Oh yeah… I promised you fine folks the answer to a riddle today.
I posted it on Sunday. Here it is again:
There exists a system, and you may have such a system in your home, in which
- 1, 2, and 3 are undervalued
- 4, 5, and 6 are perfectly valued
- 7 is overvalued
- 8 and 9 never had a chance to be perfectly valued
- 0 is only perfectly valued when the system stops working
I mentioned that I thought of the riddle while lying in bed. That was a clue.
It’s a digital clock. I was looking at one when I came up with the riddle.
A digital clock has 7 “legs” it uses to build each digit – 4 vertical, 3 horizontal.
- The digit 1 uses 2 legs to be built; 2 uses 5 legs; and 3 uses 5 legs. So those digits are undervalued.
- The digit 4 uses 4 legs to be built; 5 uses 5 legs, and 6 uses 6 legs. So those digits are perfectly valued.
- The digit 7 uses 3 legs to be built. So 7 is overvalued.
- Since there are only 7 legs, 8 and 9 never had a chance to be perfectly valued.
- Unplug the clock and 0 legs are displayed – the only time 0 is perfectly valued.
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