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Question: A boy at a carnival went to a booth ran by a man who said "If I can write your exact weight on this piece of paper then you have to give me $50, but if I cannot, I will pay you $50." The boy looked around and saw no scale so he agreed, thinking no matter what the carny writes he'll just say he weighs more or less. In the end the boy ended up paying the man $50.
How did the man win the bet?
Answer: The man did exactly as he said he would and wrote "your exact weight" on the paper.
Question: You have a bag with 'N' strings in it. You randomly grab two ends and tie them together until there are no more loose ends.
In the end, what is the expected number of loops (strings tied to their own end)?
Answer: 1 + 1/3 + 1/5 ... + 1/(2N-1).
Each time you tie two together the number of string ends available decreases by 2. The chance of grabbing a string and its end is 1/(2N-1).
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