If it takes half a man half a day to eat half a hen, how long does it take for a whole man to eat a whole hen?

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- anonymous

its a stupid question

- anonymous

Half a day.

- anonymous

a whole day , if anything is the answer it will be that

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- anonymous

You'd be surprised at the number of different answers I've gotten from people.

- anonymous

yeh and they are all stupid

- anonymous

Only two people gave half a day as the answer, including ag. I go along with the half a day answer.

- anonymous

well then u are stupid :P

- anonymous

how can "half a man" eat anything?
by half a man they must mean a whole man

- anonymous

I still think it'll be half a day. The amount and number have doubled, so time should remain the same. This is how I reasoned it out:
1/2M - 1/2 H - 1/2 D
1 M - 1/2 H - (1/2 * 1/2) = 1/4 D
1 M - 1H - (1/4 * 2) = 1/2 D

- anonymous

If half a man is eating half the hen, what is the other half of him doing at the same time? Isn't the other half of him eating the other half of the hen?

- anonymous

I am convinced that 1/2 day is the answer, too.

- anonymous

whatever, I am not going to argue, I dont care if u get it right or wrong, either way the question is extremely badly worded.
How can half a man eat ?. If anything it would be one person that is tired , define half a person eating? , If I were to chop you in half could you still eat?

- anonymous

remember, maths is meant to be a bit bout logic thinking, not just pure memeorisation

- anonymous

This is good. A math professor also stated that the question was badly worded.

- anonymous

1day

- anonymous

Iff the man were cut in two, then it would take him forever to eat a hen, because he'd be dead. If he remains whole and stays alive long enough to eat the hen, then both halves of the man are eating the hen at the same time.

- anonymous

One man claimed the answer was 1/8 day, and he had a degree in math. Now that's incredible.

- anonymous

His reasoning was that ya cube the deuce and divide into the ace to get an eighth of a day.

- anonymous

It isn't about mugging, it's just that quirky thing about maths. In real life, you can't have a man cut in half, but in maths, it's perfectly reasonable to assume that. If you're uncomfortable with those numbers, we could just change the question by doubling everything, because it's all proportional.
Having said that, if a man eats a hen in a day, 1 man will eat 2 hens in one day because each man would eat a hen in a day.
To get the answer to this sum, just divide all numbers in the above reasoning by 2, and you get your answer.
I hope that sounds more logical, but honestly, the numbers don't matter. It's only maintaining the ratio that does.

- anonymous

In order to carry the analysis to two men and two hens, we should assume both eat at the same rate and that the hens are identical, since, with the original data, one man eats eats at exactly the same rate as himself, and the hen is identical to itself.

- anonymous

1/2 man eats 1/2 hen in 1/2 day
1/2 man eats 1 hen in 1 day
1 man eats 2 hens in 1 day
1 man eats 1 hen in 1/2 day

- anonymous

We should also assume that both men start and finish eating at the same time, winde one man eats at the same time as himself.

- anonymous

I also agree with 1/2 day.

- anonymous

A very important assumption is that the men live long enough to finish eating the hens.

- anonymous

question needs clarification. what is half a man?
get the semantic ambiguities out of the way before you solve it.

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