Murder(ous) Game

There are three animals running continuously on a circular racetrack: a cheetah, a rabbit and a tortoise.

They start at a different (or same) starting point, and run at a different speed. However, the cheetah always runs faster than the rabbit, and the rabbit always runs faster than the tortoise.

If the rabbit catches up with the tortoise, it will stop and wait for the cheetah. If they start at the same starting point, the rabbit will not move.

If the cheetah catches up with the rabbit, a murder occurs and the game is over. If they start at the same point, the game is over immediately.

Write a C++ program to compute the time required for the murder to take place. Your program should compute the time required for the cheetah to catch up with the rabbit. Then you should output the time and position of the murder.

Anyone? Please?


It took its last breath.

He took his last breath…

He was okay just now. He was still running around; he was eating. He had to stop and rest for ten seconds after 3 seconds of walking…

We knew it.

The next time I looked he was lying on his right side. Dad said that he wouldn’t last long, and was muttering something about Mum wouldn’t make it back in time.

I watched. He has stopped normal breathing. He was spasming.

His eyes looked as though they were to pop out any second.


I never realised that death takes so long. He was like that, on his side…

He let out one faint shriek during the whole process. Only one.

Mum came back. She made it.

After what seemed like forever, he died. In a small pool of urine.

10 p.m. September 29, 2003.