Here is a simple riddle about numbers.

How would you insert 4 inside 5?


3 Answers 3



Which is



IV = 4

So we acheieved

4(IV) inside 5 (FIVE)

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    $\begingroup$ Quickly done! I think it should be "achieved" tho ;) $\endgroup$
    – PirateSoul
    Commented Jun 17, 2015 at 9:39

I may not be taking this seriously enough...

I might not be taking this question seriously enough...

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    $\begingroup$ Lois: Peter, this is for the win, say the word "what". Peter: Wow. Okay. This really separates the men from the boys. Lois: Peter, just say "What"!! Peter: Yeah, yeah. Yeah, now, Lois. This is not a race. Okay, I wanna say "who." Oh, boy. Fantastic Four. Fantastic Four, steak, steak, steak, steak, a small amount of peas. Is it "what?" Lois: That's right. You win, Peter. You did it. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 17, 2015 at 11:02

As an apology for my previous answer, I'd like to offer the following:

Five fenceposts can have four panels of fencing placed between them.


A '5' lit up on a 7-segment display will have four interior right angles. (By coincidence of it being made of also 5 distinct segments.)

And stretching it,

according to Wikipedia's page of List of numbers in various languages, there are no languages where the common word for 'four' is a subset or anagram subset of the word for 'five', at least as far as I could tell with my layman's eye, which was a bit of a disappointment. But graphically speaking, in the Tai-Kadai language Lao, 4 could fit into 5 quite neatly. Tai-Kadai language.

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    $\begingroup$ I like that numbering system. "Okay, we have two loops and some curves. What should we do for the next number?" "I think another loop would be appropriate." $\endgroup$
    – Deacon
    Commented Jun 17, 2015 at 16:41

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