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Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: woopedazz on November 07, 2006, 08:53:50 PM
k, heres the first few: they aint too hard so give them a shot:

I can be driven, yet have no wheels or feet. I can be sliced yet remain complete. What am i? (This one's easy)

I am an eight letter word, yet i only have one inside me (Also easy)

now another one:

I am famous in China, but infamous in Berlin. Add a monarch and the excercise may begin.

What bodypart would Adam and Eve NOT have, that you and i do?

k, how did u do?
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: GeoGuy on November 07, 2006, 08:54:31 PM
Quote from: "woopedazz"
im moving my brain teasers to another topic...in this thread still, just my own little topic  :D


I sent you a PM with the answers to the last ones.
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: woopedazz on November 07, 2006, 08:55:17 PM
yep i saw it, u got them all correct, ill make a harder one
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: woopedazz on November 07, 2006, 09:01:37 PM
A woman has 7 children, half of them are boys.
How can this be possible?

If you were running a race, and you passed the person in 2nd place, what place would you be in now?

What kind of cheese is made backwards?

What is the greatest worldwide use of cowhide?
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: GeoGuy on November 07, 2006, 09:07:52 PM
Here you go, the answers appear in white. Just hi-light them to see.

Quote from: "woopedazz"
A woman has 7 children, half of them are boys.
How can this be possible?


So is the other half.

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If you were running a race, and you passed the person in 2nd place, what place would you be in now?


Second place


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What kind of cheese is made backwards?


Ok, you got me on this one.

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What is the greatest worldwide use of cowhide?


To cover Cows?

Just a sec and I'll give you one.
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: BOGWarrior89 on November 07, 2006, 09:09:19 PM
Quote from: "woopedazz"

What kind of cheese is made backwards?


eseehc
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: woopedazz on November 07, 2006, 09:10:21 PM
Code: [Select]
edam cheese is "made" backwards
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: GeoGuy on November 07, 2006, 09:12:05 PM
Ok, here we go.


What belongs to you alone, but is mostly used by others?

The one who makes it sells it, the one who bought it didn't want it, and the one who uses it never knows. What is it?
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: woopedazz on November 07, 2006, 09:15:40 PM
your name is the first one...i dno about the second  :?  give me a tic!
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: GeoGuy on November 07, 2006, 09:17:54 PM
Quote from: "woopedazz"
your name is the first one...i dno about the second  :?  give me a tic!



Think "Vlad", then think "Where does one of his kind sleep?"
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: BOGWarrior89 on November 07, 2006, 09:18:49 PM
coffin?

coffin.
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: GeoGuy on November 07, 2006, 09:24:43 PM
Quote from: "BOGWarrior89"
coffin?

coffin.


Bingo. Now here's some harder ones.


A truck driver named Corrigan traveled three blocks down a one-way street--in the wrong direction. Along the way, he waved at a passing cop, who did not arrest him.
Why not?


You have a dime and a dollar; you buy a dog and a collar. The dog is a dollar more than the collar.
How much is the collar?
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: BOGWarrior89 on November 07, 2006, 09:28:56 PM
The first one: he's walking.
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: GeoGuy on November 07, 2006, 09:30:35 PM
Quote from: "BOGWarrior89"
The first one: he's walking.


Check-a-roo.
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: fathomak on November 07, 2006, 09:31:34 PM
Second one: $.05
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: GeoGuy on November 07, 2006, 09:36:09 PM
Quote from: "fathomak"
Second one: $.05


Well played.

Ok, here's the last one for tonight. I'm sure a lot of people already know this one, but it's worth a shot.


The dying king wanted to pass his crown on to the wiser of his two sons, so he held a horse race. He told them: "The son whose horse rides to the lake and returns to the castle last will inherit my kingdom." The younger son immediately jumped on a horse and rode away. Instantly, the king knew the younger son would inherit the kingdom.
How did he know?
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: Erasmus on November 07, 2006, 09:45:10 PM
Quote from: "GeoGuy"
"The son whose horse" ... The younger son immediately jumped on a horse and rode away.


The younger son jumped on the elder son's horse.
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: fathomak on November 07, 2006, 09:58:33 PM
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The one who makes it sells it, the one who bought it didn't want it, and the one who uses it never knows. What is it?


