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tigerpawl
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Math Riddle: How much string would you add....
Let's say the earth was perfectly round and smooth, and you ran a string all the way around the equator - 25,000 miles. And then your wife comes along and wants the string to sit exactly 1 foot off the ground - all the way around.
Question: how much new string do you add to the original string to make that happen?

Here's the cryptic answer (shhhhh! don't reveal it!): LINK
This post was edited on 7/25 at 6:11 pm

HobbsTheTiger
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re: Math Riddle: How much string would you add....
Do you even circumference, bro?

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lsuwontonwrap
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re: Math Riddle: How much string would you add....
wut

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ZacAttack
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re: Math Riddle: How much string would you add....
Can't I just put all of it in a big container and put the container one foot off the ground.

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PuntBamaPunt
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re: Math Riddle: How much string would you add....
I'd tell her to get her arse back in the kitchen and make me dinner.

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OneMoreTime
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re: Math Riddle: How much string would you add....
I'm not married. Next question.

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ags01
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re: Math Riddle: How much string would you add....
Is this actually a riddle?

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Karnac
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re: Math Riddle: How much string would you add....
C= 25000 = 2*PI*R ==> R=25000/(2*PI)

C' = 2*PI*(25000/(2*PI)+1)

Calculate the radius, add 1, recalculate Circumference. Subtract C'-C

Oops. Correction as noted: Convert 1' increment to 1/5280 miles.
This post was edited on 7/25 at 6:22 pm

Spock's Eyebrow
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re: Math Riddle: How much string would you add....
The surprising thing is that the answer is independent of the size of the sphere.

tigerpawl
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re: Math Riddle: How much string would you add....
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The surprising thing is that the answer is independent of the size of the sphere.
Ahhhh.... I see you've been there and done that. Works for basketballs too....

RDOtiger
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re: Math Riddle: How much string would you add....
Approximately 25,004' ?

tigerpawl
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re: Math Riddle: How much string would you add....
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Approximately 25,004' ?
refer to the OP link for the "cryptic answer"... How much new string would you add to the original 25,000 mile string?
This post was edited on 7/25 at 6:18 pm

lsufan251875
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re: Math Riddle: How much string would you add....
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C= 25000 = 2*PI*R ==> R=25000/(2*PI)

C' = 2*PI*(25000/(2*PI)+1)

Calculate the radius, add 1, recalculate Circumference. Subtract C'-C

Forgot to change your units.

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SundayFunday
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re: Math Riddle: How much string would you add....
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C= 25000 = 2*PI*R ==> R=25000/(2*PI)

C' = 2*PI*(25000/(2*PI)+1)

Calculate the radius, add 1, recalculate Circumference. Subtract C'-C

You should do some major conversions there or that wont make sense.

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Spock's Eyebrow
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re: Math Riddle: How much string would you add....
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Ahhhh.... I see you've been there and done that. Works for basketballs too....

It's really quite unintuitive.

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iAmBatman
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re: Math Riddle: How much string would you add....
Miles and feet homie. Change your units

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Chicken
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re: Math Riddle: How much string would you add....
6.28 feet

Spock's Eyebrow
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re: Math Riddle: How much string would you add....
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C= 25000 = 2*PI*R ==> R=25000/(2*PI)

C' = 2*PI*(25000/(2*PI)+1)

Calculate the radius, add 1, recalculate Circumference. Subtract C'-C

You lose points for plugging in a numerical diameter and talking about radii.

ETA: And I lose points for mixing up diameter and circumference.
This post was edited on 7/25 at 6:33 pm

tigerpawl
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re: Math Riddle: How much string would you add....
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6.28 feet
Chicken FTW!! Who started the rumor that Chickens have small brains?
This post was edited on 7/25 at 6:24 pm

SundayFunday
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re: Math Riddle: How much string would you add....
Also known as 2Pi

or TWO PIES
This post was edited on 7/25 at 6:23 pm

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