Some siblings* were discussing the unique mathematical qualities of their respective ages the other day, and they determined that at one point in history, the following equations were true.

$\hskip 2.7 in a = b * c$
$\hskip 2.7 in a = b * 2$
$\hskip 2.7 in c = b * 4$
$\hskip 2.7 in c - b = 0$
$\hskip 2.7 in d = e * f$
$\hskip 2.7 in d = e * 3$
$\hskip 2.7 in f = e * 7$
$\hskip 2.7 in g = f * 2$
$\hskip 2.7 in g = h * 1$
$\hskip 2.7 in g = e + f$

Numbers are "age in years" rounded to the nearest whole number age, and each letter variable is representative of an individual sibling's age.

Now, the question to you is:

What is their mother's unfortunate nickname?

* Human siblings

  • $\begingroup$ @athin I recently saw this interview in which she talks about how she hates the nickname, and I genuinely feel bad that she (and her children) have been burdened by it. $\endgroup$ – Chowzen Nov 23 '18 at 11:18
  • $\begingroup$ Riddles should be clever and creative. Riddles that are too easy or unimaginative are not fun to solve, although it is hard to draw a line here since difficulty is very subjective. In addition, riddles with crucial details omitted can frustrate solvers. $\endgroup$ – JMP Nov 23 '18 at 12:12
  • $\begingroup$ A quote from Rand al'Thor from puzzling.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/3142/… $\endgroup$ – JMP Nov 23 '18 at 12:13

Each of these equations is true if

They were all born at the same time since each equation holds true if $a=b=c=d=e=f=g=h$

That means that...

The mother gave birth to octuplets (8 children at once).

And the mother's name is...

Octomom, the mother of the second set of octuplets to be born alive in the US


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