This is a test that supposed to show how sometimes knowing too much leads to overthinking and keeps you from solving problems creatively. Got this from another forum I am on. I give up. Going to get another beer

Hint: Pre-school children typically can't add, subtract, multiple, or divide, so this isn't a math problem despite the equal signs saying so. They can, however, usually count to 10.

Oh, I get it...took me a while. It's not creative thinking if you ask me, it's a waste of damn good time that can be spent solving REAL problems! =D Of course that's me getting defensive because I nearly broke my damn pen trying to figure it out..and then it hit me like a ton of bricks.

It's not really a math problem ^.^ Hint: The numbers that don't equal zero, have what the ones that do equal to zero don't have. Oh and 2581 = 2

I got it. Took me a few minutes. I'm not sure what I can say without giving too big a hint. I guess it helps that I have a 4, almost 5 year old at home, so I tried to think about it from his perspective.

At first without considering the preschool factor I was looking at average of numbers, then adding some and dividing by the number, and many other ways of relating them. If you're doing anything similar, STOP. It's not a math problem. Read the hits above and you can figure it out. Don't overthink it. Look at it like a pre-schooler. What do you think a 4 year old would think seeing a 4 digit number? They typically have no concept of numbers in the 1000s

Still ---------- Post added at 02:04 AM ---------- Previous post was at 01:58 AM ---------- Maybe I'm just too smart to get it :lol:

If you really give up I can tell you in a PM, but I don't want to post it on here for those others who want to figure it out and don't want to risk being told the answer. Try this first though... look at it backward. What relation does the answer have to the digits listed. Not the other way around.

PM sent with about the biggest clue I can give without outright giving the answer. If that still doesn't work I'll send the answer. Figured you might feel a bit better about being lead to the answer than given it though. :great:

Ok lets see...another hint. Sure hope it doesn't give it away... Hint: What does " 0 " have that " 1 " doesn't have?