Date rape drugs.
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: skeptical scientist on November 07, 2006, 11:27:56 PM
Quote from: "fathomak"
Date rape drugs.
Thanks for that...
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: fathomak on November 07, 2006, 11:28:20 PM
Well it fits, doesn't it?
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: woopedazz on November 07, 2006, 11:35:55 PM
if u buy a date rape pill im pretty sure u'd want to use it...therefore no, it doesnt fit
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: beast on November 07, 2006, 11:39:14 PM
Surely you want somebody else to use the drug - not yourself.
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: fathomak on November 07, 2006, 11:39:33 PM
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if u buy a date rape pill im pretty sure u'd want to use it...therefore no, it doesnt fit


But then why would you buy a coffin if you didn't want to use it?  Maybe you didn't want to have to use it, but surely you wouldn't want to just waste money, and you would want this person to have a nice funeral.  I say date rape drugs must be an alternative answer.
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: woopedazz on November 08, 2006, 03:19:52 AM
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Surely you want somebody else to use the drug - not yourself.


don't be stupidly obtuse beast! by using, u knew very well that i meant on someone else!

k heres another easy one:

You throw away the outside and cook the inside. Then you eat the outside and throw away the inside. What did you eat?

i think i should figure out some hard ones...i have a riddle book around the place somewhere...[/quote]
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: GeoGuy on November 08, 2006, 05:59:35 AM
Quote from: "woopedazz"
You throw away the outside and cook the inside. Then you eat the outside and throw away the inside. What did you eat?


Corn.
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: beast on November 08, 2006, 06:11:38 AM
When you buy a coffin (which is the answer the original riddle) you use it too - you put your loved one in it.  I don't see how coffin can be a legitimate answer but date rape drug is not.
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: skeptical scientist on November 08, 2006, 06:40:48 AM
Quote from: "fathomak"
Well it fits, doesn't it?
Yes. I still say that you're a horrible horrible person for thinking of it though.
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: beast on November 08, 2006, 06:44:51 AM
I like your signature :)  It reminds me of the joke I heard a while ago and repeated on this forum; "Like all Jews, you're a racist."
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: Erasmus on November 08, 2006, 07:32:23 AM
Quote from: "beast"
I like your signature :)  It reminds me of the joke I heard a while ago and repeated on this forum; "Like all Jews, you're a racist."


Funny, I seem to recall the person who was likely to say things like that, and I seem to recall him not meaning it as a joke...

Anyway, I agree with that date rape drugs is as valid an answer as a coffin.  You have to make exactly the same allowances on "use" for it to make sense as an answer.  It is also more topical to today's youth!
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: woopedazz on November 08, 2006, 01:27:49 PM
Quote from: "beast"
I like your signature :)  It reminds me of the joke I heard a while ago and repeated on this forum; "Like all Jews, you're a racist."


Quote from: "beast"
All Jews are racist.
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: beast on November 08, 2006, 05:57:35 PM
What's your point?

I said that I'd heard the joke and that I'd repeated it on the forum and you've demonstrated that what I said was true - thanks :).

Erasmus, I think the difference between that joke and Hitler (who I presume you're talking to) is that my comment "all Jews are racist" is obviously a racist comment - I'm essentially accusing a race of people of being something that indeed I am as well (going by the comment).  Hitler on the other hand said that all Jews were inferior - suggesting that he's actually better than them.  I'm sure you see the difference.
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: woopedazz on November 08, 2006, 07:41:28 PM
all asians are racist
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: beast on November 08, 2006, 07:49:05 PM
ouch.  :cry:
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: woopedazz on November 08, 2006, 07:51:17 PM
Quote from: "beast"
ouch.  :cry:


there there...at least ur not jewish!  :lol:
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: dysfunction on November 08, 2006, 08:23:52 PM
Once a friend and I tried to come up with the person who would be more discriminated against than anyone. We ended up with a teenage black crippled quadruplegic midget lesbian girl.
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: woopedazz on November 08, 2006, 08:24:38 PM
Quote from: "dysfunction"
Once a friend and I tried to come up with the person who would be more discriminated against than anyone. We ended up with a teenage black crippled quadruplegic midget lesbian girl.


(who was jewish)
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: beast on November 08, 2006, 08:29:12 PM
There's this awesome board game called "capitalism" or something similar where the order of turns is based on gender and skin colour - the guys go before girls and the whitest of each gender go first.  The game is a little rigged so you get cards that say things like "bank error in your favour, collect $200 unless you are black, in which case pay $200"  It's a fun game :)
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: woopedazz on November 08, 2006, 08:50:02 PM
I have 12 toothpicks in front of me. I take one away. Now i have nine in front of me.

