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Luis, I No Longer Believe You Are Not Kidding.

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Posted by Michael W. Pearson on September 20, 2002 22:04:17 UTC

If one Toothpick is the central pole,
you can bend the other five toothpicks in half
(without breaking them) and each one can
use the central pole as a third side.

So even without using an imaginary side,
it is possible to form five equilateral triangles
with the constraints stated in the original problem.

Since Luis said he no longer opens my posts,
I will say that Luis' inability to see what
Harv was saying might be in part due to Harv's
not taking time to restate what he meant by
using one toothpick as the "ground."

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