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## The Colored Bear

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 Fun: (2.88) Difficulty: (1.32) Category: Logic Submitted By: Jake

If a hunter goes out his front door, goes 50 miles south, then goes 50 miles west, shoots a bear, goes 50 miles north and ends up in front of his house, what color was the bear?

### Hint

There is only one starting place on earth where the hunter will end up back at his front door.
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## Comments

 Posted by turtle on Jan 11, 2001 Since bears do not roam within fifty miles of the pole, the bear is either imaginary or imported, and there is no telling what color it is. Posted by Jake on Jan 11, 2001 There is another place (actually a whole set) on earth from which one can go fifty miles south, fifty miles west, and fifty miles north and end up where one started. Consider the parallel of latitude close enough to the South Pole that its length is 50/n miles, for some integer n. Take any point on that parallel of latitude and pick the point fifty miles north of it. Situate the hunter`s front porch there. The hunter goes fifty miles south from his porch and is at a point we`ll call A. He travels fifty miles west, circling the South Pole n times, and is at A again, where he shoots the bear. Fifty miles north from A he is back home. Posted by dgoertz on Dec 12, 2001 to comment on the above comments There wouldn't be any bears that near to south pole either. Posted by briarsagemoss13 on Dec 28, 2001 you know, this was the first teaser ever entered into the site. Posted by just_moi on Nov 25, 2002 shouldn't this teaser be in the logic or trick sections instead of MATH??? Posted by canu on Jul 19, 2004 Not only is there no bear near the North Pole, which is not on land but on a frozen ocean, there is no house. ----- Santa Claus and his elves live at North Pole, Alaska (64º45'N, 147º21'W), and they are not killers. Posted by Master_Yoda on Apr 07, 2005 ? Posted by darthforman on Apr 20, 2005 (looking at Yoda) I don't have a clue. Posted by kodhrawara on May 17, 2005 Darn it. Ain't no commentators realised that from the South Pole, the only direction a critter can head in a straight line would be due NORTH! Posted by triskit on Jun 09, 2005 PURPLE! Posted by aznboi1324 on Jun 28, 2005 so this is the first teaser ever? on this site Posted by boodler on Nov 24, 2005 It's only a game, just like the Raiders and the Chiefs! (i.e not meant to be taken seriously) Posted by medster99 on Nov 27, 2005 contrary to pop. belief, this is not the oldest teaser. the oldest teaser is #9327 (as of sunday, nov. 27), called J, 'F, M, A, M, J ....' Posted by medster99 on Nov 27, 2005 sorry, its 'J, F, M, A, M, J ....' not J, 'F, M, A, M, J ....' Posted by stephiesd on Dec 15, 2005 if this is the oldest teaser, why is it #103 instead of just #1?? anyhow, this was from MindTrap. Posted by Unstumpable on Jan 03, 2006 grrrrrrrrrrrrr, i wanted to put something like this, but was rejected because it too close Posted by lukeschett on Mar 21, 2006 This puzzle pwnzrs. Don't make fun of it. lolerskater Posted by npf2005 on Apr 25, 2006 this is the 1st teaser on the site Posted by npf2005 on Apr 25, 2006 i mean, this IS the 1st teaser on the site Posted by willyc37 on Apr 25, 2006 fun. don't let the naysayers and the know-it-alls get you down. Posted by spazzyjazzy93 on May 13, 2006 thats so cool! great teaser! i had to read the hint before i got it Posted by blagh on May 16, 2006 What if the front of his house was 51 miles long? Front door on the east end and front door on the west end, and then he's back at his front door after shooting the bear. Of course to find a house that massive we'd have to be looking at a large expanse of land, which would suggest somewhere like Australia. And there are no bears in Australia, however the koala is often misnamed as a bear. And koala's are grey. So the answer is grey. But of course the important thing to keep in mind is that no matter what colour the bear, both polar bears and koalas are protected species, which means that this hunter is hunting illegally. Of course the way it could have been "legal" is if the bear wasn't a native to the area, and as such was considered a dangerous animal. Which means it could have been any colour. I could go on here, but in short let me just say that it's only a brain teaser. If you get it right, then yay for you, otherwise it's not the fault of the teaser. Posted by fem81uk on May 19, 2006 i liked this one Posted by kazuo on Jun 10, 2006 ber was ranebuw Posted by tintiniscool on Jul 14, 2006 Maybe this hunter had a fifty mile porch?? Then the bear would be Green!!! Why? Do not ask... Posted by SPUTNIK2 on Aug 28, 2006 for some dumb reason I was thinking of a brown bear... Posted by