How?
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: Knight on November 08, 2006, 08:59:00 PM
Somebody else took two away.
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: beast on November 08, 2006, 09:00:29 PM
You use them to spell out the word "NINE".  Do you want a diagram or is the answer fine?
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: Knight on November 08, 2006, 09:14:15 PM
Ah... or to draw a really big "9"
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: beast on November 08, 2006, 09:15:02 PM
Quote from: "Knight"
Ah... or to draw a really big "9"
:lol: That's the best answer :D
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: cadmium_blimp on November 08, 2006, 09:16:49 PM
Quote from: "beast"
There's this awesome board game called "capitalism" or something similar where the order of turns is based on gender and skin colour - the guys go before girls and the whitest of each gender go first.  The game is a little rigged so you get cards that say things like "bank error in your favour, collect $200 unless you are black, in which case pay $200"  It's a fun game :)

Know where I can get this game?  Too bad my part of Missouri is a all white.  Sounds like it sure would be fun when playing with people who could laugh at themselves.
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: beast on November 08, 2006, 09:21:53 PM
Sorry, the only place I've seen it is at this old beach house where we spend Christmas sometimes.  The house belongs to a friend of my step dad and I presume the board game belonged to that friends parents (who retired and then died there).  They were old and also hippies and the board game looked fairly old, I don't know if you can still get it.  I'm probably going there this Christmas so if it's still there I'll try to find out the details.  Ultimately it's just pro socialist propaganda - you could try socialist websites and stuff.
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: GeoGuy on November 08, 2006, 09:39:49 PM
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A man was to be sentenced, and the judge told him, "You may make a statement. If it is true, I'll sentence you to four years in prison. If it is false, I'll sentence you to six years in prison." After the man made his statement, the judge decided to let him go free.

What did the man say?


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Lighter than what I am made of,
More of me is hidden than is seen,
I am the bane of the mariner,
A tooth within the sea.

Speak my name.


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Alive as you but without breath,
As cold in my life as in my death;
Never a thirst though I always drink,
Dressed in a mail but never a clink.

What am I?
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: woopedazz on November 08, 2006, 10:32:46 PM
"This statement is false"

"iceburg"

dno bout last one  :?
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: beast on November 09, 2006, 03:36:45 AM
That last one is "fish" and it's from The Hobbit.  I think it's safe to say people will get all the riddles from The Hobbit.
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: TheEngineer on November 09, 2006, 07:16:00 AM
What's The Hobbit?
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: BOGWarrior89 on November 09, 2006, 07:57:32 AM
What's red and green and spins counter-clockwise at 150 mph?

Frog in a blender.

EDIT: Highlight for the answer.
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: beast on November 09, 2006, 03:29:56 PM
Quote from: "TheEngineer"
What's The Hobbit?


Er. Famous book by JRR Tolkien.  I would presume his most read book...
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: skeptical scientist on November 10, 2006, 06:42:12 PM
Quote from: "GeoGuy"
A man was to be sentenced, and the judge told him, "You may make a statement. If it is true, I'll sentence you to four years in prison. If it is false, I'll sentence you to six years in prison." After the man made his statement, the judge decided to let him go free.

What did the man say?

"This sentence is false" is actually an incorrect answer, because it is never either true or false, so the judge can do whatever he wants and still keep his word. The correct answer is "You will sentence me to six years in prison." If the prisoner says this, the judge will have to take some action, so the sentence will be either true or false - however, it prevents the judge from fulfilling his promise.
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: woopedazz on November 11, 2006, 12:02:47 AM
Quote from: "skeptical_scientist"
Quote from: "GeoGuy"
A man was to be sentenced, and the judge told him, "You may make a statement. If it is true, I'll sentence you to four years in prison. If it is false, I'll sentence you to six years in prison." After the man made his statement, the judge decided to let him go free.

What did the man say?

"This sentence is false" is actually an incorrect answer, because it is never either true or false, so the judge can do whatever he wants and still keep his word. The correct answer is "You will sentence me to six years in prison." If the prisoner says this, the judge will have to take some action, so the sentence will be either true or false - however, it prevents the judge from fulfilling his promise.


and how does this differ from "this statement is false"

it still: as u put it:
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prevents the judge from fulfilling his promise


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"This sentence is false" is actually an incorrect answer, because it is never either true or false


i dont understand how u are able to differentiate between this...and ur statement...they are in essence the same: niether true, nor false... i dont understand ur reasoning
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: skeptical scientist on November 11, 2006, 06:40:04 AM
"This sentence is false" has no truth-value - it can't be said to be either true or false.

