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A pint, please. (Posted on 2017-08-20) Difficulty: 2 of 5
A stranger walks into a bar, looks at the board, puts $5 down and asks for a pint. The barkeep asks if he wants the Stout or the Amber. The stranger asks for the Amber.

Another complete stranger comes in, looks at the board, puts $5 down and asks for a pint. The barkeep immediately pulls a pint of Amber.

How did the barkeep know what the second stranger wanted?

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I remember hearing a variation of this back when the exchange rate between the Canadian dollar and American dollar was 10:9.  Specifically $5 Canadian equalled $4.50 American.

The bar is near the Canada-American border and since the border is unguarded people from both countries often made short crossings needing only their driver's license.  The price for the Stout is $5 American and the price for the Amber is $4.50 American.

The first man put down an American $5; this could buy either drink so the bartender asks which one.  The second man puts down a Canadian $5; this is enough for the Amber but not the Stout so the bartender knows to serve an Amber.

  Posted by Brian Smith on 2017-08-20 08:51:39
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