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 Lovelorn Snail (Posted on 2003-11-27)
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?

 Submitted by SilverKnight Rating: 2.8148 (27 votes) Solution: (Hide) March 12th Valentine's Day is February 14th. That NIGHT, he reaches the 3rd foot mark.... and slips down to 1 foot. On the 15th, he reaches the 4th foot mark, and slips down to the 2 foot mark, etc.... In other words he would reach the 30th foot mark on the night of February, 41st.... but unfortunately... February doesn't have 41 days. And since 1996 was a leap year, February had 29 days. So, "subtract" the 29 days (of February) from the 41, and we get 12. So, Herb reaches the 30th foot mark (the edge of the well) on the 12th.

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