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If you had twenty birds in hand, how many would you have in the bush?

Ken Smith is off-line
26 August 2011 12:11
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This question was on last night's Celebrity Big Brother.


But what's the answer?


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26 August 2011 12:41
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twenty.
My name is "Lynn" or you can call me "Lynnie". Do NOT spell my name "Lynne" or I will smack you.


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26 August 2011 12:45
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18 - two were shaved
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26 August 2011 14:58
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40 is what they said on bb and no im not sad enough to watch it :-P hehe
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26 August 2011 15:04
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Isn't the answer none (or an indeterminable number), a bird in the hand is worth 2 in the bush but if you have the bird in the hand already then you have none in the bush... Isn't that the whole point of the proverb?




...... Or have I looked to deeply into it?
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26 August 2011 15:26
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I have know idea my head hurts trying to figure out what you just said lol
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26 August 2011 15:29
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Quote from N_A_Photography
I have know idea my head hurts trying to figure out what you just said lol



One certain bird is worth 2 birds that may or may not be in the bush...  Basically it means be happy with what you have because if you gamble for more you may have the 2 that are possibly in the bush or you may have none, it's a bit like Schrodinger's bird smiley
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26 August 2011 16:01
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Quote from kirkschwarz
Isn't the answer none (or an indeterminable number), a bird in the hand is worth 2 in the bush but if you have the bird in the hand already then you have none in the bush... Isn't that the whole point of the proverb?



Yes, you're spot on...    cheeky

When I was watching the show I instantly thought "none", so when the girl from The Only Way Is Essex said "forty" and the rest of them cheered, then BB said "That is the correct answer" I thought WTF...

But having thought about it I was right so I'm chuffed that despite getting on a bit I still have more brain cells left than all the Celeb BB contestants and Channel Five Production crew combined... 

As Kirk said, the proverb is: "a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush" so you either have a bird in the hand or two in the bush - not both!!!

So if you have a bird in your hand there are none in the bush. Twenty times nothing is still nothing so if you have twenty birds in your hand there would still be none in the bush. Note, this assumes you own the contents of the bush. If you don't own the contents of the bush it could be an indeterminate number as Kirk has observed...

If the question had been "If you have twenty birds in your hand, how many birds in the bush is that worth?" the answer would be forty...

Or forty would be the correct answer if the proverb was: "If you have a bird in your hand always keep a couple of birds in the bush for emergencies..."



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26 August 2011 16:11
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Woo, I never win anything ha I thought I was just being a bit pedantic but it turns out I wasn't, if only my teachers could see me now! Thanks for the brain teaser though, fun way to unwind after work and before an early night.
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26 August 2011 16:16
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So if you have a bird in your hand there are none in the bush. Twenty times nothing is still nothing so if you have twenty birds in your hand there would still be none in the bush. Note, this assumes you own the contents of the bush. If you don't own the contents of the bush it could be an indeterminate number as Kirk has observed...



Just to clarify, owning the contents of the bush doesn't mean that it's an easy matter to access the contents of the bush, otherwise two birds in the bush would be worth more than a bird in the hand. The birds in the bush must be really really difficult to get at for them to be worth less than the bird you have in your hand...



P.S. Well done Kirk...    

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