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Entry from April 15, 2021
“What has 4 letters, sometimes has 9 letters, and never has 5 letters”

"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.

Danii
@heyitsdaniixo
@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

m’s
@xJonasCullenx
@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

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

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

@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

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

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

Neil AKA ‘Marvo’
@AkaMarvo
@shwood What has 4 letters, but consists of 3, sometimes has 9, never has 5 and occasionally has 12.

JoJo Mitchell
@PCSOJoMitchell
@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

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

Ella Selley
@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

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

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

Posted by u/TheInstituteOfSteel November 6, 2017
What has 4 letters, sometimes has 9 letters, but never has 5 letters.
TheBeardedMann
...and always has 6 letters.

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.