One person says he has 11 toothpicks and the other says its NINE. How is this possible assuming both of the are right and see the same number of sticks.

# Nine or Eleven | 13 Jul 2009

11 toothpicks arranged as NINE

NINE... Count the no of Lines needed to make NINE... Its 11

Sticks

N = | \ | = 3

I = | = 1

N = | \ | = 3

E = | - - - = 4

3+1+3+4 - 11

N = | \ | = 3

I = | = 1

N = | \ | = 3

E = | - - - = 4

3+1+3+4 - 11

3+1+3+4 = 11

there is 11 lines in word NINE, so he build word NINE from 11 toothpicks

i guess you are right naimish....

9 toothpicks arranged over one another that it is count as 11

The first person is counting in base 8 and the second in base 10. 11_8 = 9_10.