I got a carton of milk at lunch today, and there's a little puzzle for the kids on the side:
The Big Race!
Dexter is running a race against two other runners. Draw a line from the runners to their winning medals.
Dexter 1st Horse 2nd Cheetah 3rd
My answer: Horse first, Cheetah second. Dexter is disqualified.
You make think, but a Cheetah is faster than a Horse, so it should be Cheetah, Horse, Dexter, right? Maybe so, but let me explain my thought process.
Ok, the race is starting and the runners get out of the gate. First of all, how long is the race? Cheetahs are sprinters and can only run at speed for a few seconds. Horses are built for endurance. I know nothing about Dexter. I assume he is a normal human child, lets say 8 years old. If it is a 100m dash, the Cheetah would win, paws down, the Horse second and Dexter third. I'll assume that. But wait, if these runners are all released from the gates at the same time, the Horse and Dexter would run out the gates, but the Cheetah might be scared by the bell. So Dexter and the Horse start running, and the Cheetah is left behind. Once the Cheetah recovers, it sees two prey fleeing. The horse is way ahead, so it lets the Horse go, but the human child is easy pickings. The Cheetah runs down Dexter, kills him and eats him. After resting for a while, the Cheetah gets up and walks to the finish line. Technically, the Cheetah's nose hits the line moments before the contents of its stomach (Dexter). Dexter is disqualified because he didn't finish the race under his own power. So: Horse is first, Cheetah second, and Dexter is disqualified.