie Robinson

Famous as the first African-American baseball player to play in the major leagues. Robinson played for the Brooklyn Dodgers and was elected to the baseball Hall-of-Fame.

Lebron James

Famous basketball player with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat. He is regarded as one of the best players in the NBA and came to the NBA straight out of high school!

James Madison

Fourth president of the United States, best known for his contributions in establishing the United States Constitution.

Mary Todd Lincoln

Famous wife of Abraham Lincoln famous for going on wild spending sprees, and for her erratic behavior.

Miley Cyrus

Famous actress and singer best known for playing Hannah Montana.

Michael Jackson

One of the most famous entertainers and singers in American history. He was known for the famous video Thriller and songs Beat It, Billy Jean, and Human Nature. Michael Jackson once lived in his own amusement park known as Neverland.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Famous Civil Rights Leader in the 1950’s and 1960’s. King fought for equal rights for African-Americans and delivered the famous “I Have a Dream Speech” in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

Mickey Mantle

One of the most beloved players in baseball history. Known as “The Mick,” Mickey Mantle played his entire career with the New York Yankees and hit 536 home runs.

Marilyn Monroe

Legendary actress and entertainer during the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Jim Morrison

Famous as the lead singer of the classic rock band, The Doors.

Edgar Allan Poe

One of the most famous authors in American history, Poe was famous for his dark writing style. The Raven, and TheTell-tale Heart were among his most famous works.

Robert E. Lee

Famous as the Commander of the Confederate Army during the Civil War, who led the Confederacy to several decisive victories during the war. Lee remains a beloved figure throughout much of the south.

Sacagawea

Famous Shoshone Native American women who helped guide Lewis and Clark during their famous expedition across the west between 1804-1806.

Sam Houston

Famous leader of Texas Independence (from Mexico) in 1836. The city of Houston, Texas is named in his honor.

Sarah Palin

Former Alaska Governor and running mate of John McCain during Presidential campaign of 2009.

Sojourner Truth

Famous African-American abolitionist and women’s rights activist in the 1800s.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Famous activist who led the women’s suffrage (right to vote) during the 1800’s.

Stonewall Jackson

Famous Civil War General who led the Confederacy to victories at the First and Second Battles of Bull Run and other battles. He was known as a peculiar fellow who enjoyed sucking on lemons.

Theodore Roosevelt

26th president of the United States. He was famous for his military exploits in the Spanish-American War and for his conservation efforts resulting in the establishment of national parks and public lands.

Thomas Jefferson

Served as America’s third president and was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence.  Jefferson lived at Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Harriet Tubman

Former slave who helped lead slaves in Maryland to freedom using the Underground Railroad, a network of trails and houses used to shelter runaway slaves. Tubman may have led hundreds of slaves to freedom and was never caught.

Ty Cobb

Nicknamed “the Georgia Peach,” Ty Cobb was one of the greatest players in baseball history. He was also thought to be one of the meanest players in history.

Vince Lombardi

Legendary football coach famous for leading the Green Bay Packers to their first two super bowl victories.

Andy Warhol

Famous artist and printmaker during the 1950’s and 1960’s. His pop art paintings and prints of famous celebrities, icons, and products sell for millions of dollars today.

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