Monday, July 31, 2006

Know how to fight

McIntosh and Newton gave birth to me.
I've lived all of my life in Tennessee.

Trained from a young child, to know how to fight.
I have proven that I can wear the green and white.

What am I?

Thursday, July 27, 2006

What are the odds again?

The field of statistics owes a great deal of it's history to the human desire to gamble. At one point, a major contributor to statistics was interested in the following question:

What's the probability of rolling at least one six in four rolls of a die?

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

What are the odds?

Four cards are dealt from the top of a well shuffled deck. What are the odds that they are four aces?

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Kind Gift

Mrs Smith decided to give a gift of three pots (she made them herself!) filled with homemade apple jelly to her next door neighbors. Her neighbors were a family of two fathers and two sons. They were very happy with their gifts!

How were they able to split their three apple jelly jars equally and fairly between themselves?

Monday, July 24, 2006

I would have thought it happens more often

Only one common English word appears when you translate numbers into Roman numerals. What is that number/word?

Having trouble? One of the following works:

38, 54, 626, 1009, 2376, 3128

I would have thought it happens more often

Only one common English word appears when you translate numbers into Roman numerals. What is that number/word?

Having trouble? One of the following works:

38, 54, 626, 1009, 2376, 3128

Friday, July 21, 2006

Squared or Cubed

There is only one 2-digit number (between 10 and 99) that is both a square and a cube. What is it?

There is only one 3-digit number that is both a cube and a square. What is it?

Just to be clear, a square is a number you get by multiply any number by itself. So 4 is a square (2x2 = 4) and so is 16 (4x4 = 16). A cube is a number you get by multiplying any number by itself three times, i.e. 27 is a cube (3x3x3) and 125 (5x5x5).

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Leap Frog

I can never remember how to do this. I always have to work it out every time I see it.

You have six frogs trying to cross the stream. On the first three stones, there are three frogs (A)lex, (B)obby, and (C)arl. On the other side of the stream are three more frogs, on three more stones. Their names are (D)eb, (E)nid, and (F)rancine.

So, when they start, they look like this:
A B C _ D E F

There's an empty stone in the middle. A, B and C want to get to the side D, E and F are on and vice-versa. But none of the frogs want to get wet today. Each frog can leap-frog over another frog (if they are of the opposite sex) or can jump to an empty stone that's next to them. How do you get them to switch sides?

Did I explain that well enough?

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Uncle Ben

"OR LOML YVFZXMCF LUU UJLRI OVF HVJR MIY OVF HMXXRL VF VI YMIARW UJ OMNVIA TULO UJ LORS TUWWUHRY."

"HR MWR MXX TUWI VAIUWMIL, TEL UIR SEFL HUWP OMWY LU WRSMVI FLEZVY."

"OR LOML FZRMPF SEGO, VF SEGO SVFLMPRI."

These are three famous sayings from Ben Franklin. Can you translate them all?

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Food for class

Sierra, Grace, Daniel, Savannah, and Austin each went to the grocery store and bought a number (5, 3, 2, 6, and 9) of some type of plant (eggplants, carrots, grapefruits, peanuts, and bunches of celery). They each only bought one type of plant, however they differed in how much they bought.

They carried the items that they bought to class.

What did each person bring to class?
1. Daniel said that his items come from the root of a plant.
2. Savannah said that the edible part of her items are the seeds.
3. Someone brought in three grapefruits.
4. Sierra said that her items come from the stem of a plant.
5. Austin brought in the most number of items.
6. Someone brought in five bunches of celery.
7. Savannah brought in less than eight items.
8. Grace's items are not a vegetable.
9. Someone brought in two carrots.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Largest Number

What's the largest number you can make with just two digits?

Or, What's the smallest?

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Cracking Up

A cracker company isn't pleased when it finds out the results of a survey it has taken. According to the survey, although customers would rather have a cracker than nothing at all, those same customers would prefer peanuts to anything else!

A junior employee decides this is his big chance for promotion. He claims to his boss what the survey really saids was that customers prefer crackers to peanuts. How in the world could he come to that conclusion?

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Dinner with the family

Savannah is hosting Thanksgiving this year. She invited her family (Hannah, Daniel, Jacob, Makayla, Justin, Destiny, Thomas, and Nicole) to her house. Her father, her sister, her mother, her uncle, her grandmother, her aunt, her grandfather, and her brother all had a great time at her house!

Figure out how each person is related to Savannah and make a family tree.

1. Hannah is Savannah's aunt.
2. Makayla is not Savannah's sister.
3. Justin is Destiny's brother.
4. Jacob is Savannah's father.
5. Nicole is not Savannah's grandmother.
6. Nicole is Destiny's mother.
7. Daniel is Nicole's brother.
8. Justin has no children.
9. In the afternoon, all of the men were watching football. Nicole, Makayla, Destiny, and Hannah were talking and not watching football.
10. Destiny is not Savannah's mother.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

More in Common

What do these three have in common?

Municipal parking lot
Electric utility
Rhythm in verse

Monday, July 10, 2006

Say what?

What are the three common phrases hidden below?

In the general area, but failing to acquire the roll of tobacco.

Please pardon my accidental use of a romance language derived from Latin.

Direct your attention to the melodic tones currently occurring.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Translation, please?

Can you translate this inspirational statement?

IYO PEXDI WXTDEG PEMCS KO Q LCEDOS YOQXI.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

It's a murder

A "murder" of crows is what you call a bunch these black birds. What's a group of flamingos called?
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