# Egg Riddle: If I Had 4 Eggs: Try to Solve the Viral Riddle

## If I had four eggs- and a thief gave me three- and my rooster laid five more- how many eggs do I have?

This viral riddle requires careful reading! Your first thought may be that this is a simple math problem: Just add four, plus three, plus five, and you have 12 eggs! Wait, is that it? That seems too easy. Reading the riddle again, you might get stuck on the third line. Whoops! Roosters can’t lay eggs, so those five eggs are impossible. So is the answer seven eggs?

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Another popular answer to this riddle is one egg, but that answer is incorrect. We get to one egg by starting with four and then getting confused about the thief. Why would a thief give you three eggs? But that detail—that they’re a thief—is only there to throw you off: They don’t steal three of your eggs (giving the answer of one), they give them to you. So how do we get to the correct answer to this egg riddle?

The answer to this riddle is… three! I have three eggs. It all hinges on one very important word: If. If I had 4 eggs… implying that I don’t actually have them! That’s right, those first four eggs that we all took for granted are actually just an eggcellent fantasy. (Sorry). You have four imaginary eggs, but then a kindly thief happens by and gives you three. (Maybe the eggs came from their own chickens, rather than off the back of a truck?). Roosters can’t lay eggs, so those five are impossible, which leaves you with a total of three eggs! Sometimes, egg dreams do come true. Or close enough. Thanks, thief! Honestly, this whole thing casts some suspicion on your moral fiber. Maybe you should find some new friends who aren’t thieves. Or get some chickens of your own to keep your rooster company. Then, you can have all the eggs you want!