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Who are the thin blue line?
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What are San Quentin, Robben Island, and the Bastille?
What is the largest animal that hibernates?
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level 70
Aug 22, 2017
The arithmetic answer is wrong. Exponentiation goes from right to left, not left to right, so the correct answer is 65536: "If exponentiation is indicated by stacked symbols, the usual rule is to work from the top down, because exponention is right-associative" --Wikipedia.
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level 72
Aug 22, 2017
I concur with this.
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level 73
Aug 22, 2017
It's definitely 65536.
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level 58
Aug 22, 2017
Thank you.
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level ∞
Aug 23, 2017
Math is cool. But sometimes math is dumb. This is one of those cases. I changed the question. But 2222 is so much better.
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level ∞
Aug 23, 2017
Right to left. Seriously?
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level 70
Aug 23, 2017
This isn't a case of math being dumb; left to right would be dumb here. The reason is that (a^b)^c simplifies to a^bc, so you never need to write it, whereas a^(b^c) doesn't simplify any further. Anyway, you shouldn't think of it as left to right versus right to left; it's really top to bottom.
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level 68
Aug 29, 2017
If you put 2^2^2^2 in the calculator the answer is 256. I think that's what the question was initially going for. That threw me off...just so happened to have a TI-84 sitting on my desk.
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level 73
Oct 12, 2017
But it's not dumb at all. Everything that is above the first 2 is its exponent: 2 to the power 2^(2^2), and so on. I can't write the expression here as you do, but it stands for 2^(2^(2^2))) = 2^(2^4) = 2^16 = 65536.
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level 36
Oct 13, 2017
The only one I missed. I do not break characterr.
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level 50
Oct 12, 2017
That's why it's written the way it is - to make it clear that they are separate. It's basically 2^2^(2^2).
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level 44
Oct 12, 2017
I agree on the 256 answer here. As the problem is presented mostly in text, it would make good sense to interpret the question as: "What is 4 to the power of 4"!
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level 73
Oct 13, 2017
The question was wrong and has been modified. It was using the expression that the Quizmaster has put in his Aug 23 comment.
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level 47
Oct 12, 2017
Nerd
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level 74
Aug 22, 2017
Apparently, polar bears do not actually hibernate. Only pregnant females take some kind of power nap during the winter. So you may want to change that answer.
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level ∞
Aug 23, 2017
Done thanks. Brown Bears and Polar Bears are pretty close in size anyway, and we already accepted both answers.
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level 48
Oct 14, 2017
polar bears absolutely hibernate, saw it in documentary
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level 69
Oct 14, 2017
If polar bears hibernated, they would starve to death. They lose weight all summer waiting for winter to return so that they can hunt. Shorter winters are making for scrawnier polar bears, and perhaps their eventual extinction.
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level 73
Aug 22, 2017
You should accept planes for airplanes, come on...
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Aug 23, 2017
Okay
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level 75
Aug 22, 2017
(1) I agree that you should accept planes. (2) Just because polar bears in particular don't hibernate, that doesn't invalidate the answer to that question. (3) You should accept either 256 or 65536 to cover both theories.
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level 67
Aug 22, 2017
How is math a theory? It's straight up 65,536, not 256. If the creator intended to circumvent the order of operations, he'd use parenthesis. It's like saying 2+3x4 = 20 is a valid answer.
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level 50
Oct 12, 2017
He did...kind of. That's why it's written with text in the middle and exponents on the outside - it essentially means 2^2^(2^2). I think that's reasonably clear from the phrasing.
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level 73
Oct 13, 2017
You realize that the question has been modified since we made most of these comments, don't you?
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level 1
Oct 12, 2017
No need to take a shot at Victoria's Secret or their models, only plus sized woman call models "underweight"...
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level 72
Oct 12, 2017
What??? There is average weight, overweight, and underweight. Size 0 is not average.
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level 69
Oct 12, 2017
Agreed. "Thin" would serve better here.
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level 43
Oct 13, 2017
Yep, agree.
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level 46
Oct 12, 2017
Wilhelm Tell should work
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level 69
Oct 14, 2017
Just right "Tell". You rarely need to type a first name.
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level 55
Oct 16, 2017
Should 'underweight' read 'underwear'?
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level 56
Oct 24, 2017
No.
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