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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?

  Submitted by SilverKnight    
Rating: 2.8148 (27 votes)
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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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No SubjectAston Cargo2022-10-12 03:06:41
No SubjectAston Cargo2022-10-12 03:06:16
Educationhepev920132020-10-29 23:19:42
error in the answer thereelisha2007-09-14 19:30:04
SolutionPuzzle SolutionK Sengupta2007-05-09 12:23:30
Some ThoughtsAnswerK Sengupta2007-03-14 03:57:21
March 12hannah2005-03-29 16:08:49
SolutionMAYBE..Clara Levy2005-02-02 20:33:47
re: remember leap year!bob9092004-09-30 13:34:38
Solutionremember leap year!Jim2004-08-10 11:30:18
Solutionre: No way, its the 14th!Captain Paradox2004-08-03 10:27:56
SolutionFull SolutionDavid Piccolo2004-05-06 21:58:31
answerBilly Bob2004-04-04 11:06:46
No way, its the 14th!catherine2004-04-03 08:39:29
I dont understandlovejoy2004-02-26 12:04:16
re(4): A matter of mathFrank Riddle2004-02-24 20:26:19
dude, when do we get an answer?jen2004-02-22 20:52:21
SolutionNo Subjectmaeve2004-02-21 22:20:10
Solutionmathematically simpleomar2004-02-21 15:07:04
mathematically simpleomar2004-02-21 15:07:01
re(3): A matter of mathJim C2004-02-20 13:30:03
SOLUTIONWendy2004-02-20 07:44:43
re: solutionkoi_person2004-02-19 19:13:48
solutionkoi_person2004-02-19 19:12:25
re(2): A matter of mathFrank Riddle2004-02-19 15:29:06
re(3): Alternative SolutionFrank Riddle2004-02-19 15:26:46
re(2): Alternative Solutionlovejoy2004-02-18 21:18:58
Solutionre: Alternative SolutionPhil2004-02-18 09:26:52
re: A matter of mathlovejoy2004-02-18 05:19:59
SolutionA matter of mathFrank Riddle2004-02-17 19:05:28
?jessica2004-02-15 20:18:02
No Subjecthywnchika2004-02-15 19:19:57
SolutionAlternative SolutionPhil2004-02-10 19:06:46
solutionGayln Adams2004-02-08 11:08:51
LOVELORN snaillovejoy2004-02-06 03:01:13
SolutionNo SubjectAnna2004-02-02 10:57:40
SolutionSolutionPhil2004-01-27 00:24:02
Hmmm.. so twhat day then....Jen T2004-01-24 23:52:45
think I got itlovejoy2004-01-16 08:25:45
Solutionsolution (its a leapyear!)melanie2004-01-09 20:55:00
re: leap yearSteve2004-01-05 20:21:07
leap yearSteve2004-01-05 20:15:48
SolutionsolutionMichelle2004-01-05 18:59:28
hummJasmine2004-01-03 17:09:56
i think maybe this is itKatie2004-01-02 13:02:02
The SolutionKatie2004-01-02 12:35:15
lovelorn snailebeth2003-12-29 17:32:01
Slow but steadyJames2003-12-23 13:06:45
persistent snail makes escape?Neil Prowd2003-12-23 01:31:33
poor herbbridgette2003-12-22 18:03:25
get it?Brian2003-12-22 14:10:36
re: solutionBrian2003-12-22 14:07:03
re: solutionBrian2003-12-22 14:06:32
lovelorn snailBrian2003-12-22 14:03:22
lovelorn snailBrian2003-12-22 14:02:50
re: solutionSilverKnight2003-12-18 18:58:52
SolutionsolutionAnne2003-12-18 18:33:26
solutionstrawbaryfields2003-12-13 14:16:42
i guess is this...ting2003-12-13 11:43:35
I'm pretty sure i got itChristie2003-12-12 12:35:08
answercasper2003-12-10 21:44:16
yay i think i got itkarlie2003-12-10 20:19:11
re: solutionsean2003-12-10 11:40:09
re: true answersean2003-12-10 11:38:11
true answersean2003-12-10 11:34:16
possiblyMARIE2003-12-08 13:11:18
answer mayberhoelle2003-12-06 19:14:28
answer i thinkelisa2003-12-05 09:51:58
Solutionanswerchris Knight2003-12-03 19:47:38
perhaps a solutionAngel2003-11-30 16:04:16
solutionAnthony2003-11-30 06:05:57
re: CommentsGamer2003-11-29 16:02:37
Real Solutionchris2003-11-29 00:55:54
hmmm...fraser2003-11-28 15:25:53
re(3): CommentsVictor Zapana2003-11-28 08:54:17
re(2): Commentsfwaff2003-11-28 03:21:42
No SubjectBenjamin2003-11-28 01:09:49
re: CommentsTristan2003-11-27 13:43:25
Solutionsolutionsupriya2003-11-27 13:22:15
Some ThoughtsCommentsPenny2003-11-27 11:40:26
re(2): solutionVictor Zapana2003-11-27 11:15:28
re: solutionSam2003-11-27 11:15:01
SolutionSolutionSam2003-11-27 11:13:02
SolutionsolutionVictor Zapana2003-11-27 11:11:39
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