If a goose can be roasted in an hour and a half when suspended a distance of 24 inches from the fire, in what time will it be roasted if removed 6 inches farther from the fire?
Solution: Sorry, no solution provided....just a note. The assumptions underlying this problem are bothersome. For example, does it not imply that if you removed the goose 5 miles farther from the fire, the goose will eventually cook...but it will take a long time!
Source: Student's handwritten mid-19th century arithmetic copy book (sold on on ebay, 8/13/05)