Source: http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2143

## Damn you day 28! (comic)

## Look, an Abstruse Goose comic!!

I loved today’s Abstruse Goose comic!

The alt text is: Not even an insatiable thirst for knowledge can compete with our innate affinity for cute fuzzy little animals.

Source: http://abstrusegoose.com/338

## Very easy puzzle

Here’s an easy puzzle for you all (as taken from the “Mind Your Decisions” website):

**The puzzle – consecutive integers**

On a game show, two people are assigned whole, positive numbers.

Secretly each is told his number and that the two numbers are

consecutive. The point of the game is to guess the other number.

Here are the rules of the game:

-The two sit in a room which has a clock that strikes every minute on the minute

-The players **cannot** communicate in any way

-The two wait in the room until someone knows the other person’s number.

At that point, the person waits until the next strike of the clock and

can announce the numbers

-The game continues indefinitely until someone makes a guess

-The contestants win $1 million if correct, and nothing if they are wrong

Can they win this game? If so, how?

## Neat facts and tricks

Neat Fact:

Every integer greater than 8 has at least two letters in common with each of its neighbours (source).

Neat Trick:

When the magician leaves the room, the trickees lay out eight coins in a row deciding which side is turned up according to their whim. They also think of a number between 1 and 8 inclusive. The magician’s assistant then flips exactly one of the coins, before inviting the magician back in. The magician looks at the coins and guesses the number that the trickees thought of.

Neat Puzzle:

“Last semester I offered my students $1,000,000 dollars. They

turned me down. This was lucky, despite the money and glamour of

academic mathematics, I do not have a million dollars. The game was

simple. The class of 100 each had to write a number. The highest number

won. Of course there was a catch, the prize was $1,000,000 divided by

the winning number. The best outcome for the students as a whole would

come if everyone wrote 1, $10,000 is not a bad return for a lecture. Of

course if everyone is writing 1, the person who writes 2 wins and makes

far more for themselves. What happened?” (Source)

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