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Best Answer TimeSpaceLightForce, 28 November 2013 - 08:21 PM

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#1 BMAD

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 04:17 AM

Two bottle of pills must be taken to keep you alive. The two must be taken at the same time.  Forgetting a pill, taking one and not the other, or taking two of the same one will result in your death.  You open the two bottles and pour them both into your hand without thinking.  Three pills fall out on your hand.  Unfortunately the two pills look, feel, and weigh exactly the same.  How do you ensure that you don't take the wrong pill?  

 

Assume that these pills are super expensive and cannot be discarded.  So throwing the pills away and just picking one pill each is not a viable option.


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Posted 26 November 2013 - 10:06 AM

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 01:44 PM

Remember if you take more than one of the same type, at the same time, you die.  So taking all three will definitely mean that you took more than one of the same kind.


Edited by BMAD, 26 November 2013 - 01:44 PM.

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 08:04 PM

Spoiler for don't panic..


Edited by TimeSpaceLightForce, 26 November 2013 - 08:09 PM.

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 08:56 PM

You made 2 Assumptions one though is not of as much of a consequence:
1. You don't know if Two or three came from the same bottle.
2. You assume that each prescription is of the same count.
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Posted 27 November 2013 - 12:00 AM

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 02:21 AM

I agree with your comment that the bottles will have the count on them but i worry about the precision needed of drinking 1/3 since you are assuming perfect dissolution.  I think TSLF  was the closest once a little clean up is applied.


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#8 TimeSpaceLightForce

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Posted 28 November 2013 - 08:21 PM   Best Answer

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#9 superprismatic

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Posted 01 December 2013 - 02:43 AM

You made 2 Assumptions one though is not of as much of a consequence:
1. You don't know if Two or three came from the same bottle.
2. You assume that each prescription is of the same count.

Spoiler for my take on it is

 

Of course, TSLF said as much in post #8.  So, I can claim no credit here.


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