How many sheeps are left?

Discussion in 'General Off-Topic Chat' started by _ORiON_, Sep 26, 2006.

Sep 26, 2006

How many sheeps are left? by _ORiON_ at 3:04 AM (3,075 Views / 0 Likes) 39 replies

  1. _ORiON_
    OP

    Member _ORiON_ GBAtemp Regular

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2005
    Messages:
    259
    Country:
    Philippines
    He had nine sheeps. All but two died. How many are left?



    Can someone tell me why your answer is such?


    ______________

    Btw, I forgot the answer.
     


  2. Shinji

    Member Shinji ҉҉ ҉҉

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2002
    Messages:
    2,374
    Location:
    City of Delusion
    Country:
    United States
    Two? Well that depends, are any of them clones? Cause if they are, that would just throw off the whole thing.

    And who is this "He" that you speak of? Is "HE" a sheep himself? Oh there are just so many inconsistencies.

    My answer is....inconclusive. There is not enough information...

    BTW, does this take place in Europe or in America? :wtf:
     
  3. _ORiON_
    OP

    Member _ORiON_ GBAtemp Regular

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2005
    Messages:
    259
    Country:
    Philippines
    no, think "He" as any person.

    what my point is, what in simpler terms does this sentence mean "All but two died." sounds a lil bit confusing, for me
     
  4. jumpman17

    Former Staff jumpman17 He's a semi-aquatic egg laying mammal of action!

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2003
    Messages:
    8,972
    Country:
    United States
    Um...two...I can't really see any other answer.

    9 sheeps - 7 deaths (all BUT 2 died) = 2 remaining.

    EDIT: All but 2 died means that all the sheeps are dead except for 2...nothing confusing there.
     
  5. Shinji

    Member Shinji ҉҉ ҉҉

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2002
    Messages:
    2,374
    Location:
    City of Delusion
    Country:
    United States
    I tend to overcomplicate things hehe...

    Yes, I think the trick is the "all but two died" part. Generally, when the question is one like "how many remain" people would assume a negative action to the original number. And since they mention "two", someone just skimming the passage might assume 9-2....but all this is thrown out the window because it is so short of a passage that it would be scruntinized.

    Or something like that...why do I even bother trying to rationalize this Puzzle... this is not a difficult one at that.
     
  6. mthrnite

    Former Staff mthrnite So it goes.

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2006
    Messages:
    4,523
    Location:
    th' south
    Country:
    United States
    In a slightly related story:
    The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick
    The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick
    The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick
    The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick
    The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick
    Film at eleven.
     
  7. jumpman17

    Former Staff jumpman17 He's a semi-aquatic egg laying mammal of action!

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2003
    Messages:
    8,972
    Country:
    United States
    My favorite riddle has to be this one:

    There is a bus that goes around town everyday that you drive. The day starts with 7 people getting on. An hour later, 3 more get on as 2 get off. 2 hours later, twice as many get off as the first time and 4 more get on the bus. When the bus arrives at it's final destination, the rest of the passengers get off the bus. What is the name of the driver?
     
  8. slvrdrgn123

    Member slvrdrgn123 GBAtemp Regular

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2006
    Messages:
    172
    Country:
    United States
    It's your name isn't it?
     
  9. Ace Gunman

    Former Staff Ace Gunman ~••Lucky҉Shot••~

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2003
    Messages:
    6,385
    Location:
    Wassamatta U
    Country:
    Canada
    I think it's a trick question, since "sheeps" isn't the proper term.
     
  10. Magus19

    Member Magus19 GBAtemp Regular

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2002
    Messages:
    221
    Location:
    Canada,Qc
    Country:
    Canada
    I would say 9 because you still have them, even if they are dead.
     
  11. mthrnite

    Former Staff mthrnite So it goes.

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2006
    Messages:
    4,523
    Location:
    th' south
    Country:
    United States
    ^^^I think we have a winner^^^
    edit: and yeah I think also "you" are the driver so the answer to that one is mthrnite.
    Oh sh*t I dunno how to drive a bus!
     
