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Probability puzzles require you to weigh all the possibilities and pick the most likely outcome.
14,500 people are sitting in a stadium. One of them is picked out. What are the chances that that person's birthday is on a Sunday?
Answer
1/7. The number of people in the crowd is irrelevant.
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GebbieRose
Sep 20, 2006
 This has one foot in the "trick" section. Nice job. 
Pizzazz2u
Sep 20, 2006
 This one is fun, yet quite easy, for an early morning crowd. If you want to enjoy a quick math and probability problem, this one will kick your day into gear. Wonderful teaser! 
scallio
Sep 20, 2006
 You almost got me! Fun teaser!

zigthepig
Sep 21, 2006
 TRICKY! 
snowmonster
Sep 22, 2006
 I loved this one! Geesh  if ya don't get it right away  then ya want to kick yourself!  it's easy  but if you think too hard  da! 
twinklyspangle
Oct 04, 2006
 Yay! I said the answer to myself, thinking, no, I must have missed something, but NO! Being simple made me get one right! Yay! 
eamon
Oct 16, 2006
 This is one of my favourite types of problems. Thanks. 
ztodd
Oct 21, 2006
 That all depends on what type of stadium the person what sitting in and what day he was sitting in it. Think about it. 
maingle_
Oct 24, 2006
 that was way to easy, good simple one though 
Matio_Mario
Oct 30, 2006
 How would the amount of people in the crowd be irrelevant? :S 
khedron
Dec 12, 2006
 Because the other people in the crowd have no effect on this particular person's birthday being on any particular day. 
adiddie48
Jan 17, 2007
 that was nice 
Eshootzi_scrs
Apr 25, 2007
 Say its football stadium on sunday and its a birthday special. Everyone with id gets in for free if their birthday ws a sun. That woudl change the odds. Otherwise its 6:1 against probability and 50 50 chances. Because it eiher is or isnt and the other six days dont matter. 
njm84
May 13, 2007
 Cool 
jme
Sep 07, 2007
 I'd say 1 in 7 is the best possible probablity you could arrive at given the information at hand. This is based on the following two assumptions:
1. The birthday's of the crowd are spread evenly throughout the year.
2. That the current year is not known.
As has been pointed out the makeup of the crowd is very important, to get an accurate probability you'd have to know how many people in the crowd have birthdays on a sunday. Assuming that there is no special reason why the people born on Sundays would be more or less likely to be in the stadium then we'd be stuck with this assumption  while it is a fair assumption that doesn't necessarily make it right.
However, why on earthy wouldn't you know what the year was?! If we are to go with our first assumption that the birthdays are spread evenly then in 2006 (when the question is written) the chances of somebody having a birthday on a Sunday would be slightly higher than 1 in 7, whereas now (2007) the chances would be slightly lower.
For 2006 the chances would be 53 in 365 whereas in 2007 the chances would be 52 in 365. Next year (200 the chances would be the lowest (52 in 366). 
jme
Sep 07, 2007
 Read [2008] not (200 
Quickq
Aug 02, 2008
 Pretty simple.
Just don't answer too quickly.
In fact,scratch that. Answer quickly and there's more chance you will et it right 
javaguru
Dec 23, 2008
 The answer is 1.
Since it doesn't say which year the birthday is in, the probability that the person has a birthday on a Sunday is 100%. You just need to pick the correct year. 
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