Fred brings home 100 pounds of potatoes, which (being purely mathematical potatoes) consist of 99 percent water. He then leaves them outside overnight so that they consist of 98 percent water. What is their new weight?
100 lb of potatoes with 99% water weight means there’s 99 lb of water and 1 lb of solids, a 1:99 ratio.
If the water decreases to 98%, then the solids account for 2% of the weight. The 2:98 ratio reduces to 1:49. Since the solids still weigh 1 lb, the water must weigh 49 lb for a total of 50 lbs for the answer.
5 Comments on "The Potato Paradox"
September 5, 2019 @ 16:09
50. watermelons would fit better
November 4, 2019 @ 15:04
Wait a minute, my brain is hurting!
August 27, 2020 @ 02:04
Fred at the grocery store: Hi, can I have some purely mathematical potatoes, please?
December 22, 2020 @ 01:02
POTATO – Yes, he wants to make purely mathematic potato cakes, and some purely mathematical potato salad. Oh, and don’t forget – purely mathematical potato wedges are good too.
January 19, 2021 @ 10:18
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