NOT GONNA LIE, THIS FUCKED ME UP
Okay, now that I read it
It’s certainly an interesting piece of trivia.
That being said, I surmised that this was a peculiarity of our base-10 numeral system, rather than an intrinsic quality of the numbers themselves. So I tried doing it in base-8.
I started with 4311 - 1134, as the sourced link did, only in base-8 rather than base-10 (so the base-10 equivalent would be 2249 - 604). I then preceded along, following the instructions, which netted me this result:
4311 - 1134 = 3155
5531 - 1355 = 4154
5441 - 1445 = 3774
7743 - 3477 = 4244
4442 - 2444 = 1776
7761 - 1677 = 6062
6620 - 0266 = 6632
6632 - 2366 = 4234
4432 - 2344 = 1766
As you can see, it never ends up stopping at 6174. It does, however, reach a similar phenomenon at 1766 (which is 1022 in base-10). What happens isn’t precisely identical, however. Instead of just stopping at 1766 and repeating ad infinitum as our numeral system stops at 6174, base-8 appears to hit 1766, then transform into 6062, 6322, and 4234 before reverting back to 1766 again.
So it’s a cycle, but it’s got a bit more breadth to it and isn’t a single number but rather four. Nor are any of those numbers 6174 in base-10 (or base-8 for that matter).
I’m not even in this fandom, but hearing this made me feel so much better about life
I needed this today.
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