  12. Shinji

    Member Shinji ҉҉ ҉҉

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2002
    Messages:
    2,374
    Location:
    City of Delusion
    Country:
    United States
    I didnt even notice that...how sad [​IMG]

    I still believe my answer of "inconclusive" remains. There is no definition of "left"...
     
  13. mthrnite

    Former Staff mthrnite So it goes.

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2006
    Messages:
    4,523
    Location:
    th' south
    Country:
    United States
    I know.. it's a koan!
    I feel all shocked into awareness!
    oop, there it went. So fleet are the moments of awareness!
    Now I'm back to being pretty sure that since he didn't say he dumped the dead sheep off a cliff, he still has the sheep, and they don't stop being sheep just because they're dead.

    .. or do they [​IMG]
    oop, there it went again.
     
  14. Rangent

    Member Rangent GBAtemp Regular

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2005
    Messages:
    243
    Location:
    USA
    Country:
    United States
    The sound of one hand clapping?
     
  15. Heinrisch

    Member Heinrisch GBAtemp Regular

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2006
    Messages:
    294
    Country:
    Sweden
    How about this one:

    Three men are about to pay for their drinks at a bar. They pay $10 each. However, the bartender is nice (or just stupid) and he tells them that they don't have to pay that much. The bartender takes $5, and gives the men $3 dollars back, $1 each. Now they’ve paid $9*3 plus the $2 that the bartender still has: $9*3+$2= $29 ($27+$2). Where did the last dollar go?
     
  16. mthrnite

    Former Staff mthrnite So it goes.

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2006
    Messages:
    4,523
    Location:
    th' south
    Country:
    United States
    I stole the last dollar.
    27 + 2 + the dollar I took = 30

    Seriously though, my dad used to ask me that one, and I never figured it out.
    He used to show me that damn gnome puzzle too, where you switch the pieces around and the number of them changes from 12 to 13. Bugged the piss out of me!
     
  17. slvrdrgn123

    Member slvrdrgn123 GBAtemp Regular

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2006
    Messages:
    172
    Country:
    United States
    The bartender was also serving two other men that were paying for their own drinks for a total of $30 dollars, $15 each. Again he realizes he overcharged and takes five $1 bills and returns one dollar to each, keeping $3 for himself. Now these two men have paid $14*2 plus the $3 that the bartender still has. $14*2+$3=$31. That's where the missing dollar went.
     
  18. Veho

    Global Moderator Veho The man who cried "Ni".

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2006
    Messages:
    8,452
    Location:
    Zagreb
    Country:
    Croatia
    "cl"

    The sound of the other hand clapping is "ap".

    Together they make "clap". [​IMG]

    Terry Pratchett rules.

    Um, about the sheep thing.
    If you pronounce the question "A farmer had 9 sheep, and all but 2 died.", that means he now has 2 left.

    But if you pronounce it like this: "A farmer had 9 sheep and all, but 2 died";
    then he has 7 left [​IMG]
     
  19. FAST6191

    Reporter FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip
    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2005
    Messages:
    21,736
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    I do not know about riddles but 1 most definitely equals 2:

    a = b (a and b are both 1)

    Multiply both sides by a

    a^2 = ab

    Subtract b^2 from both sides

    a^2 - b^2 = ab - b^2

    Factorised it gives: (a + b)(a - b) = b(a - b)

    Divide both sides by (a - b)

    a + b = b

    Since a = b we can substitute the a above to give 2b = a

    Putting the numbers back in: 2x1=1 therefore 2=1
     
  20. ChaosTheorySD

    Member ChaosTheorySD GBAtemp Fan

    Joined:
    May 29, 2004
    Messages:
    419
    Location:
    San Diego, CA
    Country:
    United States
    I always hated that "extra dollar" ridlle. Everytime it's asked, I forget how I worked it out last time and spend a long time figuring out the trick again.

    But anyway, the way it works is that one assumes the guys paid 27 dollars total, when they actually only paid 25 total. The bartender shortchanged them two dollars they should have gotten back from their discount. Had he refunded them completely, they would have recieved 1.66 each.
     

Share This Page