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Date: 04/18/12 08:01 AM

88 Responses to So, You Think You`re Smart? Try This Problem [Pic]

  1. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    April 16, 2012 at 6:04 am
    Link: So, You Think You`re Smart? Try This Problem - Time yourself, see how long it takes to figure it out.
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    DuckBoy87 Male 18-29
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    April 17, 2012 at 3:09 pm
    Spoiler...











    Holes







    End spoiler
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    ScottSerious Male 18-29
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    April 17, 2012 at 3:09 pm
    2
  4. Profile photo of Chagrin
    Chagrin Male 18-29
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    April 17, 2012 at 3:11 pm
    Easy enough.

    Not sure how to do a spoiler tag, so don`t read this if you don`t want the solution:

    SOLUTION: (The number on the right is the number of loops on the left in each "equation".

    That took me about 3 minutes, mostly because I was wondering why I would need my thumb as the caption states :/ Then the clue about preschoolers being able to figure it out means it can`t possibly be a math problem, so I looked at it visually instead. Maybe if they didn`t give that clue, it would have taken me longer.
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    diylobotomy Male 18-29
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    April 17, 2012 at 3:14 pm
    It`s 2.
  6. Profile photo of 5Cats
    5Cats Male 50-59
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    April 17, 2012 at 3:23 pm
    Hi @CrakrJak!
  7. Profile photo of Thdot
    Thdot Male 30-39
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    April 18, 2012 at 8:07 am
    2
  8. Profile photo of collegebound
    collegebound Male 18-29
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    April 18, 2012 at 8:15 am
    this wasn`t hard...i almost flunked out of algebra and i got this in like a minute...
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    Wowummwow Male 18-29
    265 posts
    April 18, 2012 at 8:17 am
    Higher education... about 90 seconds.

    The giveaway was that it can be done by pre-school children which ruled out almost anything above basic counting.
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    kairobert Male 18-29
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    April 18, 2012 at 8:18 am
    2.

    Took me 18 seconds.

    I have higher education.
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    DSDavis008 Male 13-17
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    April 18, 2012 at 8:21 am
    3 seconds after I finished reading and I`ve never seen anything like it.
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    NOCASH Male 18-29
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    April 18, 2012 at 8:24 am
    My air conditioning exam was easier then this, I fail to see whats going on here.
  13. Profile photo of NOCASH
    NOCASH Male 18-29
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    April 18, 2012 at 8:27 am
    I got it after the reading someones spoiler, didnt think it was that obvious lol.
  14. Profile photo of mcboozerilla
    mcboozerilla Male 30-39
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    April 18, 2012 at 8:29 am
    I must have the brain of a pre-school child. Is that bad or good?
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    liberalirony Male 18-29
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    April 18, 2012 at 8:34 am
    2
  16. Profile photo of LordJim
    LordJim Male 60-69
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    April 18, 2012 at 8:37 am
    Half a minute. Fairly obvious.
  17. Profile photo of ggolbez
    ggolbez Male 18-29
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    April 18, 2012 at 8:45 am
    Immediately, as this is older than I am.
  18. Profile photo of burbclaver
    burbclaver Male 50-59
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    April 18, 2012 at 8:56 am
    I don`t think I could have done it without the description of the problem.
  19. Profile photo of MacGuffin
    MacGuffin Female 30-39
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    April 18, 2012 at 8:57 am
    If true, it`d be an interesting demonstration of the differences between the perceptions of pre-school children, who`ve not yet had the chance to over-learn the association between abstract symbols like numbers and their assigned meaning, and adults who have.

    I`ve seen this problem before, though, alongside the surprising statement that pre-schoolers can solve it quickly. I`ve never seen any actual figures to back up the assertion that pre-schoolers do solve a problem like this as quickly as claimed, however.
  20. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    April 18, 2012 at 8:57 am
    5Cats: Hi
  21. Profile photo of MacGuffin
    MacGuffin Female 30-39
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    April 18, 2012 at 8:59 am
    OK, second pop-psychology problem of the day:

    You`re at a funeral. You see someone you`re attracted to at the memorial service amongst the assembled mourners. However, before you can speak with them, someone else distracts you. When you do eventually manage to return your attention to the object of your desire, they`ve disappeared. You ask around, and find out that they left, and that no-one knows how to contact them.

    Later that week, you murder the brother of the deceased from the first funeral. Why?*






  22. Profile photo of leesah
    leesah Female 18-29
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    April 18, 2012 at 9:00 am
    Nearly immediately because I always used to count the "holes" in numbers and letters in each sentence when I was bored in school... that`s probably more pre-school than higher education but eh.
  23. Profile photo of leesah
    leesah Female 18-29
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    April 18, 2012 at 9:01 am
    "Later that week, you murder the brother of the deceased from the first funeral. Why?"

