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3:41 am on Jan 28, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Think of a number between 0 and 20

Add 32 to it.

Multiply by 2.

Subtract 1.

Now close your eyes.

It's dark isn't it?
4:34 am on Jan 28, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I couldn't read the last question. My eyes were closed.

I was waiting for the part where you convert the whole thing to binary (32 x 2 - 1 = 111111) and then instantly say what number the person was originally thinking of.
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Stand up looking due East

Pivot 180 degrees.

Place your left index finger on your nose and your right index finger in your right ear while standing on one foot.

Now your looking....like a fool.
5:23 pm on Jan 28, 2013 (gmt 0)

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It's dark isn't it?

Nope- still light out.
10:10 am on Jan 29, 2013 (gmt 0)

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3 guys walk into a hotel and pay $30 for a room.

The clerk realizes he overcharged them $5 so he gives it to the bellhop to take to their room.

Realizing they can't easily split 5 between the three of them they each take one dollar and give the bellhop a $2 tip.

Since they each got $1 back they each paid $9 for room, 3*9 is $27.

$27 plus the $2 tip for the bellhop is $29.

Where did the dollar go?


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they each paid $9 for room


That, sir, is a LIE! They paid $25 ($8.3333333333333333 each) for the room and tipped the bellhop $2 ($0.6666666666666666 each, for a total expenditure per person of $8.9999999999999999 each), thus spending a total of $27

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I'd like to know when I can collect all those 1/10th's of a penny the gas stations owe me, must be at least several hundred thousand of them by now...
8:17 pm on Jan 29, 2013 (gmt 0)

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That, sir, is a LIE!


I prefer to call it creative accounting. :P
12:32 am on Jan 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

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That, sir, is a LIE!
<snip>

There's a much shorter answer. But knowing that there would be a spoiler-- because there's always a haha spoilsport-- I took the precaution of not scrolling beyond the first post until I arrived at my own "D'oh!" We will not talk about how long that took.
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Where did the dollar go?


It didn't "go" anywhere.

There's no reason why the sum of those parts needs to be anywhere near the original amount.
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Awright, time to join the spoilsports. The answer is: It isn't 27 plus 2 = some number that doesn't add up and causes grownups to take time away from the things they ought to be doing. It's 27 minus 2 = number that fits neatly into everything else.
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I'd like to know where you can get a room for $25

But then maybe not....

? 3 guys in a room? which ones shared a bed?

This was a favorite of my Father's when we were kids.


perhaps it needs to be adjusted for inflation, change story as of now to oh say $100
4:47 pm on Jan 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I'd like to know where you can get a room for $25
Thailand.

Used to be able to get some rooms in Korea that cheaply as well, but probably closer to $40 nowadays.
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:: vague mental association with "Bangkok Doesn't Count" ::
1:14 am on Jan 31, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Bangkok was/is more expensive that that. I stayed for less than $25/night out by the Bridge on the River Kwai.
9:08 pm on Jan 31, 2013 (gmt 0)

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And a coupon site drove them to buy the hotel room in the first place...
11:26 pm on Jan 31, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Bangkok was/is more expensive that that.

Yah, but you get more bang for your buck
:: snrk ::
To say nothing of that inimitable Thai Street Aroma that I could never identify until years later when my then-two-year-old peed on my blowdryer*.


* Which was not on at the time. That would have been** a different story.
** Actually it wouldn't, because it's got its own GFCI. Just wanted to allay any worries ;)
 

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