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Lovelorn Snail (Posted on 2003-11-27) Difficulty: 2 of 5
On Valentine's Day in 1996, there was a snail (his name is Herb) at the bottom of an empty well that is 30 feet tall. The well had run dry, but it had slippery, moss covered walls. So, during the day (he woke up at 6am), Herb was able to climb 3 feet up, but while he slept at night (he went to sleep at 10pm), he slipped back down 2 feet.

On what date did Herb get out of the well?

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Solution Solution | Comment 2 of 81 |
He climbs an average of 1 foot a day for 27 days until he is 27 feet up, and on the 28th day climbs 3 feet and gets out. Valentine's Day is on the 14th of Febuary, and Febuary in '96 had 29 days, so Herb got out March the 13th.
  Posted by Sam on 2003-11-27 11:13:02
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