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Lateral thinking puzzle

  1. May 15, 2013 #1
    You're in an empty room. You have a pen and paper. Every 10 seconds you have to write what you did for the last 10 seconds. What would you write after 20 seconds?

    Think 'outside' the box (no pun intended).
     
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  3. May 15, 2013 #2

    Danger

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    I would write nothing, but that doesn't seem to fit the requirements.
    I'll think on it a bit after some more beers.
    (That "nothing", by the bye, assumes that regular functions such as breathing and sitting still are exempt.)
     
  4. May 16, 2013 #3
    He doesn't write the word "nothing" nor does he simply not write anything entirely. So you'd be wrong.

    And yes, let's ignore the obvious (he breaths, sits, exists etc.).
     
  5. May 16, 2013 #4
    "I did write something on this paper 10 seconds ago" is probably what I will write after 20 seconds
     
  6. May 16, 2013 #5

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    Waited.
     
  7. May 16, 2013 #6
    Something in that format, but not the right answer.

    @ Borek

    No, wrong answer.
     
  8. Jun 16, 2013 #7

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    The italics that the OP's name is offered in suggests that he no longer is a member here. So... is there a legitimate answer to this question? It's driving me nuts.
    And, by the bye, I almost universally use lateral thinking. (The test that I took referred to it as "analytical tracking".)
     
  9. Jun 16, 2013 #8

    drizzle

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    Here's what I'd write after 20 seconds: I read what I wrote 10 seconds ago. :biggrin:
     
  10. Jun 16, 2013 #9

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    One of:

    "Wrote what i did in the first ten seconds; watched the clock."

    "Wrote what i did in the first ten seconds."

    "Dammit, I don't write quick enough."

    I should think. This is the internet, so I'm excluding "proof-reading" without further examination.
     
  11. Jun 16, 2013 #10

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    10 seconds later: I wrote the first line
    20 seconds later: I wrote the second line
    30 seconds later: I wrote the third line
    ...
     
  12. Jun 16, 2013 #11

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    "I wrote the above line"

    "I took the word empty too literally and died of explosive decompression"

    "Pondered on whether one can truly be in an empty room"

    Crap, my pen is running out of i"
     
  13. Jun 16, 2013 #12

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    Lol OS!
     
  14. Jun 16, 2013 #13

    Danger

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    Seconded. :biggrin:
     
  15. Jun 19, 2013 #14

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    I think you don't need to write more than one line:

    I will write something after 10 seconds just the same as I wrote now.

    :biggrin:
     
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2013
  16. Jun 19, 2013 #15

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    Entered the empty room.
    Repeat every 10 seconds (or write "the same").
     
  17. Jun 19, 2013 #16

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    My guess is that it would take you about 10 seconds to write a couple sentences, so there might be some overlap depending on what you'd decided to do. If you chose to do something interesting instead of just sit there, then I think you'd have a hard time completing the description of what you did before you'd start to "step on the toes" of your next 10 second interval. In other words, if you did something during the first 10 seconds that took you longer than 10 seconds to write, then at 20 seconds you'd write, "I wrote about what I did during the first 10 seconds". Now, after 20 seconds would depend on how long it took you to write about what you did during the first 10 seconds, and whether you chose to do something with enough time to write about it.

    Are we limited to physical experiences? If not, I could daydream quite a scenario and write that down.
     
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2013
  18. Feb 26, 2014 #17
    Code (Text):

    while(true){
    System.out.println("I wrote");
    Thread.Sleep(10000);
    }
    I think that should cover the whole content of the paper you will find after I am allowed to stop.
     
  19. Feb 27, 2014 #18
    As soon as you enter an empty room that room is no longer empty.
     
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2014
  20. Feb 27, 2014 #19
    My gosh, that is so true. :eek: How could I not see that small but true detail?!
     
  21. Feb 27, 2014 #20

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    The oldest person alive can never die.
     
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