Sun Apr 11, 2010 6:25 pm by tartle 


Two friends, whom we will call Arthur and Robert, were curators at the Museum of American History. Both were born in the month of May, one in 1932 and the other a year later.
Each was in charge of a beautiful antique clock. Both of the clocks worked pretty well, considering their ages, but one of them lost ten seconds an hour and the other gained ten seconds an hour.
On one bright day in January, the two friends set both clocks right at exactly 12 noon.
``You realize,'' said Arthur, ``that the clocks will start drifting apart, and they won't be together again untillet's seewhy, on the very day you will be 47 years old. Am I right?''
Robert then made a short calculation. ``That's right!'' he said.
Who is older, Arthur or Robert? 




Sat Mar 19, 2011 12:29 am by ChibiHoshi 


The clock would have been set in either 1979 or 1980 for one of them to turn 47. (1932 or 1933 birth year)
The clocks will resync in 90 days. (Simple conversion calculation of 10s/hr would take 90 days to lose/gain 6 hours which is when both would resync)
The JanMay gap could only work if it was set 31st January and a nonleap year (1980 was a leap year and therefore the clock would have synced on April 30th)
So Robert, the one reaching 47 on May 1st of 1979 was the one born in 1932 and older 






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