Today's No-Problem Problem concerns the interaction of basic engineering,
economics, baseball, and perhaps any number of other disciplines. As in all our
No-Problem Problems, the trick is to spot the inconsistency, insufficiency of
variables, or violation of physical law that makes it impossible to solve the
problem as stated. The winner will be chosen at random from among the most
correct, most incorrect, and/or most interesting entries, and will receive a Design News MagLite flashlight.
Here is the problem: "The Baseball Commissioner has just vetoed, 'for the good of baseball,' a trade between the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers in which four design engineers were to be swapped for a purchasing agent and cash. The Commissioner has asked you to determine the proper exchange rate for major league design engineers and major league purchasing agents. What is that rate?
So tell us: why can't this problem be solved? Send your answer to: No-Problem Problem Contest (Major League Swap), Design News, 275 Washington St., Newton, MA 02458 or e-mail email@example.com.