# Water Jug Riddle

In this video, we go over a classic riddle made famous by the die hard movies.

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### 35 thoughts on “Water Jug Riddle”

• September 21, 2017 at 10:56 pm

So basically here you are trying to get exact 4 gallons by measuring both bottles. But my interviewer asked me how to maintain 4 litre in each bottle (5litr & 3litr bottles), you can take out water as many times as you want, and I told him there is no way possible to put 4 litres in the 3-litre bottle and if you really want to maintain 8 litre in both bottles then there is no need to do calculation fill both bottles and you got 8litres… he reject me.

• September 21, 2017 at 10:56 pm

5+3=8 Fill both jugs half full, and you have 4 gallons.

• September 21, 2017 at 10:56 pm

If you have a separate 4 gallon jug, fill the 5 and fill the 4 all the way up……….

• September 21, 2017 at 10:56 pm

1. Fill the 3 gal 3 times into the bucket.
So you have 9 gal in the bucket.
Then fill the 5 gal with the 9 gal of the bucket until its full
… so 4 liters should be left! 🙂

• September 21, 2017 at 10:56 pm

In Die Hard 3 they only had the 2 jugs. You fill the 5 and pour into 3 leaving 2 in the 5. Empty the 3. Pour the 2 into the 3. Fill the 5 and and then fill the 3 from the 5 leaving 4.

• September 21, 2017 at 10:56 pm

Simon disliked this video 51 times.

• September 21, 2017 at 10:56 pm

So you've wasted 3 gallons of water just because you need to fill exactly 4 gallons in that 5 gallon jug.

• September 21, 2017 at 10:56 pm

Wouldn't be easier to fill the 5 gallon jug dump three gallons into the 3gallon jug and this will leave 2 gallons of water in the 5 gallon jug so next pour the 2 gallons into the bucket and repeat all the steps one more time and you will have 4 gallons.

• September 21, 2017 at 10:56 pm

Fill up the 3 and pour in the 5 repeat 1 time. Then you have 1 gal in the 3. Water the plants w/the 5 and then pour 1 gal into 5. Then fill the 3 and pour into 5 now you have 4 gallons

• September 21, 2017 at 10:56 pm

die hard did it better

• September 21, 2017 at 10:56 pm

buy a 4 gallon drum next time.

• September 21, 2017 at 10:56 pm

Fill 5 gal. bucket half way; 2.5 gallons. Fill 3 gal. bucket half way; 1.5 gallons. Pour 1.5 gal. bucket into 2.5 gal. bucket. 2.5 + 1.5 = 4 gallons.

• September 21, 2017 at 10:56 pm

Just pour 4 gallons from the 5 gallon to the bucket. Easiest way confirmed.

• September 21, 2017 at 10:56 pm

The way he displayed the riddle shows that I can fill the 5 gallon and pour it into the EXTRA bucket that's 4 gallons, until the 4 gallon is full. Congrats, shaunteaches, you played yourself.

• September 21, 2017 at 10:56 pm

simple way is pour 3 g jug twice into 5 g ur left with 1 g keep it aside in bucket now fill 3g jug again and pour it in bucket !! u have 4 gallon

• September 21, 2017 at 10:56 pm

Yes sir that's how to do it. but don't waste that water use it on some plants.

• September 21, 2017 at 10:56 pm

Theres an easier way

You fill the 3 gallon then pour it to the 5 gallon bottle the you fill the 3 again then pour pour that to the 5 so you will have 1 left in the 3 after throw out all the one in the 5 then pour the 1 from the 3 gallon into the 5 then fill up the 3 and transfer that to the 5 gallon then you will get 4 gallons

• September 21, 2017 at 10:56 pm

easy you pour the water into 5 and dump the 5 into the 4 and you're done(if real life) now a hard version of this would be, There is a 5-liter jug full of water. There is also an empty 2-liter jug and an empty 3.5-liter jug. You can pour the water back and forth between the jugs, but you can't add any water. How can you end up with 2.5 liters in both the 5 liter and the 3.5-liter jugs

• September 21, 2017 at 10:56 pm

Heh, I just solved this riddle yesterday in kotor.
fill the five gallon tank
transfer to the three gallon
dump the three gallon
transfer to the three again
fill the five tank
transfer to the three a third time

three gallon tank is full, five gallon has four gallons

(SPOILERS) and boom, you've destroyed the vent on the underwater facility and pleased the bigass shark.

• September 21, 2017 at 10:56 pm

also fill the 3 and dump it into the 5, you end up with 3 gals in the 5, then you fill up the 3 again, dump what you can into the 5 from the 3 which is 2 gallons, 3 the first time and 2 the second, you have exactly 1 gallon in the 3 gallon jug, now dump out the 5 gallon jug, pour the gallon from the 3 into the now empty 5, fill the 3 once again and add the 3 gallons to the one gallon which is now in the 5 gallon jug giving you exactly 4 gallons in the 5 gallon jug.

• September 21, 2017 at 10:56 pm

fill the 3 gal.pour it into the 4 gall bucket
now fill the 3 gallon and pour it into the 5 gal.jug.
now you have 3 gallons in the 5 gal.jug
refill the 3 gallon and pour into the 5 gallon and you have 1 gallon left in the 3 gal. and pour that into the 4 gal.bucket ..

• September 21, 2017 at 10:56 pm

made it so clearly, thank you

• September 21, 2017 at 10:56 pm

Well if you know the BUCKET is exactly 4 gallons why not just fill it to capacity….I swear the people who created this love putting students in their basement and torturing them with USELESS quizzes…this is what's wrong with the education system .. a complete dumbing down of young minds with irrelevant info.. cant believe I'm going to Uni, where ill have to learn a shit load of irrelevant things.

• September 21, 2017 at 10:56 pm

my way was

1.fill 5g
2.dump 3g into the 3g jug
3.now you have 2g in the 5g jug
4.pour the 2g into the bucket and the 3g on your plant
5.repeat the same thing and you have 4g
There you go 4g of water

• September 21, 2017 at 10:56 pm

fill up the 3 and dump into 5 and fill 3 again… and dump into 5… so now you have I gallon left in the 3.. and 5 gallons in the 5.. so you dump out the 5.. so now you have a empty 5 so you pour the 1 gallon left from the 3..to the 5… so you have a empty 3 and a 1 gallon in the 5.. then you fill up the empty 3 and pour in the 5.. so now you have 4 gallons of water.. Ya Welcome… 1+3=4

• September 21, 2017 at 10:56 pm

2.5 in the 5 and 1.5 in the 3. 4 total

• September 21, 2017 at 10:56 pm

Thank you! Only thanks to this video did I finally understand this riddle.

• September 21, 2017 at 10:56 pm

Step 1:  Call Bruce WillisStep 2:  Call Sam JacksonStep 3: Problem Solved

• September 21, 2017 at 10:56 pm

fill the 5g jug
pour into 3g jug
pour the 2g left from the 5g jug
repeat

• September 21, 2017 at 10:56 pm

Or you could just fill the four gallon bucket up in the beginning

• September 21, 2017 at 10:56 pm

fill up the 5g jug
pour into 3g jug until full
sit down for a second
stand up
sit back down and take a shit into the bucket
pour 3g jug in bucket
stir
put some popcorn into magnetron
use brush to apply mixture on popcorn
surprise the neighbors with a treat to make them forget seeing you shit in your backyard