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**luca-deltodesco****Member**- Registered: 2006-05-05
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This is one i've known for many years.

Start with any number (or infact, word i might say)

At each step, take the number that represents the number of letters in the word, and use that as your next word

you inevitably end up at four, which ofcourse is the end of the line, since the word 'four' has 4 letters.

Timbuktu -> 8

Eight -> 5

Five -> 4

Four -> 4

Equivalent version in Italian, you inevitably end up with 'tre' (3)

Timbuktu -> 8

Otto -> 4

Quatro -> 6

Sei -> 3

Tre -> 3

*Last edited by luca-deltodesco (2009-07-19 10:34:28)*

The Beginning Of All Things To End.

The End Of All Things To Come.

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**quittyqat****Member**- Registered: 2009-04-08
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Wow! This is so interesting!

magic

five4

four4

Will it work for hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia?

hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia

tenthreefivefour4

thirty-six

ninefour4

Yes!

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**soroban****Member**- Registered: 2007-03-09
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Hello, luca-deltodesco!

Wow -- This is new to me!

Thank you!

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**simron****Real Member**- Registered: 2006-10-07
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In Spanish:

diez->quatro->seis->quatro->seis...

It keeps repeating quatro and seis.

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**NATT****Member**- Registered: 2009-09-29
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In Sinhala:

Eka->Deka->Thuna->Hathara->Paha->HAya->Hatha->Ata.. lol

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**simron****Real Member**- Registered: 2006-10-07
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I wonder if this can be proved mathematically.

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**luca-deltodesco****Member**- Registered: 2006-05-05
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I wouldn't have thought so, because one could quite easily define a language where every name for a number, has 1 more letter than the number value, and so you could never reach a finite loop.

The Beginning Of All Things To End.

The End Of All Things To Come.

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**simron****Real Member**- Registered: 2006-10-07
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True, so let me restate that:

I wonder if this can be proven mathematically for the English language.

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