Riddle Time

edited July 2007 in Less Rokk More Talk
In my basement, at the foot of the stairs, there are three light switches of the typical variety. At the top of those stairs is a single light bulb, also of the typical variety. I know one (and only one) of the three switches will turn the light off and on, but I don't know which one.

While I'm flipping switches, I cannot see the light bulb or any light that might come from it; I have to go upstairs to see what effect my switch-flipping has had. But, I'm also lazy... I'll spend as much time as I think I need downstairs, but once I go upstairs to check the result, I'm done and off to play LotRO.

How should I spend my time flipping switches downstairs so that, when I come upstairs, I know which switch is connected to the light bulb?

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  • daneish7daneish7 Unsigned
    edited May 2007
    Flip the first switch. Wait awhile. Flip the second switch, then head upstairs and check the bulb. If the light's on, the second switch operates it. If the light's off but warm to the touch, the first switch operates it. If off and cool, the third switch operates it.
  • benjaminbenjamin Opening Act
    edited May 2007
    Afterwards get an electrician to make your house have less horrible wiring.
  • edited July 2007
    I probably would've just waited til someone else was around

    me: *flicks switch 1* IS THE LIGHT ON YET?
    them: NOO!!

    me: *flicks the second switch* HOW 'BOUT NOW?
    them: NOOO!!

    me: *flicks the switch that is the thrid* NOW!!??!
    them: YES! BUT THEN IT BLEW!!

    me: SONOFABITCH!
  • trent0090trent0090 Unsigned
    edited July 2007
    If you are lazy, just turn on all three and turn all three off when you are done. As long as the light comes on who cares.
  • edited July 2007
    Maybe when the other 2 are on they slowly leak poisonous gas into the house. And not the good kinda that just makes you feel happy, the bad kinda that kills you slowly with no good effects at all!
  • trent0090trent0090 Unsigned
    edited July 2007
    If that's the case he'll just have to crack a window and get a fan.
  • edited July 2007
    trent0090;8162 said:
    If that's the case he'll just have to crack a window and get a fan.
    Mattmoss should NEVER install air conditioners, chances are it will just end with even more toxic chemicals being pumped into the room.

    I really hope people get that joke... lol
  • edited July 2007
    Yeah, I'm staying away from air conditioners for a while. My fan works just fine....

    Okay, next riddle. Two men stand back to back. Each walks forward 60 feet, turns 90 degrees to the left, then walks 80 feet more. How far apart are the men?

    (I guess that's more of a math problem... who remembers geometry?) :)
  • edited July 2007
    sa_nick said:
    I really hope people get that joke... lol
    LOL! I remember it. Poor Matt.
    mattmoss;8220 said:
    Yeah, I'm staying away from air conditioners for a while. My fan works just fine....

    Okay, next riddle. Two men stand back to back. Each walks forward 60 feet, turns 90 degrees to the left, then walks 80 feet more. How far apart are the men?

    (I guess that's more of a math problem... who remembers geometry?) :)
    In the physical sense: 200 ft.
    In the emotional sense: Depends on how close they really were to each other to start. Who knows. They might have had a fallen out and are now very distant which could not be measured. They might have come to terms with their distant relationship and are really closer than they were when they first started. I think therapy and booze could get this relationship back on it's feet again in no time.
  • edited July 2007
    mattmoss;8220 said:
    Yeah, I'm staying away from air conditioners for a while. My fan works just fine....

    Okay, next riddle. Two men stand back to back. Each walks forward 60 feet, turns 90 degrees to the left, then walks 80 feet more. How far apart are the men?

    (I guess that's more of a math problem... who remembers geometry?) :)
    Yep, Huskie got it. 80 and 60 are the best numbers to use in that kinda equation, you don't even need a calculator to work it out.
  • edited July 2007
    sa_nick;8270 said:
    Yep, Huskie got it. 80 and 60 are the best numbers to use in that kinda equation, you don't even need a calculator to work it out.
    I cheated. I used my toes. :o
  • edited July 2007
    Huskie;8275 said:
    I cheated. I used my toes. :o
    You have 10,000 toes!?! :|
  • benjaminbenjamin Opening Act
    edited July 2007
    Here is a pretty easy but classic riddle.

    What does man love more than life?
    Fear More than Death or Mortal Strife?
    What do the poor have,
    The Rich Require,
    and the contented desire?
    What does the miser spend,
    The Spendthrift save,
    and what all men take to their graves?
  • edited July 2007
    I've heard that one before so I'm just gonna keep quiet.
  • edited July 2007
    Is it chicken tenders?
  • edited July 2007
    benjamin;8794 said:
    Here is a pretty easy but classic riddle.

    What does man love more than life?
    Fear More than Death or Mortal Strife?
    ...
    Their wives.
    I also heard this one and will pass.
    mattmoss;8998 said:
    Is it chicken tenders?
    Only if it's free-range.
  • BobLoblawBobLoblaw Opening Act
    edited July 2007
    benjamin;8794 said:
    Here is a pretty easy but classic riddle.

    What does man love more than life?
    Fear More than Death or Mortal Strife?
    What do the poor have,
    The Rich Require,
    and the contented desire?
    What does the miser spend,
    The Spendthrift save,
    and what all men take to their graves?
    Nothing...
  • benjaminbenjamin Opening Act
    edited July 2007
    That is the problem with a lot of the cooler older riddles, everyone has heard them.

    I am thinking for this topic to just open up the last 3 chapters of the 3rd Dark Tower book and just start posting the riddles they use against Blaine.
  • GameWiz68GameWiz68 Opening Act
    edited July 2007
    benjamin;8794 said:
    Here is a pretty easy but classic riddle.

    What does man love more than life?
    Fear More than Death or Mortal Strife?
    What do the poor have,
    The Rich Require,
    and the contented desire?
    What does the miser spend,
    The Spendthrift save,
    and what all men take to their graves?
    is it money
  • GameWiz68GameWiz68 Opening Act
    edited July 2007
    GameWiz68;9366 said:
    is it money

    second that is it tacos
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