## Tractor? I hardly know 'er!

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ohthecommotion
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### Tractor? I hardly know 'er!

You're ambling amiably through the super secret forest of logical puzzles and notice a small island about a mile away from shore. Due to your excellent forest vision, you see a Forest person plowing a field with a large tractor. There are no bridges or tunnels to the island and you wonder how the tractor got out to the island.

"That's a good question," says a nearby forest person, reading your mind. "I have the only boat around here and it's not big enough to carry that tractor over. I didn't drop off any parts either so he couldn't have built it there. No one has an airplane or helicopter to drop it off either."

So how did the tractor get on the island?

(Notes:
1. the tractor was not built on the island
2. even with tides, the water is too deep to drive across
3. it was not driven across the bottom of the ocean or under water
4. it was not disassembled)

Marlayna
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Does the tractor float?
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ohthecommotion
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Marlayna wrote:Does the tractor float?

No self-respecting tractor would be light enough to float. And I'm guessing anything that could float the tractor over wouldn't exist, since the mind-reader said that he has the only boat that could do the job

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the water was frozen?
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He used the tractor itself to build a land bridge. He piled up mounds of dirt out of the water and drove over them to the island.

Or maybe he created the island and then destroyed the land bridge.

Or global warming.

Or George Bush.

Or the war in Iraq.

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Or the island was created after the tractor was already there by some random, irrelevant cause. Sismic activity or flood. yeah flood. The island used to be a hill, the valley was flooded and the emerged part of the hill is the island.

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Misc wrote:Or the island was created after the tractor was already there by some random, irrelevant cause. Sismic activity or flood. yeah flood. The island used to be a hill, the valley was flooded and the emerged part of the hill is the island.

Totally.

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It's not an island. It's a peninsula!

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Well, if we assume the driver is Jesus, this is very easy.

But, for the sake of fun, well say it's an average, non-god Joe. Okay, I got it. the "island" is South America. panama, specifically. The tractor was driven from North to South America, and then used for the construction of the Panama Canal

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Dang, FrizB. Good call. I didn't have a chance to think about that one

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The only thing that i could think of is the water freezing solution

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Avenger wrote:It's not an island. It's a peninsula!

Or rather, it was a peninsula. And the tractor was used to make it into an island.

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Well, he never actually said the tractor was on the island.
Due to your excellent forest vision, you see a Forest person plowing a field with a large tractor.
Soo, the answer is just that there is no tractor on the island.

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Sniboboof wrote:Well, he never actually said the tractor was on the island.
Due to your excellent forest vision, you see a Forest person plowing a field with a large tractor.
Soo, the answer is just that there is no tractor on the island.

Are you sure this is a tractorable problem?

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Sniboboof wrote:Well, he never actually said the tractor was on the island.
Due to your excellent forest vision, you see a Forest person plowing a field with a large tractor.
Soo, the answer is just that there is no tractor on the island.

So you are standing on a gas fissure releasing hallucinagens into the air. TRICKY TRICKY.
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### Re: Tractor? I hardly know 'er!

XIONG wrote:No tractor on the island, it really looks very rogue

Holy fucking necro, Batman

I was wondering why people were using white text still.

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... you're the one who just necro'd the thread. It can't be a bot, there are 23 posts it has.

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Indigo is a lie.
Which idiot decided that websites can't go within 4cm of the edge of the screen?
There should be a null word, for the question "Is anybody there?" and to see if microphones are on.

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### Re: Tractor? I hardly know 'er!

that makes everything make sense

and his thread keeps making me think "rectum? damn near killed 'm"

macbi was right. Let's not reply anymore and let this return to the bowels of forum from whence it came. -jr

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### Re: Tractor? I hardly know 'er!

Spoiler:
I know this one: the island refers to a road type island, not one surrounded by water. It's one of those trick questions.

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### Re: Tractor? I hardly know 'er!

Spoiler:
1) The forest person has the only local boat, but the tractor was brought in by an international tractor freighter from a different place.

2) There is no tractor. The tractor is in your mind.

3) The speed of the tractor and plow exceeds the speed of light in soil, hence the Cherenkov radiation.

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### Re: Tractor? I hardly know 'er!

Spoiler:
tide drew the water out (perhaps a tidal wave, that would do it) or frozen water

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### Re: Tractor? I hardly know 'er!

There are several solutions that haven't been considered yet.