Consider instead "you will sentence me to six years in prison." If the judge will sentence him to six years, it's true. Otherwise, it's false. It prevents the judge from fulfilling his own sentencing guidelines because if he sentences him to six years, the sentence was true, but the judge sentenced him to the amount he was supposed to if the sentence was false. If the judge sentenced him to four years, the judge will have sentenced him to the wrong term as well. But in any case, the sentence will be either true or false.
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: woopedazz on November 11, 2006, 04:05:26 PM
yer i understand that, and i agree with u that is also a correct answer. but i still think that mine is not "incorrect"
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: skeptical scientist on November 11, 2006, 04:18:48 PM
Quote from: "woopedazz"
yer i understand that, and i agree with u that is also a correct answer. but i still think that mine is not "incorrect"

Well, your statement is neither true nor false. Hence if the prisoner made it, the judge could sentence him to, say, 10 years, and not be breaking his word. However, if the prisoner says, "You will sentence me to 6 years," the judge cannot impose any sentence without breaking his word. So the judge lets the prisoner go free.

The difference between the two statements is that one is never either true or false, and therefore has no truth value, and the second is either true or false, depending on the judge's action, but is always one or the other.

Do you see the difference? Anyone else have a better way of explaining this? This is almost as bad as explaining the Monty Hall problem.
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: Erasmus on November 11, 2006, 04:29:23 PM
Quote from: "skeptical_scientist"
Anyone else have a better way of explaining this?


I thought I did but then I realized all I had was exactly the same explanation you gave :P
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: Nomad on November 11, 2006, 05:07:51 PM
Seems to me that any statement that is unconditionally true would work too...  That riddle's kind of stupid in that aspect.  "Each angle of a square is 90, and all four interior angles of a square adds up to 360" as a simple example.  Unless I'm missing something in the riddle...
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: dysfunction on November 11, 2006, 05:12:33 PM
Quote from: "thedigitalnomad"
Seems to me that any statement that is unconditionally true would work too...  That riddle's kind of stupid in that aspect.  "Each angle of a square is 90, and all four interior angles of a square adds up to 360" as a simple example.  Unless I'm missing something in the riddle...


No, because that way he still gets four years in jail.
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: Nomad on November 11, 2006, 05:33:23 PM
Gah.  I misread the riddle.  I thought it said that if it were true he would be set free.
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: Erasmus on November 11, 2006, 10:47:34 PM
Okay I know this isn't a brain-teaser but the answer is so nice I had to post it (it's from a practice exam that my girlfriend wrote for one of her students):

Suppose in some country there are several towns.  You can get from any town to any other by a network of highways, though possibly not directly (each highway goes from exactly one town to exactly one other town, touching no third town along the way; some pairs of towns might not have a highway directly connecting them).  Prove that there are two towns with the same number of highways coming out of the towns.
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: CrimsonKing on November 11, 2006, 10:52:12 PM
OK, this is a very simple riddle

A man has two sons, and he refuses to split his inheritence when he dies, so he decides to give it all to one son.  He calls them both in and decides to give it to the one with the slower horse, now both of these kids have good horses, and so theyre confused, they go to visit the town wise man (since all towns have those).  The man says two words that solve their problem, what are those words ?
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: skeptical scientist on November 12, 2006, 04:45:28 AM
Quote from: "Erasmus"
Okay I know this isn't a brain-teaser but the answer is so nice I had to post it (it's from a practice exam that my girlfriend wrote for one of her students):

Suppose in some country there are several towns.  You can get from any town to any other by a network of highways, though possibly not directly (each highway goes from exactly one town to exactly one other town, touching no third town along the way; some pairs of towns might not have a highway directly connecting them).  Prove that there are two towns with the same number of highways coming out of the towns.


This is not true. For example, you might have towns A, B, and C, with one highway connecting A and B, two connecting B and C, and none connecting A and C. The A has one highway, B has 3, and C has two.

