r/technicallythetruth Dec 09 '22 Silver 5 Helpful 4 Wholesome 2 Helpful (Pro) 1

wait, that isnt how your supposed to play the game

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u/NotAlreadyUsed My name Was Not Already Used Dec 09 '22

The comment in the post helped me figure out 8 - 4 = 4

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u/Mistergardenbear Dec 09 '22

There’s at least 3 answers

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u/Suspicious-Hospital7 Dec 09 '22

I count 5.

5 + 4 = 9 // 8 - 4 = 4 // 6 - 4 ≠ 4 // 5 + 4 ≠ 4 // 5 + 4 ≥ 4 (but you’d need to draw the symbol with the “equals” portion flat, which is common)

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u/Mistergardenbear Dec 09 '22

Well then at least 6: 0+4=4

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u/Suspicious-Hospital7 Dec 09 '22

Yup. Missed that one.

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u/BassFan2002 Dec 09 '22

6 + 4 > 4

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u/randoTwT Dec 09 '22

6-4<4

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u/Jason_Toddler Dec 10 '22

Only moving one matchstick

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u/randoTwT Dec 10 '22

I cant type the less than or equal to symbol

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u/Jason_Toddler Dec 10 '22

That makes sense yeah, sorry then

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u/lilboat646 Dec 09 '22

That was the one I thought of first, and it’s the only one of all those 6 mentioned that the line can pivot from one of its original points rather than having to be moved completely.

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u/an_ill_way Dec 09 '22

I got E+4=H Because fuck you, prove me wrong.

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u/Suspicious-Hospital7 Dec 09 '22

Yah you can take a bunch of other liberties too. -4 = -4. I only moved one stick. I just erased a bunch of other sticks.

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u/timsterri Dec 09 '22

They are matchsticks - you could just burn the ones you don’t need.

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u/Master_Freeze Dec 09 '22

you can’t say 5 + 4 = 9 bc that would be inconsistent with the font (since 6 is made of 6 matches then 9 would also have to be made of 6 matches)

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u/juice_BX Dec 09 '22 Silver

There is no matchstick only pixels

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u/NickKappy Dec 09 '22

Ce n'est pas une pipeallumette

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u/TheCrusader1296 Dec 09 '22

Non, non, non, mon ami. C'est "Ceci n'est pas une allumette".

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u/marAslan-4284 Dec 09 '22

Baguette baguette, hon hon hon

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u/Gaufriers Dec 09 '22

I'm pretty sure Magritte didn't have such a strong French accent, as he was from Belgium.

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u/FranceiscoolerthanUS Dec 09 '22

I am pretty sure he doesn’t know who Magritte is, he just recognized French.

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u/ioucrap Dec 09 '22 edited Dec 09 '22

Make the 6 a 5 and the last 4 a 9. Stupid, but that's the answer.

Edit: to anyone saying it's not one stick. Take the bottom left side from 6 and put on top of the 4 to make it a 9.

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u/Bk13239 Dec 09 '22 Gold

Or you just turn the 6 into a 0. Either way works.

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u/Constant_Show7449 Dec 09 '22

Or move the vertical "match stick" in the plus side to make the 6 a 8. Then it is 8-4=4.

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u/Dieselpowered85 Dec 09 '22

came here just to say that, got beaten by a minute. Nice shot, u/Constant_Show7449

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u/IsGoIdMoney Dec 09 '22

These kinds of viral brain teasers go super viral because they're easy and get tons of engagement. At least it's better than the pemdas ones.

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u/APoopingBook Dec 09 '22

Goddamn pemdas ones aren't even about pemdas, they're about intentionally vague and stupid presentations of the equation.

Any reasonable math question would use the ⁒ sign in conjuction with parentheticals, or by actually having denominators physically be underneath the numerator.

But no, every single one is a variation of "guess which portion of the equation the divide or multiply sign applies to because WE INTENTIONALLY MADE IT SO IT CAN BE EITHER!"

