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« Reply #30 on: November 08, 2006, 05:57:35 PM »
What's your point?

I said that I'd heard the joke and that I'd repeated it on the forum and you've demonstrated that what I said was true - thanks :).

Erasmus, I think the difference between that joke and Hitler (who I presume you're talking to) is that my comment "all Jews are racist" is obviously a racist comment - I'm essentially accusing a race of people of being something that indeed I am as well (going by the comment).  Hitler on the other hand said that all Jews were inferior - suggesting that he's actually better than them.  I'm sure you see the difference.

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« Reply #31 on: November 08, 2006, 07:41:28 PM »
all asians are racist

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« Reply #32 on: November 08, 2006, 07:49:05 PM »
ouch.  :cry:

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« Reply #33 on: November 08, 2006, 07:51:17 PM »
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ouch.  :cry:


there there...at least ur not jewish!  :lol:

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« Reply #34 on: November 08, 2006, 08:23:52 PM »
Once a friend and I tried to come up with the person who would be more discriminated against than anyone. We ended up with a teenage black crippled quadruplegic midget lesbian girl.
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« Reply #35 on: November 08, 2006, 08:24:38 PM »
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Once a friend and I tried to come up with the person who would be more discriminated against than anyone. We ended up with a teenage black crippled quadruplegic midget lesbian girl.


(who was jewish)

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« Reply #36 on: November 08, 2006, 08:29:12 PM »
There's this awesome board game called "capitalism" or something similar where the order of turns is based on gender and skin colour - the guys go before girls and the whitest of each gender go first.  The game is a little rigged so you get cards that say things like "bank error in your favour, collect $200 unless you are black, in which case pay $200"  It's a fun game :)

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« Reply #37 on: November 08, 2006, 08:50:02 PM »
I have 12 toothpicks in front of me. I take one away. Now i have nine in front of me.

How?

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« Reply #38 on: November 08, 2006, 08:59:00 PM »
Somebody else took two away.
ooyakasha!

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« Reply #39 on: November 08, 2006, 09:00:29 PM »
You use them to spell out the word "NINE".  Do you want a diagram or is the answer fine?

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« Reply #40 on: November 08, 2006, 09:14:15 PM »
Ah... or to draw a really big "9"
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« Reply #41 on: November 08, 2006, 09:15:02 PM »
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Ah... or to draw a really big "9"
:lol: That's the best answer :D

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« Reply #42 on: November 08, 2006, 09:16:49 PM »
Quote from: "beast"
There's this awesome board game called "capitalism" or something similar where the order of turns is based on gender and skin colour - the guys go before girls and the whitest of each gender go first.  The game is a little rigged so you get cards that say things like "bank error in your favour, collect $200 unless you are black, in which case pay $200"  It's a fun game :)

Know where I can get this game?  Too bad my part of Missouri is a all white.  Sounds like it sure would be fun when playing with people who could laugh at themselves.

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« Reply #43 on: November 08, 2006, 09:21:53 PM »
Sorry, the only place I've seen it is at this old beach house where we spend Christmas sometimes.  The house belongs to a friend of my step dad and I presume the board game belonged to that friends parents (who retired and then died there).  They were old and also hippies and the board game looked fairly old, I don't know if you can still get it.  I'm probably going there this Christmas so if it's still there I'll try to find out the details.  Ultimately it's just pro socialist propaganda - you could try socialist websites and stuff.

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« Reply #44 on: November 08, 2006, 09:39:49 PM »
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A man was to be sentenced, and the judge told him, "You may make a statement. If it is true, I'll sentence you to four years in prison. If it is false, I'll sentence you to six years in prison." After the man made his statement, the judge decided to let him go free.

What did the man say?


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Lighter than what I am made of,
More of me is hidden than is seen,
I am the bane of the mariner,
A tooth within the sea.

Speak my name.


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Alive as you but without breath,
As cold in my life as in my death;
Never a thirst though I always drink,
Dressed in a mail but never a clink.

What am I?

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« Reply #45 on: November 08, 2006, 10:32:46 PM »
"This statement is false"

"iceburg"

dno bout last one  :?

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« Reply #46 on: November 09, 2006, 03:36:45 AM »
That last one is "fish" and it's from The Hobbit.  I think it's safe to say people will get all the riddles from The Hobbit.

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« Reply #47 on: November 09, 2006, 07:16:00 AM »
What's The Hobbit?


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« Reply #48 on: November 09, 2006, 07:57:32 AM »
What's red and green and spins counter-clockwise at 150 mph?

Frog in a blender.

EDIT: Highlight for the answer.

