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Ok, quick IQ test...

I have a drawer with 50 white socks and 50 black socks in, none of which are paired together.
How many socks do I have to pull out, in a dark room with no light, before I get a matching pair?

No reasons, just numerical answers please.... I'm interested in how people answer 馃
Nibblesnarf26-30, M
I'm interpreting the question as follows: "What is the minimal number of socks that must be removed from the drawer to guarantee that there is a matching pair among the removed socks?" (And of course I'm saying "matching pair" to mean a pair of identical color.)

Under this interpretation, I believe the correct answer is 3. I was about to instinctively justify my answer, but as you ask for numerical answers only, I'm leaving my answer at that.
helenS36-40, F
52, to make sure you don't have to wear a pair of white socks.
Convivial26-30, F
BarbossasHusband36-40, M
@Convivial I remember the question from a Donald comic I read as a kid. I got it right back then aswell.
SW-User
Two. You didn't state whether you wanted a matching pair.
OogieBoogieF
@SW-User oooh , good answer !馃槀
Convivial26-30, F
@OogieBoogie a small point but an important one馃ぃ
OogieBoogieF
@Convivial awww馃槖
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easterniowegin51-55, M
Do all the socks of each color match all others of the same color? You're a simply wanting a white-white or black-black match?
easterniowegin51-55, M
@Convivial 3 would guarantee that when you turned the light on there would be a match.
Convivial26-30, F
Mamapolo2016F
@easterniowegin If you have a match you don't need to turn on the light!

Barebum6161-69, M
Looking at everyone's answer I will say 3
Thinkerbell41-45, F
whowasthatmaskedman70-79, M
@Thinkerbell So why it your tribal name "Two Socks"?馃樂
Thinkerbell41-45, F
Mamapolo2016F
Somewhere between 2 and 51.
Convivial26-30, F
@Mamapolo2016 .... And as discussed elsewhere, you can wear as many bloody pairs as you want lol
Mamapolo2016F
@Convivial I'm good with black and white socks. It's black and navy ones that cause embarrassment later after the sun comes up. Same with shoes.
Convivial26-30, F
@Mamapolo2016 I don't think your alone there lol
GlossyF
A better variation is to say 10 red socks, 10 blue socks and 10 green socks all mixed up in a drawer. Minimum required is 4 socks.
Convivial26-30, F
@Glossy I don't think so... In this case the minimum is still 2... You could get lucky and grab 2 of the same colour up front
GlossyF
@Convivial No, if you want to be 100% sure that you鈥檝e got a match, it鈥檚 definitely four. Nothing to do with luck.
KiwiBird36-40, F
The dark room may have no light.....but my phone has a torch.
The answer is Two.
Although if I am one legged...One and I don鈥檛 even need my phone.
Convivial26-30, F
@KiwiBird lol...
Ok, enough variations on a theme馃槣
whowasthatmaskedman70-79, M
Two is the minimum.. And also the possible maximum assuming you have two feet...馃樂
Convivial26-30, F
@whowasthatmaskedman I prefer my socks to match in colour lol馃槣
whowasthatmaskedman70-79, M
@Convivial But uoui might get it right the first time. Its almost even money..馃樂
AbbySvenzF
I mean鈥 they鈥檙e technically all the same color in the dark鈥. 馃し馃徏鈥嶁檧锔
Convivial26-30, F
@AbbySvenz ummm, no... Their colour doesn't change just because you can't see it ...
justlooking202351-55, M
Now I know why I'm told 'I'm rearranging my sock drawer that night" when I ask someone out.
Pretzel61-69, M
3 will guarantee it
of course the room will be dark so you won't know for sure
JoeXP56-60, M
You might get a matching pair with two. You are certain to get a matching pair with three.
SomeMichGuyM
You mean 2 of the same color in the entire set of what you pull out?

3 at most.
NeoNeo41-45, M
You don't need to make a pair in a room with no light
Convivial26-30, F
@NeoNeo true.... But let's assume for a moment I care what I look like馃ぃ
Underimpressedgirl18-21, F
They ALL match in the dark.
Convivial26-30, F
@Underimpressedgirl yes, but do you really want to wear odd socks馃
skimpyboy56-60, M
Convivial26-30, F
@skimpyboy think about it... The first one is black for example. The second could be white or black... But the 3rd one will definitely match one of the other two
skimpyboy56-60, M
@Convivial what happens then if all the first fifty are white ?
Convivial26-30, F
@skimpyboy you still have a matching pair with the first 2 socks... Plus it's time to buy a lottery ticket馃槣
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Convivial26-30, F
@Nomoramon interesting answer... Thanks
SlaveEt36-40, F
At least 2
Nitedoc51-55, M
@SlaveEt You're technically right.
SlaveEt36-40, F
@Nitedoc
I know馃槈
Gumba1000M
2 pulled out socks or 26
elafina36-40, F
51 to make sure
DaisyroseF
4. After opening the same colour sock draw twice because you can鈥檛 see and then having found the right colour sock draw and pick out a sock only to realise the sock has a hole in it. The number might be reduced if it was light.
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edtur6161-69, M
I'm going with 113. No reason...........other than it just seems like a good number that no one else will guess.
Convivial26-30, F
@anythingoes477 you got that right馃ぃ
You won't get your matching pair even if the whole drawer comes out.

Enjoy Your orderliness in the dark.

Mine is way better.
coolnudist70-79, M
That is like the table with 23 odds and ends on the table. One fell off, which was it an odd or an end? Hahaha
Mooed7841-45, F
I鈥檇 pull them all out..100 of them
Convivial26-30, F
@Mooed78 馃ぃ

Make life easy on yourself lol
Mooed7841-45, F
@Convivial That鈥檚 me 馃ぃ馃ぃ
Convivial26-30, F
@Mooed78 I'm still wondering about cows and socks tbh 馃ぃ
SW-User
Minimum 2. Maximum 51.
SW-User
@Convivial Yes. That does make sense. Dead brain here, lack of enough sleep.
Convivial26-30, F
@SW-User it catches most people out, including me the first time lol
SW-User
@Convivial Because we overlook the fact that if you pull 3 out of the same color you still have a matching pair.
helenS36-40, F
I can't believe you have 25 pairs of white socks, AND 25 pairs of black socks. 馃槓
OogieBoogieF
2....if it's dark .... they'll match either way ?
Convivial26-30, F
@OogieBoogie once again, interesting.. Thanks
SteveTomms56-60, M
Convivial26-30, F
@LordShadowfire interesting answer also... Thanks
NativePortlander51-55
Minimim 3
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GlossyF
@Nitedoc it's a simple logic problem.
Absolutely nothing to do with probability, or luck
Convivial26-30, F
@Glossy it's where doing a quick truth table works wonders lol

 
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