    So you see the person again at the next funeral! That`s not sociopathic, that`s good planning.
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    almightybob1 Male 18-29
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    April 18, 2012 at 9:02 am
    Later that week, you murder the brother of the deceased from the first funeral. Why?*

    So that there`ll be another funeral, and hopefully the person you were attracted to will be there again, and this time you can talk to them?
  25. Profile photo of almightybob1
    almightybob1 Male 18-29
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    April 18, 2012 at 9:02 am
    Great minds leesah. Let`s set the world on fire together!
  26. Profile photo of Angelmassb
    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    April 18, 2012 at 9:05 am
    Its easy because we are so visual
  27. Profile photo of maxxim
    maxxim Male 30-39
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    April 18, 2012 at 9:09 am
    After 3 minutes, gave up and looked in comments for answer. I seriously would have never gotten this.
    Mechanical engineer....
  28. Profile photo of MacGuffin
    MacGuffin Female 30-39
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    April 18, 2012 at 9:11 am
    Correctamundo @ almightybob1 and leesa. You sociopaths.
  29. Profile photo of Grendel
    Grendel Male 40-49
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    April 18, 2012 at 9:14 am
    Answer is 2: 30 seconds.
  30. Profile photo of Astheroid
    Astheroid Male 18-29
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    April 18, 2012 at 9:33 am
    i got it the first glance.
  31. Profile photo of strivejaylen
    strivejaylen Male 18-29
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    April 18, 2012 at 9:42 am
    I think there is something wrong with my thinking because I used math and removed the second column and third row down since I deemed that to be false statement

    and got the answer 2

    and dont know how to do a spoiler but trying anyways

    /spoiler/
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
    0 0 0 ? 0 1 0 2 1 1
    /end spoiler/
  32. Profile photo of maddux32
    maddux32 Male 30-39
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    April 18, 2012 at 9:51 am
    About 4 minutes.

    Lawyer
  33. Profile photo of Langer
    Langer Male 18-29
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    April 18, 2012 at 9:51 am
    i think my mind was too stuck on hash tables, buckets and collisions to get it quickly enough X_X
  34. Profile photo of Mister_C
    Mister_C Male 18-29
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    April 18, 2012 at 9:56 am
    Yup, the answer is 2.
  35. Profile photo of OpsAss13
    OpsAss13 Male 30-39
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    April 18, 2012 at 9:58 am
    I was way over-analyzing this. I started making equations out of the 4 numbers and switched around operations to see if I could get the answer. I gave up after 10 minutes. I read comments and bashed myself in the head with a tack hammer.
  36. Profile photo of Nearl
    Nearl Male 30-39
    34 posts
    April 18, 2012 at 9:59 am
    20 seconds... work in a factory... this sorta stuff amuses me
  37. Profile photo of incubus_inc
    incubus_inc Male 18-29
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    April 18, 2012 at 10:03 am
    I think it would be more appropriately named puzzle rather than problem, as this is not exactly mathematic.
  38. Profile photo of skine
    skine Male 18-29
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    April 18, 2012 at 10:16 am
    After finding the answer in about five minutes, I looked in the thread for the answer.

    I never would have thought to look at the number of "holes," but I still found the same answer.

    Basically, we`re given that:
    0000=4, so (0)=4/4=1
    1111=0, so (1)=0/4=0
    2222=0, so (2)=0/4=0
    3333=0, so (3)=0/4=0
    5555=0, so (5)=0/4=0
    6666=4, so (6)=4/4=1
    7777=0, so (7)=0/4=0
    9999=4, so (9)=4/4=1

    Since (4) doesn`t appear on the left at all, that is unnecessary to find.

    But in order to find (8), take any four-digit number with an 8 in it and solve.

    Since 8096=5, (8)+1+1+1=5, and thus (8)=2.

    And currently studying for a MA in math education.
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    skine Male 18-29
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    April 18, 2012 at 10:17 am
    *looked in the thread to confirm the answer.
  40. Profile photo of Deux
    Deux Female 30-39
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    April 18, 2012 at 10:22 am
    only about 7 seconds...
  41. Profile photo of lostinkorea
    lostinkorea Female 30-39
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    April 18, 2012 at 10:24 am
    I would have never thought to count the damn holes. I was adding, multiplying, figuring out the square root....

