A ladder with 6 in. rungs hangs over the side of a boat with the bottom rung on the water's surface. The tide goes up 6 in. per hour; when will three rungs be covered?
The boat rises on the tide.
What do you sit on, sleep on, and brush your teeth with?
Most assume this is one item.
If you had only one match, and entered a dark room containing an oil lamp, some newspaper, and some kindling wood, which would you light first?
You have to light the match first.
Mrs. Brown's bungalow is decorated entirely in pink. The carpet, lampshades, ceiling, walls etc. are all pink. What color are her interior stairs?
Bungalows don't have second floors.
What is the name of the monster in The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley?
In the novel, the creature has no name—a symbol of his parentlessness and lack of human sense of self and identity. He does call himself, when speaking to his creator, Victor Frankenstein, the 'Adam of your labours'.
This is an unusual paragraph. I'm curious how quickly you can find out what is unusual about it. It looks so plain you would think nothing was wrong with it! In fact, nothing is.
The letter 'e', which is the most common letter in the English language, does not appear once in the long paragraph
Is it legal for a man to marry his widow's sister?
It would be hard to do since he is dead.
You are participating in a 26 mile marathon. You overtake the second person. What position are you in?
If you overtake the second person and you take his place, you are second!
If you overtake the last person in the marathon, then you are...?
If you answered that you are second to last, then you are wrong. Tell me, how can you overtake the LAST person?!
(In your head!) Take 1000 and add 40 to it. Now add another 1000. Now add 30. Add another 1000. Now add 20. Now add another 1000. Now add 10. What is the total?
Did you get 5000? The correct answer is 4100. Check with your calculator!
I have two coins that add up to 30 cents, and one of them is not a nickel. What are the coins that I have?
One of them is not a nickel.
Who's bigger: Mr. Bigger, Mrs. Bigger or their baby boy?
He's a 'little' Bigger.
If you spell 'sit all day in the tub' S-O-A-K, and you spell 'a funny story' J-O-K-E, how do you spell 'the white of an egg'?
The Y-O-L-K is yellow.
There was an airplane crash, every single person on board died, but yet two people on the plane survived. How is this possible?
(...and not single.)
A man and his son were in an accident. The man died, but the boy was rushed into surgery. The E.R. surgeon said 'I can't operate, that's my son!' How is this possible?
I asked the man in the hardware store, 'How much will 1 cost?' '20 cents.' 'How much will 12 cost?' '40 cents.' he replied. 'I'll take 112.' How much did I pay?