Wednesday Brain Teaser 12-12-12

Jack and Jill were racing, but it was no contest.  Jack beat Jill by 10 yards on a 100 yard course.  Jill suggested that for the second race, Jack should start 10 yards behind the starting line.  Presuming they run the same speed, who wins this race, and how long before Amanda Marcotte writes a column about it?

8 thoughts on “Wednesday Brain Teaser 12-12-12

  1. It's a tie. Amanda Marcotte writes a column about the race before it begins stating that Jack should have a handicap of 20 yards because he's not only a faster runner but also a male.

    Wait… add another 10 yards to Jack's handicap because he's running downhill (male privilege, ya know?) while Jill is running uphill. In heels. With a uterus.

    Or… IOW — I dunno. I opened a bottle of wine tonight. What color is Jack's shirt?


  2. Congratulations! Right answer for the race.

    Unfortunately you missed half of the Marcotte answer. She will write one before the race, and another one after discussing how it was even worse than we all realized.


  3. Let's see….

    if we take x to be the track, y to be the handicap, z to be the fictional factor

    then we get

    Time = (x+y)^z

    BUT that doesn't take in to account any social commentary so we have to have a = bias factor for men b = bias factor for women c = generalized outrage

    we now have

    Feelings = Time – a + (b*c)

    There you go. Simple.


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