Mental Floss

Brain Game: Can You Digit?


"Numbers, numbers everywhere, but not a kid to think!" That's what my algebra teacher used to say. Of course, she was about 200 years old. I think she taught my parents, too, if they had algebra back then. Anyway, speaking of numbers...

What's the next number in this sequence? 8, 5, 4, 9, 1, 7, ...

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Answer: 6. The sequence contains the numbers from zero to nine in alphabetical order. "Six" would come after "seven," followed by "three," "two," and "zero."