Actually, many of the questions Marilyn vos Savant got asked in her column are positively ingenious. They also provide a lot of food for thought. Here are a few that caught my eye. As always, feel free to hash them out in the comments:
- I need glasses to see things at a distance. When I look in the mirror, I can see my face clearly. When I look at the things reflected in the room behind me, they appear fuzzy, yet the distance is an illusion, and all objects reflected are an equal distance from my eyes. Can you tell me why this is so?
- If you had a completely enclosed truck with birds inside, would the truck weigh the same if the birds were in flight?
- Joe plays a lottery on a regular basis. The odds are 1000 to 1. He has played 999 times and never won. Moe plays for the first time on Joe’s 1000th try. Are Joe’s chances of winning better than Moe’s?
- I’ve heard that if you’re in a falling elevator, you should jump up and down repeatedly so that when the elevator touches the ground, there’s a good chance you’ll only be a few inches in the air and will land harmlessly. Is that true?