|1.||A man has to get a fox, a chicken, and a sack of corn across a river. He has a rowboat, and it can only carry him and one other thing at a time. If the fox and the chicken are left together, the fox will eat the chicken. If the chicken and the corn is left together, the chicken will eat the corn. How does the man do it?|
|2.||A rich old Arab has three sons. When he died, he willed his 17 camels to the sons, to be divided as follows: First Son to get 1/2 of the camels Second Son to get 1/3rd of the camels Third Son to get 1/9th of the camels. The sons are sitting there trying to figure out how this can possibly be done, when a very old wise man goes riding by. They stop him and ask him to help them solve their problem. Without hesitation he divides the camels properly and continues riding on his way. How did he do it?|
|3.||In your cellar there are three light switches in the OFF position. Each switch controls 1 of 3 light bulbs on floor above. You may move any of the switches but you may only go upstairs to inspect the bulbs one time. How can you determine the switch for each bulb with one inspection?|
|4.||How much dirt is in a hole that is 3 ft deep, and 6 inches in diameter?|
|5.||1 train leaves from NYC heading towards LA at 100 mph. Three hours later, a train leaves from LA heading towards NYC at 200 MPH. Assume there's exactly 2000 miles between LA and NYC. When they meet, which train is closer to NYC?|
|6.||Two boxers are in a boxing match (regular boxing, not kick boxing). The fight is scheduled for 12 rounds but ends after 6 rounds, after one boxer knocks out the other boxer. Yet no man throws a punch. How is this possible?|
|7.||In 1990, a person is 15 years old. In 1995 that same person is 10 years old. How is this possible?|
|8.||There are 3 black hats and 2 white hats in a box. Three men (we will call them A, B, & C) each reach into the box and place one of the hats on his own head. They cannot see what color hat they have chosen. The men are situated in a way that A can see the hats on B & C's heads, B can only see the hat on C's head and C cannot see any hats. When A is asked if he knows the color of the hat he is wearing, he says no. When B is asked if he knows the color of the hat he is wearing he says no. When C is asked if he knows the color of the hat he is wearing he says yes and he is correct. What color hat and how can this be? There is no play on words and there are no tricks. If I used had instead of has it is purely accidental.|
|9.||A census taker approaches a house and asks the woman who answers the door,"How many children do you have, and what are their ages?" Woman: "I have three children, the product of their ages are 36, the sum of their ages are equal to the address of the house next door." The census taker walks next door, comes back and says, "I need more information." The woman replies, "I have to go, my oldest child is sleeping upstairs." Census taker: "Thank you, I have everything I need." Question: What are the ages of each of the three children?|
|10.||A man has recently escaped from prison and is making his way home on foot. He is walking along a straight rural country lane in bright daylight. He has walked about two miles from the prison, when he sees a police car coming toward him. Despite knowing that all squads would be out looking for him, he ran towards the car for a short while, and only when he was about ten feet away, did he turn and run into the woods to hide. Why did he run towards the police car?|
|11.||A heavy truck reaches the edge of a desert which is 400 km wide. It must cross this region, but the vehicle averages only 1 km per litre of fuel, and the total fuel capacity (including extra containers) is only 180 litres, so fuel dumps must be established in the desert in order to make it across. There's plenty of fuel available at the edge of the desert, and you can set up as many fuel dumps as you like. But with proper forethought, what is the least amount of fuel required for the truck to reach the other side? (Forewarned is half an octopus - this is not quite as easy as it might seem to be... unless you approach it from the right direction.)|
|12.||Two men were being tried for murder. The jury found one man guilty and the other innocent. The judge turned to the guilty man and said, "Even though your guilt has been established, the law compels me to set you free." How could such a bizarre judgement occur?|
|13.||If there are fifteen crows on a fence and the farmer shoots a third of them, how many are left?|
|14.||A man has recently escaped from prison and is making his way home on foot. He is walking along a straight rural country lane in bright daylight. He has walked about two miles from the prison, when he sees a police car coming toward him. Despite knowing that all squads would be out looking for him, he ran towards the car for a short while, and only when he was about ten feet away, did he turn and run into the woods to hide. Why did he run towards the police car?|
|15.||Here is a rather simple question with a "yes" or "no" answer. It just happens to be phrased in a roundabout way, but that shouldn't disturb you if you can find a way to reduce it to it's fundamentals. This can be done in three steps, leading to your rephrasing the question in such simple terms that the answer is immediately apparent. Now go ahead. "If the puzzle you solved before you solved the puzzle you solved after you solved the puzzle you solved before you solved this one, was harder than the puzzle you solved after you solved the puzzle you solved before you solve this one, was the puzzle you solved before you solved this one harder than this one?" Yes or no??|
|16.||You are ill and travelling down a road to the hospital. You reach a fork in the road and find a pair of identical twin boys standing there. One of the twins always tells the truth and the other twin always lies. You are allowed to direct only one question to one of the twins, and as such you will be assured of the correct road to the hospital. What is your question and to whom?|
|17.||The owner of the local bank found a $50 bill lying in the gutter; he picked it up and made a note of its serial number. Later that day his wife mentioned that they owed the butcher $50, so the banker used the bill he'd found to settle up with the butcher. The butcher used it to pay a farmer; the farmer in turned used it to pay his feedstock supplier; and the feedstock supplier used it to pay his laundry bill. The laundryman used it to pay off his $50 overdraft at the local bank. The banker recognized the bill as being the one he had found in the gutter, but als noticed, on closer examination, that it was a fake. By now, it had been used to settle $250 worth of debts. What was lost?|
|18.||What number is two-thirds of one-half of one-fourth of 240?|
|19.||How many common four letter English words can you make from the letters EANM using all the letters in each word?|
|20.||Jill offered Jack the following bet: she said she would toss 3 pennies in the air, and if they fell all heads or all tails she would give him $1. If they fell any other way, he had to give her 50 cents. Should Jack accept?|
|21.||Four blindfolded girls were each given an identical box, containing different colored balls. One contained 3 black balls; one contained 2 black balls and 1 white ball; one contained 1 black ball and 2 white balls; and the fourth contained 3 white balls. Each box had a label on it reading "Three Black" or "Two Black, One White" or "One Black, Two White" or "Three White." The girls were told that none of the four labels correctly discribed the contents of the box to which it was attached. Each girl was told, in turn, to draw 2 balls from her box, at which point her blindfold was removed so that she could see the 2 balls in her hand and the label on the box assigned to her. She was given the task of trying to guess the color of the ball remaining in her box. As each girl drew balls from her box, their colors were announced for all the girls to hear; but the girls cold not see the labels on any other box other than their own. The first girl, having drawn 2 black balls, announced: "I know the color of the third ball." The second girl drew 1 white and 1 black ball, and similarly stated: "I know the color of the third ball." The third girl withdrew 2 white balls, looked at her label, and said: "I can't tell the color of the third ball." Finally, the fourth girl declared: " I don't need to remove my blindfold or any balls from my box, and yet I know the color of all three. What's more, I know the color of the third ball in each of your boxes as well." The first three girls were amazed by the fourth girl's assertion and promptly challenged her. She proceeded to indentify the contents of each box correctly. How?|
The following is an easy type of substitution cryptogram (each letter standing for a different letter--the same substitution each time). UR UA NYXG RII GIR RI SI RGWAW RGUBFA EUFGR BIQ
|23.||What number is one half of one quarter of one tenth of 400?|
|24.||If you count from 1 to 100, how many 7's will you pass on the way?|
|25.||Four husband and wife couples go to see a play. They all sit in the same row, but no husband sits next to his wife, and a man and a woman are at opposite ends of the row. Their names are Andrews, Barker, Collins, and Dunlop.
