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How to drive a mathematician crazy - path 2 - November 10, 2010
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I appreciate the fact that in the 5th panel riddle is in quotes

Isn't that "three door problem" that she mentions the Monty Hall Problem?

touche XD

A new low - I love it.

yay, triangular boobs.Twitch!

Proof that the Monty Hall Problem is not a mathematical riddle:
1. Erdős(Math)=WIN
2. Erdős(Monty_Hall_Problem)=FAIL
3. It is impossible to both WIN and FAIL (Laws of the Internets)
Conclusion: Monty_Hall_Problem not_part_of Math.
Q.E.D

3 is wrong.

Well, at least the Mounty Problem is counter-intuitive and can't be explained by a well educatted six-year-old. The only problem is when people call this (and that one about birthdays in the same day) a "paradox"! I mean, finding out that something don't work quite the way you first expected is far away from being a paradox.

Unless you aer a rather strict Descartesian.

As I understand it, there are three versions of paradoxes. One is the traditional kind, where there exists a contradiction. A second is when a seemingly plausible reality is false. The third is when reality seems like a contradiction (i.e. is incredibly counter-intuitive.)

The Monty Hall problem is a a type 2 and 3 paradox (there is a superficially plausible solution which is false, and the truth is counter-intuitive.)

It's really just a question of semantics...

i think a six year old could follow the "imagine there are a hundred doors, and remember that the host knows what is behind each one" explanation

Booby girl... Twitch! bahahahahaha...!

Another Stupid Math "riddle" is the current Car Talk Puzzler about the 30 records (or apples) at 2/$1 and another 30 at 3/$1 being sold together at 5/$2, netting only $24 instead of $25. Where's the missing dollar?

I still emailed my answer to try for the $26 gift certificate. I think anything that confuses someone enough that an initial answer isn't evident can be considered a "riddle". It takes a little thought for the average person to realize that 5/$2 isn't technically the same because it's not the average price.

One crossed wire, one wayward pinch of potassium chlorate, one errant twitch...and kablooie! - Demoman XD

If you do it over again from the start, with each guest paying $9, the clerk then has $27. From there, the bellhop removes $2 and pockets it, ending up with the $25 the clerk wanted, plus the extra $5 distributed among the bellhop ($2) and each guest ($1 each)

I give poor rating for wiki plagiarism.

Hey about that horrible 3 door "riddle". Could you please do a comic presenting the correct answer? See there's a website over here:
http://www.smart-kit.com/s313/the-best-simple-math-brain-teaser-and-the-controversy-that-surrounded-the-answer/
where people post the *wrong* answer for, forever. Now I know I'll never be able to stop them, but if I could at least have something authoritatively correct (and possibly humorous) to link to, it would make me feel better.

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Furry cows moo and decompress.

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