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A windy sort of poll

Poll #496596 The answer is blowing in the wind...

(Approximately) How many roads must a man walk down, before they call him a man?

Mean: 195.29 Median: 200 Std. Dev 160.22
0(0.0%)
0
1(5.9%)
20
2(11.8%)
40
4(23.5%)
60
0(0.0%)
80
1(5.9%)
100
0(0.0%)
120
0(0.0%)
140
0(0.0%)
160
0(0.0%)
180
0(0.0%)
200
1(5.9%)
220
0(0.0%)
240
1(5.9%)
260
0(0.0%)
280
0(0.0%)
300
1(5.9%)
320
0(0.0%)
340
0(0.0%)
360
2(11.8%)
380
1(5.9%)
400
3(17.6%)

How many seas must a white dove sail, before she sleeps in the sand?

Mean: 4.18 Median: 4 Std. Dev 2.71
0
1(5.9%)
1
4(23.5%)
2
1(5.9%)
3
2(11.8%)
4
1(5.9%)
5
0(0.0%)
6
1(5.9%)
7
7(41.2%)

How many times must the cannonballs fly, before they are forever banned?

Comments

( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
jennaria
May. 19th, 2005 03:19 am (UTC)
What, no '42' for the first question?

[/HITCHHIKERS occasional geek]
owlfish
May. 19th, 2005 03:20 am (UTC)
42 should be a possible answer to ALL poll questions.
ivpiter
May. 19th, 2005 03:48 am (UTC)
What, no '42' for the first question?

42.

No, doesn't work.
rhube
May. 19th, 2005 05:49 pm (UTC)
If a man is a man, then he is a man - he doesn't have to walk down any roads.

I picked seven for the dove because it was teh highest number, and she hasn't rested anywhere yet. Also, there are supposedly seven seas, and I think she must have seen them all by now.

The cannon balls have flown too many times, and will continue to do so before they stop, so taht's the answer: too many.
owlfish
May. 19th, 2005 06:08 pm (UTC)
I like your solution. I went with 20 since I figured that small town boys could grow up to be men without ever leaving their hometowns. Yet another way of looking at the problem makes it all more difficult though - what if the only way to become a man - or the method being chosen by this individual - is to walk down roads? If road walking were the only way to achieve manhood, how many roads would be necessary to fulfill that rite of passage?

I figured the dove would probably sleep even before she started flying - since chicks tend to do that. The way around my solution is to say that sure, she can sleep, but she can't sleep in the sand until she's flown over more seas than what I put. (Geekery note: I did a few sloppy websearches to see if I could find out what the actual number of seas in the world is - not finding any answers and being too lazy to count, I went with the traditional seven.)

Metaphorically, cannonballs are still flying - but how often is a cannonball actually fired in this day and age of much more powerful weaponry? Not very often, I'd bet. These days, cannonballs are almost the least of our worries when it comes to weapons technologies.
(Anonymous)
May. 19th, 2005 10:16 pm (UTC)
number of roads, seas, and balls
This survey overlooks two crucial pieces of information found in the original document:

(1) The number of roads must be the same as the number of seas and the same as the number of cannonballs because the answer (my friend) is singular.

(2) That answer is blowing in the wind.

Today was windy, so I went looking for the answer. After ten minutes I had found only two objects blowing in the wind, viz., a "McDonald's" cup with a telephone number on it, and a "Gourmet Bean" cup with an indication of its size and the warning, "Careful, this beverage is very hot."

It would therefore follow that the number of roads, etc., is either 18,002,446,227 or 12. If the first number exceeds the quantity of seas available, as seems likely, then the answer to all three questions is necessarily 12 (oz).

It would of course be pointless to attempt to confirm this result at another time or place (see no. 1, above).

- Odred
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