1. Mrs. Dunlop or Mr. Andrews is in the end seat 2. Mr. Andrews is mid-way between Mr. Colins and Mrs. Collins 3. Mr. Collins is two seats from Mrs. Dunlop 4. Mrs. Collins is mid-way between Mr. and Mrs. Barker 5. Mrs. Andrews is next to the end seat. 6. Mr. Dunlop is two seats from Mr. Andrews. 7. Mrs. Collins is closer to the right end than the left end. Work out the seating arrangements along the row. From left to right, where Seat #1 is the the left-most seat and Seat #8 is the right-most seat looking at the stage: Seat #1 = Seat #2 = Seat #3 = Seat #4 = Seat #5 = Seat #6 = Seat #7 = Seat #8 =
|26.||The new repairer starts work repairing telephones. there are 15 booths in his area. The supervisor tells him that five out of the first eight booths need repairing and that he should go and repair one as a test. The man goes straight to booth number eight. Why?|
|27.||A company gives a choice to two plans to the union negotiator for an increase in salary. The first option is an initial salary of $20,000 to be increased after 12 months by $500. The second option is an initial salary of $20,000 to be increased after each six months by $125. The salary is to be calculated every six months. Can you advise the union negotiator which is the plan he should recommend to his members?|
|28.||I am four times as old as my daughter. In 20yrs time I shall be twice as old as her. How old are we today?|
|29.||What is the missing digit in the sequence? 5, 8, 3, ___, 2, 1|
|30.||Complete this sequence of letters: G, C, L, M, ? |
(hint: the individual letters are the first letter of a word and the words are in decending order)
|31.||How many flowers do I have if all of them are roses except 2, all of them are tulips except 2, and all of them are daisies except 2?|
|32.||I am eight letters long - "12345678"
My 1234 is an atmospheric condition. My 34567 supports a plant. My 4567 is to appropriate. My 45 is a friendly thank-you. My 678 is a name. What word am I?
|33.||Decipher this 3 word code:
15 89 19 68 16 36 92 16 1 6 1 53 6 47 8(hint: The key for the code should be easy to find, it's elementary in it's design.
Look closely at the at the clue and you should find The place for you to look is forward and not behind.)
|34.||A woman goes to her office but finds she has left her purse at home. She returns home to overhear her husband shout "Don't shoot me John!" from the bedroom. Rushing into the bedroom she sees her husband unconscious and bleeding on the floor in a corner. Across the room she sees a banker, a refuse collector, and an accountant. None of them has a weapon. She turns to the refuse collector and says, "Why did you shoot at him?". How did she know the refuse collector had done it?|
|35.||Each number shown below follows a certain rule. Figure out the rule and fill in the missing number
Janurary = 20 April = 10 May = 5 November = 15 July = ?
|36.||A man is on a search for Atlantis and comes upon an island where all the inhabitants know whether Atlantis is still around or not. However all of the inhabitants are either Fairies or Trolls and they all use a spell to appear humanoid so you cannot tell which is which. And the Faries always tell the truth and the Trolls always lie, but there is a slight complcation, some of the Fairies have gone insane and always lie and some of the Trolls have also gone insane and always tell the truth. so here is your task: you must ask the first inhabitant that you come to ONE question and from that ONE question you must determine wether Atlantis is still around or not. What is the question that you must ask?|
|37.||A canoe is floating in a swimming pool. Which will raise the level of the water in the pool higher, dropping a penny into the pool or into the canoe? Or does it make any difference?|
|38.||What is the next letter in the following sequence: O T T F F S S ?|
There are 5 houses in different colors. In each house lives a person with a different nationality.
The 5 owners drink a certain type of beverage, smoke a certain brand of cigar, and keep a certain pet.
No owners have the same pet, smoke the same brand of cigar, or drink the same beverage.
The question is "Who owns the fish?"
HINTS: The Brit lives in the red house. The Swede keeps dogs as pets. The Dane drinks tea. The green house is on the left of the white house. The green house's owner drinks coffee. The person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds. The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill. The man living in the center house drinks milk. The Norwegian lives in the first house. The man who smokes Blends lives next to the one who keeps cats. The man who keeps the horse lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill. The owner who smokes Bluemasters drinks beer. The German smokes Prince. The Norwegian lives next to the blue house. The man who smokes Blends has a neighbor who drinks water.
** Einstein wrote this riddle. He said 98% of the world could not solve it. **
|40.||What number is missing from this sequence: 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, 37, ?, 43|
|41.||What four letter word can be attached to the end of the words in the left column and to the beginning of the words in the right column to form 6 new words ? |
|42.||Which word of four letters can be added to the front of the following words to create other English words ? |
CARD BOX CODE BAG HASTE
|43.||The numbers alongside each column and row are the values of the symbols within each column and row. What value should replace the question mark below ? |
|44.||Replace the blanks in the following sentence with three four letter words, the same four letters must be used for all three words. What are the words ?
THE YOUNG MAN . . . . . . . . OF MONEY
|45.||If it costs 20p for an orange, 6p for an apple and 28p for a mango, what will a coconut, fig and lettuce cost ?|
|46.||Assume you are using a basic calculator and press the numbers in the order shown, using each of the symbols +, -, x, /, once only in this sum, what is the highest whole number possible ? |
4 ? 1 ? 9 ? 8 ? 7 = ?
|47.||What letter is missing from this commonly used sequence ?
C V ? N M
|48.||On each line place a three letter word which can be attached to the end of the word to the left and to the beginning of the word to the right to give two other words. The first letters of the three letter words will give another word reading downwards. What is it ?
TALL ( ... ) HOOD COVE ( ... ) RAFT FOND ( ... ) HEM ROB ( ... ) TILL DOUGH ( ... ) HATCH FORE ( ... ) PAGE
|49.||A special dartboard has only eight segments. The segments are numbered clockwise from the top as follows: |
15, 3, 6, 4, 12, 5, 10, 0
The number on each segment corresponds with its unique point score.
How many different combinations are there to score 18 on this dartboard using three darts only ?
