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#1 2009-07-20 08:33:06

luca-deltodesco
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Another..nother number trap.

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 (2009-07-20 08:34:28)


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#2 2009-07-20 10:14:12

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Re: Another..nother number trap.

faint Wow! This is so interesting!
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5
five
4
four
4

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36
                       ten
three
five
four
4
               

thirty-six
               

                       nine
four
4
Yes!


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#3 2009-07-24 10:07:08

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Re: Another..nother number trap.

Hello, luca-deltodesco!

Wow -- This is new to me!

Thank you!
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#4 2009-07-25 01:18:40

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Re: Another..nother number trap.

In Spanish:
diez->quatro->seis->quatro->seis...
It keeps repeating quatro and seis.


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#5 2009-10-05 23:02:04

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Re: Another..nother number trap.

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


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#6 2009-10-06 10:20:56

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Re: Another..nother number trap.

I wonder if this can be proved mathematically.


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#7 2009-10-06 10:57:40

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Re: Another..nother number trap.

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.


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#8 2009-10-06 11:43:03

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Re: Another..nother number trap.

True, so let me restate that:
I wonder if this can be proven mathematically for the English language.


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