# How good are you at guessing??

How well are you at guessing what will happen next? How well can you deduce your answer by crossing out different options? Let's check it out with a nice tricky question I found somewhere. Please don't forget to click on the like and reshare buttons. Anyways, lets get started.......

There are six snakes, which are all of the same length. They are arranged in a continuous chain, with the tail of one touching the mouth of the next one, as shown in the image.

They are all feeling hungry, and so they start eating themselves, with each one eating the next one's tail and going further, simultaneously.

What will happen in the end??

Try to answer the question by commenting you views, and try to prove your answer. If nobody answers correctly, I will post the correct answer as a comment. Good luck..................

Note by Satvik Golechha
5 years, 6 months ago

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I think they won't be able to eat each other. As the first one moves forward to eat the snake before it, the second one moves forward to eat the first and similarly, the sixth snake also moves at that instant. So, the first one is not able to eat the sixth one and this happens for all the snakes. So, actually, all the 6 snakes move round and round one behind the other forever. I don't know if this is the correct answer. I just typed what I thought. I may be wrong.

- 5 years, 6 months ago

I agree

- 5 years, 6 months ago

why don't you mention which one starts this notourious act first so that we can point out the last survivor.

- 5 years, 6 months ago

All of them start this notorious act simultaneously (at the same time)!!

- 5 years, 6 months ago

So, what is the correct answer Satvik?

- 5 years, 6 months ago

Oh yes...... Gradually the circle will start shrinking, but after a certain time, all the snakes will have filled their stomachs, and then it will stop getting any smaller................pls don't ask me Why?.

- 5 years, 6 months ago

The outcome would depend on one important factor: Are the snakes smart or stupid? Think of this like in a Mexican standoff. If the snakes are smart ( and value their lives), then they would not eat each other. Conversely, if they are not so smart, they would eat each other simultaneously and none would live.

- 5 years, 6 months ago

Seems like no one will left alive in the end coz they are even in no. and eating each other simultaneously

- 5 years, 6 months ago

As the snakes start eating each will gradually let the chain decrease its circumference and in end all the snakes will struck when reaches till head.

- 5 years, 6 months ago

I think they won't be able to eat each other as when a snake moves to eat the one in front of it, then at that instantaneous time the that snake will move to eat another one and this process will continue forever.

- 5 years, 6 months ago

might they would end at a point, which could be infinity also ,as their during the process the circumference they will make will go on decreasing and will end at a point ..... logically. But practically this shit is possible as if they are immortal

- 5 years, 6 months ago