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    Lol, that's a head scratcher. Is this a philosophy paper?

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    Is it answer (c) Cliff Richard?

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by CESIL View Post
    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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    No one knows, you distorted the outcome by measuring it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garacesh View Post
    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

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

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garacesh View Post

    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.

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

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiza View Post
    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?

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

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    Loving the answers

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



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