Each dart lands in a segment and no dart falls to the floor.
|50.||The following words have a connection. What is it ?
ARCHIVE DILLY-DALLY ? MESSAGE BAYONET
|51.||A caterpillar crawls at a speed of 21 inches per hour towards a vegetable patch.|
After being overindulgent it returns, over exactly the same distance, at only 7 inches per hour.
What is the caterpiller's average speed over the entire journey ?
Note: The "journey" does not include over indulging in the vegetable patch.
|52.||What letter should come next ?
M Y V S E H M S J R S N U S N E P ?
|53.||Details of a check at a stationers are shown below.
78 - Pencils 152 - Paint Brushes 51142 - Felt Tip Pens ??? - Writing Pads How many writing pads should there be ?
|54.||In which direction should the missing arrow point ?|
|55.||A man received a check. The pounds had been transposed for pence and vice versa. |
He went out, spent 5 pounds and 42 pence but discovered that he now had exactly six times the value of the correct check.
What amount should he have received?
|56.||What letter should be placed in the fourth grouping ?
AME = P RUB = R SAP = B EME = ?
|57.||Use the letters given to complete the square so that four other words can be read downwards and across. What are the words ?
F R O S T R ?? ? O ?? ? S ?? ? T ?? The letters to use are: A A A D D D E L L R R S S T Y Y
6 7 4 3 7 2 5 4 9 1 7 6 5 2 8 4 3 6 7 3 5 8 3 4 ? What number should replace the question mark ?
|59.||Insert the vowels into each group of letters to form a word. Three of the words are connected.
DHL RSN RCHD FCHS Which one is the odd one out ?
|60.||A recycling factory makes its own paper cups for canteen use. It can make one new cup from nine used ones. If it has 505 used cups how many can it possibly make in total ?|
|61.||Which three letter word can be attached to the beginning of the following words to give six other words ?
ROCK POST SPREAD TIME EVIL CLOTHES
|62.||Assume you are using a basic calculator and replace each question mark with a mathematical sign. Plus, minus, multiply and divide can each be used once only.
3 ? 7 ? 5 ? 4 ? 3 = ? What are the highest and lowest possible totals ?
|63.||I am a fire. |
Change one letter and I am a knife.
Change another letter and I am a clearing.
Change another letter and I am a rank.
Change one final letter and I am a fruit.
What was I and what did I become ?
|64.||One satsuma, one apple and two pears cost 51p. Two pears and two satsumas cost 42p and one apple, one pear and two satsumas cost 44p.|
How much will two apples and two satsumas cost ?
|65.||Two clocks were correct at midnight but then one began to gain four minutes every hour. It stopped one and a half hours ago showing 4:48 pm. The clocks run for less than 24 hours. |
What time will the other clock be showing ?
|66.||A ship is battling against the tide to safety. It uses 9.5 gallons of fuel every hour and sails at 23 mph. It is 34 miles from safety but the flow against it is 12 mph. It has 30 gallons of fuel left.|
Will it reach safety ?
|67.||During a week a travel agent has taken 32 bookings for Tenerife, 30 for Majorca and 18 for Ibiza.|
How many bookings has it taken for Portugal ?
|68.||The names of three scientists are written here, unfortunately the vowels have been missed out. Replace the vowels to discover the three names.
SCNWTN LBRTNSTN LSPSTR Who are the scientists ?
|69.||What number is missing from this series ?
1, 3, 7, ?, 21
|70.||The alphabet is written here but some letters have been missed out.
B F G H J K M N P Q T U V X Y Z Use the missing letters to form the name of an author. Who is it ?
|71.||Distances to certain cities are written below.
BERLIN 200 miles PARIS 300 miles ROME 400 miles AMSTERDAM 300 miles CARDIFF ??? miles How far should it be to Cardiff ?
|72.||Of those numbers whose English representation in capital letters consists only of straight lines, only one number has a value equal to the number of straight line segments required to write it out. What number is this?|
|73.||Two people are talking on the phone long distance. One is in an East Coast state of the U.S., the other is in a West Coast state of the U.S. The first asks the other, "What time is it?" He hears the answer and says, "That's funny. It's the same time here!" Neither one of them were mistaken about the time. How is this possible?|
|74.||Can you find the word "dog" in the following word search puzzle?
dgooddodgooddo odoogggdodgogg ogogdoodgooddd dgdoooggoogdgo ogdgogdgoggogd dddgddodoogdoo odgoggdooggood
|75.||What word is pronounced differently when the first letter is capitalized?|
|76.||Punctuate the following so it makes sense:
"That that is is that that is not is not is not that it it is."
|77.||What word begins with 'h', ends with 'n', contains six letters, and contains eight words besides itself without transposing a single letter?|
What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries?
You throw away the outside and cook the inside. Then you eat the outside and throw away the inside. What did you eat?
What goes up and down the stairs without moving?
What can you catch but not throw?
I can run but not walk. Wherever I go, thought follows close behind. What am I?
What's black and white and red all over?
What goes around the world but stays in a corner?
I have holes in my top and bottom, my left and right, and in the middle. But I still hold water. What am I?
Give me food, and I will live; give me water, and I will die. What am I?
The man who invented it doesn't want it. The man who bought it doesn't need it. The man who needs it doesn't know it. What is it?
I run over fields and woods all day. Under the bed at night I sit not alone. My tongue hangs out, up and to the rear, awaiting to be filled in the morning. What am I?
Throw it off the highest building, and I'll not break. But put me in the ocean, and I will. What am I?
What can run but never walks, has a mouth but never talks, has a head but never weeps, has a bed but never sleeps?
No sooner spoken than broken. What is it?
A certain crime is punishable if attempted but not punishable if committed. What is it?
You use a knife to slice my head and weep beside me when I am dead. What am I?
I'm the part of the bird that's not in the sky. I can swim in the ocean and yet remain dry. What am I?
I am mother and father, but never birth or nurse. I'm rarely still, but I never wander. What am I?
I went into the woods and got it. I sat down to seek it. I brought it home with me because I couldn't find it. What am I?
I am weightless, but you can see me. Put me in a bucket, and I'll make it lighter. What am I?
I never was, am always to be, No one ever saw me, nor ever will, And yet I am the confidence of all To live and breathe on this terrestrial ball. What am I?
I'm light as a feather, yet the strongest man can't hold me for much more than a minute. What am I?
I am the black child of a white father, a wingless bird, flying even to the clouds of heaven. I give birth to tears of mourning in pupils that meet me, even though there is no cause for grief, and at once on my birth I am dissolved into air. What am I?
Pronounced as one letter, And written with three, Two letters there are, And two only in me. I'm double, I'm single, I'm black, blue, and gray, I'm read from both ends, And the same either way. What am I?
At night they come without being fetched, and by day they are lost without being stolen. What are they?