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« Reply #49 on: November 09, 2006, 03:29:56 PM »
Quote from: "TheEngineer"
What's The Hobbit?


Er. Famous book by JRR Tolkien.  I would presume his most read book...

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« Reply #50 on: November 10, 2006, 06:42:12 PM »
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A man was to be sentenced, and the judge told him, "You may make a statement. If it is true, I'll sentence you to four years in prison. If it is false, I'll sentence you to six years in prison." After the man made his statement, the judge decided to let him go free.

What did the man say?

"This sentence is false" is actually an incorrect answer, because it is never either true or false, so the judge can do whatever he wants and still keep his word. The correct answer is "You will sentence me to six years in prison." If the prisoner says this, the judge will have to take some action, so the sentence will be either true or false - however, it prevents the judge from fulfilling his promise.
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« Reply #51 on: November 11, 2006, 12:02:47 AM »
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Quote from: "GeoGuy"
A man was to be sentenced, and the judge told him, "You may make a statement. If it is true, I'll sentence you to four years in prison. If it is false, I'll sentence you to six years in prison." After the man made his statement, the judge decided to let him go free.

What did the man say?

"This sentence is false" is actually an incorrect answer, because it is never either true or false, so the judge can do whatever he wants and still keep his word. The correct answer is "You will sentence me to six years in prison." If the prisoner says this, the judge will have to take some action, so the sentence will be either true or false - however, it prevents the judge from fulfilling his promise.


and how does this differ from "this statement is false"

it still: as u put it:
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prevents the judge from fulfilling his promise


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"This sentence is false" is actually an incorrect answer, because it is never either true or false


i dont understand how u are able to differentiate between this...and ur statement...they are in essence the same: niether true, nor false... i dont understand ur reasoning

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« Reply #52 on: November 11, 2006, 06:40:04 AM »
"This sentence is false" has no truth-value - it can't be said to be either true or false.

Consider instead "you will sentence me to six years in prison." If the judge will sentence him to six years, it's true. Otherwise, it's false. It prevents the judge from fulfilling his own sentencing guidelines because if he sentences him to six years, the sentence was true, but the judge sentenced him to the amount he was supposed to if the sentence was false. If the judge sentenced him to four years, the judge will have sentenced him to the wrong term as well. But in any case, the sentence will be either true or false.
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« Reply #53 on: November 11, 2006, 04:05:26 PM »
yer i understand that, and i agree with u that is also a correct answer. but i still think that mine is not "incorrect"

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« Reply #54 on: November 11, 2006, 04:18:48 PM »
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yer i understand that, and i agree with u that is also a correct answer. but i still think that mine is not "incorrect"

Well, your statement is neither true nor false. Hence if the prisoner made it, the judge could sentence him to, say, 10 years, and not be breaking his word. However, if the prisoner says, "You will sentence me to 6 years," the judge cannot impose any sentence without breaking his word. So the judge lets the prisoner go free.

The difference between the two statements is that one is never either true or false, and therefore has no truth value, and the second is either true or false, depending on the judge's action, but is always one or the other.

Do you see the difference? Anyone else have a better way of explaining this? This is almost as bad as explaining the Monty Hall problem.
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« Reply #55 on: November 11, 2006, 04:29:23 PM »
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Anyone else have a better way of explaining this?


I thought I did but then I realized all I had was exactly the same explanation you gave :P
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« Reply #56 on: November 11, 2006, 05:07:51 PM »
Seems to me that any statement that is unconditionally true would work too...  That riddle's kind of stupid in that aspect.  "Each angle of a square is 90°, and all four interior angles of a square adds up to 360°" as a simple example.  Unless I'm missing something in the riddle...
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« Reply #57 on: November 11, 2006, 05:12:33 PM »
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Seems to me that any statement that is unconditionally true would work too...  That riddle's kind of stupid in that aspect.  "Each angle of a square is 90°, and all four interior angles of a square adds up to 360°" as a simple example.  Unless I'm missing something in the riddle...


No, because that way he still gets four years in jail.
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« Reply #58 on: November 11, 2006, 05:33:23 PM »
Gah.  I misread the riddle.  I thought it said that if it were true he would be set free.
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« Reply #59 on: November 11, 2006, 10:47:34 PM »
Okay I know this isn't a brain-teaser but the answer is so nice I had to post it (it's from a practice exam that my girlfriend wrote for one of her students):

Suppose in some country there are several towns.  You can get from any town to any other by a network of highways, though possibly not directly (each highway goes from exactly one town to exactly one other town, touching no third town along the way; some pairs of towns might not have a highway directly connecting them).  Prove that there are two towns with the same number of highways coming out of the towns.
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