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# The James T. Callow Folklore Archive

### DOES X EQUAL Y

GIVEN X=Y? ADD 2

X+2=X+2

X**2+4X+4=Y**2+4Y+4 SQUARE BOTH SIDE

X**2-Y**2=4Y-4X REARRANGE TERMS

(X-Y)(X+Y)=-4(X-Y) FACTOR

(X-Y)(X+Y)/(X-Y)=-4(X-Y)/(X-Y) DIVIDE BOTH SIDES

X+T=-4; X=-4-Y; THEREFORE X DOESN'T EQUAL Y

**Submitter comment:**

HE LEARNED THIS IN HIGH SCHOOL

**Data entry tech comment:**

Updated by TRD

**Where learned: ** MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

**Keyword(s):**
Math ; MATHEMATICS ; PUZZLE ; RIDDLE

Subject headings: |
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question |

**Date learned: **10-31-1967