A riddle for the geniuses here...

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  1. FreshDebesh

    FreshDebesh <b><font color=brickred>oye chak de phatte!</font> Veteran

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    So my friend and I were hanging out, and she had this riddle for me. You know, those crazy "this is what you have, how do you figure out x?" riddles you and your friends go through late at night. Yeah, its one of those. I suck at them. She never told me the solution so I'll present it to you guys. Mind you, I don't know the answer, so don't ask me if it's right or not.

    So you have two rooms. One room has a single light bulb dangling from the ceiling and its not on. The room next door has 3 switches, all of which are in the "up" position. You basically have to figure out which one of the three light switches turns on the bulb in the next room, and you only get one shot to check the light bulb to see if its on or off. How do you do it?
     
  2. Omnibus Prime

    Omnibus Prime I'm too old for this shit TFW2005 Supporter

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    Flip the first switch. Wait a while. Flip it off and flip the second switch. Go check the bulb. If it's on, it's the second switch. If it's off but warm it's the first switch. If it's off and cold, it's the third switch.

    ;) 


    At least, that's how I remember it. Way I heard it, the switches were down, not up, so I dunno if that has any significance. Maybe it's a trick and the bulb's burned out.
     
  3. Shipwreck

    Shipwreck Will smack your bitch

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  4. FreshDebesh

    FreshDebesh <b><font color=brickred>oye chak de phatte!</font> Veteran

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    Bah, I don't google. There, I said it. Thanks for the input fellas.
     
  5. GigatronSama

    GigatronSama Mr. Insomnia Veteran

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    or the outside the box solution. Flip all three at once.


    see this is the problem with riddles. they assume everyone has the same method of thought, and expect only one answer.
     
  6. Jux

    Jux Please, call me Steve. Veteran

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    But your method of thought does nothing to answer the question. The question is not to turn the light on, but rather, which switch specifically turns the light on?
     
  7. Gears

    Gears buh-buh-body ya Veteran

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    Nice riddle. I'll have to use it at work tommorow.
     
  8. JD

    JD Well-Known Member

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    I say open up the wall and follow which wire leads to the light :p 
     

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