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Alien Torture

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Puzzle ID:#4921
Fun:*** (2.3)
Difficulty:** (1.9)
Submitted By:im_para_noid*****
Corrected By:adam




Aliens have placed you in a tub of hot water. The source of heat has been turned off, but if you do not act quickly you will lose consciousness and die from the heat. Within your reach are numerous large bags of sugar, a huge plastic statue of a religious figure, a paper fan, and a jar of peanut butter. Your captors will not allow you to leave the hot tub for five minutes. What is your best strategy for survival?

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Jun 28, 2002

or i said you could also use the statue to dig out the peanutbutter from the jar and use that to scoop out the water.
Jul 01, 2002

Or you could leave the tub for more than five minutes
Jul 01, 2002

or start praying to the religious figure's statue.
Jul 09, 2002

Alec!a Moore
Jul 11, 2002

could have been a lot of stuff (or you could have shoved the peanut butter up your nose and sneezed all the water out of the tub and then asked the statue to bless you).............waste of time
Aug 15, 2002

Why couldn't you just fan yourself? I might be being thick, but isn't 40% of your body heat lost from your head? and your head presumably isn't underwater so you could loose the heat energy by sweating, keeping your head cool and you conscious.
Sep 04, 2002

If the water is boiling, you're gonna get burnt to a speck anyway. If it's not boiling, sit back and enjoy the hot tub experience.
(user deleted)
Oct 03, 2002

Leave the tub for four minutes at a time. Leaving it for five minutes means you did leave it for four minutes.
Apr 08, 2003

or you could ask the aliens to turn you into a horsefly so you could win a million dollars
Apr 16, 2003

Steph, a fan doesn't actually make you cooler, you just feel that way because of the moving air. It might work if you fan the water, I don't know. I like this teaser, but I'm not sure why.....
Aug 27, 2004

great teaser....for once we have one that is ORIGINAL
Feb 16, 2005

I agree with style89. If the water is so hot that it would eventually kill you, your skin would be scalded almost immediately, you will pray for a quick death and you would probably loose conscienceness from the extreme pain long before you actually die.
Jul 31, 2006

Actually, fanning yourself with a paper fan makes you HOTTER than if you didn't use one at all. Sure, your face feels better, but your core body temperature raises at least 1-2 degrees Fahrenheit!
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Sep 28, 2007

Why wouldn't you just splash all the water out of the tub using your hands?? You don't need any tricks or tools. Sometimes the simplest answer is not so obvious.
Aug 12, 2008

frankenweoburger -- A fan can't make a room or a dog cooler, but it *can* make a human cooler by increasing the rate of water evaporation. The effectiveness in this type of situation depends on how well you're hydrated at the beginning.

But, being as this is a paper fan, you're probably making things worse because of the exertion needed to wave it (I assume that's the source of temperature increase referenced by cyberstar5150).
May 16, 2009

Ithought the source of heat is suppose to be turn on NOT off...
May 16, 2009

I thought the source of heat is suppose to be turn on NOT off...

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