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How do you choose which task to undertake?

Asked by Nullo (21944points) February 25th, 2010

Task A requires you to go around one end of a football field, collecting blue cubes and putting them into piles. This will take 30 minutes.
Task B requires you to arrange red triangles on the other end of the football field into a line. This will also take 30 minutes.
You are in the middle of the field. You must complete both tasks in an hour, or else not get paid.

Which task will you do first? Why?

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troubleinharlem's avatar

… How am I arranging the things in Task B?

ninjacolin's avatar

personally, my decision making tends to look for tasks that flow into one another so picking up the blue boxes seems like something i can start from the red triangles and then work my way back around to the red triangles and then complete the red triangles last.

however, since i understood the red triangle business ahead of the blue box business, and if i was in a time crunch, i would do whatever i understood first. (also, now that i think about it, it seems it doesn’t matter whether i do the red triangles first or last, either way, i can flow right into the next task easily.. so i’d just start with the red triangles since it is the last/first thing on my mind as time is ticking)

Bronny's avatar

i think i would probably just go to happy hour. i know. it’s a cop out.

Nullo's avatar

You’re arranging the triangles into a line.

Violet's avatar

which task is in the shade?

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

I arrange the triangles first, into a line leading back towards the blocks, allowing me to begin stacking them immediately after finishing with the triangles. The color and shape of the objects is intended as a diversion to answering the riddle.

Nullo's avatar

@RealEyesRealizeRealLies actually, the color and shape were to prevent reader confusion. If they were all blue cubes…

Violet's avatar

Are there an equal number of triangles and cubes?

davidbetterman's avatar

Neither. The whole thing is too absurd.

lilikoi's avatar

I hire someone in the stands and split the pay with’m; we each take one end of the field.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

That’s fine, but the riddle is not shape or color dependent. My plan remains the same with no wasted time between tasks running from one end of the field to the other. My line of red triangles is laid out leading me straight to the blue blocks where I begin immediately. 30 minutes for each task and I’m finished in 1 hour.

So how much am I getting paid for this? That’s the only real riddle :)

Nullo's avatar

There is no shade, and I have zero data on the cubes and triangles, beyond the tasks taking 30 minutes.

@davidbetterman Curiously enough, the elements are abstracted from my own job :D

Violet's avatar

@Nullo probably the blue cubes.

jrpowell's avatar

I wouldn’t waste my time and I would get a real job. Or I would go out for chicken strips and PBR.

CMaz's avatar

Depends on what hits me on the head the hardest.

ChaosCross's avatar

Cubes, considering they are scattered it would be the most physically demanding job and thus should be done first.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar


The question asks which one first… and why.

Violet's avatar

@RealEyesRealizeRealLies I can’t tell if you’re trying to be helpful, or trying to be passive aggressive. I’m guessing from your ”... and why”, it’s passive agressive.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar


You said the blue cubes… I said the red triangles and explained why. I want to know why you said the blue cubes because I’m expecting @Nullo to send my payment any day now and you might be holding it up.

Violet's avatar

@RealEyesRealizeRealLies lol, you’re funny. I picked blue cubes, because 1. I like blue more than red. 2. cubes are easier to hold/grab

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar


OK that’s good enough for me.

But if Nullo pays you instead of me, at least buy me an ice cream for my efforts.

Violet's avatar

@RealEyesRealizeRealLies I’ll buy you a whole gallon

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