You need to make the additional requirement that there is at most one highway connecting any pair of towns. Now suppose there are n towns. For each town, there is at least one highway visiting the town, and at most n-1 highways (since there are only n-1 other towns), so we have n-1 possibilities, and n towns. By the pigeonhole principle, at least two towns must have the same number of highways.
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: Erasmus on November 12, 2006, 08:12:38 AM
Quote from: "skeptical_scientist"
This is not true. For example, you might have towns A, B, and C, with one highway connecting A and B, two connecting B and C, and none connecting A and C. The A has one highway, B has 3, and C has two.


Hm, yeah, when it was originally worded as a more-boring graph theory problem, I had that covered :P
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: Erasmus on November 12, 2006, 08:13:15 AM
Quote from: "CrimsonKing"
He calls them both in and decides to give it to the one with the slower horse,


Didn't we do this riddle in the other thread?
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: skeptical scientist on November 12, 2006, 08:13:55 AM
Quote from: "Erasmus"
Hm, yeah, when it was originally worded as a more-boring graph theory problem, I had that covered :P

Heh. I trust what I gave was the intended proof?
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: Erasmus on November 12, 2006, 08:14:50 AM
Quote from: "skeptical_scientist"
Heh. I trust what I gave was the intended proof?


Yes :)  Like I said, I love the proof, so I just had to give the problem.
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: skeptical scientist on November 12, 2006, 08:23:31 AM
Two women are stranded on a deserted island with nothing except their clothing and a pair of plastic water bottles, one full, and one empty, both of which have become misshapen from lying in the sun. How can they divide the water evenly between them?
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: skeptical scientist on November 12, 2006, 08:32:30 AM
A martian has two 1-grudflip beakers, one full of H2O, and another full of C2H5OH. It measures out a flisthp of H2O, and adds it to the beaker of C2H5OH, mixes it in, and then measures out a flisthp of the mixture and adds it to the beaker of H2O. Is there more H2O in the C2H5OH container, or C2H5OH in the H2O container?

Bonus question:
The martian is not a chemist. What is it's occupation?
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: Nomad on November 12, 2006, 09:18:47 AM
Quote from: "skeptical_scientist"
A martian has two 1-grudflip beakers, one full of H2O, and another full of C2H5OH. It measures out a flisthp of H2O, and adds it to the beaker of C2H5OH, mixes it in, and then measures out a flisthp of the mixture and adds it to the beaker of H2O. Is there more H2O in the C2H5OH container, or C2H5OH in the H2O container?

Bonus question:
The martian is not a chemist. What is it's occupation?


Martians don't exist.
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: skeptical scientist on November 12, 2006, 09:54:30 AM
Quote from: "thedigitalnomad"
Martians don't exist.

If you thought I was being serious when I was really just telling a riddle, WHY THE HELL AREN'T YOU ORGANIZING A RESCUE MISSION FOR THE TWO WOMEN WHO ARE TRAPPED ON A DESERT ISLAND, EVEN AS WE SPEAK?!?!? THEY'RE DYING OF THIRST, YOU INHUMAN MONSTER!
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: Nomad on November 12, 2006, 10:15:28 AM
Actually that was my attempt at answering the riddle.  Some of those are tricky like that.  ;P

By the way, I'm fairly sure that his occupation would be a brewer by chance?
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: CrimsonKing on November 12, 2006, 10:21:52 AM
Quote from: "Erasmus"
Quote from: "CrimsonKing"
He calls them both in and decides to give it to the one with the slower horse,


Didn't we do this riddle in the other thread?


If we did, sorry, I didn't see it.
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: skeptical scientist on November 12, 2006, 11:07:11 AM
Quote from: "thedigitalnomad"
Actually that was my attempt at answering the riddle.  Some of those are tricky like that.  ;P

By the way, I'm fairly sure that his occupation would be a brewer by chance?

Oh, heh, sorry. No, I actually wanted to know how the amount of alcohol in the water compares to the amount of water in the alcohol. As far as the occupation goes, I was thinking "bartender", but brewer would also work.
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: woopedazz on November 12, 2006, 02:48:56 PM
Quote from: "skeptical_scientist"
Two women are stranded on a deserted island with nothing except their clothing and a pair of plastic water bottles, one full, and one empty, both of which have become misshapen from lying in the sun. How can they divide the water evenly between them?


