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You Can Only Move One Matchstick - Can You Solve The Equation?

There is a simple math puzzle that has been stumping people around all around the globe. The tricky part is not the very basic math involved in completing the puzzle, but the visual recognition of other possible arrangements of the matchsticks.

The numbers in this equation are constructed from matchsticks. The goal is to move only one matchstick and modify the equation so that it is correct.

Many people end up being completely stumped by this surprisingly difficult matchstick math problem. Keep in mind there are at least three possible ways to make the equation work.

The first method to solve the puzzle is to move the vertical matchstick in the plus sign of the 6 + 4 = 4 equation, turning it into a minus sign, and adding the matchstick to the top right of the “6” turning it into an “8”….8 - 4 =4

The second method to solve the puzzle is to move the horizontal matchstick of the bottom curve of the “6” in the 6 + 4 = 4 equation, and adding the matchstick to the top right of the “6”, turning it into an “0”… 0 + 4 = 4.

The third method to solve the puzzle is to move the vertical matchstick of the bottom left of the “6” in the 6 + 4 = 4 equation, and adding the matchstick to the top right of the “4” turning it into an “9”… 5 + 4 = 9.

Source: Little Things
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