    Ugh...this was not obvious! Who in the hell counts the "holes" in numbers???
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    strivejaylen Male 18-29
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    April 18, 2012 at 10:25 am
    i feel so stupid of how I couldn`t get the real way for answering it lol
  43. Profile photo of botfly
    botfly Male 50-59
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    April 18, 2012 at 10:35 am
    2
  44. Profile photo of McDuff73
    McDuff73 Male 30-39
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    April 18, 2012 at 10:41 am
    took about ten seconds to figure the answer.
  45. Profile photo of Doorman
    Doorman Male 30-39
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    April 18, 2012 at 11:06 am
    It took me 5 minutes to understand what "holes" are.. LOL!

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    turbotong Male 18-29
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    April 18, 2012 at 11:14 am
    2. Took me about 30 secs. I have an electrical engineering degree (read: programmer) and pursuing higher education (JD)
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    CRAIGJ Male 40-49
    142 posts
    April 18, 2012 at 11:20 am
    If 2=0 5=0 1=0 9=1 0=1 AND 8809=6 then 8=2
    Took about a minute and a half. Never heard of the "HOLE" method.
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    HolyGod Male 30-39
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    April 18, 2012 at 12:11 pm
    "I would have never thought to count the damn holes. I was adding, multiplying, figuring out the square root.... "

    "I was way over-analyzing this. I started making equations out of the 4 numbers and switched around operations to see if I could get the answer. I gave up after 10 minutes. I read comments and bashed myself in the head with a tack hammer."

    Did you guys even red the description? PRESCHOOLERS
  49. Profile photo of ElMustache
    ElMustache Male 18-29
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    April 18, 2012 at 12:22 pm
    2.
  50. Profile photo of dm2754
    dm2754 Male 40-49
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    April 18, 2012 at 12:43 pm
    i have gotten old
    i looked it up and still don`t get
  51. Profile photo of Johanvb
    Johanvb Male 40-49
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    April 18, 2012 at 12:45 pm
    2.
    In about three minutes.
  52. Profile photo of Ilikelogic
    Ilikelogic Male 40-49
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    April 18, 2012 at 1:08 pm
    Some minutes (2-3)
    Good one
  53. Profile photo of Ilikelogic
    Ilikelogic Male 40-49
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    April 18, 2012 at 1:12 pm
    Congrats to all of us who found this one.
    We could maybe solve a lot of problems in our world..
    Sorry, no time, i have to read AIB
  54. Profile photo of korahn
    korahn Male 30-39
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    April 18, 2012 at 1:32 pm
    Nice. Looked over it, realized I was over-thinking, then got 2. Took me about 3 or 4 minutes.
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    OpsAss13 Male 30-39
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    April 18, 2012 at 1:46 pm
    @HolyGod, no but I blued the description.
  56. Profile photo of 8BitHero
    8BitHero Male 18-29
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    April 18, 2012 at 2:23 pm
    I looked at the description and already realised that this isn`t an equation. I`ve heard the saying that older educated people tend to over think which causes them to take longer (at times) to solve a riddle/equation. I then figured out it`s just the number of holes each number has.

    I do think this is stupid though because this isn`t to do with maths but rather pointless BS nobody needs to know. It`s like. Count how many lines are in the word POO and there you go, you`re dumber than a primary school student. But can a primary school student do functions of X? No.

    I`d also like to point that this took me about 3ish minutes
  57. Profile photo of QualityJay
    QualityJay Male 18-29
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    April 18, 2012 at 2:25 pm
    its 2. took about a minute.
  58. Profile photo of Tiredofnicks
    Tiredofnicks Male 30-39
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    April 18, 2012 at 2:32 pm
    Number of loops in the individual numbers, but I guess that`s been posted already.
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    ShadowVamp Female 18-29
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    April 18, 2012 at 3:02 pm
    I like this. It bugs me that none of the numbers given to us have a 4, though, because I found values for all the other numbers to double check. 4 is still just "4=?" though.
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    thefonztm Male 18-29
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    April 18, 2012 at 3:20 pm
    The answer is simple. 2581 = 2581.
    The preceding 21 equalities are incorrect.

    - An Engineer
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    April 18, 2012 at 3:29 pm
    Took about 5 seconds, and I have a higher education.

    The "preschoolers solve this really fast" was a dead giveaway that the key was something trivial.

    It`s like that "petals round the rose" dice thing.

    The answer is simple. 2581 = 2581.
    The preceding 21 equalities are incorrect.

    - An Engineer
    Tuche.

