Hi! You have reached Stephen Calender's personal webpage... well sort of. If you are being redirected to this page I am working on my site or you tried to access my webpage from a device that does not support Flash. You can always access my resume or check out my blog, there is also a simple projects page.

I apologize if you were inconvenienced, I really hope that you come back later. Not wanting to leave you completely empty handed for your troubles, I have something nice for you.

... A puzzle!

You are lockd in a 50 x 50 x 50-foot room which sits on 100-foot stilts. There is an open window at the corner of the room, near the floor with a strong hook cemented into the floor by the window. So if you had a 100-foot rope you could tie one end to the hook, and climb down the tope to freedom (the stilts are not accessible from the window). There are two 50-foot ropes cemented into the ceiling, about one foot apart, near the center of the ceiling. You are a strong, agile rope climber, good at tying knots, and you have a sharp knife. You have no other tools (not even clothes). The rope is strong enough to hold your weight, but not if it is cut lengthwise. You can survive a fall of 10 feet, how do you get out alive?

~Taken from 'The Art and Craft of Problem Solving' by Paul Zeitz