A fast-food restaurant sells chicken nuggets in boxes of three sizes: 6-piece, 9-piece, and 20-piece . . . But one customer regularly comes in asking not for these particular sizes, but for a total number of nuggets that no combination of these box sizes can fill to the exact amount. When the customer sees he will be charged for two 6-pieces when he orders ten nuggets, or one 20-piece when he orders nineteen nuggets, he gets angry and leaves. The question: what is the largest number of nuggets the customer can order, that the restaurant can't fill to the exact amount?
James Leroy Wilson's blog
Thursday, March 27, 2008
McNuggets of Information
This is my latest at the Partial Observer. Excerpt: