## Friday, September 23, 2011

### Israeli Officers Course Test

The pic shows a wooded fort surrounded by a 10 m wide and 50 m deep trench. You have nothing you could use but a 50 m long rope. Get yourself and your soldiers into the fort.

Anonymous said...

Koko says, the answer has a lot to do with the square root of 800.

Anon.

J said...

The accepted solution is more about finding a 50 m line which crosses the trench.

Anonymous said...

The rope has to be secured on both sides, going over the trench, to allow the soldiers to traverse.

One way is to tie each end to a (separate) tree positioned on adjacent sides, forming a right-angled triangle where the rope is the hypoteneuse. This way the rope is at 45 degrees and actually crosses the trench twice.

The hypoteneuse just has to be < 50m. This is just Pythagoras, whom I suspect would have passed the test.

Anon.

Anon.

J said...

You will be awarded your lieutenant (segen) epaulette in the end of course ceremony. The metallic insignia (see it in the wiki) is colloquially called "aron metim" (coffin). As you advance in your military career and collect more and more "coffins", you'll be promoted to the next level, whose insignia is a bronze star. Three stars and you are the one deciding who is who in the Israeli Army.

J said...

BTW, the stars are called "felafel". A felafel on the shoulder has the strange effect of making you feel some kind of divine being.

IHTG said...

OT: A journalist describes her amusing night with "prole" Russian immigrant youths in Ashkelon.

J said...

True. You know you are Russian when you dont throw away used tea bags but pour more hot water on it.

Anonymous said...

Koko, of course, used to date Paul Erdos.

Who should not be confused with Mr Erdogan.

Anon.

J said...

Paul Erdos lived on benzedrine (aka speed) and was undefatigable, so Koko must have spent many sleepless nights working with him on topology problems, studying the math properties of objects that are preserved through deformations, twistings, and stretchings.

Now we know why she is so good at these things.

Anonymous said...

When I asked her about the deformations, twistings and stretchings, Koko blushed demurely and changed the subject.

Now she is with Kweku, and they spend all night discussing hydraulics.

Anon.

J said...

Topology is a very delicate subject and should never be mentioned in polite society. I hope the incident will not reach Silvio, because he may delete your name from the list of habitues of his bunga bunga parties.

Anonymous said...

Don't woerry; Prime Minister Ruby will sort it out.

She has a soft spot for me.

Anon.