## Thursday, January 25, 2007

### Some peoples kids

Two children, who were all tangled up in their reckoning of the days of the week, paused on their way to school to straighten matters out. "When the day after tomorrow is yesterday," said Priscilla, then 'today' will be as far from Sunday as that day was which was 'today' when the day before yesterday was tomorrow!"

1. I hate these, but I am going to take a guess here, so I can get on with my work and stop thinking about it...

I have identified all seven days of the week:

When the day before yesterday was tomorrow (T-4)

Day Before Yesterday (BDY)

Yesterday (Y)

Today

Tomorrow

Day After Tomorrow (DAT)

When the day after tomorrow is yesterday (T+4)

So, when T-4 is as far from Sunday as T+4. The two days that are both 3 days from Sunday and next to each other is Wednesday and Thursday.

So, 'today' is a as far from Sunday as T-4 and T+4 must be Sunday. Could these 'Idiot Savants' be on their way to Sunday school?

2. I get "Three days hence" "today will be as far from Sunday" as "three days ago was from Sunday".

So +3 and -3 are equal distance from Sunday, which must be +/-4. Today is Thursday.

Close?

3. If today is Thursday, it will be Sunday in 3 days.

I think that it is Sunday, just because if 3 days ago and 3 days in the future are the same distance from Sunday, it would make sense that today is Sunday, for the same reason that if some number n plus three and some number minus 3 were the same distance from X, then n=X.

I agree with Mr. Don.

4. And I agree with Mr Don and Abe. The day was Sunday and they were off to Sunday school... Or... they were so confused about the days they were heading to school on their day off.

5. I think Jonathan is correct. It's Thursday.

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