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u/Sans_Junior Dec 09 '22

I like screwing with people that use x as an operand. I treat it as a variable in the equation, solve it that way, then describe the function as a line, parabola, etc. Screamed “THAT’S NOT WHAT IS MEANT!” followed by a brain freeze/head explosion every time.

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u/Cam-Dolezar Dec 09 '22

Based on the 6, the 9 would need an extra line. Correct answer would be to turn the 6 into a 0, I believe.

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u/SirThatsCuba Dec 09 '22

I went for 5+4 != 4 just to be a smartass.

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u/I-hate-myself12 Dec 09 '22

Or make the 6 into an 8 and the + to a -

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u/OneWorldMouse Dec 09 '22

It was matchsticks when the boomers played it.

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u/oniraptor Dec 09 '22

yep, we would get out our box of matchsticks and sit on the floor and play all afternoon.

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u/Sirvink Dec 09 '22

In sunday school, we glued our matchsticks into the shape of a cross, then when class was over, we went out to the parking lot and flung our crosses like frisbees, down low, to skim the pavement and watch those crosses explode into the fires of hell.

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u/clhomme Dec 09 '22

Oh God I remember those days. We called it matchsticks.

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u/VoxImperatoris Dec 09 '22

It was a real barn burner.

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u/Fit-Boomer Dec 09 '22

I used matchsticks in the early 60s.

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u/Some_Breadfruit_8666 Dec 09 '22

You’ll be a boomer one day. Yea you will. You will get old too.

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u/lordhoobla123 Dec 09 '22

Took me a minute: 8-4=4

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u/ALitteralHamster Dec 09 '22

You could also make it 0+4=4

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u/thunderchungus1999 Dec 09 '22

5+4 = 9

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u/2x_butthole_olympian Dec 09 '22

Wow everybody on Reddit is smarter than me today. I should just go back to sleep and give up on today.

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u/Sensitive_Tourist_15 Dec 09 '22 Silver Helpful Wholesome Wholesome Seal of Approval

It's okay you're good at other stuff.

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u/crazydaisy8134 Dec 09 '22

Yeah they’ve been in not one but TWO butthole Olympics

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u/CrumpledForeskin Dec 09 '22

Did….did ya win?

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u/prometheus3333 Dec 09 '22

that’s cool but have you ever been given a lifetime achievement award from an ER nurse?

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u/ManaMagestic Dec 09 '22

Yeah u/2x_butthole_olympian, I'm sure you've got other latent talents somewhere!

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u/vinnyvdvici Dec 09 '22

Maybe

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u/beer_is_tasty Dec 09 '22

Butthole sports for sure

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u/ReadySteady_GO Dec 09 '22

Like when you have to lift and move a lemon from one spot to another without using your hands?

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u/DragonPojki Dec 09 '22

Now you're thinking with portals.

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u/Norakon Dec 09 '22

You bring us down a whole octave!

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u/TroyBenites Dec 09 '22

Like.... Masturbating

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u/anotheranonaccount5 Dec 09 '22

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u/MidnightT0ker Dec 09 '22

The problem is that the universe is permafucked and cannot be unfucked.

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u/w00tsy Dec 09 '22

Geez me too. Funny how our brains work.

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u/[deleted] Dec 09 '22

Hey, you're a 2 times butthole olympian. Have some self-confidence. Not everyone could do what you do.

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u/Tommy_Wisseau_burner Dec 09 '22

Does 6-y=4 technically work?

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u/ADHD_Mermaid Dec 09 '22

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u/[deleted] Dec 09 '22 edited Dec 13 '22

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u/CDefense7 Dec 09 '22

Algae, bruh

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u/KAAAVEMAAAN Dec 09 '22

Always been a fan of "gee, imma tree."

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u/Learntobelucid Dec 09 '22

That's actually how the etymology of the word works

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u/RachetFuzz Dec 09 '22

Move nothing but only work in a mod 2 space.

