This week's book giveaway is in the OCMJEA forum. We're giving away four copies of OCM Java EE 6 Enterprise Architect Exam Guide and have Paul Allen & Joseph Bambara on-line! See this thread for details.
I'm going to move this over to Programming Diversions -- check it out and post your own riddler / diversion things over there too!
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My fifteen year old daughter figured it out. She's a bright young lady, but I think Einstein's estimate of 2% of the population is wrong. Unless he meant only the people that could look at the problem and figure it out all in their head. That would definitely leave me out!
Originally posted by Ray Marsh: My fifteen year old daughter figured it out. She's a bright young lady, but I think Einstein's estimate of 2% of the population is wrong. Unless he meant only the people that could look at the problem and figure it out all in their head. That would definitely leave me out!
Yeah, I was just coming to ask about the estimates. I bet I'm not the brightest 2% of population and it took me just about 20 min to figure it out, most of wich I spent highliting clue pairs in Word.
98% of the world population cannot answer the question. Are you one of them?
Does anybody know what the time limit is? There must be a time limit if only 2% of the people get it right. I got the right answer but I don't think I would have if this puzzle was given as a pop quiz in college.
Around fourth grade I remember a subject called problem solving. They'd give out sheets with exactly these kinds of problems, among others.
People are smarter than in Einstein's day, and education seems to be better.
Maybe Einstein just made up a riddle, was really proud of it's cleverness, and gave his statement without doing a proper survey. Or maybe he just wanted a lot of people to feel good about themselves... "wow, we're a really smart bunch, arent we?"