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A Pound of Quarters vs. a Pound of Dimes: Which Is Heavier, and Which Is Worth More?

Colm Mulcahy | Posted 03.04.2013 | Science
Colm Mulcahy

The first question seems unambiguous and straightforward, right? Bear in mind, however, the difficulty one experiences in real life when trying to purchase exactly one pound of bananas or peaches. Presumably the second can be settled if we can get our hands on the relevant figures.

Flipping Miracles (or Bar Bets to Amaze Your Friends)

Colm Mulcahy | Posted 02.13.2013 | Science
Colm Mulcahy

In front of you is a pot of coffee and a jug of cream. You transfer one teaspoon of cream from the jug to the pot, then one teaspoon of liquid from the pot back to the jug. Which is greater: the amount of coffee in the jug or the amount of cream in the pot?