## Search found 98 matches

Sat Nov 11, 2006 12:06 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Rotation Ciphers
Replies: 25
Views: 9888
hermaj wrote:Jenny sounds like Gin-ny

I don't see how that's true at all; the two are pronounced very differently, at least where I come from. One has an e sound and one has an i sound.
Sat Nov 11, 2006 12:01 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Pancake Problem
Replies: 56
Views: 19186
Zink wrote:... and we could just as well switch the colours on all of the balls.

Wow, your subject changed halfway through that sentence from pancakes to balls.
Mon Oct 09, 2006 4:18 am UTC
Topic: 0168: "Reverse Euphemisms"
Replies: 43
Views: 23045
It's supposed to be "euphemisms".
Thu Oct 05, 2006 5:48 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: locker problem solution
Replies: 28
Views: 21307
CarTalk once did a version with a million lightbulbs with pullchains. Exactly the same reasoning, only a little bit harder to work out by brute force
Thu Oct 05, 2006 5:46 am UTC
Topic: 0166: "Misusing Slang"
Replies: 47
Views: 21149
Still, you'd agree that to most, the phrases "that song is pwned" and "that song pwned" are pretty significantly different in meaning, no?
Wed Oct 04, 2006 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 3-way duel
Replies: 25
Views: 12037
If U hits W, it turns into a shootout between U and V. 6/9 of the time, V wins. 1/9 of the time, V misses and U hits, so V loses. 2/9 of the time, both miss so it repeats. Clearly, V is much more likely to win than U. If U misses (intentionally or not)... If V hits W, we get a similar shootout betw...
Wed Oct 04, 2006 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: locker problem solution
Replies: 28
Views: 21307
The lockers that will be open are those whose states have been changed an odd number of times (because those changed an even number of times, with only two possible states to choose from, will end up effectively unchanged in the same state they started in: closed). Since student 1 changes all locker...
Wed Oct 04, 2006 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Nobel Prize
Replies: 13
Views: 5527
I'm saying "yay for Smoot" too on principle - chalk up another Nobel Prize for MIT alumnae
Wed Oct 04, 2006 5:29 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 3-way duel
Replies: 25
Views: 12037
If U hits W, it turns into a shootout between U and V. 6/9 of the time, V wins. 1/9 of the time, V misses and U hits, so V loses. 2/9 of the time, both miss so it repeats. Clearly, V is much more likely to win than U. If U misses (intentionally or not)... If V hits W, we get a similar shootout betw...
Wed Oct 04, 2006 5:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Obscene word games (f*cking jacket, ass-car)
Replies: 131
Views: 43570
... I've never in my life heard anyone pronounce "saw" like "soar" without the r. "Soar" has a long o.
Wed Oct 04, 2006 4:55 am UTC
Topic: 0166: "Misusing Slang"
Replies: 47
Views: 21149
My dad used to tease us by saying things were "groovy". Heh.

lemurs1: notice the "IS".
Tue Oct 03, 2006 4:02 am UTC
Topic: 0165: "Turn Signals"
Replies: 54
Views: 22321
You could also just check while parked, if you're curious and want a safer (and more legal) method to check...
Tue Oct 03, 2006 1:34 am UTC
Topic: 0165: "Turn Signals"
Replies: 54
Views: 22321
I like it when my windshield wipers have a frequency of 1/2 that of other people's turn signals. It happens more often than turn signals matching up because I can stop and start the wipers at will, and they also have three speeds from which to choose.
Tue Oct 03, 2006 1:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Replies: 3985
Views: 667662
I demand to know why the population of Massholes on this forum so disproportionate!! I also demand to know which city those of you who haven't yet mentioned your city are from. (demeteloaf, i invented rain, and others...) And why you live in such an abysmal state. Heh. I've said it before and I'll s...
Tue Oct 03, 2006 1:16 am UTC
Topic: 0163: "Donald Knuth"
Replies: 36
Views: 21537
There are two kinds of people in the world: (1) who start their arrays from 1, and (1) those who start their arrays from 0. I'd heard most of the others before, but this one really amused me. I think I had to read it twice to understand it, and then couldn't stop laughing for a good five minutes. W...
Tue Oct 03, 2006 1:13 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Monty Hall Problem
Replies: 116
Views: 52260
It was in the season 1 finale "Manhunt", if you're curious. Good episode... then again, they all are
Tue Oct 03, 2006 12:47 am UTC
Topic: 0148: "Mispronouncing"
Replies: 42
Views: 19347
When I was little, my dad used to ask me what was on the back of the penny and I would respond with "the Lincoln Temorial". Now that I've begun taking Japanese in school, I also derive amusement by attempting to figure out how to write words in Katakana, which usually involves some horribl...
Tue Oct 03, 2006 12:16 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Obscene word games (f*cking jacket, ass-car)
Replies: 131
Views: 43570
But after reading and listening to the clips on this page about "Canadian rising" (the linguistic phenomenon that encompasses the "aboot" thing), I realize that I can't hear the difference because I totally do that all the time . My English most definitely includes Canadian Risi...
Fri Sep 29, 2006 5:19 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ?ereh sdrawkcab gnihtyreve epyt uoy od yhW
Replies: 34
Views: 14652

If I were you, I'd keep the statements about the raptors hush-hush... we don't want them finding out any more of the phases of our plan
Tue Sep 26, 2006 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Monty Hall Problem
Replies: 116
Views: 52260
I just saw this now, sorry for not responding earlier.

Spider wrote:Indeed it did, I love that show!

I think it's because I desperately want to be Charlie...

