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BRAIN TEASERS

1.

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?


The man is on a bridge when he spots the police car.
He's more than halfway across, so the quickest way off the bridge is to run forward.
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2.
What common English verb becomes its
own past tence by rearranging its letters?

Eat ~ Ate
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3.
In a box you have 13 white marbles and 15 black marbles. You also have 28 black marbles outside the box. Remove two marbles, randomly, from the box. If they are of different colors, put the white one back in the box. If they are the same color, take them out and put a black marble back in the box. Continue this until only one marble remains in the box. What color is the last marble?

Answer:
The last marble will be WHITE.

Since marbles can only be taken out in pairs and you started off with an odd number of whites there is always going to be one white left over that you'll keep putting back in the box until it's left on it's own.

5.
An old farmer died and left 17 cows to his three sons. In his will, the farmer stated that his oldest son should get 1/2, his middle son should get 1/3, and his youngest son should get 1/9 of all the cows. The sons, who did not want to end up with half cows, sat for days trying to figure out how many cows each of them should get.

One day, their neighbour came by to see how they were doing after their father's death. The three sons told him their problem. After thinking for a while, the neighbour said: "I'll be right back!" He went away, and when he came back, the three sons could divide the cows according to their father's will, and in such a way that each of them got a whole number of cows.

What was the neighbour's solution?

Answer:

The neighbour borrowed an extra cow, to make the total number of cows 18.
Then the oldest son got 1/2 of 18 is 9 cows,
the middle son got 1/3 of 18 is 6 cows,
and the youngest son got 1/9 of 18 is 2 cows.
Since 9+6+2 = 17,
the cows could be divided among the three brothers in such a way that the borrowed cow was left over, and could be returned to its owner.

6.
On an average day, what mode of transportation
carries more passengers than any other?
Answer:
ELEVATOR

7.
I am something that nothing is, but yet I have a name.
I am sometimes tall and sometimes short.
I join your talks; I join your sport,
And I play in every game.
What am I?
Answer:
A HANDSHAKE

8.
1. Fall To Pieces = _ _ S I N _ _ _ _ _ _ _
2. Cheesehead's home state = _ _ _ _ _ _ S I N
3. Sole heart in a hand = S I N _ _ _ _ _ _
4. Given faulty data = _ _ S I N _ _ _ _ _ _
5. The Taj Mahal, for one = _ _ S I N _
6. Dumber than dumb = _ S I N _ _ _
7. Arabian Nights sailor = S I N _ _ _
8. Trail mix tidbit = _ _ _ S I N
Answer:
1. Fall To Pieces = Disintegrate
2. Cheesehead's home state = Wisconsin
3. Sole heart in a hand = Singleton
4. Given faulty data = Misinformed
5. The Taj Mahal, for one = Casino
6. Dumber than dumb = Asinine
7. Arabian Nights sailor = Sinbad
8. Trail mix tidbit = Raisin

9.
Though it appears to go away,
it always finds some place to stay,
devouring colours on the way.
Answer:
DARKNESS

10.
What loses a head in the morning,
but gains a head at night?
Answer:
A pillow

11.
What do these 3 have in common?
Superman
Moses
The Cabbage Patch Kids
Answer:
They are all adopted !

12.
I have one, you have one.
If you remove the first letter, a bit remains.
If you remove the second, bit still remains.
After much trying, you might be able to remove the third one also, but it remains.
It dies hard!
Answer:
Habit!
Remove h - a bit remains.
Remove a - bit remains.
Remove b - it remains.

13.
What phrase is this?
1. Stop & -
2. Start & +
3. Stay & /
4. Go & x


Answer:
Go forth and multiply

14.
Two men went deep into the Dutch Forest: one, a small, meek man; the other, a monster. They walked for days, until, out of food, they got desperate. The monster murdered the meek man, and ate him for dinner! He left no remains, whatsoever, and was seen by no one. On his return to civilisation he told no one. Who was the murdering,
canniballistic monster?
Answer:
Me!
I told no one, therefore no one else could know about the incident. Only the murderer could tell the story!

15.
Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday?
Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow!

16.
The Pope has it but he does not use it.
Your father has it but your mother uses it.
Nuns do not need it.
Arnold Schwarzenneger has a big one,
Michael J. Fox's is quite small.
What is it?
Answer:
A Last Name

17.
What force and strength cannot get through,
I with a gentle touch can do.
And many in the street would stand,
were I not a friend at hand.
What am I?
Answer:
A Key.

18.
An iron horse with a flaxen tail.
The faster the horse runs,
the shorter his tail becomes.
What is it?


Answer:
A needle and thread.

19.
Who is your mother's
only sister's son's brother's
aunt's daughter's sister's father?

Answer:
Your Father

20.
A man walks into a pub and sits down at the bar,
and simply orders a water.
The bartender looks at the man, and then,
quickly pulls out a shotgun and points it at the man.
The man says "Thank you," and leaves.
Why did they behave this way?

Answer:
The man had hiccups

21.
What 7 letter word becomes longer
when the third letter is removed?
Answer:
Lounger

22.
Name an eight letter word that has
"kst" in the middle, in the beginning, and at the end ?

Answer:
Inkstand

23.
A well known seven letter word can be created, by starting with a single letter and adding a letter, one at a time, then mixing the letters, each time making a proper word. Using the clues below, which are not necessarily in the correct order, can you find all seven words. For example, A, AT, TAR, RATE, etc.

Expressing position within limits of space and time.
The subject of self-consciousness.
Frozen atmospheric vapour falling to earth.
To utter musical sounds with the voice.
Cause to oscillate.
Scattering on the earth.
The breaking of divine law.

Answer:
I, in, sin, sing, swing, sowing, Snowing.

24.
What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes,
windshield wipers and laser printers
all have in common?
Answer:
They were all invented by women.

25.
What goes around the world and stays in a corner?

A Stamp

26.
There was a guy who had a Fox, a Chicken, and a bag of Grain.
He had to cross a river to get back home, but he could only take one
item with him at a time. He could only take the fox, or the grain,
or the chicken. Well, if you leave a chicken and a fox on one side
of the river while taking the bag of grain across, the fox will
eat the chicken, same thing with the chicken and the grain.
Can't leave those two alone or the chicken will eat the grain.
How do you get them all across the river safely?

Take the chicken first and come back. Get the grain, take it
across and take the chicken back with you. Leave the chicken and
take the fox and come back. Get the chicken...

27.
Translate the following group of letters:
YYYMEN

Three Wise Men

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