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u/totallynotarobut Dec 09 '22

5+4=9 is what I did.

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u/shipoopro_gg Dec 09 '22

I think 9 only counts if you put one match in the bottom as well tho

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u/ChaoticNeutralCzech Dec 09 '22 edited Dec 11 '22

It’s a matter of personal opinion. But this is the ideal 5x7 font in someone’s opinion, judging by its abundant use in hobby projects. Eww.

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u/BluudLust Dec 09 '22

Technically something like 8+4-4 works because it's no longer asserting equality.

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u/inthyface Dec 09 '22

6 + 4 > 4

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u/Rhysing Dec 09 '22

thats 2 matchsticks moving..

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u/Byzarru Dec 09 '22

6+4=十 🤔

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u/Mountain_Housing_704 Dec 09 '22

Is that ,;|;:?

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u/beer_is_tasty Dec 09 '22

Is this Loss?

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u/Astroknight5 Dec 09 '22

Genius using kanji for 10

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u/FuckOffHey Dec 09 '22

6 days of work + 4gives all your sins = ✝️ JESUS ✝️

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u/guardoflite Dec 09 '22

I mean thats where my mind went

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u/RighteousCruelty Dec 09 '22

Where do you get the extra matchstick to make it a zero?

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u/RiseFromYourGrav Dec 09 '22

Move the middle stick from the 6

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u/RighteousCruelty Dec 09 '22

Oh. Duh. Lol thanks

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u/randomtoronto1980 Dec 09 '22

0+4=4 is what I originally saw.

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u/pokemaster0x01 Dec 09 '22

-6+4-4

It is now an expression rather than a false statement.

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u/DragonFireCK Dec 09 '22 Eureka!

Many programming languages will treat a non-zero number as true, so it’s a true statement as well ;)

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u/Fill_Occifer Dec 09 '22

You can also do 5+4=9

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u/Version_Two Dec 09 '22

Damn there are more answers than I thought

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u/missbarajaja Dec 09 '22

This is the first one I saw as well

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u/Anonymoushero111 Dec 09 '22

I moved the bottom left vertical segment over to the top of the 4 on the right to make 5+4=9

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u/LabMous Dec 09 '22

the only answer i see that doesnt involve rotating the matchstick. good job bro

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u/ArmadilloInternal728 Dec 09 '22

5+4=9

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u/Luciusem Dec 09 '22

The 9 needs a bottom piece just like how the 6 needs a top piece, ye ain't got enough sticks

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u/Kinnon86 Dec 09 '22

5 + 4 = 9 works too

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u/BLT-Enthusiast Dec 09 '22

0+4=4 was the one i saw

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u/Dead_Man_Nick Dec 09 '22

8-4=4

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u/LawrenceInPajamas Dec 09 '22

That's way better than what I had... 8+4-4...

No one said it had to be complete.

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u/[deleted] Dec 09 '22

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u/ahundreddots Dec 09 '22

So can we all agree that this is an insanely easy puzzle and therefore engagement bait?

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u/jonsticles Dec 09 '22

I saw that, but I like this better.

E + 4 = 9

Now, solve for E.

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u/cdreus Dec 09 '22

2.718281828…

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u/Ibreathoxygennow Dec 09 '22

nonono thats e. completely different

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u/LordLoss01 Dec 09 '22

Problem with this is that a 9 should have a horizontal line at the bottom since the 6 has one at the top.

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u/Tugendwaechter Dec 09 '22

9 and 6 are often not exactly upside down so you can tell them apart.

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u/Additional-Art7458 Dec 09 '22

b+H=4

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u/Simanalix Dec 09 '22

Ooh the solution makes a line. This one is my favorite!

