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I am 10, and I mostly use 2, but sometimes 8.

My older brother is 12, and he uses either 2 or 4, depending on his mood.

My younger brother is 3, and he uses 3.

My sister is 19, and she usually uses 4.

My mom is 37, and she also usually uses 4.

My dad is 40, and he uses either 4 or 6.

My uncle is 42, and he uses either 4, 10, or 18.


What is this family using?

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    $\begingroup$ I'm trying to figure out if the family is flavor or part of the solution. I.E., is it important who the family is or is it just important what they're using? Be they human or no? $\endgroup$ – Engineer Toast May 13 '15 at 13:55
  • $\begingroup$ @EngineerToast. Everything is a hint. There isn't much fluff or flavor in this one. They are human. $\endgroup$ – JLee May 13 '15 at 13:57
  • $\begingroup$ i wonder if this was inspired by the " What has 4 legs in the morning, 2 legs in the afternoon, and 3 legs at night?" riddle $\endgroup$ – MrSudds May 13 '15 at 14:13
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    $\begingroup$ @MrSudds It was not, but I just looked up that riddle, and Google had the answer in the browser at the top of the search results, so I guess it didn't want me to try to solve it! $\endgroup$ – JLee May 13 '15 at 14:20
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    $\begingroup$ I was thinking diapers, but that'll be too rude to the family $\endgroup$ – Alex May 13 '15 at 14:57
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You're referring to

Wheels

I am 10, and I mostly use 2, but sometimes 8.

Most of the time you use a two-wheeled bicycle, but you like to use rollerblades!

My older brother is 12, and he uses either 2 or 4, depending on his mood.

Also your older brother uses the bike, but he likes skateboarding too!

My younger brother is 3, and he uses 3.

Well, he is too young for a bike, better a tricycle

My sister is 19, and she usually uses 4.

Your sister can drive a car!

My mom is 37, and she also usually uses 4.

Also your mom can drive a car!

My dad is 40, and he uses either 4 or 6.

Your dad drives too, and he is a truck driver.

My uncle is 42, and he uses either 4, 10, or 18.

Also your uncle is a truck driver, a HUGE truck driver!

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  • $\begingroup$ was just about to post the same! $\endgroup$ – elf337 May 13 '15 at 14:53
  • $\begingroup$ Nice job. The uncle drives either a car, the tractor part of a tractor-trailer (10 wheels), or the entire semi truck (18 wheels). For the 6, I was thinking a dually truck. $\endgroup$ – JLee May 13 '15 at 14:54
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    $\begingroup$ @JLee Where are you from? I've very rarely seen lorries with more than 12 wheels. PS. Great puzzle and great answer! $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor May 13 '15 at 14:58
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    $\begingroup$ @randal'thor I am from the USA and I live in Atlanta, Georgia. Semi trucks, also called 18 wheelers, have 18 wheels. The Tractor part has 10 wheels, and the trailer part has 8 wheels. I have never heard the word lorries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semi-trailer_truck $\endgroup$ – JLee May 13 '15 at 15:00
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    $\begingroup$ @randal'thor I just learned something new. Amazing how many linguistic/word differences a large pond can cause! $\endgroup$ – JLee May 13 '15 at 15:06
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My guess is:

Shoes
Each family member can have a different number of pairs of shoes (running, indoor, sports, sandals, etc.), although this might be a lot of shoes for the uncle.

Alternatively it could be the number of shoes each has, and the 3 year old has 3 shoes because he is a silly young child.

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    $\begingroup$ lol @ "the 3 year old has 3 shoes because he is a silly young child." $\endgroup$ – JLee May 13 '15 at 13:46
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    $\begingroup$ Something is weird with the world the day that your mom and sister have only 4 pair of shoes, and your uncle has 18! But I didn't down-vote you, mostly because I don't down-vote, unless it's an extreme case. $\endgroup$ – JLee May 13 '15 at 13:48
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    $\begingroup$ I'll try to think of a better answer, just need to find my thinking shoes ;) $\endgroup$ – Mark N May 13 '15 at 13:53

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