Question: A king is on a cross-sea voyage and as soon as they get off of their boats he spots the most beautiful elephant he has ever seen. He decides to take it home, but first, he wants to know its weight.
The largest scale they brought only goes up to 50 pounds. The king demands that his smartest scholar must come up with a solution or pay the consequences. After several days he finally comes up with an answer.
Answer: Put the elephant in a boat and mark how far down in the water the boat went. Then put a bunch of smaller objects (that weigh less than 50 pounds) in the boat until it is pushed under water the same amount. Add up the weight of all of the small objects and that's the weight of the elephant.
Question: You have 3,000 grapes with you. You have to send these grapes to a city which is 1000 km from your farm. These are the rules that you have to follow; ◾Your truck can carry only 1,000 grapes at a time. ◾Every time you travel a kilometer towards the city you have to pay a toll tax of 1 grape. ◾You pay nothing when going in the other direction. (towards your farm) What is highest number of grapes you can get to the city?
Answer: Step one: First you will make 3 trips of 1,000 grapes up to 333 kilometers. You will be left with 2,001 grapes and 667 kilometers to go. Step two: Next you will take 2 trips of 1,000 grapes 500 kilometers. You will be left with 1,000 grapes and 167 kilometers to go (you have to leave a grape behind). Step three: Finally, you travel the last 167 kilometers with one load of 1,000 grapes and are left with 833 grapes in the city.
Question: A man lives in a small village in a poor country. There's no jobs in the village. To find work you must travel 2 hours by animal to the nearest city. One day when the man was going home he got stopped by a traveler. The traveler said there's a shortcut the man could take as long as his name has no more than 10 letters, has no more than 3 vowels, and has no letters repeat more than once. If the man's name is Solomon can he take the shortcut?
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.
Question: You get trapped in a psycho's mansion during a power outage. You try to get out by going through a series of rooms: the first one is blue, the second one is also blue, but the third one is golden. After you go through all of these rooms you find the psycho. He tells you that you must hold your breathe under water for 10 minutes, wrestle a large bear, or sit in the electric chair for ten seconds while it is on.
Which should you choose?
Answer: The electric chair because the power it out.
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