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The door story

  1. Jul 2, 2004 #1
    A guy is sitting near the open door with an unhappy face.
    After some time another guy enters that door.
    First guy becomes happy and enters the door too.
    Why??
     
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  3. Jul 2, 2004 #2
    It is a a backery and the person is waiting to be the 1,000th person through the door tom get a free meal. He is currently 999th until the other person goes through.

    Not right but hex that is life.

    The Bob (2004 ©)
     
  4. Jul 2, 2004 #3
    The only thing I know of that enters a door is a door key. You enter through a doorway.
     
  5. Jul 2, 2004 #4
    He doesn't know whether it's the guys or girls toilet till he sees the other guy enter.
     
  6. Jul 2, 2004 #5

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    ceptimus that is brilliant!
    it explains his discomfiture while waiting
    as shown by his pained expression
    and his subsequent relief
     
  7. Jul 2, 2004 #6

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    Brilliant, I agree...but it doesn't seem complete. What does the other guy know that this guy doesn't ? How can he be sure the other guy didn't make the mistake that he may have made ? There is any reference to only one door...but perhaps there's only one restroom.

    Nice, but if this is the solution, I'll have a bone to pick with vikas.

    EDIT : Unless the "sex of the toilet" is indicated by a blue picture on a red door, and the distraught guy is color blind...or some such thing.
     
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  8. Jul 3, 2004 #7
    well, ceptimus is absolutely correct.
    actually i came across it as a lateral puzzle (for those who don't know what it is, it is a puzzle where you can ask the person who ognally gave the question, any sort of question which can be answerd either as YES or NO).

    i was expecting the same here, but i guess ceptimus was familiar with this problem, or he is great at making guessing.
     
  9. Jul 3, 2004 #8
    I suppose the guy waiting in discomfort could be a foreigner, or illiterate, and there is a written name like "Gentlemen" or similar on the door, rather than a symbol.
     
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