Brainteaser for December 31, 2009

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Problem: You have been hired to solve a problem. The owner of a banana plantation needs to transport a shipment of 100 bananas to a store that is 100 miles away. The only means by which he can transport the shipment is by way of his camel Corey. Luckily Corey can carry a maximum of 100 bananas. Corey is extremely smart and will follow your instructions. The problem is that Corey needs to eat one banana for every mile he walks. Therefore by the time he reaches the store he will run out of bananas and will be unable to return to the plantation. Your job is to design a method by which Corey can deliver 100 bananas to the store and be able to return to the plantation. The owner of the plantation has an unlimited supply of bananas on his plantation but is interested in minimizing the distance that Corey has to travel in order to deliver his shipment.

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