Fruits
Probability puzzles require you to weigh all the possibilities and pick the most likely outcome.
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?
Answer
Alexa has a 5/18 chance of pulling out a fruit she likes.
4 apples + 6 blueberries = 10 fruits she likes
10/36 = 5/18
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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!! 
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