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Even More Old Questions
Answers to the previous problems are down below. Just scroll down for them. Scroll carefully because the questions come up first, so if you want to try them before you see the answer, don't scroll all the way down.
In 1998 my birthday was on the day we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday. The third Monday in January. When will my birthday be on MLK day again??? (Hint: my birthday is on January 19.)
A man live on the 17th floor of a building. Everyday, he takes the elevator to the first floor to fo to work or to go shopping. When he returns, he always takes the elevator to the seventh floor and then walks the remaining flights of stairs to his apartment on the 17th floor. Why does he do this??
Answer: The man is extremely short and can not reach the button for the 17th floor. He can only reach as high as the seventh floor button.
A piece of cake is to be divided between two children. It is important to each that it is cut evenly, so that each gets an equal piece. How can they be sure that they will get an equal share of the cake.
Answer: It is really quite a simple solution....let one child cut the cake and the other decide who gets which piece. Making sure that both children know that this will happen.
The answer is plain and quite simple.... the match must be lit first.
In a local tennis tournament, the champion is to be determined from among 100 competitors by elimination. As soon as one of the competitors loses a match, he joins the ranks of the spectators. How many matches are needed in order to determine the winner?
There are two ways to think of the answer: 1) There are one hundred people and each must play a game in round one. That leaves us with 50 people for round two. In round two, there are 25 games played and that leaves us with 25 people. The third round has one person not playing (that is called a by for the round), so there are 12 games played. In the fourth round 6 games are played and in the fifth round 3 games are played and in the sixth round there is 2 game played and finally the last 1 game to determine the winner is played for a total of 99 games. 2) The other way to think of the answer is even easier... there are 100 people and all must lose one to get a winner so 99 people must lose hahahahaha.
Answer: Well, there are 216 possible roles (outcomes) when we roll 3 dice together. There are 25 ways to roll a 9. So, the probability is 25/216.
Three's Company at the Greasy Spoon
Inspector Donna DiAnsa and police informer Stu Pidgeon sat together at a table in the Greasy Spoon Diner. Across the room, three men sat, talking. "You say those three are known as Slick, Smiley and Mug," said the Inspector, taking out her notebook, "but which is which, Stu? My guess is that the one smoking the cigar is Smiley, the one wearing the hat is Slick, and the one with the mustache is Mug." "Wrong. All wrong," said Stu. Just then, the one with the mustache got up from the table. "It's time we took off, Slick," he said. The two got up and all three left, without another word. "Take another guess," said Stu. "Which one is which?" "I don't need to guess," Donna DiAnsa said, putting her notebook away, and she correctly named the three men. "Your telling me I guessed all wrong-and those few words from the one with the mustache-was all I needed to put the right labels on them." Can you correctly label the three men?Answer: Slick was smoking; Mug was wearing the hat; Smiley had the mustache. Slick, wrongly guessed by the detective as the man wearing the hat, was spoken to by the one with the mustache, so he couldn't be either of them. Therefore he must be the man smoking the cigar. Mug was wrongly guessed to be the one with the mustache, and since Slick is the smoker, Mug must be the one in the hat. Smiley is, therefore, the one with the mustache.
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