I'm where yesterday follows today, and tomorrow's in the middle. What am I?
From the beginning of eternity To the end of time and space To the beginning of every end And the end of every place. What am I?
In a marble hall white as milk Lined with skin as soft as silk Within a fountain crystal-clear A golden apple doth appear. No doors there are to this stronghold, Yet thieves break in to steal its gold. --Mother Goose What am I?
It is said among my people that some things are improved by death. Tell me, what stinks while living but in death smells good?
All about, but cannot be seen, Can be captured, cannot be held, No throat, but can be heard. What is it?
If you break me, I do not stop working. If you touch me, I may be snared. If you lose me, Nothing will matter. What am I?
If a man carried my burden, He would break his back. I am not rich, But I leave silver in my track. What am I?
Glittering points that downward thrust, Sparkling spears that never rust. What is it?
Weight in my belly, Trees on my back, Nails in my ribs, Feet do I lack. What am I?
Until I am measured, I am not known. Yet how you miss me, When I have flown! What am I?
My life can be measured in hours; I serve by being devoured. Thin, I am quick; fat, I am slow. Wind is my foe. What am I?
Lighter than what I'm made of, More of me is hidden than is seen. What am I?
To unravel me You need a key. No key that was made by locksmith's hand, But a key that only I will understand. What am I?
I give you a group of three. One is sitting down and will never get up. The second eats as much as is given to him, yet is always hungry. The third goes away and never returns. What are they?
Whoever makes it, tells it not. Whoever takes it, knows it not. Whoever knows it, wants it not. What is it?
There is not wind enough to twirl That one red leaf, nearest of its clan, Which dances as often as dance it can. --Samuel Taylor Coleridge What am I?
What does man love more than life? Fear more than death or mortal strife? What do the poor have, what the rich require, And what contented men desire? What does the miser spend, the spendthrift save, And all men carry to their graves?
Sir, I bear a rhyme excelling In mystic force and magic spelling Celestial sprites eludicate All my own striving can't relate
What work is it that the faster you work, the longer it is before you're done, and the slower you work, the sooner you're finished?
What I am filled, I can point the way; When I am empty, Nothing moves me. I have two skins, One without and one within. What am I?
As a whole, I am both safe and secure. Behead me, and I become a place of meeting. Behead me again, and I am the partner of ready. Restore me, and I become the domain of beasts. What am I?
I fly, yet I have no wings. I cry, yet I have no eyes. Darkness follows me; lower light I never see.
What walks on four legs in the morning, two at mid-day, and three in the evening?
What is it that, after you take away the whole, some still remains?
I have hands that wave at you, Though I never say goodbye. It's cool for you to be with me, Especially when I say, "HI." What am I?
|128.||If you put a coin in an empty bottle and insert a cork into the neck of the bottle, how could you remove the coin without taking the cork out or breaking the bottle?|
|129.||You want to send a valuable object to a friend securely. You have a box, which can be fitted with multiple locks, and you have several locks and their corresponding keys. However, your friend does not have any keys to your locks, and if you send a key in an unlocked box, the key could be copied en route. How can you send the object securely?|
|130.||You've been sentenced to death in an obscure foreign country which has a strange law. Before the sentence is carried out, two papers -- one with "LIFE" written on it and one with "DEATH" written on it -- are folded up and placed in a hat. You are permitted to pick out one of the papers (without looking), and if you choose the one with "LIFE" written on it, you are set free. Otherwise, the death sentence is carried out. On this occasion, a mean-spirited acquaintance of yours, bent on your demise, has substituted the paper with "LIFE" written on it with another one with "DEATH" written on it. This person gleefully informs you of what he has done and that you are doomed to die. You are not permitted to speak to anyone about this misdeed, nor will you have a chance to switch the papers or the hat yourself in time. How will you avoid certain death?|
|131.||You have an old-fashioned refrigerator with a small freezer compartment capable of holding seven ice cube trays stacked vertically. But there are no shelves to separate the trays, and if you stack one tray on top of another before the ice cubes in the bottom tray are fully frozen, the top tray will nestle into it, and you won't get full cubes in the bottom tray. You have an unlimited supply of trays, each of which can make a dozen cubes. What's the fastest way to make full-sized ice cubes?|
|132.||Why is it better to have round manhole covers than square ones?|
|133.||Three surgeons and a clumsy cook go camping in the remote wilderness. The clumsy cook stumbles over the campfire as he is serving the surgeons, injuring himself and dumping hot stew on the hands of the surgeons. The cook's injuries need surgical treatment. The surgeons' injuries are minor but open. It turns out they brought the equipment necessary for the cook's surgery with them, and they can use the campfire to sterilize the tools. But there are only two rubber gloves. Because of the different surgeons' skills, all three of the surgeons are needed to operate on the cook, in sequence. How can this be done without any of them being exposed to the blood of any of the others?|
|134.||Two fifty foot ropes are suspended from a forty foot ceiling twenty feet apart. You have only a knife. How much of the rope can you steal?|
|135.||I have two U.S. coins that add up to fifty-five cents. One is not a nickel. What coins are they?|
|136.||A farmer had nine sheep, and all but seven died. How many did he have left?|
|137.||Three large people try to crowd under one small umbrella, but nobody gets wet. How is this possible?|
|138.||You are a bus driver. At the first stop of the day, eight people get on board. At the second stop, four get off, and eleven get on. At the third stop, two get off, and six get on. At the fourth stop, thirteen get off, and one gets on. At the fifth stop, five get off, and three get on. At the sixth stop, three get off, and two get on. What color are the bus driver's eyes?|
|139.||If you take two apples from three apples, how many do you have?|
|140.||A certain five-letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it. What is the word?|
|141.||An electric train is traveling northwest at 95 miles per hour, and the wind is blowing southwest at 95 miles per hour. In which direction does the smoke blow?|
|142.||Some months have 30 days. Some months have 31 days. How many months have 28 days?|
|143.||A woman gave birth to two sons who were born on the same hour of the same day of the same year but were not twins. How is this possible?|
|144.||A man lives in a house with four walls. Each wall has a window. Each window has a southern exposure. A bear walks by. What color is the bear?|
|145.||Your sock drawer contains ten pairs of white socks and ten pairs of black socks. If you're only allowed to take one sock from the drawer at a time, what's the minimum number of socks you need to take before you're guaranteed to have a pair?|
|146.||A black man dressed all in black, wearing a black mask, stands at a crossroads in a totally black-painted town. All of the streetlights in town are broken. There is no moon. A black-painted car without headlights drives straight toward him, but turns in time and doesn't hit him. How did the driver know to swerve?|
|147.||A man was born in 1964 and died in 1984 at the age of 25. How is this possible?|
|148.||A horse is tied to a 30 foot rope. A haystack lies 40 feet away, but the horse is able to eat it. How is this possible?|
|149.||Forward I'm heavy, backward I'm not. What am I?|
|150.||What two words have the most letters in it?|
|151.||While on my way to St. Ives, |
I met a man with seven wives.
