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If you were to recieve the gifts sang about in the traditional song "The twelve days of Christmas" how many gifts would you end up with, ( and where would you put all that stuff)?

-- mitch hearn (moopups@citlink.net), December 06, 2001


I'm adding,I'm adding. I always like it every year when they tell you what it would costs to get all those gifts, I wouldn't mind the maids, but I wouldn't have them milking!!! That's for sure.

-- Melissa (me@home.net), December 06, 2001.

I once read a joke about that song. It was the thank-you notes sent from the girl receiving the gifts. She would write a note after each gift. Too funny! It went from "oh, John, how lovely" to her getting a restraining order against him! But to answer your question:

There would be 78 "gifts" plus all the accompanying paraphenalia. Do you want it broken down further than that? The first day would actually be the patridge and the tree. The maids day would be them plus the cows plus buckets plus milking stools. The list could go on and on. I don't even want to think about the cost of all that!

-- Jo (mamamia2kids@msn.com), December 06, 2001.

Oh, I keep getting a different answer every time, and I'm wearing out my calculator finger. Did you guys know that this song was written to teach Catholic children their faith when the Catholic faith was outlawed in England? All of those gifts have a meaning.

-- vicki in NW OH (thga76@aol.com), December 06, 2001.

Please rethink your approach and preception.

-- mitch hearn (moopups@citlink.net), December 06, 2001.

It seems to me it should be 12.

Talk to you later.

-- Bob in WI (bjwick@hotmail.com), December 06, 2001.

I count 364. But I'm not all that alert yet....

-- Cheryl in KS (cherylmccoy@rocketmail.com), December 06, 2001.

I count 78 gifts! :o)

-- notnow (notnow@blabla.com), December 06, 2001.

Alert enough! It is 364 gifts in all; first day- a bird in the bush; second day - two doves and a second bird in the bush; third day- hens, two more doves and a third bird in the bush, ect.

NEW QUESTION: Who was the first woman athlete to appear on a Wheaties box in 19__? two answers needed.

-- mitch hearn (moopups@citlink.net), December 06, 2001.

Mary lou retton, is my guess, and i don't know what other answer you are looking for.

-- jillian (daffodil_skunk83@hotmail.com), December 06, 2001.

Mary Lou Retton, 1984


-- (jserg45@hotmail.com), December 06, 2001.

I thought that one would be too easy, swated in its infantancy.

Here is todays last new question: Who was the first man on the Wheaties whom's activities do not include a ball?

-- mitch hearn (moopups@citlink.net), December 06, 2001.

Was it Wilbur Shaw, the auto racer, the year was 1936 Polly

-- (jserg45@hotmail.com), December 06, 2001.

Polly you are correct, were you there or did you use the illegal in the stumpers, search engine? If you go to the stumper catagory and read the early ones you will see what I am trying to acomplish teaching a thinking pattern that works via inter action with out search engines. These are not search engine exercises, there is no way I could offer questions that out of the reach of search engines.

-- mitch hearn (moopups@citlink.net), December 06, 2001.

I count 376 gifts. Does anyone know why? Yes it is a technicality, but if 2 turtle doves count as 2 individual gifts, then I feel my answer is the correct one!

-- Rick (Rick_122@hotmail.com), December 06, 2001.

Often I am at work and don't get to the stumpers until someone else has already posted answers. Questions like the president one and the wheaties box one posted here are trivia, which my family and I love. I have no idea what stumpers section you are talking about. Polly

-- (jserg45@hotmail.com), December 07, 2001.

If you scroll down to the botom of the question page you will find a list of catagories for subjects including: "Mitch's Stumpers" where all stumpers are listed from number one fordward to present.

-- mitch hearn (moopups@citlink.net), December 07, 2001.

Rick, using that logic you would be wrong because the pattern would need to include each hen as a seperate gift, each golden ring, ect.

-- mitch hearn (moopups@citlink.net), December 07, 2001.

Mitch - In order to arrive at the "correct" answer of 364, each hen, ring, etc DOES count as one gift. (sorry if my placement is off) ....12 Partridges/Pear Trees, 22 turtle doves, 30 french hens. 36 calling birds,40 golden rings, 42 six geese a laying, 42 swans a swimming, 40 maids a milking, 36 pipers piping, 30 ladies dancing, 22 lords a leaping , 12 drummers drumming.

I am counting the pear tree and the partridge as, separate gifts, given on the same day. If the partridge dies,the pear (presumably survives. Yes, this is quite technical. I will accept my answer being being judged wrong by the Stumpmaster for being too technical, but not for the reason stated.

An Aside: I noticed that the number of gifts per item goes from 12 to 22, 30, 36, 42, 42, 36, 30, 22, and 12. This is an interesting pattern.

-- Rick (Rick_122@hotmail.com), December 07, 2001.

Rick, at earliest juncture I will assemble my valvictatus antimosotistic cryteriumed introskelestic phyduecesetric R & D staff and pursue this to hubble lengths in pursute of untrew falsehoods.

-- mitch hearn (moopups@citlink.net), December 07, 2001.

Your what??????????????

-- Melissa (me@home.net), December 07, 2001.

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