# Which side does the egg fall on

fred rosenberger
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Someone recently sent me this puzzle:

Paul Wheaton owns a vacation house in northern Montana which has an A-shaped roof. One side of the roof faces north and the other side faces south. The prevailing winds from the north are usually quite strong. The strange thing is that the stronger the north wind blows, the stronger the resulting updraft on the south side of the roof. Therefore if a rooster was to lay an egg on the peak of the roof during a strong northerly wind, on which side should the egg fall most of the time?

some folks would say either North or South. Someone might say the two winds cancel each other out, so the egg stays up on the point of the roof. However, the traditional answer is "Roosters don't lay eggs.".

I find that annoying, but mostly irrelevant. The predicate of the issue states that a rooster DID lay an egg, so it is not up to me to say 'Well, that can't happen'. The problem states that it did happen, so we have to go on that.

Am I wrong?

Paul Sturrock
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Yeah - the problem is not lingustically well formed. The conjunction used in the predicate adds the possibility that the egg was not laid at all, assuming you accept the definition of "if" is something like "on condition that", but if you understand it to mean "in the event that" then yes, the rooster did lay an egg (even if this is biologically unlikely). So there is scope for either approach.

Next time someone asks you this, just punch them on the nose.

Mike Simmons
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Depends on the context I suppose. It's often useful to notice a flawed premise and question it, rather than simply accept it.

marc weber
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There is no Montana.

Ulf Dittmer
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Don't tell Miley Cyrus.

Greg Charles
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I believe that the egg would explode destroying the roof and, with luck, collapsing the structure and killing the egg-thieving pigs inside.

Paul Clapham
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An aircraft crashes on the border of Montana and Minnesota. In which state is Miley Cyrus buried?

marc weber
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Paul Clapham wrote:An aircraft crashes on the border of Montana and Minnesota. In which state is Miley Cyrus buried?

Ulf Dittmer
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An aircraft crashes on the border of Montana and Minnesota.

That's unpossible - Ohio, Nevada, Maine, and Kentucky all border Springfield!

Jesper de Jong
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Dork Dork Dork, you eat soup with a ...?

Mike Simmons
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Spork?

fred rosenberger
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Jesper de Jong wrote:Dork Dork Dork, you eat soup with a ...?
Straw.

Paul Clapham
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Jesper de Jong wrote:Dork Dork Dork, you eat soup with a ...?

You don't eat soup. You drink it.

David O'Meara
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Say 'Ghost' five times.
What do you put in a toaster?

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Kaustubh G Sharma
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it must fall somewhere on the floor ...