Geek Challenge: Movie Theater Teaser
A small movie theater has two movie screens. One theater is showing a hit action movie, and has sold out for the evening. The other screen is showing a comedy flop and has plenty of available seats. A crowd has gathered outside the box office disappointed they can’t get tickets to the action movie. Before they scatter, the theater manager quickly announces a contest to entice people to come in and see the comedy: “Whoever is the first person to buy a ticket whose birthday is the same as a person who has gone before will get 5 free movie tickets.”
His strange contest works, and people start to line up for tickets, each telling the manager their birthday while he records the answers and searches for a winner. Assuming people in the crowd don’t know each other’s birthdays, what position in line would optimize the chance of winning the 5 free tickets?
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