Each wife had seven sacks;
Each sack had seven cats;
Each cat had seven kittens.
Kittens, cats, sacks, wives;
How many were going to St. Ives?
|152.||An encyclopedia consists of ten volumes (sitting next to each other, in order, on a shelf). Each volume contains one thousand pages. Excluding the covers of each volume, how many pages are between the first page of the encyclopedia and the last?|
|153.||If a boy and a half can eat a hot dog and a half in a minute and a half, how long would it take six boys to eat six hot dogs?|
|154.||How long is the answer to this question?|
|155.||What do you call a man who was born in Columbus, raised in Cincinnati, and died in Chicago?|
|156.||How many outs in an inning?|
|157.||How many birthdays does the average man have?|
|158.||If you had one match and entered a room in which there were a kerosene lamp, an oil burner, and a wood burning stove, which would you light first?|
|159.||If a doctor gave you three pills and told you to take one every half-hour, how long would they last you?|
|160.||An archeologist claims he found some gold coins dated 46 BC Do you believe him?|
|161.||Is it legal for a man living west of the Mississippi River to be buried east of the Mississippi River?|
|162.||Divide 30 by 1/2 and add 10. What is the answer?|
|163.||How many animals of each gender did Moses take aboard the ark?|
|164.||A clerk in a butcher's shop is five foot ten. What does he weigh?|
|165.||Do they have a 4th of July in England?|
|166.||In North Carolina, is it legal for a man to marry his widow's sister?|
|167.||A man leaves home and takes three left turns. Upon arriving back home he comes across two men wearing masks. Who are these men?|
|168.||Take 1 from 19 and leave 20.|
|169.||Jack gave John the following challenge: "If you sit down in that chair, I bet I can make you get out of it before I run around the chair three times," he said "Awe, that's not fair," John said. "You'll just prick me with a pin or something." "Nope," Jack said. "I won't touch you, either directly or with any object. If you get out of the chair, it'll be by your own choice." John thought, accepted the challenge, and lo and behold, Jack won the bet. How did he do it?|
|170.||A strong man at the circus can bench press 1200 pounds. How much can he lift with a pulley and a 25 foot rope when the rope weighs two pounds, the pulley is attached to the ceiling, the ceiling is 10 feet from the floor, and the man is standing on the floor?|
|171.||How many grooves are there on an LP record?|
|172.||What word is always spelled incorrectly?|
|173.||On what day(s) of the year does the sun rise and set at the same time of day?|
|174.||Think of words ending in "gry." Angry and hungry are two of them. There are only three words in the English language. What is the third word? The word is something that everyone uses every day. If you have listened carefully, I have already told you what it is.|
|175.||If eggs can be laid at the rate of eight every seven days, how many can a rooster lay in sixteen days?|
|176.||Suppose you are on an elevator on the 16th floor of a building, when the cable breaks. As you plummet toward the ground, you recall that you once heard that by jumping up FAST at the instant of impact, you can escape death. You also recall that the floors are twelve feet apart and that the speed of a falling object is 32 feet per second squared. When should you jump?|
|177.||A dog can run fifty miles in a day. How far could he run into a 120 square mile forest in two days?|
|178.||A light year is 5.9x10^12 miles and Alpha Centuri is 2.5x10^14 miles away. If your friend stood on the surface of Alpha Centuri and waved, how long would it be until you could see it from the earth?|
|179.||The chance of rolling snake eyes is 1 in 36. If you roll snake eyes eight times in a row with the same pair of dice, what is the chance of rolling snake eyes on your ninth roll?|
|180.||What's the largest number of coins you can have without having even change for a dollar?|
A solo dice game is played thusly: one each turn, a normal pair of dice is rolled. The score is calculated by taking the product, rather than the sum, of the two numbers shown on the dice. On a particular game, the score for the second roll is five more than the score for the first; the score for the third roll is six less than that of the second; the score for the fourth roll is eleven more than that of the third; and the score for the fifth roll is eight less than that of the fourth. What was the score for each of these five throws?
A high school has a strange principal. On the first day, he has his students perform an odd opening day ceremony: There are one thousand lockers and one thousand students in the school. The principal asks the first student to go to every locker and open it. Then he has the second student go to every second locker and close it. The third goes to every third locker and, if it is closed, he opens it, and if it is open, he closes it. The fourth student does this to every fourth locker, and so on. After the process is completed with the thousandth student, how many lockers are open?
You must cut a birthday cake into exactly eight pieces, but you're only allowed to make three straight cuts, and you can't move pieces of the cake as you cut. How can you do it?
|184.||Can you place six X's on a Tic Tac Toe board without making three-in-a-row in any direction?|
|185.||Nine dots are arranged in a three by three square. Connect each of the nine dots using only four straight lines and without lifting your pen from the paper.|
You want to hire a temporary employee for one month. You offer him reasonable wages, but the employee suggests an alternative. For the first day of work, he will be paid a penny. For the second day, two pennies. For the third day, four pennies. The salary for each subsequent day will be double the previous day's, until the one month term is over. Ignoring the legalities of such a situation, would it be a good idea to accept the potential employee's proposal?
You drive to the store at 20 mph and return by the same route at 30 mph. Discounting the time spent at the store, what was your average speed?
If you drive to the store at 20 mph, how fast must you go (again returning by the same route) for your average speed to be 40 mph?
Arrange the numbers 1 through 9 on a tic tac toe board such that the numbers in each row, column, and diagonal add up to 15.
Two trains travel toward each other on the same track, beginning 100 miles apart. One train travels at 40 miles per hour; the other travels at 60 miles an hour. A bird starts flight at the same location as the faster train, flying at a speed of 90 miles per hour. When it reaches the slower train, it turns around, flying the other direction at the same speed. When it reaches the faster train again, it turns around -- and so on. When the trains collide, how far will the bird have flown?
The following is what seems to be a mathematical proof that two equals one. What's wrong with it?
a = b aa = ab aa - bb = ab - bb (a + b)(a - b) = b(a - b) a + b = b a + a = a 2a = a 2 = 1
The following is what seems to be a mathematical proof that ten equals 9.999999.... What's wrong with it?
a = 9.999999... 10a = 99.999999... 10a - a = 90 9a = 90 a = 10
Two mathematicians, Albert and Isaac, chat. Isaac says he has three children who all have the same birthday (but who weren't necessarily born in the same year). Albert asks their ages. Isaac replies, "The product of the ages of my children is 72." Albert points out that this is not enough information to determine their ages. Isaac responds with another clue -- he tells Albert the sum of the ages of his children. But Albert again points out that there is not enough information. Finally Isaac says, "My youngest child is named Galileo." At last, Albert correctly determines the ages of Isaac's children. What are the ages?
