Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Wednesday Brain Teaser 3-6-13

A Greek was born on the 260th day of 20 B.C. and died on the 260th day of 60 A.D.  How many years did he live?


  1. Does the difference between Julian and Gregorian calendars matter?

    (Over that time scale, probably not. I think the difference is 3 days over 400 years...)

    I compute 79 years.

  2. since there's no "year zero" does that affect the answer? or is there a year zero - i wasn't around back then.

  3. It's 79 years and 365 days. I'm trying to figure out whether the leap year situation gets screwed up in the switch, but I think that's one day short of 80 years. Of course, this is calculating back what would have been days x and y in those years, which were not denominated thus at the time.

    The older Greek calendars were out of use by then, so I think we can safely stay in the Roman calendar.