siobhan on Oct 29, 2006 bears white....thats a great one i like it much. Posted by eamon on Nov 01, 2006 How does one determine the westerly direction of travel when near the pole? I understand that when leaving the north pole, convention dictates that all directions are equally south. After the first leg, in order to "turn and go west" one should make a 90 degree turn to the right by pointing ones right arm back to the pole along ones own tracks. This has always been my problem with this classic teaser -- it seems to introduce a 90 degree angle into an equilateral-triangle path which should have only 60 degree turns. After all, if the path is the same 50 miles on all three sides??? Help. What am I missing here? Aside from a sense of humour. Posted by rea14sambo48 on Nov 04, 2006 This is the first one on the site i've got even though i looked at the hint!!!!!!!!! :LOL: ;) Posted by rea14sambo48 on Nov 04, 2006 Nov 04, 2006 This is the first one on the site i've got even though i looked at the hint!!!!!!!!! Posted by LeafFan4life on Mar 06, 2007 first one on the site ya rite Posted by coleisis on Mar 16, 2007 hybgpruyyobbbbzsy;ilub Posted by didida on Mar 17, 2007 I don't know about you but I said red. If it was shot then it's usually red isn't it? Also I don't believe there would be a hunter that hunts polar bears. Posted by didida on Mar 17, 2007 At least not one that lives that far north. Posted by cooltigerr1 on Mar 31, 2007 I WAS RIGHT!! yess i like never get these things right! good one =) Posted by AEagle on Jun 28, 2007 i love it...i got it right!! Posted by King_of_Smart on Aug 03, 2007 Awesome teaser Jake! Posted by Harmony_Girl on Aug 05, 2007 Wonderful Teaser! Keep up the good work! Posted by littlestud on Sep 18, 2007 i cant beleive this is the first teaser on braingle!! GO JAKE!!!! im your biggest fan!!!!! GO BRAINGLE!!!!!!!! Posted by AndrewWalker on Nov 22, 2007 Acually polar bears have clear fur and black skin. Posted by nidhogg on Dec 19, 2007 People never seem to be consistent when they post... BTW the skin is black but the fur IS white, and reflects light. Posted by lynnica on Dec 21, 2007 You people are crazy! Of course, I'd say the same thing about myself. Posted by Holo on Jan 19, 2008 I knew it was a white bear. Posted by lizzard on May 16, 2008 #1 answer to scavenger hunt heheh Posted by tangled_brain on Jul 10, 2008 actually nidhog, the skin is black and the fur is clear. it just creates the illusion of white by refracting light. Real-life example: look at a roll of saran wrap. Posted by aubaub15 on Sep 26, 2008 I have no clue if this is suppose to make sense???? Posted by HarryPutter on Dec 15, 2008 The bear would be red....since it was now covered in blood after being shot. Posted by saelle138 on Dec 31, 2008 Yay I got it right! The hint helped. Posted by saelle138 on Dec 31, 2008 Oh and Jake, there aren't any bears in the south pole. Posted by melzerh on Jan 10, 2009 Easy, its a polar bear/ white bear. I heard it before so I know it. Posted by javaguru on Feb 05, 2009 First, this is an OLD teaser, not original to the site. Second, to answer Earmon's question, what you are missing is that the internal angles of a triangle projected onto a sphere always exceed 180 degrees. There are a separate set of trigonometric identities for spherical triangles. Posted by ethan897 on Feb 21, 2009 i put this anwser in the braingle scavenger hunt and it said no Posted by blueyoshi99 on Jun 08, 2009 Easy and fun but I had heard this one befire. Posted by Jimmymo on Sep 17, 2009 EZ PZ. But fun anyway!!! Posted by quizwizAhn on Oct 27, 2009 Actually, I've seen a very similar question before(It was actually in a science test!!!! ) And the answer was white, because the place which this thing can happen AND have bears is the North Pole. Oh, and the other version is that a man was frightend and ran away.(at least that's not cruel or ilegal.) Posted by quizwizAhn on Oct 27, 2009 And I agree with tangled brain. Polar bear fur IS clear. Oh, but as a teaser, this one's fun! Posted by witchhat on Nov 18, 2010 This was really fun! I am glad that i tried! Posted by ScienceStudent on Nov 25, 2010 For my talk-box game: Great job! Next Clue: Send me this message unscrambled in private message: dlemabsrcnu Posted by bikkiecake on Apr 24, 2011 With this puzzle, for the average user, it would be a bit difficult to actually pinpoint where you are. I think next time you can give the reader an idea or a hint of where you are. Please do not take this personally but that is just my opinion............. Posted by msufan84 on Sep 19, 2011 That was easyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy Posted by dawnrising on Oct 28, 2011 Awesome teaser by an awesome owner Posted by kamyl_pretty05 on Nov 12, 2011 Nice one

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