One of my classmates was telling me that it is an open question whether every 3manifold can be triangulated. This was rather surprising. He said that the question as far as he remember is settled only for 4manifold where answer is negative. If this is the case, can somebody shed some light why this problem is so hard?
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Every $3$manifold is triangulable. This was proven by Edwin E. Moise in is paper "Affine structure in $3$manifolds", Annals of Math. 56 (1952). 

