It looks like nobody wants to be the first one to publish a post!

I’ll do, but the first post won’t be mine either. This is a problem I read somewhere in a book or article by V. I. Arnol’d.

Two peasant ladies leave simultaneously at dawn because they are going to a farmers’ country market: one lady leaves from town A and is going to B, while the other one is on her way from B to A. They walk at constant speed (each one at her own speed). At midday sharp, they greet each others without stopping and continue on their way.

At 16 (that is, 4 p.m.) the faster lady reaches her destination, and at 21 the other lady arrives, too.

Compute sunrise time.

**Credits and source attribution**

You can read Arnol’d telling the story at this link:

http://www.ams.org/notices/199704/arnold.pdf

Let us quote a few lines for our readers.

“I spent a whole day thinking on this oldie, and the solution (based on what is now called scaling arguments, dimensional analysis, or toric variety theory, depending on your taste) came as a revelation. The feeling of discovery that I had then (1949) was exactly the same as in all the subsequent much more serious problems — be it the discovery of the relation between algebraic geometry of real plane curves and four-dimensional topology (1970) or between singularities of caustics and of wave fronts and simple Lie algebra and Coxeter groups (1972). It is the greed to experience such a wonderful feeling more and more times that was, and still is, my main motivation in mathematics.”

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