A clock is observed. The hour hand is exactly at the minute mark, and the minute hand is six minutes ahead of it. Later, the clock is observed again. This time, the hour hand is exactly on a different minute mark, and the minute hand is seven minutes ahead of it. How much time elapsed between the first and second observations?
There are several chickens and rabbits in a cage (with no other types of animals). There are 72 heads and 200 feet inside the cage. How many chickens are there, and how many rabbits?
Grass grows in a field at some rate r, where r is the units of grass grown per day. It is known that if 10 sheep are turned out in the field, the grass will be gone in 20 days. On the other hand, if 15 sheep are turned out in the field, the grass will be gone in 10 days. If 25 sheep are turned out in the field, when will the grass be gone?
You've been asked to buy 100 squeegees, using 100 dollars to do so. You may buy no more or less than 100 squeegees, and the total price must be exactly 100 dollars. There is no sales tax. Red squeegees cost $6.00. Yellow squeegees cost $3.00. Blue squeegees cost $0.10. How many of each must you buy?
On a man's tombstone, it is said that one sixth of his life was spent in childhood and one twelfth as a teenager. One seventh of his life passed between the time he became an adult and the time he married; five years later, his son was born. Alas, the son died four years before he did. He lived to be twice as old as his son did. How old did the man live to be?
Isaac and Albert wanted to take a vacation. They were debating how they could get to their hotel in the fastest manner. Isaac said, "We should go by train." But Albert said, "No, the train reaches the end of the line half way to the hotel -- we would have to walk the rest of the way. We should bike to the hotel instead." Isaac disagreed. So Albert biked the whole way to the hotel, while Isaac took the train for the first half of the journey and walked for the remainder. The speed of the train turned out to be four times that of the bike's speed. The bike's speed turned out to be two times faster than walking speed. Who got to the hotel first?
At McDonald's you can order Chicken McNuggets in boxes of 6, 9, and 20. What is the largest number of nuggets that it is not possible to obtain by purchasing some combination of boxes?
A toy store ordered 7 small bags and 18 large bags of identical marbles. When the marbles arrived, it was discovered that the bags had broken during shipping, and all 233 of the marbles were rolling around loose in the box. How was the store's manager was able to determine how many marbles were supposed to go in each of the small bags and how many were supposed to go in each of the large bags?
A box contains two quarters. One is a double-headed coin, and the other is an ordinary coin, heads on one side, and tails on the other. You draw one of the coins from a box and look at one of the sides. Assuming it is heads, what is the probability that the other side shows heads also?
You're a cook in a restaurant in a quaint country where clocks are outlawed. You have a four minute hourglass, a seven minute hourglass, and a pot of boiling water. A regular customer orders a nine-minute egg, and you know this person to be extremely picky and will not like it if you overcook or undercook the egg, even by a few seconds. What is the least amount of time it will take to prepare the egg, and how will you do it?
I'm going to buy one-cent, two-cent, three-cent, five-cent, and ten-cent stamps. I'm going to buy four of each of two sorts, and three of each of the rest, and I have exactly enough to buy them -- just this handful of dimes. How many of each type am I going to buy?
If a boy and a half can eat a hot dog and a half in a minute and a half, how many hot dogs can six boys eat in six minutes?
Five pirates raid the ship of a wealthy bureaucrat and steal his trunk of gold pieces. By the time they get the trunk aboard, dusk has fallen, so they agree to split the gold the next morning. But the pirates are all very greedy. During the night one of the pirates decides to take some of the gold pieces for him. He sneaks to the trunk and divides the gold pieces into five equal piles, with one gold piece left over. He puts the gold piece in his pile, hides it, puts the other four piles back in the trunk, and sneaks back to bed. One by one, the remaining pirates do the same. They sneak to the trunk, divide the coins into five piles, with always one coin left over. Each pirate puts the gold coin in his own pile, hides it, and puts the remaining four piles back in the trunk. What is the smallest number of coins there could have been in the trunk originally?
Reason why 3041409320171337804361260816606476884437764156896051207829102700 cannot possibly be the value of 50 factorial, without actually performing the calculation.
What two numbers have a product of 48 and, when the larger number is divided by the smaller, a quotient of 3?
A man has $1.15 in six coins. He can't make change for a dollar, a half dollar, a quarter, a dime, or a nickel. What coins did he have?
Two boys sell apples. Each sells thirty apples a day. The first boy sells his apples at two for fifty cents (and therefore earns $7.50 per day). The second boy sells his apples at three for fifty cents (and therefore earns $5.00 per day). The total received by both boys each day is therefore $12.50. One day, the first boy is sick, and the second boy takes over his apple selling duties. To accommodate the differing rates, the boy sells the sixty apples at five for a dollar. But selling sixty apples at five for a dollar yields only $12.00 earnings at the end of the day. What happened to the other fifty cents?
The expression, "Six of one, half a dozen of another," is commonly used to indicate that two alternatives are essentially equivalent, because six and a half dozen are equal quantities. But are "six dozen dozen dozen" and "a half dozen dozen dozen" equal?
Two alligator breeders were talking one day, and in the course of their conversation they noticed a curious coincidence. If alligator breeder #1 were to sell alligator breeder #2 seven alligators, then breeder #1 would have exactly as many alligators as breeder #2. On the other hand, if alligator breeder #2 were to sell alligator breeder #1 seven alligators, then breeder #1 would have exactly twice as many alligators as breeder #2. How many alligators did each breeder have?
How can you express the number 100 using six nines and no other digits?
A drove of sheep and chickens have a total of 99 heads and feet. There are twice as many chickens as sheep. How many of each are there?
An eccentric individual makes it is life's work to tie a rope around the earth's equator. He buys a lot of rope and makes the attempt. A rival of his, not to be outdone, decides he wants to tie a rope around the earth's equator that is elevated from the ground by one yard at all points along the rope. How much more rope does he need? Assume the earth is perfectly spherical.
A fish is fifteen inches long. Its head is as long as its tail. If the head were twice as long as it really is, the head and tail would together be as long as what's in between. How long is each part of the fish?
A man has 100 coins (there are no quarters or nickels) that add up to $5.00. How many coins did he have of each denomination?
One boy can eat 100 chocolates in half a minute, and another can eat half as many in twice the length of time. How many chocolates can both boys eat in 15 seconds?
Two legs I have, and this will confound: only at rest do they touch the ground! What am I?
What has roots that nobody sees,
and is taller than trees.
Up, up it goes,
and yet it never grows.
What is it?
I have four wings, but cannot fly, I never laugh and never cry; On the same spot always found, toiling away with little sound. What am I?
What's the difference between a penniless man and a feather bed?
I have many feathers to help me fly. I have a body and head, but I'm not alive. It is your strength which determines how far I go. You can hold me in your , but I'm never thrown. What am I
You must keep this thing, its loss will affect your brothers. For once yours is lost, it will soon be lost by others.
