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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Jon's MENSA Question of the Day

--posted by JRJ on 3/22/2006

This is an Isaac Walton tale.
As the fish hung by its tail,
The angler proudly had it weighed.
"Three-fourths of its total," he then said,
"Plus three-fourths of three-fourths of a pound
Will give the whole, exact, not round."

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Blogger mike said...

7/16ths of a pound?

March 22, 2006  
Blogger Dan S. said...

2 lbs, 4 oz?

March 22, 2006  
Blogger JRJ said...

2 lbs, 4 oz is CORRECT (55%). Three-fourths of three-fourths of a pound is 9 ounces, so the fish weighed 9 ounces plus the remaining three-fourths of its weight. Or, 9 ounces is one-quarter of its weight.

March 23, 2006  

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