### Proof that

## All numbers are created equal

Let *x* = 1

Now multiply both sides by *x*;

*x*^{2} = *x*

Substract 1 from both sides;

*x*^{2} – 1 = *x* – 1

Use the identity *x*^{2} – 1 = (*x* + 1)(*x* – 1);

(*x* + 1)(*x* – 1) = (*x* – 1)

Cancel the factors (*x* – 1);

(*x* + 1) = 1

But *x* was equal to 1; so

2 = 1

q. e. d.

## Objections

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**John Th. Ioannides** (Dipl. Civil/Geotech. Engineer, GeoLogismiki, Greece) correctly solved the puzzle.

**Adis Skejic** (a Geotechnical Engineer from Bosnia & Herzegovina) also solved it correctly.

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