A man had twelve toothpicks

A man had twelve toothpicks in front of him. He took one away. Now he had nine in front of him. How is this possible?

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4 thoughts to “A man had twelve toothpicks”

  1. These toothpicks are arranged to show XII. If one toothpick is removed and we see it from other side, it will loke like IX which indicates 9.

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