## Tuesday, August 30, 2005

### Pistols at Dawn

You're in a pistol duel with two others. You have shoot with an accuracy of 33%. The other two shoot with an accuracy of 100% and 50%, respectively. The rules of the duel are one shot per-person per-round. the shooting order is from worst shooter to best shooter. Thus, you go first, the 50% guy goes second, and the 100% guy goes third; repeat until only one is left. If someone is hit, we just skip his or her turn. What should you shoot at in round 1 to maximize your chances of survival over time?

### How did I pick these letters?

I saw this on another site, and I bet most of you won't get it!

How did I pick these letters?
AEFHIKLMNTVWXYZ

BCDGJOPQRSU

All 26 should be there....

Need a hint? A 4th grader would have no problem, while a college student will!

## Sunday, August 28, 2005

### More Riddles

1) Voiceless it cries, wingless it flutters, toothless it bites, mouthless it mutters.

2) There was a green house.
Inside the green house there was a white house.
Inside the white house there was a red house.
Inside the red house there were lots of babies.

What fruit does the above describe?

3) The poor have lots of it. The rich don't. Eating it will kill you. What is it?

## Friday, August 26, 2005

### Can you figure out the common phrase

1 R A in E B
15 M on a D M C
2 S to an A
60 S in a M
12 M in a Y

A customer at a 7-11 store selected four items to buy, and was told that the cost was \$7.11. He was curious that the cost was the same as the store name, so he enquired as to how the figure was derived. The clerk said that he had simply multiplied the prices of the four individual items. The customer protested that the four prices should have been ADDED, not MULTIPLIED. The clerk said that that was OK with him, but, the result was still the same: exactly \$7.11. What were the four prices?

## Wednesday, August 24, 2005

### Riddles

Since I got such positive feedback on the riddle "Attack!", I thought I'd try a few more:

a) What has 4 legs and flies? (Hint: it's not a dead horse!)

b) How many times can you subtract 6 from 30?

c) What number can you subtract half from to obtain a result that is zero?

d) What English word can have 4 of its 5 letters removed and still retain it's original pronunciation?

e) You have 10 bags of gold coins, 10 coins per bag, 10 grams per coin, but one bag of coins weigh only 9 grams per coin (because of low quality). How do you find out which bag contains low quality gold coins? You may use a scale only one time.

f) How can a woman living in New Jersey, legally marry 3 men, without ever getting a divorce, be widowed, or becoming legally separated?

### Attack!

Would you rather a shark attack you or an alligator?

## Monday, August 22, 2005

### This is an old one my dad taught me many years ago...

This is an old one my dad taught me many years ago:

Three people check into a hotel. They pay \$30 to the manager and go to their room. The manager suddenly remembers that the room rate is \$25 and gives \$5 to the bellboy to return to the people. On the way to the room the bellboy reasons that \$5 would be difficult to share among three people so he pockets \$2 and gives \$1 to each person. Now each person paid \$10 and got back \$1. So they paid \$9 each, totalling \$27. The bellboy has \$2, totalling \$29. Where is the missing \$1?

### Poker Hand

Two part question,
How many different hands are possible in a 52 card deck?
Given that, what's the probability of getting four aces?

I think this is a good question, given how popular poker is right now. Anyone have any good stories or links to share about poker strategies?

## Sunday, August 21, 2005

### How many pizza toppings are there, anyways?

Let's say you're running a pizza shop and you want to advertise how many different types of pizzas you can make. You have 10 different toppings to use, but of course you can combine them with others to make your pizza. How many pizzas can you make?

BTW, don't worry about people who want 'double' pepperoni.

## Saturday, August 20, 2005

### Game Show

Suppose you're on a game show, and you're given the choice of three doors. Behind one door is a car, behind the others, goats. You pick a door, say number 1, and the host, who knows what's behind the doors, opens another door, say number 3, which has a goat. He says to you, "Do you want to pick door number 2?" Is it to your advantage to switch your choice of doors?
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