Tonawanda News


January 26, 2013

Add another brain teaser please

Tonawanda News — Walking into church last Sunday, an usher greeted me then started saying with a smile: “If I had a stack of one dollar bills .....” to which I jokingly said that “enough is enough.”

Wouldn’t you know the next email that came in to the News was from Lenny Foels who said that in the last couple of weeks he’s enjoyed reading about how high a stack of trillion dollar bills is and how long it would take to spend it based on dollars per second. 

“Here is a brain teaser that has always fascinated me,” he wrote. “Say you have a large square tank that is one mile long by one mile wide by one mile high and it is full of water. You manage to make a hole in the bottom of one side where the water runs out at a rate of one gallon a second. This would be faster that a garden hose but much slower that a fire hose. How long before the tank is empty?”

(The answer’s at the end of this column but don’t peek until you think you’ve figured it out.) 


North Tonawanda Mayor Ortt sent an email with regard to the missing horse that was painted by members of St. Peter’s church in North Tonawanda and which no one has been able to locate for four years.

The mayor emailed: “I am not quite sure what happened to the missing horse. Larry and Linda Soos seem to be the last people to have seen/possess the horse. I know both I and Scott Kiedrowski have spoken to the parishioners at St. Peter’s about this issue and I completely sympathize with them. I don’t know where the horse is and if Larry and Linda Soos have it, why they wouldn’t just return it to the church? At this point, I am resolved to purchase a replacement horse and donate it to the church. I hope that this helps. The whole thing is ridiculous. This is the kind of petty, nonsense that I cannot stand. ...  I would much rather be dealing with annoying traffic signals than this.”

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