## Poll

 Bob gets 5 coins and Jim 3. 5 votes (33.33%) Bob gets 4 coins and Jim 4. 3 votes (20%) To each according to his need. 1 vote (6.66%) I don't understand the question. 1 vote (6.66%) Other (explain) 4 votes (26.66%) Is the bread gluten free? 1 vote (6.66%) I miss Aimee21. 2 votes (13.33%) Götterfunken 1 vote (6.66%) I'm still in camp 1/6. 1 vote (6.66%) What did we decide on the next WoV challenge? 4 votes (26.66%)

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Wizard
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June 16th, 2017 at 9:24:01 AM permalink
Quote: darkoz

Well here is the average man (non mathematician) answer

Bob and Jim were just being kind to the stranger. The payment was unexpected. Neither man being mathematically inclined or giving a damn about proportional consumption much less fractional computational math kept any track of who ate what

Given that I'm the one asking the question, it can be fairly assumed that both men are perfect logicians and don't mind measuring things to fractional amounts.

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Happy they received coins from the stranger they split the money in either of two ways dependent on how much the bread originally cost

A) if the bread was an easily seen price e.g. \$1 per loaf then Bob took \$5 since he paid that for the bread while Jim takes \$3 making this a free meal for both men ie returning them to being whole financially

What difference does it make what a loaf of bread costs? Given that I'm the one asking the question, you can assume that both men will analyze the problem to death and won't be happy unless they perceive they are paid a fair amount.

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B) if the bread was some weird amount e.g.\$2.67 per loaf the 8 coins were split equally because neither Bob nor Jim hav the time nor interest(read intelligence) to do anything different

You also seem to be ignoring the fact that Bob and Jim ate some of the bread. Does it seem fair that they should get paid for bread they ate?

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Anyway those are the real world answers :)

Maybe for most people but not my world.
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RS
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June 16th, 2017 at 9:31:22 AM permalink
Quote: darkoz

Here is another similar question

A math Wizard and an AP meet for dinner. They agree to split the check

After the check is served the math Wizard says his share of the bill is 1/7 because he ate less food than the AP. He uses a calculator to prove it. The AP says they both should pay equally because they agreed to split the bill

The waitress overhears the argument and suggests they each pay for the cost of their respective orders to settle the argument

Both the Wizard and the AP demand the casino host be contacted so he can pay for the meal as a comp

The casino host agrees to pay for the entire meal if both players gamble over \$1000

The Wizard and the AP play the doey dont at Craps

They agree to split the cost of the losses

How much money does the Wizard and the AP get?

Costs them \$13.88 each, in value, to play craps.
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darkoz
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June 16th, 2017 at 9:34:18 AM permalink
Quote: RS

Costs them \$13.88 each, in value, to play craps.

Correct. So the cost of the dinner end result was \$13.88 to each person
Wizard
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June 16th, 2017 at 9:47:37 AM permalink
Quote: darkoz

Here is another similar question

A math Wizard and an AP meet for dinner.

This has happened so many times I'm going to make a separate thread for it, but with different assumptions.
It's not whether you win or lose; it's whether or not you had a good bet.
darkoz
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June 16th, 2017 at 9:56:54 AM permalink
Quote: Wizard

This has happened so many times I'm going to make a separate thread for it, but with different assumptions.

Always happy to contribute
TigerWu
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June 16th, 2017 at 10:07:10 AM permalink
Quote: darkoz

They agree to split the cost of the losses

How much money does the Wizard and the AP split?

Trick question... they don't split any losses. Since they are a math wizard and an AP, they know to quit while they are ahead!! :D
Ayecarumba
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June 16th, 2017 at 11:00:52 AM permalink
There were two men, Bob and Jim, havingsharing a meal. Bob brought five loaves of bread, and Jim brought three. Before they started to eat, a third, equally hungry man came and joined them. They together ate the whole eight loaves. As he left, the third man gave the other two men eight coins as a thank you.

Then Bob and Jim began to argue about how to split up the eight coins and could not come to an agreement, except to consult a wise Wizard and do accept whatever division he suggested.

What did the Wizard suggest?
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You can take out the "equally hungry" part if you think it is overkill, since "sharing" has been added.
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odiousgambit
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June 16th, 2017 at 3:11:40 PM permalink
Quote: RogerKint

For those terrified of gluten, the very reasonably priced buffet at Gold Coast has gluten free desserts that are surprisingly tasty.

I always ask for extra gluten when I eat out myself.

the answer seems obvious to me, which means I have the wrong answer.
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Wizard
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June 16th, 2017 at 3:25:15 PM permalink
Quote: Ayecarumba

There were two men, Bob and Jim, havingsharing a meal. Bob brought five loaves of bread, and Jim brought three. Before they started to eat, a third, equally hungry man came and joined them. They together ate the whole eight loaves. As he left, the third man gave the other two men eight coins as a thank you.

Then Bob and Jim began to argue about how to split up the eight coins and could not come to an agreement, except to consult a wise Wizard and do accept whatever division he suggested.

What did the Wizard suggest?
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You can take out the "equally hungry" part if you think it is overkill, since "sharing" has been added.

I think the part of being "equally hungry" will be what the reader focuses on. Furthermore, perfectionists will argue it may take more food to fill up some people than others. Maybe I should have added that they started and finished eating at the same time, which could lead to the assumption they consumed about the same amount.
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BobDancer
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