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Chris vs. Cam… Huh?

Posted by Karl Sharman on August 7, 2010 – 3:51 am

Cam and Chris are chatting. Cam gives Chris a list of words…well at least some them seem to be words, the rest just seem like words, but nothing like Chris has seen before. After studying them, they have the following conversation:

Chris “Something is missing!”
Cam “You are correct.”
Chris “Aha. Nothing is missing.”
Cam “Again, you are correct”



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  1. 1. forsythe303 Said:

    Ahhhhh, I may have come very close to failing 10th grade Chemistry, but I do remember Mr. Kisha’s Year-Long Riddle for 10 extra credit points:

    10^24 is yotta
    10^21 is zetta
    and so on down to 10^-24
    10^-24 is yocto

    And the puzzle goes on, “but something is missing!”

    Between deca (10^1) and deci (10^-1) 10^0 is missing!

    But Mr. Kisha was famous for saying (when a student was wrong), “If Mr. Forsythe says it’s so, then it must be so. Now prove it Mr. Forsythe!”

    So when it came time to reveal our answers I said, “Mr. Kisha, your puzzle is flawed and I can prove it!” He said, “go ahead then” and motioned me to the board.

    I wrote: 10^0 = 1 and 1 is something not nothing and Mr. Kisha’s puzzle is flawed and I should get the 10 extra credit points. He agreed to give me the points because I figured out the puzzle was based on the metric system, not because of my ultra-fabulous answer. He then pointed out (without harming my frail 10th grade emotions) that what was ACTUALLY missing was the power itself, not the value it represented. Missing is the power zero. Zero represents nothing. So while something is missing, so too, nothing is missing!

    BTW the 10 extra points didn’t help as much as I had hoped.

  2. 2. Chris Said:

    Poor Karl. If not for forsythe303, I reckon that this and the last puzzle would have stumped most people.

  3. 3. Karl Sharman Said:

    Here is the answer that took all of 3.5hrs to get….

    Unscambled you get:
    Yotta, zetta, exa, peta, tera, giga, mega, kilo, hecto, deca, no prefix, deci, centi, milli, micro, nano, pico, femto, atto, zepto, yocto

    The no-prefix measurement is missing, but really it can’t be included so “nothing” is missing. They are all the metric prefixes for all forms of measurement.

  4. 4. Arya Said:

    ‘Something’ and ‘Nothing’ are missing.

  5. 5. c Said:

    i think it is more simple than that, the word nothing and something are not in the list

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