This is from a colleague. Her daughter’s a 3rd grader in Glastonbury. Eight years old. She had to answer this question from something called the Continental Mathematics League.
On a baseball team, Moran, Parker and Jones each played one of the three positions of pitcher, catcher and second baseman, though not necessarily in that order. The second baseman, playing his first season with the team, had the lowest salary. Moran, who along with Parker had played two seasons with this team, earned more than the pitcher. Who was the pitcher?
So here’s what I figured out. If eight year old Gerry had to take this test, chances are 84% his head would have spontaneously exploded. Chances are 12% he would have sat there thinking, “What difference does this make, and why are you torturing me with this?” And chances are 4% he would have asked that question out loud, and then his head would have exploded.