Spoiler:
1) The tractor is fast enough to drive across the surface of the water without sinking. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oeJjzdlTuI - see at 2 minutes 60 seconds)

2) Quantam tractor. (Just as likely to be on the island as not)

3) Amphibious tractor. (drives on water as well as land)

4) Zeppelin.

5) Island is actually the back of a giant turtle. (or a floating man-made island)

6) Catapult + Parachute. (Or, rockets & parachute)

7) He took the bridge. (my favorite)

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### Re: Tractor? I hardly know 'er!

Spoiler:
It's possible that he put the tractor on wood and attached it to his boat ( he did say that he had one, I don't think that it was a read herring.)
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### Re: Tractor? I hardly know 'er!

The tractor has always existed on the island.

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### Re: Tractor? I hardly know 'er!

There was a bridge/tunnel. Or there is and the water level's obscuring it.

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### Re: Tractor? I hardly know 'er!

The tractor travelled through time from a point where it wasn't an island to that time wherein the island is an island

Farmer owns a netbook. Python command 'import tractor'

A contractor was going to build a bridge from the island to the mainland. He pulled out his protractor to measure some angles 'n' shit. The two ions reacted to leave a single tractor of mass equal to the sum of protractor and contractor but with no charge upon it.

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### Re: Tractor? I hardly know 'er!

Every landmass on Earth is surrounded by water. Every landmass is an island.

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### Re: Tractor? I hardly know 'er!

So what are Forest people and what is forest vision? Also, depending on your definition of tractor, it could be a plane..so there is no real mystery
: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Tractor+airplane The plowing part could refer to him plowing the airplane into the ground (i.e. crashing).

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Farmer owns a netbook. Python command 'import tractor'

Never seen that one. However, what he could have done is "import antigravity" - problem solved.
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### Re: Tractor? I hardly know 'er!

You used tractor to create the island itself..basically tractor was always there....

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### Re: Tractor? I hardly know 'er!

The tractor:
• was towed across by the polar bear
• was lifted across by the smoke monster
• was warthog-jumped across using dynamite from the Black Rock
• will be explained in Season 6.

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### Re: Tractor? I hardly know 'er!

Notice the question does not say the tractor is on the island.

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ohthecommotion wrote:
Marlayna wrote:Does the tractor float?

No self-respecting tractor would be light enough to float. And I'm guessing anything that could float the tractor over wouldn't exist, since the mind-reader said that he has the only boat that could do the job

This one weighs 17.7t and can swim at 8km/h: http://www.military-today.com/engineering/cet.htm

... so it's being replaced with one that can't.

So ... tides? I take it this is meant to be an oceanic island, not a small island in a lake that was created by construction of a dam.

I'd go with "a small island" being a reference to "Notes From A Small Island" but Britain's more than "about a mile" from France.

A causeway? That's neither a bridge nor a tunnel.

So either we're in a polar region and the sea froze or ... "There are no bridges or tunnels to the island" is crucially present tense. There was a bridge. It's gone now ... or there was another boat, or someone did have a helicopter ... or that tractor's been out there since the sea wasn't so deep here, but between global warming and post-glacial reboudn the water's now too deep for it to come back.
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### Re: Tractor? I hardly know 'er!

There is no tractor or island, given the "super secret forest of logical puzzles" doesn't exist, and the depiction of someone answering a question you just thought about, it's clearly
Spoiler:
all a dream.

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Forest people are pixies. They're tiny. It's a large tractor for a forest person. It got there courtesy of an eagle, kite, buzzard or heron under the influence of forest person magic.
Zohar wrote:You don't know what you're talking about. Please spare me your quote sniping and general obliviousness.

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### Re: Tractor? I hardly know 'er!

GrantSolar wrote:A contractor was going to build a bridge from the island to the mainland. He pulled out his protractor to measure some angles 'n' shit. The two ions reacted to leave a single tractor of mass equal to the sum of protractor and contractor but with no charge upon it.

If you think you can include a contractor, and then end with "no charge", clearly you've never dealt with a contractor.

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### Re: Tractor? I hardly know 'er!

[You] notice a small island about a mile away from shore. Due to your excellent forest vision, you see a Forest person plowing a field with a large tractor

Spoiler:
This doesn't say that the tractor is on the island; only that you can see both a tractor, and a small island, the two may not be related.
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