salman's youth lasted one sixth of his life. He grew a beard after one twelfth more. After one seventh more of his life, he married. 5 years later, he and his wife had a son. The son lived exactly one half as long as his father, and salman died four years after his son.

How many years did salman live?

The riddle, the 'facts' of which may or may not be true, results in the following equation:

x/6 + x/12 + x/7 + 5 + x/2 + 4 = x

where x is salman's age at the time of his death.

Therefore, salmna lived exactly 84 years.