Alaska Robotics

Wishing Well

Wednesday, March 18th 2009 by Pat

alaskanThe urinal at the Alaskan Bar is full of small change. I’m not sure when it started accumulating or exactly how much is in there but it makes for a fun guessing game.

First, how much change is in the urinal? It’s a little bit different than the elementary school game where we had to guess how many jellybeans were in a jar because the coins come in several denominations. It’s a graduated challenge for a more adult audience.

The next, and more interesting, part of the puzzle is trying to determine exactly how much change it will take before before some drunk guy decides it’s a good idea to scoop it all out of the urinal and buy his buddies a round of drinks.

This becomes a more difficult puzzle because the amount of alcohol involved will affect the judgment of the coin grabber, reducing the aversion to diving for coins in a dirty urinal and at the same time interfering with the ability to accurately solve the first problem — determining how much money is actually in the urinal.

In the end, I imagine consideration of the scattered spectrum of answers will reveal the most likely outcome and with a bit more consideration I think this could evolve into a problem for the Mathematical Contest in Modeling.

3 Responses to “Wishing Well”

  1. Sarah Alli says:

    Only in Juneau. For that matter, only at the Alaskan…

  2. Arlo says:

    Reminds me of a joke my dad tolk me a long time ago. Here’s what you do. Go into the bathroom there, at the Alaskan. Dig a pile of your own change out of your pockets and run it under the faucet. Exit bathroom, proclaim loudly to your friends, “Hey! Look what I found!”

  3. Mike says:

    Wow a nose. Just in time for a pee joke.