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# The slightly odd shovel of beach sand

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### #1 bonanova

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 06:21 AM

At the beach last summer my grandson filled his yellow pail with sand.

He then scooped out a toy shovel full of sand with the intent to bury me.

At the point in time, how "odd" was his pail shovel?

1. His pail shovel was more likely than not to have an odd number of grains of sand.
2. His pail shovel was less likely than not to have an odd number of grains of sand.
3. His pail shovel was equally likely to have an even or odd number of grains of sand.

Edited by bonanova, 15 February 2013 - 07:33 AM.
Te inquire of the shovel, not the pail.

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### #2 Yoruichi-san

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 07:12 AM

Spoiler for Van der Waals calculations aside...

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### #3 bonanova

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 07:30 AM

Spoiler for Van der Waals calculations aside...

Your solution is better than my statement of the puzzle.

I meant, of course, to enquire as to the oddness of the grains in his shovel.

Before he buried me.

OP modified accordingly

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