I think we should be friends. I'm in school learning how to be Charlie now. My jock brother wants to be a Fed and everything!
Tue Sep 26, 2006 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A very interesting Mathematical Paradox
Replies: 387
Views: 154262
There's also this "proof" which, while not constructed as a formal logical proof, certainly can help to drive the point home to some people: 1/9 = .1111... 2/9 = .2222... 3/9 = 1/3 = .3333... 4/9 = .4444... 5/9 = .5555... 6/9 = 2/3 = .6666... 7/9 = .7777... 8/9 = .8888... 9/9 = 3/3 = 1 = ....
Mon Sep 25, 2006 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Weighing Marbles
Replies: 48
Views: 43229
If you'd like to save some time I can dig up the .xls file I made for homework and upload it, or something. (Yes, an .xls file. I am an idiot at programming, but I can do stuff in Excel. Shut up - if you want to turn it into some magical codey thing, feel free.) It lists which coins go on which side...
Sun Sep 24, 2006 1:29 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Weighing Marbles
Replies: 48
Views: 43229
You're right about the good coin - I forgot that was part of the problem in class and not here as well. However, with the good coin, you can definitively tell if the bad coin is heavy or light for 40 of the 41 possibly bad coins (the exception being, of course, if the bad coin is the one coin never ...
Fri Sep 22, 2006 12:25 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Weighing Marbles
Replies: 48
Views: 43229
We did a problem just like this in my 18.310 (principles of applied mathematics) class... using non-adaptive weighing (ie, putting set groups of coins on the scale and then later working out which is the bad one) we had to design a spreadsheet that would let you find the bad coin out of 41 coins in ...
Wed Sep 13, 2006 2:31 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Monty Hall Problem
Replies: 116
Views: 52260
This problem also featured in an episode of Numb3rs, if anyone besides me watches it.
Sat Sep 09, 2006 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: English Officer
Replies: 33
Views: 16284
I don't even understand the question... there's something wrong with what? Like, grammatically? Are we looking for a spelling mistake, a factual inconsistency, or something more... sinister?
Sat Sep 09, 2006 5:47 am UTC
Topic: 0154: "Beliefs"
Replies: 149
Views: 55382
Hmmm... considering I'm on a first-name basis with the man who personally discovered and dated the oldest rock on Earth (and have spent two weeks camping in Yellowstone with him), I would say that it's a little bit more than a "vague idea". And believe me, if you knew Sam, you'd know he kn...
Fri Sep 08, 2006 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Hilbert's Hotel
Replies: 102
Views: 9803
wisnij wrote:Who wants to walk an infinitely-long corridor?

Us MIT kids don't seem to mind.

... Sorry, I have nothing useful to contribute to the discussion.
Fri Sep 08, 2006 6:37 pm UTC
Topic: 0154: "Beliefs"
Replies: 149
Views: 55382
If god wanted to, he could have created the universe *yesterday*, and put all the evidence in place, put the physical processes in motion, and even neurologically imprint all of our memories so that, to *every* scientific line of inquiry, the universe would look 15 billion years old, despite its ag...
Thu Sep 07, 2006 4:19 am UTC
Forum: General
Replies: 3985
Views: 667662
DejaVoodoo wrote:Hoping to go somewhere in Cambrige (the one that's not MIT, )

Wait, there's another college in town?

... d'you mean that little lib-arts school up the river?

Sun Sep 03, 2006 4:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Replies: 3985
Views: 667662
Balthos wrote:But, since it will still be cold blooded, places like Pittsburgh will be immune to the horrors visited upon the humans. Bwahahahahaha!

Pittsburgh is cold?

Wait, what's that make Boston, then?
Fri Sep 01, 2006 6:11 pm UTC
Topic: Terror Island / Mere Happenings
Replies: 28
Views: 11770
I think they're movies.

Fermat's Last Tango is hilarious!
Fri Sep 01, 2006 8:41 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: this is what i expected to see on the comic some time ago
Replies: 6
Views: 4289
I'm more afraid of snakes on the complex plane... I can deal with real snakes, but imaginary ones? They never get off the motherfucking plane.
Fri Sep 01, 2006 8:38 am UTC
Topic: 0150: "Grownups"
Replies: 147
Views: 80943
You should have been around for the most recent FIRST robotics competition. <I can't believe I'm saying this>Our robot was the best around at sucking up balls and spitting them out at high speed. No one could match us!</I can't believe I'm saying this> There was also the one two or three years ago ...
Wed Aug 30, 2006 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Marble Dropping
Replies: 33
Views: 22749
I like this game better! What is the minimum floor you have to drop a marble from to kill a raptor?

If the marble doesn't break, you get a bonus!
Wed Aug 30, 2006 6:12 pm UTC
Topic: 0150: "Grownups"
Replies: 147
Views: 80943
This is absolutely my most favoritest comic ever.

One step beyond making me warm and fuzzy - it made me squee. ^_^
Mon Aug 28, 2006 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Replies: 48
Views: 21834

### Re: More fun with paradoxes

Shellsh0ck wrote:This just sounds like an overcomplicated version of this paradox:

The statement below is true.
The statement above is false.

Which, in turn, is an overcomplicated version of this paradox:

This statement is false.
Mon Aug 28, 2006 5:34 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: We have Best thing, we need Scariest Thing!
Replies: 10
Views: 5333

### Re: We have Best thing, we need Scariest Thing!

Yummy Tree Sap wrote:You mean Snakes on a Plant?

Wow, I definitely just misread that as "Snakes on a Planet" and didn't get it for a few minutes...

Can you imagine, though? Snakes on a Planet? "I WANT THESE MOTHERF@\$ING SNAKES OFF MY MOTHERF@\$ING PLANET!" Talk about overreacting.
Fri Aug 18, 2006 6:00 am UTC