Silly Poems and Rhymes # 24

As I was going to St. Ives,
I met a man with seven wives.
Each of his wives had seven sacks,
Each of the sacks held seven cats,
Each of the cats had seven kits.
Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,
How many were going to St. Ives?

All potential answers to this riddle are based on its ambiguity because the riddle only tells us the group has been “met” on the journey to St. Ives and gives no further information. As such, any one of the following answers is plausible, depending on the intention of the other party:

The mathematical answer to the total number of people, sacks, and felines involved, is 2,802, calculated as follows:

Mad magazine published the following parody:

As I was going to St Ives
I met a man with seven wives,
Of course, the seven wives weren’t his
But here in France, that’s how it is.