Question: First think of a person who lives in disguise,
who deals in secrets and tells naught but lies.
Next tell me what is always the last thing to mend,
the middle of middle the end of the end?
And finally give me a sound often heard during the search of a hard-to-find word.
Now string them together and answer me this,
which creature would you be unwilling to kiss?
Answer: A spider (spy-der).
Question: You have a cup of tea (A) and a cup of coffee (B) (equal amounts), and you take a spoonful of the coffee (B) and mix it thoroughly into the tea (A). Then you take a spoonful of tea (A) and mix it with the coffee (B). Does the cup that originally had tea in it (A) have more coffee or does the cup that originally had coffee in it (B) have more tea?
Answer: Both cups end up having the same amount of the other liquid in it. When you take the spoonful of coffee (B) and put it in the tea (A) it increases the volume of the tea (A) by that spoonful. Then when you take a spoonful of the tea (A), part of that spoonful is coffee, taking away the proportional amount of coffee. This makes the amount of coffee in the tea and tea in the coffee equal.
Question: Thomas has missed an excessive number of days of school, so he must meet with Principal Davis. Mr. Davis asks him "Why on Earth have you missed so many days?"
Thomas replies "There just isn't enough time for school. I need 8 hours of sleep a day, which adds up to about 122 days a year. Weekends off is 104 days a year. Summer vacation is about 60 days. If I spend about an hour on each meal, that's 3 hours a day or 45 days a year. I need at least 2 hours of exercise and relaxation time each day to stay physically and mentally fit, adding another 30 days.
Add all of that up and you get about 361 days. That only leaves 4 days for school."
The principal knows Thomas is full of it, but can't figure out why. Where is Thomas going wrong?
Answer: There are two reasons:
First, Thomas is double counting a lot of the days. A lot of the time spent sleeping, eating, and relaxing occurs during weekends and the summer. Weekends also occur during the summer, so all of these hours are getting counted several times.
Secondly, school isn't an all day thing. So the 4 days actually represents more days of school. If school is 6 hours per day, those four days represents 16 days of school.
Question: You have two coconuts and you want to find out how high they can be dropped from a 100 story building before they break. But you only have $1.40 and the elevator costs a dime each time you ride it up (it's free for rides down).
How can you drop the coconuts to guarantee you will find the lowest floor they will break at, while starting and ending at floor 1?
Note: They break when dropped from the same height and they don't weaken from getting dropped.
Answer: You could drop it at floor 1 first (because you start at floor 1). Then you would go to the floors: 14, 27, 39, 50, 60, 69, 77, 84, 90, 95, 99, and 100. Whatever floor your first coconut breaks at, go to the floor above the last floor the coconut survived and drop the second coconut from this floor. Then go up by one floor until the second coconut breaks and that is the lowest floor it will break at.
Question: A man was born on January 1st, 23 B.C. and died January 2nd, 23 A.D. How old did he live to be?
Answer: 45 years old.
There is no year 0 so you can add 23 to 23 but you must subtract one to take year 0 out of consideration: 23 + 23 - 1 = 45 years old. In some cultures people are born 1 years old, in this case they would be 46 years old when they die.
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