Question: There are three books on a shelf standing side by side. Each book is 10ml thick. The bookworm eats its way through the first page of the first book to the last page of the last book. How far did the bookworm move if it can only move in a straight horizontal line?
Answer: The book worm only moved 10ml because the first page of the first book will be next to the middle book and the last page of the last book will also be next to the middle book. The bookworm eats through only one book, each book is 10ml so therefore the bookworm moves only 10ml.
Question: Two men, Watson and Holmes, are out in the extremely dry forest. They are completely surrounded by a large forest fire on one side and a dangerous cliff on the other. The wind is blowing the forest fire towards them and the cliff. The fire will reach them in about one day.
Holmes turns to Watson, "I have matches, berries, and enough water for a day. We aren't going to die." How can they avoid getting swallowed up by the forest fire?
Answer: They can start a fire of their own with the matches and the wind will blow that fire in the same direction as the forest fire and they can take refuge in the section of the forest they burn down.