August 30, 2006 10:51am CST
An acrobat thief enters an ancient temple, and finds the following scenario: 1. The roof of the temple is 100 meters high. 2. In the roof there are two holes, separated by 1 meter. 3. Through each hole passes a single gold rope, each going all the way to the floor. 4. There is nothing else in the room. The thief would like to cut and steal as much of the ropes as he can. However, he knows that if he falls from height that is greater than 10 meters, he will die. The only thing in his possession is a knife. How much length of rope can the acrobat thief get? And how?
• United States
1 Sep 06
The acrobat thief could get at least 100 meters if he climbed one rope to the top and cut the other one off and slid down. I guess he could get an additional 10 meters by cutting the tail of the rope he climbed and dropping 10 meters to the ground, but I'm an acrobat thief and I would never really consider dropping more than 3 meters. I like my ankles. Did I win?