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Riddle: A hobo picks up cigarette butts from the ground and can make a cigarette with 4 butts. If he finds 16 cigarette butts, how many cigarettes can he make?
Answer: 5. He makes 4 cigarettes with the 16 butts. Then he smokes them and has 4 more butts to make another cigarette.
Riddle: I used to fill rooms but now I'm a tower,
I can stay put or I can travel far.
What am I?
Hint: I can live on a sill,
I can be a tasty fruit.
If I get injured,
I'll need a good boot.
Answer: A computer. They used to be huge and desktops are now referred to as towers. They can be desktops (stay put) or laptops (travel far). The computer can run windows (sill) or it can be an Apple computer (fruit).
Riddle: An ant gets onto one end of a tight rope that is 1 meter long. The ant is traveling at 1 centimeter per second, but the entire rope is being stretched an extra 1 meter a second (it can be stretched forever).
Will the ant ever reach the other end of the rope?
Answer: He will reach the end of the rope eventually. Once he gets onto the rope, the rope behind him also stretches, so this must also be accounted for.
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