Jokes/Interweb Things Thread, Can You Solve Question 4? in Fun Stuff; Lol, that's a head scratcher. Is this a philosophy paper?...
1. Lol, that's a head scratcher. Is this a philosophy paper?

2. Is it answer (c) Cliff Richard?

3. No matter how tall the tree is, its leaves will always fall to the ground. Chinese Proverb

4. Originally Posted by CESIL
At the time the measurement was done the man's shadow was 2/3 of his height...or put another way his height is 3/2 times his shadow length...

therefore the building height is 3/2 times it's shadow length...
We'd need to know the angle of the Sun to figure out the ratio of height-to-shadow

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edit: I suppose if we get really pedantic.. Nobody said they were the same light source, either ;D
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5. No one knows, you distorted the outcome by measuring it...

6. Originally Posted by Garacesh
We'd need to know the angle of the Sun to figure out the ratio of height-to-shadow

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edit: I suppose if we get really pedantic.. Nobody said they were the same light source, either ;D
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No, we can calculate the ratio from the height of the man and his shadow length...

Given how far away the sun is I don't think the angle of the sun would be appreciably different for man or building...

...but I still can find a tree

7. Originally Posted by fiza
No matter how tall the tree is, its leaves will always fall to the ground. Chinese Proverb
^ I think we have a winner.

8. If the sun is 'low' in the sky but still 'high' enough to be 'above' the person (since there are all relative terms in the sun doesn't move), then the man's shadow would be shorter, but the height of a building would be longer (as the sun would be 'lower' than the top of the building

I think. I'm not putting too much thought into it

The tree is obviously inside the atrium of the building.

9. Originally Posted by Garacesh

The tree is obviously inside the atrium of the building.
No, the tree has been chopped down and is being used to reprint the paper.

10. I know! the answer is... 42! :P

11. What they also didn't tell you is that the building is in Alaska and the man in Ecuador

12. Originally Posted by fiza
No matter how tall the tree is, its leaves will always fall to the ground. Chinese Proverb
What about the evergreen trees that do not drop needles or leaves all year round?

13. Originally Posted by nephilim
What about the evergreen trees that do not drop needles or leaves all year round?
Chainsaw.

15. The tree is a lie...GLADOS is trying to trick you

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