# Numerals assignment in funny way riddle

*It is given that (1 = 8).*

*It also says Have Fun : )*

∴ **8 = 1**

*[SherlockHolmes wanted to trick you]*

*The given pattern gives us the multiplication table of number ‘8’*

*8 = ?*

* 8 = 8 x 8 = 64*

*But* **1 is the expected answer for this riddle.**

*I guess . . .*

All those answered this question have given the SAME answer as ‘1’ based on the first statement “1 = 8”. However, they have, apparently by oversight, overlooked the fact that the axiom of “mutual equality” is applicable IF and ONLY IF the “=” sign means “equals”. The principle CAN’T be applied anywhere where the “=” sign has *any* meaning *other than* that of ‘equality’. In the question, it is evident that the “=” sign does NOT denote the concept of equality, but something else.

Since the “=” does not stand for ‘equality’, it can have any number of other meanings. One such ‘straight-forward’ meaning could be “multiplication by 8” (which is quite evident), in which case the answer should be **64**.

(Another, slightly complicated meaning of “=” could be “square the number and add a (sequential) number from the “pulsating” series ‘7, 12, 15, 16, 15, 12, 7….’

1 * 1 + 7 = 8;

2 * 2 + 12 = 16;

3 * 3 + 15 = 24,

4 * 4 + 16 = 32;

5 * 5 + 15 = 40;

6 * 6 + 12 = 48;

7 * 7 + 7 = 56

By this logic. the answer would be 8 * 8 + 12 = **76**.

)

There can be ‘n’ number of more complicated assumptions and derivations.

A small hint – Have fun 🙂

suggests to think it a little funnier way 😛

There’s no ‘fun’ in ‘assuming the obvious’… Fun lies in thinking in unusual ways…! :p

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