What is it that makes tears without sorrow and takes its journey to heaven?
Always invisible, yet never out of sight. What are they?
What is it that leaps and runs and yet has no feet?
Brothers or sisters have I none, but that mans father is my fathers son. Who is that man?
You hear it speak, for it has a hard tongue. But it cannot breathe, for it has not a lung. What is it?
When the day after tomorrow is yesterday, today will be as far from Wednesday as today was from Wednesday when the day before yesterday was tomorrow. What is the day after this day?
See if you can translate the following?
Y Y U R Y Y U B I C U R Y Y 4 M E
Bouncing Bob was riding a particularly frisky horse when suddenly its bridle came off. As they raced down the road, a screaming Bob clung to the horse's for dear life. Out of the corner of his eye, Bob saw a car coming, and realizing the horse was completely out of control, he panicked. Flailing his arms about, he accidentally caused the horse to come to an abrupt halt. What could Bouncing Bob have done to make the horse stop?
There's a body lying dead on a bed, and on the floor beside it is a pair of scissors. The scissors were instrumental in his death, yet there's no trace of blood. The body reveals no signs of any cuts or bruises. How could the person have been murdered with the pair of scissors?
How far can a dog run into the woods?
While exploring the wilds of Canada, Wild Man Dave was captured by hostile wood fairies. Brad, the powerful chief of the fairies told him he could make one final statement, which would determine how he would die. If the statement he made was false, he would be boiled in water. If the statement were true, he would be fried in oil. Wild Man Dave found neither of this options too his liking, so he made a statement that got him out of this seemingly impossible situation. What is the one statement he could have made.
King Tut died 120 years after King Eros was born. Their combined ages when they died were 100 years. King Eros died in the year 40 B.C. In what year was King Tut born?
Something very extraordinary happened on the 6th of May, 1978 at 12:34 a.m. What was it?
Even when the Arctic natives are starving, why won't they eat penguin eggs?
How is it that a person born in Massachusetts, whose parents were both born in Massachusetts, is not born a U.S. Citizen?
We are little creatures;
of us have different features.
of us in glass is set;
one of us you'll find in jet.
Another you may see in tin,
and the fourth is boxed within .
If the fifth you should pursue,
it can never fly from you.
What are we?
What relation would your father's sister's sister-in-law be to you?
If you're 8 feet away from a door and with each move you advance half the distance to the door. How many moves will it take to reach the door.
Name an eight letter word that has: kst in the middle, in the beginning, and at the end.
A little pool with two layers of wall around it. One white and soft and the other dark and hard, amidst a light brown grassy lawn with an outline of a green grass. What am I?
What is greater than God.
More evil than the Devil.
The poor have it.
The rich don't need it.
And if you eat it, you'll die?
It is the beginning of eternity, the end of time and space, the beginning of the, and the end of every space? What is it?
Two convicts are locked in a cell. There is an unbarred window high up in the cell. No matter if they stand on the bed or one on top of the other they can't reach the window to escape. They then decide to tunnel out. However, they give up with the tunneling because it will take too long. Finally one of the convicts figures out how to escape from the cell. What is his plan?
A horse travels a certain distance each day. Strangely enough, two of its legs travel 30 miles each day and the other two legs travel nearly 31 miles. It would seem that two of the horse's legs must be one mile ahead of the other two legs, but of course this can't be true. Since the horse is normal, how is this situation possible?
This thing runs but cannot walk, sometimes sings but never talks. Lacks arms, has hands; lacks a head but has a face. What is it?
The Pope has it but he does not use it. Your father has it but your mother uses it. Nuns do not need it. Your lady friend's husband has it and she uses it. What is it?
As I went across the bridge, I met a man with a load of wood which was neither straight nor crooked. What kind of wood was it?
Sabrina gave Samantha as many dollars as Samantha started out with.
Samantha then gave Sabrina back as much as Sabrina had left.
Sabrina then gave Samantha as back as many dollars as Samantha had left,
which left Sabrina broke and gave Samantha a total of $80.00.
How much did Sabrina and Samantha have at the beginning of their exchange?
I am a box that holds keys without locks, yet they can unlock your soul. What am I?
You can carry it everywhere you go, and it does not get heavy. What is it?
If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter "A"?
I can be long, or I can be short.
I can be grown, and I can be bought.
I can be painted, or left bare.
I can be round, or square.
What am I?
I never was, am always to be, no one ever saw me, nor ever will. And yet I am the confidence of all to live and breathe on the terrestrial ball. What am I?
What's black when you get it,
Red when you use it,
And white when you're all through with it?
What is it the more you take, the more you leave behind?
Who is it that rows quickly with four oars but never comes out from under his own roof?
What can burn the eyes, sting the mouth, yet be consumed?
My voice is tender, my waist is slender and I'm often invited to play. Yet wherever I go I must take my bow or else I have nothing to say. What am I?
I was born in the 18th century, yet still live on today. Appearing on TV when I have something to say. Called everything from "honest" to a dirty rotten "crook", I used to wear a wig, but have had several looks. I've always had a party, but never disturb the neighbors. I've been shot at many times - major stories for the papers. What am I?
What is put on a table, cut, but never eaten?
What do you use to hoe a row, slay a foe, and wring with woe?
It is in a rock but not in a stone, it is in marrow but not in a bone. It is in a bolster but not in a bed, it is not living, nor is it dead. What is it?
Only one color, but not one size; stuck to the ground, yet easily flies. Present in sun, but not in rain; doing no harm, and feeling no pain. What is it?
Some try to hide, some try to cheat, but time will show, we always will meet.
Try as you might, to guess my name, I promise you'll know, when you I do claim. Who am I?
Be you ever so quick, with vision keen, by your eyes, we are never seen.
Unless perchance it should come to pass, you see our reflection in a looking glass. What are we?
Inside a burning house, this thing is best to make. And best to make it quickly, before the fire's too much to take! ?
You use it between your head and your toes, the more it works the thinner it grows. What is it?
What can bring back the dead; make us cry, make us laugh, make us young; born in an instant yet lasts a life time?
First you see me in the grass dressed in yellow gay; next I am in dainty white, then I fly away. What am I?
Hands she has but does not hold, teeth she has but does not bite, feet she has but they are cold, eyes she has but without sight. Who is she?
I make you weak at the worst of all times. I keep you safe, I keep you fine. I make your hands sweat, and your heart grow cold, I visit the weak, but seldom the bold. What am I?
This runs fore to aft on one side of a ship, and aft to fore on the other. What is it?
What book was once owned by only the wealthy, but now everyone can have it?
You can't buy it in a bookstore or take it from a library?
This thing runs but cannot walk, sometimes sings but never talks.
Lacks arms, has hands; lacks a head but has a face. What is it?
Where will you find roads without cars, forests without trees and cities without houses?
What lies in bed, and stands in bed, first white then red.
