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## Fruits

Probability puzzles require you to weigh all the possibilities and pick the most likely outcome.

 Puzzle ID: #31127 Fun: (2.4) Difficulty: (1.32) Category: Probability Submitted By: horses_rock101 Corrected By: cnmne

Alexa likes strawberries, blueberries, and apples. She put bananas, apples, oranges, cherries, and blueberries into a basket. There are 36 fruits in the basket total. There are 7 bananas, 4 apples, 11 oranges, 8 cherries, and the rest blueberries. What is Alexa's chance of picking out a fruit that she likes?

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 curious_george Jun 17, 2006 Wait, where does it say she likes bananas? AwwwSweet Jun 17, 2006 Answer needs to be edited from "bananas" to "blueberries". kmax12395 Jun 20, 2006 Wait, where does it say she likes bananas? The answer needs to be edited from "bananas" to "blueberries". Amanda & Krista surfxlikexaxgrl Jun 23, 2006 ya kk, i think u ment to put blueberries not bananas, u never said she liked bananas, and that was kinnda *lame *cough*cough* , jk, but it was really easy. nice job though. (haha i just out that face because i think its funny... that ones funny too! horses_rock101 Jun 25, 2006 i ment to put bananas not blue berries tiny_dancer101 Jul 02, 2006 lol good one Bttrflygrl Jul 06, 2006 you people r confusing me This makes perfect sense. babycee Mar 23, 2007 good one. Eshootzi_scrs Apr 25, 2007 OK it was simple to add the fruits and come up with 6 blueberries. So the math works the same 10/36. The real problem is the human factor. There is NO WAY a person is reaching into a bowl, even if they arent looking, and mistaking a banana for a blueberrie or an apple. There for rule out the bananas -7. Again no one mistakes an orange for either an apple or a blueberrie, -11. Cherries are larger than bluberries and smaller than apples, -8. Thats 26 out of 36 that she wont pick leaving only 10 that she likes and will pick. The probability therefore is 100%. Put simply if you put three people into a room what are the odds you will find yourself. Xosyaraiha Aug 09, 2007 good teaser Bgjhn Jul 29, 2008 Thought something wrong, bananas threw the #'s off. food for thought though. javaguru Dec 23, 2008 I came up with the same answer and reasoning as Eshootzi: 100%. Stack1607 Jan 06, 2010 Nice one!!