They each drink half each  :lol:  8-)
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: skeptical scientist on November 12, 2006, 02:52:48 PM
Quote from: "woopedazz"
They each drink half each  :lol:  8-)

I get that this is a joke, but in case anyone misunderstands, the question I am asking is this: given the materials at hand, how can they exactly measure  out half of their water supplies?
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: The_Earth_Does_Not_Exist on November 12, 2006, 02:55:19 PM
pour water from teh full one into the empty one untill they are both at the same level?
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: skeptical scientist on November 12, 2006, 03:11:26 PM
Quote from: "The_Earth_Does_Not_Exist"
pour water from teh full one into the empty one untill they are both at the same level?

This doesn't work, because they are misshapen from lying in the sun (as mentioned), so the same water level in both bottles might not represent the same volume of water.
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: GeoGuy on November 12, 2006, 04:41:30 PM
Here are some more easy ones.

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The Shamans of central Asia knew of an ancient and ingenious means of passing right through solid walls. What was it?


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Leonardo da Vinci carried out the following experiment. He held a sphere of very thin fragile glass above a floor of solid stone. When he dropped it the sphere fell 2 meters (6 feet 6 inches) without breaking. How?


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Thomas and Craig go collecting seashells. They take a bag with them to hold their booty. Without knowing its dimensions can you work out how many seashells they can put in the empty bag?


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Albert Coley is a fishmonger. He stands 2 meters (6 feet 6 inches) in his socks, takes an XXL in clothes and wears size 14 (50) shoes. What do you think he weighs?
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: skeptical scientist on November 12, 2006, 05:01:52 PM
Answers below:
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The Shamans of central Asia knew of an ancient and ingenious means of passing right through solid walls. What was it?

Doors.
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Leonardo da Vinci carried out the following experiment. He held a sphere of very thin fragile glass above a floor of solid stone. When he dropped it the sphere fell 2 meters (6 feet 6 inches) without breaking. How?

It travelled 2 meters without breaking, and then broke when it hit the ground.
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Thomas and Craig go collecting seashells. They take a bag with them to hold their booty. Without knowing its dimensions can you work out how many seashells they can put in the empty bag?

None. If they put any in, it won't be empty.
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Albert Coley is a fishmonger. He stands 2 meters (6 feet 6 inches) in his socks, takes an XXL in clothes and wears size 14 (50) shoes. What do you think he weighs?

Fish.
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: woopedazz on November 12, 2006, 05:03:40 PM
1: gates/doors?

2: no idea  :(

3: 12

4: alot

...too early for my mind to work these out...  :(
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: Rick_James on November 22, 2006, 04:55:09 PM
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Leonardo da Vinci carried out the following experiment. He held a sphere of very thin fragile glass above a floor of solid stone. When he dropped it the sphere fell 2 meters (6 feet 6 inches) without breaking. How?


He's holding it 2.1 metres in the air?
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: skeptical scientist on November 22, 2006, 05:07:18 PM
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Leonardo da Vinci carried out the following experiment. He held a sphere of very thin fragile glass above a floor of solid stone. When he dropped it the sphere fell 2 meters (6 feet 6 inches) without breaking. How?


He's holding it 2.1 metres in the air?

I wasn't asking the question, I was answering it. I put my answers in white, but you can see them if you highlight. 2.1 meters is the right idea, if you mean it fell 2 meters without breaking, and then fell another 10 cm and broke. There are two brain-teasers asked by me earlier in this thread which haven't yet been answered, and a couple of riddles asked by others as well, I think.
Title: Woop's brain teasers
Post by: Rick_James on November 22, 2006, 06:41:27 PM
Quote from: "skeptical scientist"
Quote from: "Rick_James"
Quote from: "skeptical scientist"
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Leonardo da Vinci carried out the following experiment. He held a sphere of very thin fragile glass above a floor of solid stone. When he dropped it the sphere fell 2 meters (6 feet 6 inches) without breaking. How?


He's holding it 2.1 metres in the air?

I wasn't asking the question, I was answering it. I put my answers in white, but you can see them if you highlight. 2.1 meters is the right idea, if you mean it fell 2 meters without breaking, and then fell another 10 cm and broke. There are two brain-teasers asked by me earlier in this thread which haven't yet been answered, and a couple of riddles asked by others as well, I think.



Heh - didnt even notice the answers in white... duhhhhhh. They were good. Glad I was on the right track for the one i answered. I'll go see if I can find the unanswered ones now. I have a meeting this arvo, so they'd be perfect to ponder while I'm there (keep me awake) ;)