Inheritance and two cars.

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Inheritance and two cars.

Postby Assasinof6 » Sun May 09, 2010 7:38 pm UTC

This is a fairly basic puzzle, but it's my first one, so I'll keep it easy.
An obscenely wealthy old man suddenly passes away, leaving a sum of 80 million dollars to his two children, Sam and Elise. In his will, the old man states that there is to be a public race between the two, and whoever's car is the slowest wins all of the money.
The day of the big race arrives, and Sam and Elise hop into the two cars, and they both speed off towards the end.

Why did they drive fast?
I see.
What?
That you don't.

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Re: Inheritance and two cars.

Postby Cithoge » Sun May 09, 2010 7:42 pm UTC

Spoiler:
Because they drove each other's cars
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Re: Inheritance and two cars.

Postby jaap » Sun May 09, 2010 7:50 pm UTC

It is usually described with camels instead of cars.
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Re: Inheritance and two cars.

Postby The Scyphozoa » Sun May 09, 2010 8:59 pm UTC

Spoiler:
Or because if they had tried to be slow, they never would have finished?
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