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Beachbum (Beachbum)
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Posted on Monday, April 02, 2012 - 1:07 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A couple of years ago, I invited some people to measure the width of something that was in fact, invisible.. completely transparent. I still have it in my desk, carefully wrapped and labelled. What is it?
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Is it a solid object?
Has the object changed over the past couple years?
Beachbum (Beachbum)
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Is it a solid object? No
Has the object changed over the past couple years? I don't think so, although it's not easy to see
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Reason why they were invited to measure it relevant?
Actual width relevant?
Is it something you can buy? eat? plant? wear? play with? make yourself? drop without breaking? give your mother as a gift? give your sweetheart as a gift? give a child as a gift? give your boss as a gift? give anyone as a gift?
Beachbum (Beachbum)
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Posted on Tuesday, April 03, 2012 - 2:52 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Ok, I don't think this puzzle is going to work... It was part of an April Fools day joke.

It think it will be impossible to answer questions in any kind of coherent sense. And it's kind of industry-specific. Sorry.
Galfisk (Galfisk)
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Posted on Monday, April 16, 2012 - 2:21 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did you ask them to measure the bandwidth of something?
Beachbum (Beachbum)
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Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 11:53 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Ok, since you asked, Galfisk, not the bandwidth. Simply the width of this object.

It was intended to be an actual, physical, object.

Maybe when I have some time I might keep this going, or just spoil...
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I'm intrigued .....are you going to spoil this?
Beachbum (Beachbum)
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Ok, well, I was hesitant to post this because it related to my job which is in a very nich industry, but I suppose I can reroute the puzzle into more general terms. So go.
Balin (Balin)
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Is it a solid object? Clear? Made of glass?
Beachbum (Beachbum)
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Is it a solid object? No Clear? Yes but careful of FA Made of glass? no
Balin (Balin)
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Is it transparent? Translucent? Opaque?

Is it a liquid? Gas?
Beachbum (Beachbum)
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Is it transparent? Yes Translucent? Opaque?

Is it a liquid? Gas? No to both
Beachbum (Beachbum)
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Reason why they were invited to measure it relevant?
Yes
Actual width relevant? Yes I suppose

Is it something you can buy? Yessish but once again that FA is still lurking eat? I guess but you would be just as hungry afterwards plant? wear? play with? make yourself? drop without breaking? Well,this is true give your mother as a gift? give your sweetheart as a gift? give a child as a gift? give your boss as a gift? give anyone as a gift? And no to the rest
Beachbum (Beachbum)
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Clarification - this is true applies only to "drop without breaking". And come to think of it maybe yopeish for "to make yourself"
Shez (Shez)
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Posted on Monday, August 06, 2012 - 9:47 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

so it's not a liquid or a gas, but not a solid object?

is it a number of objects? is it abstract? imaginary?
Beachbum (Beachbum)
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so it's not a liquid or a gas, but not a solid object? Correct

is it a number of objects? No is it abstract? No imaginary? Yes!
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if not a solid object, it is a solid?
Beachbum (Beachbum)
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if not a solid object, it is a solid? Maybe you misunderstood? It's imaginary in the true-story April fool's prank
Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 12:30 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

So it's a fictional item? Like a snipe in a snipe hunt?
Beachbum (Beachbum)
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Posted on Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 9:29 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

So it's a fictional item? Like a snipe in a snipe hunt? Not like in a Snipe hunt. This imaginary item was officially labeled and seald in a bag. As an aside Snipes are real in the sense that the Snipe is a one-design sailboat - I was a member of a sailing club that had good Snipe fleet, we had an award winning Snipe crew.

Close to the end now I think
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Is the packaging of the "object" relevant? Was an actual measurement made? Is guessing involved?
Beachbum (Beachbum)
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Is the packaging of the "object" relevant? Yesish, only the fact that it was packaged Was an actual measurement made? No Is guessing involved? No
Shez (Shez)
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is it a sunbeam? a reflection? a shadow?
Beachbum (Beachbum)
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is it a sunbeam? a reflection? a shadow? No
Shez (Shez)
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is it something which used to be visible?
Beachbum (Beachbum)
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No it never was visibible - remember, this is an imaginary object!
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Can the object exist for real? Or can it only exist in one's imagination? Numbers relevant? Imaginary numbers? Did you fool someone to think an actual object was in the bag? Or did they understand that it was imaginary when you invited them to measure it?
Beachbum (Beachbum)
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Can the object exist for real? Yes Or can it only exist in one's imagination? Numbers relevant? Imaginary numbers? Did you fool someone to think an actual object was in the bag? No, but.. Or did they understand that it was imaginary when you invited them to measure it? Yes

No to rest
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So is there a real-world version of this object?
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Is it simply a packaged NOTHING?
Beachbum (Beachbum)
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Posted on Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 3:52 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Sorry for being away for a while

So is there a real-world version of this object? Yesish

Is it simply a packaged NOTHING? YES

******** SPOILER *********

The company I work for is in the business of industrial measurement systems. We often get samples of products from prospective customers so we can verify that there won't be any problems before we sell equipment. As an April fools joke I labelled an empty plastic bag and sent it to the application study department, along with an email saying that the product was invisible, and we are under a non-disclosure-agreement about the process, and to be VERY CAREFUL not to lose it!
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Posted on Friday, November 23, 2012 - 9:30 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

groan!

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