The plumper it gets, the better the old woman likes it?
An open-ended barrel, I am shaped like a hive. I am filled with the flesh, and the flesh is alive! What am I?
I have no voice and yet I speak to you, I tell of all things in the world that people do. I have leaves, but I am not a tree, I have pages, but I am not a bride or royalty. I have a spine and hinges, but I am not a man or a door, I have told you all, I cannot tell you more. What am I?
A father's child, a mother's child, yet no one's son. Who am I. ?
Violet, indigo, blue and green, yellow, orange and red; these are the colors you have seen after the storm has fled. What am I?
In spring I am gay in handsome array;
in summer more clothing I wear;
when colder it grows I fling off my clothes;
and in winter quite naked appear.
What am I?
It goes up, but at the same time goes down. Up toward the sky, and down toward the ground. It's present tense and past tense too, come for a ride, just me and you. What is it?
I was carried into a dark room, and set on fire. I wept, and then my head was cut off. What am I?
A very pretty thing am I, fluttering in the pale-blue sky.
Delicate, fragile on the wing, indeed I am a pretty thing.
What am I?
Old Mother Twitchett had but one eye, and a long tail which she let fly; and every time she went through a gap, a bit of her tail she left in a trap. What is she?
What does no man want, yet no man want to lose?
This old one runs forever, but never moves at all. He has not lungs nor throat, but still a mighty roaring call. What is it?
Mountains will crumble and temples will fall, and no man can survive its endless call. What is it?
What can go up a chimney down, but cannot go down a chimney up?
I pass before the sun, yet make no shadow. What am I?
Who killed one-fourth of mankind?
When they are caught, they are thrown away.
When they escape, you itch all day.
What are they?
You can spin, wheel and twist, but this thing can turn without moving. What is it?
Which word from Group B belongs with the words from Group A?
A. BLAST, PAPER, BOX, BANK
B. JUICE, BAG, CRADLE, CARPET ?
Often talked of, never seen,
Ever coming, never been,
Daily looked for, never here,
Still approaching, coming near.
Thousands for it's visit wait
But alas for their fate,
Thou' they expect me to appear,
They will never find me here. ?
Three mountain climbers paid a lot of money to be the first to scale a mountain. After several days of climbing they finally reached the pinnacle, and to their dismay, found a cabin and three frozen bodies. Since the mountain climbers were the first to ever climb the summit, how could this be possible?
If you screw a light bulb into a socket by turning the bulb toward the right with your right hand, which way would you turn the socket with your left hand in order to unscrew it while holding the bulb stationary?
If someone says to you, "I'll bet you $1 that if you give me $2, I will give you $3 in return", would this be a good bet for you to accept?
A farmer in California own a beautiful pear tree. He supplies the fruit to a nearby grocery store. The store owner has called the farmer to see how much fruit is available for him to purchase. The farmer knows that the main trunk has 24 branches. Each branch has exactly 12 boughs and each bough has exactly 6 twigs. Since each twig bears one piece of fruit, how many plums will the farmer be able to deliver?
Never resting, never still.
Moving silently from hill to hill.
It does not walk, run or trot,
All is cool where it is not.
What is it?
If you go to the movies and you're paying, is it cheaper to take one friend to the movies twice, or two friends to the movies at the same time?
A tree doubled in height each year until it reached its maximum height over the course of ten years. How many years did it take for the tree to reach half its maximum height?
What is so unusual about the sentence below? (Other than it doesn't make any sense?)
"Jackdaws love my big sphinx of quartz." ?
A worm is at the bottom of a forty-foot hole. It can crawl upwards at the rate of four feet in one day, but at night, it slips back three feet. At this rate, how long will it take the worm to crawl out of the hole?
Why can't you take a picture of a man with a wooden leg?
Bubba invited Beavis and Butthead to his house for a barbecue. Since Bubba's barbecue is only capable of handling two hamburgers at once, he wonders how he can cook three hamburgers at once, he wonders how he can cook three hamburgers in the shortest amount of time. It takes five minutes for each side of a burger to cook. Therefore, in ten minutes two will be cooked, and another ten minutes will be needed to cook the third burger. Butthead says all three can be cooked i just 15 minutes. How?
Why are 1990 dollar bills worth more than 1989 dollar bills?
How can a woman in New York, without getting a divorce or becoming a widow, or otherwise legally separated, legally marry 10 men?
Clara Clatter was born on December 27, on a hot summers day. How is that possible?
Which is heavier, a pound of feathers or a pound of gold?
If five thousand, five hundred five dollars is written as $5,505, how should twelve thousand, twelve hundred twelve dollars be written?
You are on a ship, over the side hangs a rope ladder with half meter rungs. The tide rises a half meter per hour. At the end of five hours, how much of the ladder will remain above the water assuming that nine rungs were above the water when the tide began to rise?
How can you give someone $63 using six bills, without using any one dollar bills?
There are four girls, and four apples in a basket. Every girl takes an apple, yet one apple remains in the basket? How is this possible?
There is an ancient invention still used in some parts of the world today that allows people to see through walls. What is it?
Sally and her younger brother were fighting. Their mother was tired of the fighting, and decided to punish them by making them stand on the same piece of newspaper in such a way that they couldn't touch each other. How did she accomplish this?
If it takes Alicia 3 hours to paint a fence, and it takes Mark 6 hours to complete the same job. How long would it take both of them working together at their normal paces to complete the same job?
Different lights do make me strange, thus into different sizes I will change. What am I?
The 22nd and 24th presidents of the United States had the same mother and the same father, but were not brothers. How can this be possible?
There is a town in Texas where 5% of all the people living their have unlisted phone numbers. If you selected 100 names at random from the town's phone directory, on average, how many of these people would have unlisted phone numbers?
A man takes a barrel that weighs 20 pounds, and then puts something in it. It now weighs less than 20 pounds. What did he put in the barrel?
What was the biggest island in the world before the discovery of Australia by Captain Cook?
I am the fountain from which no one can drink.
For many I am considered a necessary link.
Like gold to all I am sought for,
But my continued death brings wealth for all to want more.
What am I?
Two men were playing tennis. They played five sets and each man won three sets. How can this be possible?
Some will use me, while others will not, some have remembered, while others have forgot. For profit or gain, I'm used expertly, I can't be picked off the ground or tossed into the sea. Only gained from patience and time, can you unravel my rhyme?
The more there is the less you see. What is it?
What demands an Answer, but asks no question?
There are 2 cops parked along a one-way street looking for traffic violations.
They spot a taxi driver going in the wrong direction, yet they do nothing. Why?
What runs around all day then lies under the bed with its tongue hanging out?
Dark with white markings,
And smooth like a rock.
Where learning occurs,
I help convey thought.
What am I?
What is the easiest way to throw a ball, and have it stop, and completely reverse direction after traveling a short distance?
To what question can you never answer "yes"??