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So, once and for all, when IS Cheryl’s birthday?

So, once and for all, when IS Cheryl’s birthday?

Another crazy post has broken the internet! This time it’s a test question given to high-school students in Singapore, purportedly to “sift out the top students.” A solution does exist– and it has nothing to do with checking her Facebook profile! It shows how some of us can devise a solution from an extremely small amount of information by approaching it logically.


“Here it is: Cheryl has a birthday, and she doesn’t want to share it right away. (Otherwise, we have no challenge to solve.) So she gives her friends Albert and Bernard a list of 10 possible birthday dates: May 15, May 16, May 19, June 17, June 18, July 14, July 16, August 14, August 15 or August 17.

A brief conversation between Albert and Bernard — who we assume are not lying for the sake of this problem — gives the reader enough clues to eliminate nine of the 10 dates and discover Cheryl’s birthday.”




What we can learn from this is that the answer may be hidden, but (eventually) discernible. It may take time and logic– and frustration and Google– but there is an answer. However, this is not how we want to communicate with our clients about their important projects.

The people here at Tradeshows And Displays + Plum Grove Printers are pretty smart, but we’d appreciate getting all possible information! That’s why we like to have a relationship with you, not just process an order. Get to know your rep. We’re listening! (Oh, and happy early birthday, Cheryl!)


What are YOUR thoughts on all this? We’d like to hear your comments!

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