# Only 1 in 10 can crack this puzzle: Find out the highest possible number by moving only 2 matches

I try to exercise my brain for at least 10 minutes a day. It doesn’t matter how you do it – the important thing is that you do it! Most of us are just passively looking at our computers and smart phones the whole day – while technology does most of our work for us.

That’s why I think we need brain teasers, now more than ever. Sitting down with a crossword or some other tricky thing can really wake you up and activate your brain.

Puzzles, brainteasers and tricky problems have gotten more and more popular lately. It’s become a trend to challenge your friends; it adds a competitive element and make it more exciting. I think this is a really positive development – exercising your brain is never a bad thing.

Back when I was in school, I had a teacher who would always give us little puzzles and challenges. It was a welcome break from the usual math!

I found this brainteaser earlier today, and I really had to think long and hard on it. It’s not as easy as it looks at first glance – and apparently only 10% get it right on the first try.

So you’ve got to be a real genius to find out the answer!

The number 5008 is written out with match sticks. The challenge is to find out the highest possible number by moving only 2 matches.

Can you do it? Try it now!

Caution: spoilers below!

All done? I’ll give you a clue: the key is to increase how many separate numbers there are. You start out with 4 numbers, but you can end up with 6 of them! Take another look and see if you can figure it out!

Ready for the solution? Here it is!