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11-30-2006, 06:10 PM
You have two buckets - one holds exactly 5 gallons and the other 3 gallons. How can you measure 4 gallons of water into the 5 gallon bucket?

11-30-2006, 06:20 PM
Eyeball it? Close enough for government work right? :lmao:

11-30-2006, 06:38 PM
Fill 3gal bucket pore into 5gal bucket
Fill 3gal bucket pore into 5 until it is full
3gal bucket left with 1 gal
Empty 5gal bucket
Pour 1 gal from 3gal bucket into 5 gal bucket
Fill 3gal bucket pour into 5 gal bucket

= 4 gal

11-30-2006, 08:00 PM
Figured either zack or matt would know it or figure it out. It's been around a while too :)

12-01-2006, 12:48 AM
Nice. I should have finished working it out in my head before scrolling down.

12-01-2006, 02:58 PM
I didn't know it, just quickly figured it out

12-01-2006, 04:38 PM
Wasn't that in a Die Hard movie? Bruce Willis.. Samuel L Jackson.. they run around town answering riddles while the bad guys threated to blow up an elementary school & steal all the gold?

12-02-2006, 11:27 AM
Fill 5 gallon
Pour into 3 gallon (leaves 2 gallons in 5 gallon)
Empty 3 gallon
Pour 5 gallon into 3 gallon (now 2 gallons in 3 gallon)
Fill 5 gallon
Pour 5 gallon into 3 gallon until 3 is full (takes 1 gallon out of 5 gallon, leaving 4 remaining)

More than one way to skin a cat. :)

12-11-2006, 07:04 PM
In a similar vein:

One day, farmer Jones was in town picking up supplies for his farm. He stopped by the hardware store and picked up a bucket and an anvil. Then, he stopped by the livestock dealer to buy a couple of chickens and a goose. However, he now had a problem how to carry all of his purchases home. The livestock dealer said, "Why don't you put the anvil in the bucket, carry the bucket in one hand, put a chicken under each arm and carry the goose in your other hand?" "Hey, thanks!" the farmer said, and off he went. While walking he met a little old lady who told him she was lost. She asked, "Can you tell me how to get to 1515 Mockingbird Lane?" The farmer said, "Well, as a matter of fact, I live at 1616 Mockingbird Lane. Let's take my short cut and go down this alley. We'll be there in no time." The little old lady said, "I am a lonely widow without a husband to defend me. How do I know that when we get in the alley you won't hold me up against the wall, pull up my skirt, and ravish me?" The farmer said, "Holy smokes lady! I am carrying a bucket, an anvil, two chickens, and a goose. How in the world could I possibly hold you up against the wall and do that?" The lady said, "Set the goose down, cover him with the bucket, put the anvil on top of the bucket, and I'll hold the chickens."