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Can You Solve This Viral Egg Riddle That Looks Deceivingly Easy? People Are Losing Their Minds

Can You Solve This Viral Egg Riddle That Looks Deceivingly Easy? People Are Losing Their Minds

Solving brain teasers helps us sharpen our cognitive skills while passing the time productively.

Solving brain teasers and puzzles at the end of a long day is an amazing way to unwind. This engaging activity helps us sharpen our cognitive skills while passing the time in a productive manner. Indulging in such cognitively stimulating exercises may also assist with our abilities like thinking, attention, and reasoning, explains Dr. Jessica Langbaum who is an Alzheimer’s disease researcher from Arizona, and associate director for the Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative. "What we do not know, however, is whether this is a direct causal relationship. We also do not know whether participating in these activities delay or prevent the onset of cognitive impairment such as dementia or dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease," she explained per Healthline.

Solving riddles may seem like some childish thing to do but trust me it's a fun activity that keeps people of all ages engaged. Moreover, brain teasers come in handy when you're stuck indoors with nothing to do. Honestly, it doesn't matter whether you care about the benefits of solving riddles or simply passing your time, either way, you're going to love this egg riddle that has left many baffled. The puzzle appears deceptively easy at first glance but don't let this fool you. Remember you can easily solve it just by engaging your common sense. 

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Take a look at the puzzle below:

If I had four eggs
and a thief gave me three
and my rooster laid five more
how many do I have?

Read the question again if you have any doubts about solving it. Take your time.

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At first glance you might think simply adding 4, 3, 5 will give you the answer that you're looking for then I'm sorry to say that you're wrong. Try reading the riddle again, carefully. There is no rush.

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Here's a hint: Read the third line carefully. 

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Well, a rooster cannot lay eggs, so the answer is definitely not 12. 

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If you're answered 4 + 3 = 7 eggs, it's wrong. Here's your final chance to lock your answer.

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The correct answer is 3 eggs.

If you got the answer good job! If you're still confused let's go through the question one line at a time. So the solution hinges on the first line: "If I had four eggs." The word "if" is hypothetical, which means you have four imaginary eggs or no eggs at all. Next, you get three eggs from a thief. The word "thief" is probably there to throw you off. Now they may have gotten it from their own chickens or stolen it from somewhere but ultimately you are given three eggs. The third line says that a rooster lays another 5, which is impossible. Thus, 0 + 3 + 0 = 3. Simple, right? Now if you were unable to solve the question correctly, don't be disheartened. Solving puzzles is all about having fun so challenge your friends and family members to solve the riddle.

References:

https://www.rd.com/article/if-i-had-four-eggs/ 

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