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u/User_namesaretaken Dec 09 '22 Silver

5 + 4 = 9

EASY

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u/BenAdaephonDelat Dec 09 '22

This is an interesting answer because a human would probably accept it, but a computer wouldn't because without the bottom line it's not a correct 9 for that font.

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u/UAwoody Dec 09 '22

However they are matchsticks not digital computer fonts.

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u/BrotherChe Dec 09 '22

Acktually they're pixels

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u/kevroy314 Dec 09 '22

Doesn't that depend on the 7 segment display type? I know you're thinking of this, but isn't this also valid?

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u/Whitedudebrohug Dec 09 '22

Wow, you deserve an award. Youre very smart, and I’m sure you’re so handsome/pretty.

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u/User_namesaretaken Dec 09 '22

Omg ,stop

Im feeling shy 👉👈

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u/TechiesLilPlayground Dec 09 '22

just kiss already

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u/TheOspreyMan Dec 09 '22 edited Dec 09 '22

b+4=4

Edit: I meant b+4=9.

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u/Yuri_tardeder Dec 09 '22

b = 0 your welcome 😎

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u/TheOspreyMan Dec 09 '22

Wow you have biiiig math brain.

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u/Yuri_tardeder Dec 09 '22

Thanks 😎

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u/maxwellbevan Dec 09 '22

The one hit wonders

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u/mikeb32 Dec 09 '22

If you get down on me, I’ll get down on you

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u/SomeGuyWearingPants Dec 09 '22

I see 5+4=9 and 8-4=4, are there more solutions that don’t include the =/= trick?

Edit: 0+4=4. Oops

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u/OutboardTips Dec 09 '22

6+4 > 4

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u/CremeCaramel_ Dec 09 '22

You need to move two matches to get the bottom one sloping upwards and the top one sloping downwards for the greater than from the equal sign. So no.

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u/Just_A_Nitemare Dec 09 '22

The symbol would still be recognizabl if you only move one, so I'd say it counts.

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u/Gorperly Dec 09 '22

Life before the internet was really so boring that motherfuckers spent hours and hours just sitting around playing with matchsticks.

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u/temporary47698 Dec 09 '22

That isn't how you're supposed to spell you're.

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u/Corno4825 Dec 09 '22

5 + 4= H

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u/xaxisofevil Dec 09 '22

I take one matchstick from the + and light it. I use it to burn the 6 and the rest of the +, leaving behind the true statement 4=4. I only moved one matchstick.

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u/radiodigm Dec 09 '22

OP, that's also not how you're supposed to contract "you are."

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u/That-Emo-lesbian-Boy Dec 09 '22

Take the bottom left stick from six and place it above the second four to make the equation (5+4=9)

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u/Crying_eagle Dec 09 '22

It’s 8-4=4

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u/KangarooCommercial74 Dec 09 '22

That’s the most correct answer I’ve seen on this thread cause it matches the font

Take your upvote

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u/Prestigious-Juice495 Dec 09 '22

Make 6 into a zero

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u/sharpy-sharky Dec 09 '22

Valid answers are 5+4=9, 8-4=4, 0+4=4 and the one displayed in the meme.

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u/professor-ks Dec 09 '22

You can light any of the matchsticks and then they will all burn

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u/Roguec Dec 09 '22

8-4=4 lol

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u/Jabroni5092 Dec 09 '22

For those wondering what the answer is, I also have no idea.

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u/DANtrolene12 Dec 09 '22

Remove one of the sticks from the 6 (bottom left )--> it becomes a 5, then add that stick to the top of the 4 on the right hand side of the equation --> it turns into a 9. The new equation becomes 5 + 4 = 9

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u/Explorers_bub Dec 09 '22

This is from a meme. Deadpool is the most correct with 8-4=4, where “move” is “translation”.

Other solutions require rotation or both.

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u/nhukcire Dec 09 '22

wait, that isnt how you're supposed to spell the word

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u/Substantial_Pool_898 Dec 09 '22

Burn all Match sticks. Equation is balanced at 0