# Thread: How is this Possible 3?

1. ## How is this Possible 3?

Note: This is an old puzzle.

A young man claimed that last year he was 15 years old, but that on his next birthday he was going to be 24 years old.

Steve

2. ## Re: How is this Possible 3?

Hi Steve

Do I need to <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">leap</span hide>to conclusions?

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

3. ## Re: How is this Possible 3?

<span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">This "young" man was born on February 29, 1880, and he said this in 1896, sometime after February 29.
- "Last year" is 1895; he was 15 years old then.
- Since he was born on Febrary 29, he only celebrates his birthday in leap years. In the Gregorian calendar, the year 1900 was not a leap year, so his next "birthday" would be on February 29, 1904. He would be 24 years old then.</span hide>

4. ## Re: How is this Possible 3?

<img src=/S/bullseye.gif border=0 alt=bullseye width=45 height=15>

Steve

5. ## Re: How is this Possible 3?

You must only leap to one conclusion. If you leap to too many, you will not be able solve the puzzle correctly. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

Steve

6. ## Re: How is this Possible 3?

As usual, I leaked before I looped (in Excel).

Merry Christmas

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