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Monday, July 28, 2008

Missing Man

Look at the figure below, which shows fifteen men. The figure is subdivided into three areas (upper left, upper right, and the bottom half).

By exchanging the upper two parts of the figure, one gets the figure below. This new figure however only shows fourteen men! (If you don't belief what happened here: please print it, cut it, and try it out yourself!)

The Question: Where did the missing man go?

Answer: The trick of this puzzle is that every man has grown a little bit in the second figure. So you can say that the "missing" man is divided among the other men who became taller... But to really grasp it, take your time and study the figures, because it does look like magic!

Another example of the same kind of magic is depicted below:

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