    ...You win.
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    bumbleBB Female 18-29
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    April 18, 2012 at 4:55 pm
    I`m impressed I got this, but I never was one for math, so that`s probably why I could pick it up quickly. I good with word problems and logic. The solution was obvious since it has nothing to do with calculations.
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    bumbleBB Female 18-29
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    April 18, 2012 at 4:56 pm
    I not good with grammar.
  64. Profile photo of Skabashas
    Skabashas Male 18-29
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    April 18, 2012 at 5:56 pm
    Took me about 10 seconds. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it!
  65. Profile photo of 458italiagtr
    458italiagtr Male 18-29
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    April 18, 2012 at 6:22 pm
    count number of circles
  66. Profile photo of OldOllie
    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    April 18, 2012 at 6:38 pm
    Took me about 5 sec. It`s the number of closed circles.
  67. Profile photo of solaren
    solaren Male 18-29
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    April 18, 2012 at 6:45 pm
    2.
  68. Profile photo of BlankTom
    BlankTom Male 30-39
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    April 18, 2012 at 6:47 pm
    even with the hole thing, these are all wrong. For example, the first one, 8809 has six holes, but 6 only has one hole. Therefore, 8809 <> 6.
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    trippyhippy9 Male 18-29
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    April 18, 2012 at 7:05 pm
    pfft, I knew before I looked at it.

    Man that was easy.
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    SilverThread Male 30-39
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    April 18, 2012 at 7:14 pm
    So if programmers can solve this in an hour and preschoolers can sort it out in five to ten minutes, all of the people claiming to figure it out in a matter of seconds have the intelligence of an eight week old fetus.
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    JDplaysFF Male 30-39
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    April 18, 2012 at 8:04 pm
    Was totally stumped. Figured it was something simple, but even so gave up and scrolled down. Preschoolers can solve it? Ah well, I`ve gotten laid. Lets call it a wash.
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    geckohead Female 50-59
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    April 18, 2012 at 9:20 pm
    2! HAhahahahah
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    TheGuySmiley Male 18-29
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    April 18, 2012 at 9:21 pm
    2.. did it in about 2 minutes.
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    TheGuySmiley Male 18-29
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    April 18, 2012 at 9:21 pm
    it`s simple when you think like a `pre` schooler
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    MightyPeanut Male 30-39
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    April 18, 2012 at 10:11 pm
    the longer you spend trying to figure this out, the dumber you feel....then you realize only infants and pot heads can get this quickly.
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    xelous Male 18-29
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    April 18, 2012 at 11:31 pm
    <pot head, had to scroll down after a minute.

    # of holes ahhhhh
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    GolfPunk69 Male 30-39
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    April 19, 2012 at 1:18 am
    Any programmer that takes an hour to solve that, would probably take a day or 2 complete a "Hello World" app.
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    deutza92 Female 18-29
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    April 19, 2012 at 2:30 am
    2... my brain is burning :))
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    MrAtari Male 40-49
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    April 19, 2012 at 3:17 am
    2
  80. Profile photo of 10Bears
    10Bears Male 30-39
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    April 19, 2012 at 4:05 am
    2
    easy :-)
    the clue is that pre-schoolers can do it. Therefore it`s not about the numbers or anything mathematical.
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    10Bears Male 30-39
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    April 19, 2012 at 4:11 am
    @blanktom "even with the hole thing, these are all wrong. For example, the first one, 8809 has six holes, but 6 only has one hole. Therefore, 8809 <> 6"

    I like your thinking! so it should be

    8809=8484 for example or even
    8809=8800
  82. Profile photo of Wundt
    Wundt Male 40-49
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    April 19, 2012 at 6:24 am
    2... got it in 10 seconds. The moment I saw 0000=4 knew the answer.
  83. Profile photo of Orchideous
    Orchideous Male 18-29
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    April 19, 2012 at 10:00 am
    2, about 3-4 minutes
  84. Profile photo of hauswyfe
    hauswyfe Female 30-39
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    April 19, 2012 at 2:58 pm
    My sister is a mathematician and put this on facebook a while back. She didn`t get it and neither do I...
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    hauswyfe Female 30-39
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    April 19, 2012 at 3:00 pm
    BTW, the video ads with sound are getting realllllly annoying!
  86. Profile photo of alikabul
    alikabul Male 18-29
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    April 22, 2012 at 5:18 pm
    Meh... Easy as pi. It`s how many holes the numbers have.
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    coolthing97 Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2012 at 2:57 pm
    Ugh. What made me take longer is the fact that it says preschoolers can solve it. I don`t think most preschoolers even know how to count so I was thinking it had to do with patterns or something. =.=
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    erinmmathis Female 18-29
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    June 17, 2012 at 11:16 am
    took me about 5 seconds. The answer is 2

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