"What has 4 letters, sometimes has 9 letters, and never has 5 letters” is a riddle—until it’s figured out that it is a statement. The word “what” has four letters, the word “sometimes” has nine letters, and the word “never” has five letters. The brain teaser has been printed on many images.

“@ACTORDAVIDTRAN the answer is ‘What’ has 4 letters, ‘yet’ has 3, ‘although’ has 8, ‘then’ 4, ‘rarely’ 6, ‘never’ has 5” was posted on Twitter by Danii on May 31, 2011. “What has 4 letters, never has 5 letters, but has 3 letters, and sometimes has 9 letters ?” was posted on Twitter by @TheyKnowBri on December 14, 2011. “What has 4 letters yet has 3 letters, sometimes has 9 letters but never has 5?” was posted on Twitter by Bruce Gervais on May 30, 2017. “What has 4 letters, sometimes has 9 letters, but never has 5 letters” was posted on Reddit—Dadjokes on November 6, 2017.

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Danii

@heyitsdaniixo

Replying to @ACTORDAVIDTRAN

@ACTORDAVIDTRAN the answer is ‘What’ has 4 letters, ‘yet’ has 3, ‘although’ has 8, ‘then’ 4, ‘rarely’ 6, ‘never’ has 5

9:38 AM · May 31, 2011·Twitter Web Client

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m’s

@xJonasCullenx

Replying to @tayylortodd

@tatertott611 the word what has 4 letters. yet has 3 letters. although has 8 letters. then has 4 letters. and never has 5 letters haha.

6:38 PM · May 31, 2011·Twitter Web Client

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Ysa╰(◣﹏◢)╯

@thisisysa

What has 4 letters Yet has 3 Although has 8 then has 4 Rarely has 6 Never has 5

1:05 AM · Jun 1, 2011·TweetCaster

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Inder Nagra

@indernagra

What has 4 letters, yet has 3 letters, although has 8 letters, and then has 4 letters, rarely has 6 letters, and never has 5 letters?

3:34 AM · Jun 1, 2011·Echofon

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@TheyKnowBri

What has 4 letters, never has 5 letters, but has 3 letters, and sometimes has 9 letters ?

10:34 PM · Dec 14, 2011·Twitter SMS

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Brady Francis

@BradyBeast

What has 4 letters, but also has 3, mostly has 6, sometimes has 9 and never has 5.

11:30 PM · Jul 8, 2012·Twitter Web Client

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m

@m_rome2

What has four letters

And yet has three

Although it has eight

But never has five

6:27 AM · Dec 12, 2014·Twitter for iPhone

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Neil AKA ‘Marvo’

@AkaMarvo

Replying to @shwood

@shwood What has 4 letters, but consists of 3, sometimes has 9, never has 5 and occasionally has 12.

8:11 AM · Sep 9, 2015·Twitter for iPad

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JoJo Mitchell

@PCSOJoMitchell

Replying to @BolsoverSNT

@BolsoverSNT ‘what’ has 4 letters in it ‘yet’ has three ‘sometimes’ has 9 ‘then’ has 4 ‘rarely’ has 6 and ‘never’ has 5 love a #brainteaser

8:30 AM · Sep 14, 2015·Twitter for iPhone

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Lee Gellie

@leegellie

What has 4 letters yet has 3 letters, sometimes has 9 letters but never has 5?

3:49 PM · Oct 30, 2015·Facebook

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Ella Selley

@EllaDeanne_YT

@nx_lima what has 4 letters, ‘yet’ has 3, sometimes has 9, then has 4, rarely has 6 and never has 5!

5:08 PM · Dec 9, 2015·Twitter for iPhone

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Bruce Gervais

@Bruce63963528

What has four letters in it, sometimes has nine, and never has five.

10:59 PM · May 30, 2017·Twitter for iPhone

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jeremy duncan

@revjeremyduncan

What has 4 letters, sometimes has 9 letters, but never has 5 letters.

11:07 PM · May 30, 2017·Facebook

Reddit—Jokes

Posted by u/youdubdub June 19, 2017

What has four letters, sometimes has nine letters, always has six letters, can has three letters, maybe has five letters, but never has five letters?

Nothing.

Metro (UK)

*‘What has 4 letters, sometimes has 9 letters, but never has 5 letters.’ Have you figured out this tricky riddle yet? *

Oliver Wheaton

Wednesday 19 Jul 2017 11:29 am

Reddit—Riddles

Posted by u/shatteringperception July 21, 2017

What has four letters, sometimes has nine letters and never has five letters

Reddit—Dadjokes

Posted by u/TheInstituteOfSteel November 6, 2017

What has 4 letters, sometimes has 9 letters, but never has 5 letters.

COMMENTS

*TheBeardedMann*

...and always has 6 letters.

Reddit—Dadjokes

Posted by u/DrScitt January 6, 2018

What has 4 letters, sometimes has 9 letters, and never has 5 letters.

Reddit—Jokes

Posted by u/haz__man March 14, 2018

What has 4 letters, sometimes has 9 letters, but never has 5 letters.

Its not a question

Reddit—AntiAntiJokes

Posted by u/ralph3576 March 25, 2018

What has four letters, sometimes has nine letters, never has five letters, probably has eight letters, definitely has ten letters, seldom has six letters, and axiomatically has thirteen letters?

A mailman tripping on acid.

Reddit—Dadjokes

Posted by u/JustAnIdea3 November 21, 2020

What has 4 letters, sometimes has 9 letters, occasionally has 12 letters, always has 6 letters, and never has 5 letters.

But nothing tops a cheese pizza.