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This "Week" The suggestion comes from Kroney who muses

"Whilst I was passing through Miami airport at the tender age of 21, I fancied a beer. "ID" said the charming Southerner behind the desk, so I got out my passport and showed it to her.

"You have to be 21," she said. Now this confused me slightly as I had been 21 for several months by this point and my date of birth was staring her in my face.

"I am 21," I replied helpfully "it says so there, look"

"You have to be 21", she said getting angry.

Cut a long story short, I argued, the manager came out, I argued with him before I finally realised that they weren't looking at the date of birth at all. They were looking at the date of *issue*

That would have made me an annoyingly precocious four year old. What examples of unsurpassed mental genius have you experienced?"""""""

(, Mon 21 Nov 2016, 9:24)
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Overheard a girl talking to her mate on the bus after an unsuccessful job interview. Apparently in the interview they asked her

If there is a lily pad in a pond, and it doubles in size every minute and will completely cover the pond in one hour, how long will it take to cover half the pond?

they both thought about for a bit and decided it was "impossible"

I love the fact that the interviewer didn't tell her the answer just let her stew on it ;)
(, Thu 1 Dec 2016, 15:48, 15 replies)
59 minutes.

(, Fri 2 Dec 2016, 0:00, closed)
I don't expect that a lily pad would really grow at that rate,
in which case, "it's impossible*" would be a fair answer.

*Although, "highly improbable" might be better.
(, Fri 2 Dec 2016, 9:25, closed)
what the fuck was the job for??

(, Fri 2 Dec 2016, 9:27, closed)
probably not for a vicar
(, Fri 2 Dec 2016, 10:22, closed)
Here's one question that predicts whether or not you believe in god:
"If I asked you whether you believe in god, what would you say?"
(, Fri 2 Dec 2016, 16:29, closed)
I'd say 'That would be a ecumenical matter'.

(, Fri 2 Dec 2016, 18:10, closed)

(, Fri 2 Dec 2016, 18:18, closed)
Answers to win!

(, Tue 6 Dec 2016, 21:07, closed)
Surely it would depend on how big the lily pad was in the first place
They can get extremely big. If it was already taking up say 40% of the pond, it wouldn't take long to get to 50%. But yes, improbable that the thing doubles in size every minute.
(, Fri 2 Dec 2016, 15:53, closed)
No, m8.

(, Mon 5 Dec 2016, 11:10, closed)
*nelson muntz voice*
(, Tue 6 Dec 2016, 16:17, closed)
I seem to recall that plants grow by the same amount every day, given perfect conditions
...so a plant can only ever double its size on the second day of growth.
(, Wed 7 Dec 2016, 13:55, closed)
that's bullshit
some plants take weeks to put out their first leaves, days to put out their second leaves, and then suddently they're racing along.
(, Thu 8 Dec 2016, 9:09, closed)
there are some unstated assumptions with this question if the expected answer is to be 59 minutes. one is that the plant never shrinks in between it's minitely growth spurt
it might grow in pulsations, like my cock.
another assumption is that it's growth is purely on the horizontal plane, even though the question states "size" not radius. The growth could be in thickness, like my cock.
In which case the time taken to cover 50% would be indeterminite.
(, Thu 8 Dec 2016, 9:16, closed)

I employ people using a structured interview plan and finish up with an IQ test. Then I make a decision that's based 25% on whether I think they'd be good to work with, 70% on how smart they are, and 5% on their skills and CV. Which is why I'm really disappointed to report that my two latest employs took 20 minutes to not get this. Even after I spoon fed them the answer.
(, Fri 9 Dec 2016, 11:15, closed)

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