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    half of the number

    proof that half of the number is four.
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    Quote Originally Posted by khotso View Post
    proof that half of the number is four.
    What number?
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    let the number be 8,

    then half of the number is 4
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    Hello, khotso!

    Your problem makes no sense . . .


    Prove that half of the number is four.

    But I can prove that half of five is four: . {\color{red}\rlap{/}}\text{F} \text{IV} {\color{red}\rlap{/}}\text{E} \;=\;\text{IV}

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    the guestion was: proof that half of the number nine(9)
    is four
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    Hello, khotso!

    Finally . . . a corrected version of the problem!


    Prove that half of nine is four.
    Use toothpicks and Roman numerals.

    Code:
          |   \     /
          |    \   /
          |     \ /
          |      *          We have "nine".
          |     / \
          |    /   \
          |   /     \

    Code:
          |   \     /
          |    \   /
          |     \ /
        - + - - -* - - -    "Half of nine"
          |     / \
          |    /   \
          |   /     \


    Code:
          |   \     /
          |    \   /          "Four"
          |     \ /
          |      *
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soroban View Post
    Hello, khotso!

    Finally . . . a corrected version of the problem!

    Use toothpicks and Roman numerals.

    Code:
          |   \     /
          |    \   /
          |     \ /
          |      *          We have "nine".
          |     / \
          |    /   \
          |   /     \

    Code:
          |   \     /
          |    \   /
          |     \ /
        - + - - -* - - -    "Half of nine"
          |     / \
          |    /   \
          |   /     \


    Code:
          |   \     /
          |    \   /          "Four"
          |     \ /
          |      *
    ZOMG!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soroban View Post
    Hello, khotso!

    Finally . . . a corrected version of the problem!


    Use toothpicks and Roman numerals.
    Did you formally study toothpick analysis in school?
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    Actually, I majored in Toothpick Analysis
    . . with a minor in Matchstick Theory.

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