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**ReSoNaNcE****Member**- Registered: 2009-08-01
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Can you balance the equation shown on the right, by moving exactly three sticks?

I I I -I I = V

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**ReSoNaNcE****Member**- Registered: 2009-08-01
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This is a most unusual paragraph. How quickly can you find out what is so unusual about it? It looks so ordinary that you would think that nothing is wrong with it at all, and, in fact, nothing is. But it is unusual. Why? If you study it and think about it, you may find out, but I am not going to assist you in any way. You must do it without any hints or coaching. No doubt, if you work at it for a bit, it will dawn on you. Who knows? Go to work and try your skill. Good luck!

The Question: What is unusual about the above paragraph?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

R wrote:

This is a most unusual paragraph. How quickly can you find out what is so unusual about it? It looks so ordinary that you would think that nothing is wrong with it at all, and, in fact, nothing is. But it is unusual. Why? If you study it and think about it, you may find out, but I am not going to assist you in any way. You must do it without any hints or coaching. No doubt, if you work at it for a bit, it will dawn on you. Who knows? Go to work and try your skill. Good luck!

The Question: What is unusual about the above paragraph?

I got it. What a fantastic way to word it. I didn't think you could do without that small guy. I know of a post on this forum that is similar to this, you had to form words using it as much as you could. It was hard work.

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**ReSoNaNcE****Member**- Registered: 2009-08-01
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ok you solved it:D

but what about the first one

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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Excellent effort there, fellow.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I I I -I I = V

From the problem book of sticks. The minus sign is a stick and a plus and equal sign are 2 sticks. So:

I I I = V - I I

or

I V + I = V

*Last edited by bobbym (2009-08-08 19:09:33)*

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**ReSoNaNcE****Member**- Registered: 2009-08-01
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thanks for solving

i will post more

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi ReSoNaNcE;

Enjoyed working on them.

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