Questions for May … as readers can probably tell, it is getting ever harder to formulate these, and Wikipedia provides all the answers anyway. How I yearn for the olden days, when I could source impossible questions from obscure books. Anyway PLEASE HAVE A GO – by posting a comment, preferably sarcastic – as I know the answers anyway; I’ll put the real answers up in early June.
- Which state of the USA was originally called “Franklin”?
- (From the USSR Book of Elementary Mathematics Problems) Volodya and Kostya, students in a metal-trade school, are doing lathework. Their teacher assigns them to make batches of metal parts. They want to finish simultaneously and [of course] ahead of the deadline, but after a while Kostya has only done half of what Volodya has left to do, and this is half of what Volodya has already done. How much faster than Volodya does Kostya now have to work, so that they will finish at the same time? (The answer, left here earlier by an idle capitalist lackey, has now been removed)
- At the end of the 85-km Wasaloppet ski race held annually in Sweden, a young girl presents a bunch of flowers to the winner as he/she approaches the finish line. Nice idea, but one year the “winner” was a pair of twins skiing side by side. How did the poor girl cope with that?
- In Iceland [and possibly in “Icleand” too if it existed beyond a mere spelling mistake] what do they say for “cheers” as they drink?
- Some scientists realised it would be a natty idea to mount a Foucault Pendulum at the South Pole, and set a good one up in a tall building there. The pendulum would be started by burning through a cotton thread that held it back. What went wrong?