View Full Version : How many bananas can the camel get across the desert?


alexthestampede
09-02-2008, 03:42 PM
A camel is crossing the desert. He has 3000 bananas. He can only carry 1000 at a time. He eats one banana every mile. The desert is 1000 miles.

Rockin' Cherub
09-02-2008, 03:44 PM
camels don't eat bananas

or do they

mistle
09-02-2008, 03:47 PM
1000

yo soy el mejor
09-02-2008, 03:49 PM
as much as possible, y0

Caine Walker
09-02-2008, 03:51 PM
zero bananas.

yo soy el mejor
09-02-2008, 03:52 PM
zero

Nothing/everything
09-02-2008, 03:52 PM
let's say the camel's average speed is around 4 miles/hour. 1000/4 = 250 hours just to cross the darn thing once, which is over 10 days. Camel has to cross it at least 5 times. Average temperatures in deserts where camels are used as beasts of burden = 100 degrees fahrenheit or more in daytime. Chances of any banana making it for, let's say, 60 hours in such scorching heat are pretty slim. And if you're that high tech to install some fridge system on the camel to keep 1000 bananas cool for 10 days, i'd suggest hiring a plane.

yo soy el mejor
09-02-2008, 03:56 PM
no need for speed

im the anti D-R-U-G-G-I-E my

body is healthy

my rhymes make me wealthy

and netphoria helps me

Banana
09-02-2008, 04:27 PM
03

redbull
09-02-2008, 04:28 PM
oh eight!!!!!1

Esty
09-02-2008, 04:34 PM
No way that camel makes it 1000 miles before the bananas rot and are useless.

Deadeyes
09-02-2008, 05:00 PM
1

Drops x3 for each consecutive mile then picks up one extra on every backtrip?

maoi
09-02-2008, 05:10 PM
or you can drop more. say the camel takes 1,000 bananas and goes 300 miles leaving him with 700 bananas. he drops 400 bananas, uses the 300 left to go back to the beginning to refill on a thousand, then goes back to the 300 mile mark, leaving him with 700 and picks up 300 from the 400 he dropped giving him a 1,000 with 700 miles to go netting him 300 bananas at the end of the trip. not sure how many times he should repeat and with how many bananas to optimize number of bananas and too lazy/stupid to figure it out

Deadeyes
09-02-2008, 05:17 PM
or you can drop more. say the camel takes 1,000 bananas and goes 300 miles leaving him with 700 bananas. he drops 400 bananas, uses the 300 left to go back to the beginning to refill on a thousand, then goes back to the 300 mile mark, leaving him with 700 and picks up 300 from the 400 he dropped giving him a 1,000 with 700 miles to go netting him 300 bananas at the end of the trip. not sure how many times he should repeat and with how many bananas to optimize number of bananas and too lazy/stupid to figure it out

That's a good point, I think that makes it 1000 then. I thought this but for some reason mind would not compute it right.

Nimrod's Son
09-02-2008, 05:20 PM
^ he is right

Load 100 nanners, go 200 miles, leave 600 nanners behind and return to the beginning and reload to 1000.
Go 200 miles, pick up 200 nanners for a total of 1000, go 333 miles, leave 334 there, return to 200 mile marker, replenish with 200 and return to start.
Go 200 miles, pick up the last 200 nanners, go 333 further miles, pick up another 333 bananas and reach the city.

In the city you now have 533 nanners

maoi
09-02-2008, 05:23 PM
ah, google. the true fruit of knowledge

Deadeyes
09-02-2008, 05:30 PM
^ he is right

Load 100 nanners, go 200 miles, leave 600 nanners behind and return to the beginning and reload to 1000.
Go 200 miles, pick up 200 nanners for a total of 1000, go 333 miles, leave 334 there, return to 200 mile marker, replenish with 200 and return to start.
Go 200 miles, pick up the last 200 nanners, go 333 further miles, pick up another 333 bananas and reach the city.

In the city you now have 533 nanners

Someone had fun making that puzzle up...
I wish I was still good at maths

ravenguy2000
09-02-2008, 05:36 PM
We had this problem in my Problem Solving class this summer except we were transporting gallons of gas in a jeep. I grasped the idea behind the solution but to actually work it out just involved holding too many trips and numbers and drop off points in my head.

O T T F F S S

Someone tell me what the next letter comes next.

Deadeyes
09-02-2008, 05:46 PM
We had this problem in my Problem Solving class this summer except we were transporting gallons of gas in a jeep. I grasped the idea behind the solution but to actually work it out just involved holding too many trips and numbers and drop off points in my head.

O T T F F S S

Someone tell me what the next letter comes next.

E, but that seems too easy. There seems no reason to assume it's more obscure though.

Okay maybe M, right im gona give up there.

Ok and possibly Z. Im a dick if I ruined this, only saw it after.

ravenguy2000
09-02-2008, 05:52 PM
well when it was up on the chalkboard it took me about 10 minutes and 2 clues to get

Deadeyes
09-02-2008, 06:05 PM
I totally lucked out on that btw, I checked it on google and I didn't even work it out correctly. I was looking at it as a mathematical pattern and E or 5 was the seemingly most obvious next link but that has nothing to do with it. I won't ruin it for anyone else but, you should try to work out the next 3 letters of Ravenguys letter puzzle if you want to do it without looking it up.

Rockin' Cherub
09-02-2008, 06:12 PM
i believe the camel problem can be solved mathematically using this (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optimization_(mathematics))

alexthestampede
09-02-2008, 07:56 PM
i should have changed the numbers so you guys couldnt google it

Nimrod's Son
09-02-2008, 08:07 PM
only mayfuck resorts to google. it's not really all that hard of an equation, once you write it out.

mistle
09-03-2008, 01:09 AM
that's bullshit. you're not allowed to go back. the camel arrives with 1000 bananas in its stomach