You are traveling home from a foriegn country, with a $100 dollar vase in tow. Unknown to you, there is also another person on board that has the same identical vase. Upon arrival, the air station manager discovers that both vases are broken, but he cannot determine the true value. Instead, he devises a plan and comes to you and the other person individually and tells you to write down the price of the vase. He says that if both of you write down the same number, he will take it that both of you are honest, and will grant you the written amount. However, if one of you write a higher number, he will assume you are being greedy and subtract $25 dollars from the lower number as your payback and give and extra $25 dollars to the lower number for being honest. You are not allowed to confer with the other person.
Ex: You write $80 and he writes $70. You are paid $55 ($70-$25) and he is paid 95 ($70+$25).
What number will you write down?
(I took this off another site, because I thought it was interesting.)
Human history is the story of complaisance. While disaster is fresh in our memory, we take precautions. But as the memory of disaster recedes, we start to take risks.