Category Archives: Probability

Bags with Gold and Silver Coins

“Jack and Jill, which bag do you choose for a chance of winning ten thousand dollars,” hailed the cheerful game show host Dusty Farlone, “the blue bag with three gold and seven silver coins, or the red bag with four … Continue reading

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The Chinese Round Table

One fine evening, Jack and Jill were dining at the Fu Manchu Magic Noodle House, their favorite Chinese restaurant. They sat at a round table served by their regular waitress, Wang Shu. A number of dishes containing delicious tidbits for … Continue reading

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The Flying Card

At the Lucky Duck casino Nick, the dealer, was sitting at a green felt table and practicing fancy acrobatic shuffles with a deck of cards when suddenly one card flew away and sailed into a nearby plant bed with some … Continue reading

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The Faulty Die

Jack was sitting at a café table reading a magazine when Jill sat down and ordered some pastries and a hot chocolate. “What are you reading with such a puzzled look on your face,” said Jill, munching a delicious apple … Continue reading

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Straight vs. Full House

On another fine evening, there was a heated discussion at the Royal Flush Card Club as to how many occurrences of Full House and Straight would occur in the course of 30 throws of five poker dice. Bing Jones III … Continue reading

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The Same Sun Sign

“Jack, I’ll be taking a course in Astrology soon,” said Jill. “That’s nice,” said Jack, “How many people will be on the course?” “Twenty-five or so, I was told,” said Jill. “How many people do you think will be Geminis, … Continue reading

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The Deck Split

At the Royal Flush card club one evening, there was a lively discussion among its members about splitting a deck of cards into two equal piles after a thorough shuffle, in which, respectively, there would be exactly ten red cards … Continue reading

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The Winning Seats

The McDuffy Travel Agency was offering special prizes for vacationers to improve its turnover. The advertising stated that the prizes would be determined on the airport bus. One day there were fifteen vacationers going to the Caribbean island of Buena … Continue reading

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The Broken Glasses

At Danny’s Beach Bar run by Danny McDoogle at a popular Andalusian beach, there were five waiters who would take turns washing glasses used by customers. One day there were five broken glasses, four of them caused by one of … Continue reading

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The Twin Birth Rate

“Did you know that seven pairs of twins are born on average at each of the hospitals in Brownville?” said security guard Barney Coxworth to Hank Burnside, the janitor of the Belleview Hospital. “Naw, had no idea, Barney. Why is … Continue reading

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