Thought for the Day 2 August, 2017

Thought for the Day 2 August 2017

First of all here are the answers to yesterday’s puzzles.

Puzzle 1:

I’ve got two jugs: A) 11 liter, B) 6 liter. How can I measure out exactly 9 liters?

Solution Puzzle 1: 12 steps

Step:                     1              2              3              4              5              6              7              8              9              10           11

11 Liter jug           11           5              5              0              11           10           10            4              4              0              11

6 liter jug              0              6             0              5              5              6              0              6              0              4              4

And finally, step 12 the 11 liter jug has 9 liters and the six liter 6 liters

Puzzle 2:

On a dark night Bert and Betty were sitting together. Bert was watching a soccer match on TV while his wife Betty was reading a novel. Suddenly the power went out and Bert decided to go to bed, but strangely Betty kept on reading. There was no artificial light around, but Betty kept on reading. How come?

Solution Puzzle 2:

Betty was blind and she was reading her book by Braille.

Puzzle 3:

Two friends, Torres and Lampard, meet after a long time. Torres: Hey, how are you man? Lampard: Not bad, got married and I have three kids now. Torres: That’s awesome. How old are they? Lampard: The product of their ages is 72 and the sum of their ages is the same as your birth date. Torres: Cool. But I still don’t know. Lampard: My eldest kid just started taking piano lessons. Torres: Oh now I get it. How old are Lampard’s kids?

Solution Puzzle 3:

Solution: 3, 3, 8. Let’s break it down. The product of their ages is 72. So what are the possible choices? 2, 2, 18 sum(2, 2, 18) = 22; 2, 4, 9 sum(2, 4, 9) = 15; 2, 6, 6 sum(2, 6, 6) = 14; 2, 3, 12 sum(2, 3, 12) = 17; 3, 4, 6 sum(3, 4, 6) = 13; 3, 3, 8 sum(3, 3, 8 ) = 14; 1, 8, 9 sum(1,8,9) = 18; 1, 3, 24 sum(1, 3, 24) = 28; 1, 4, 18 sum(1, 4, 18) = 23; 1, 2, 36 sum(1, 2, 36) = 39; 1, 6, 12 sum(1, 6, 12) = 19;

The sum of their ages is the same as the day of your birth date. That could be anything from 1 to 31 but the fact that Torres was unable to find out the ages, means there are two or more combinations with the same sum. From the choices above, only two of them are possible now – those two with a sum of 14.

2, 6, 6 sum(2, 6, 6) = 14; 3, 3, 8 sum(3, 3, 8 ) = 14. Since the eldest kid is taking piano lessons, we can eliminate combination 1 since there are two eldest ones. So, the answer is 3, 3 and 8.

As for today, I was listening to the radio this morning and 702 were excited by the fact that a BBC journalist had done an extremely rare interview with one of the Gupta brothers. I thought this was very naïve – we all know they are really shady characters so did the journalist actually expect that she would hear anything truthful? That’s a bit like asking a lion if he likes grass and expecting him to answer:

“Love it. Can’t go a day without it. Especially with peanut butter.”

“Yeah, right!” I didn’t listen to the interview, because of my cynicism, but I don’t doubt that all the answers to her questions were evasive, indignant or lies. I did hear him deny all knowledge of the ‘White monopoly capital’ meaningless slogan and also the ‘Radical economic transformation’ meaningless slogan and he disavowed all knowledge of the PR campaigns around these two.

So I say again – “Yeah, right!” So my thought for today i:

“Don’t expect a skellum to tell the truth and don’t believe everything you hear, because it may be a skellum that is talking!”

For those who do not know the word skellum – it comes from Scottish and Afrikaans usage and means ‘a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel’, ‘a villain’ or ‘a rogue’.

It’s hump day so enjoy the slide into the weekend.



About Dave Macfie

Dave Macfie is the General Manager and Lead Consultant of Unique Advantage South Africa, a consulting company specializing in creating unique business advantage from purpose, analysis, insight, alignment and action. Dave’s qualifications include a double honors degree in mathematics and physics and a post graduate certificate in education. (Cum Laude) His career spans forty five years of experience in IT, business, property development and high school teaching. He lives in Johannesburg, South Africa with his wife Sandi and three of his seven children. Dave loves addressing business performance challenges, reading, writing fiction and non-fiction, gardening and spending time with his family.

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