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    as everyone seems to be bored, I'll trow in a ridle.
    picture this:

    there are 5 pirates on a deserted island somewhere, they just robbed a ship and went to the island to devide the money between them.
    the box they have contains 100 gold pieces.

    these are the rules they agread on to devide the money:
    -pirate 1 makes a sugestion.
    -all 5 pirates (so pirate 1 included) vote on the sugestion.
    -if the sugestion wins half or more of the votes, they devide the money in the way sugested by pirate 1.
    -if the sugestion doesnt win half or more of the votes, the pirates kill pirate 1 (so there will be 4 pirates left) and pirate 2 gets to make a sugestion. (if they vote against his sugestion they kill him and pirate 3 gets to make a sugestion)
    -this goes on untill they agrea on the way the money is devided.

    keep in mind that all pirates want to make as mutch money as possible and they all want to stay alive.

    now picture that you are pirate 1, what sugestion would you make to divide the money?

    (there is a way to stay alive and still walk away with the most money)

    shooting the other pirates is not an option by the way.

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    Suggest that you get 34 pieces, pirate 2 gets 33 and pirate 3 gets 33... pirates 4 and 5 get nothing.

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    so 4 and 5 would vote against you.

    but pirate 2 would think: if I vote against, there will be more money to devide. so if he would use your technique, he'll earn more money by voting against you. (your dead)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kami_mathieu
    so 4 and 5 would vote against you.

    but pirate 2 would think: if I vote against, there will be more money to devide. so if he would use your technique, he'll earn more money by voting against you. (your dead)
    If he used the same technique, he'd still have to include 3 people to make sure of a majority. So he'd only get one more piece of gold. It hardly seems worth it.
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    Say that you will sacrifice your cut of the loot and that the other 4 should fight to the death to decide who gets the money. This should leave 1 other pirate left, and he (or she, but it'll be a he) will be left extremely tired and possibly badly wounded.

    Then it's just up to you to take the money and run away as you still have your health and energy.

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    maybe I wasnt clear about this but you can vote for youreself too, so you would only have to include 2 people.

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    half or more of the votes? how can it be half if theres 5?

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    becouse when you are dead, there wil be 4 pirates left. so when the second pirate has to make a sugestion, he has enough votes when he can get one of the others to vote for him.

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    i can't even begin to arrive at a solution...im really curious to know the answer!

    i say when it gets to 5 pages you give out the answer...

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    Quote Originally Posted by endlesst0m
    i can't even begin to arrive at a solution...im really curious to know the answer!

    i say when it gets to 5 pages you give out the answer...
    deal, but I'll give a hint on how you should think: start by thinking if there where only 2 pirates, what would you do then? (then 3 pirates then 4, and then you should know the answer)

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