Brain Teasers: Questions of Logic

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Which one is not like the others?

If you need a little break from your online activities, try the following brain teasers. See how many of these can you figure out in your head. For the most part, these are questions of logic. The last four are especially challenging. Some of these may be great for winning bets from your slightly intoxicated buds at the local bar, club, pub, tavern or at least the next round of drinks.

Question #1 –

A murderer is condemned to death. He has to choose between three rooms — The first is full of raging fires — The second is full of assassins with loaded guns — And the third is full of lions that haven’t eaten in 3 years. — Now, which room is safest for him?

Question #2 –

A woman shoots her husband — Then she holds him under water for over 5 minutes — Finally, she hangs him — But 5 minutes later they both go out together and enjoy a wonderful dinner —  How can this be?

Question #3 –

A magician was boasting one day at how long he could hold his breath under water — His record was 6 minutes — A kid that was listening said, “that’s nothing, I can stay under water for 10 minutes using no type of equipment or air pockets!” — The magician told the kid if he could do that, he’d give him $10,000 — The kid did it and won the money — Can you figure out how?

Question #4 –

There are two plastic jugs filled with water — How could you put all of this water into a barrel, without using the jugs or any dividers, and still tell which water came from which jug?

Question #5 –

What is black when you buy it, red when you use it, and gray when you throw it away?

Question #6 –

Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday?

Question #7 –

This is an unusual paragraph. I’m curious how quickly you can find out what is so unusual about it? It looks so plain you would think nothing was wrong with it! In fact, nothing is wrong with it! It is unusual though. Study it, and think about it, but you still may not find anything odd. But if you work at it a bit, you might find out! Try to do so without any coaching!

Question #8 –

You are participating in a race — You overtake the second person — What position are you in?

Question #9 –

If you overtake the last person, then you are…?

Question #10 –

(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?

Question #11 –

Mary’s father has five daughters — 1. Nana – 2. Nene – 3. Nini – 4. Nono — What is the name of the fifth daughter?

Now how many could you answer?

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Answer #1 –

The third — Lions that haven’t eaten in three years are usually dead.

Answer #2 –

The woman was a photographer — She shot a picture of her husband, developed it, and hung it up to dry.

Answer #3 –

The kid filled a glass of water and held it over his head for 10 minutes.

Answer #4 –

Color and Freeze them first — Then take them out of the jugs and put the ice in the barrel — You will then be able to tell which water came from which jug.

Answer #5 –

The answer is Charcoal — In Homer Simpson’s words….. “hmmmm… Barbecue”

Answer #6 –

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

Answer #7 –

The letter “E” – which is the most common letter in the English language, does not appear once in the long paragraph

Answer #8 –

If you answer that you are first, then you are absolutely wrong! — If you overtake the second person and you take his place — then you are second!

Answer #9 –

If you answered that you are second to last, then you are wrong again — Tell me, how can you overtake the LAST person?!

Answer #10 –

Did you get 5000? — The correct answer is actually 4100 — Don’t believe it? — Verify it with your calculator!

Answer #11 –

Did you come up with Nunu? — Nope! — That’s not it — You fell for the pattern — The fifth daughter is Mary — Carefully read the question again.


Stupid Questions or Stupid People?

no-stupid-peopleHere are a few stories sourced from around the web about true experiences of encounters of the “stupid kind“. Seams like the best experiences are the ones that happen in real life and not the Hollywood scripted variety. Now not all of these are actual questions, some are just plain old-fashion logic. Your dilemma is to decide whether the questions are stupid or the people asking the questions are stupid.  You’ll find that most of the people involved in these scenarios are not quite firing on all cylinders 😛 Enjoy!


This guy bought a new refrigerator for his house and needed to discard  the old one. To get rid of his old fridge, he put it in his front yard and hung a sign on it saying… “Free to good home. You want it, you take it”.

For three days the fridge sat there without even one person looking twice at it. He eventually decided that people were too skeptical of this deal. It looked to good to be true, so he changed the sign to read: “Fridge for sale $50 bucks”.

The next day someone stole it. Go figure!


While looking at a house, my brother asked the real estate agent which direction was north because, he explained, he didn’t want the sun waking him up every morning.

She asked, “Does the sun rise in the North?”

When my brother explained that the sun rises in the East, (and has for sometime), she shook her head and said, “Oh, I don’t keep up with that stuff”.


stupid-bunnyI used to work in technical support for a 24/7 call center. One day I got a call from an individual who asked what hours the call center was open. I told him, “The number you dialed is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

He responded, “Is that Eastern or Pacific time?”

Wanting to end the call quickly, I said, “Uh, Pacific”.


My colleague and I were eating our lunch in our cafeteria, when we overheard one of the administrative assistants talking about the sunburn she got on her weekend drive to the shore.

She drove down in a convertible, but commented that “I didn’t think I’d get sunburned because the car was moving”.


My sister has been telling everyone she knows that she has a lifesaving tool in her car.

It’s designed to cut through a seat belt if she gets in an accident and gets trapped.

She keeps it in the trunk for safety.


My friends and I were on a beer run and noticed at one convenience store that the cases were discounted 10%.

We thought that since it was a big party, we go ahead and buy 2 cases.

The cashier went ahead and multiplied 2 times 10% — and gave us a 20% discount.


I was hanging out with a friend when we saw a woman with a nose ring attached to an earring by a chain. My friend commented, “Wouldn’t the chain rip out every time she turned her head?”

I explained that a person’s nose and ear remain the same distance apart no matter which way the head is turned.


We had just arrived back at the airport and proceeded to retrieve my belongings at the claim area. After searching and waiting awhile, I couldn’t find my luggage at the airport baggage area. So I went to the lost luggage office and told the woman there that my bags never showed up. She smiled and told me not to worry because she was a trained professional and I was in good hands. “Now,” she asked me,  “has your plane arrived yet? “


While working at a Pizza Parlor I observed a man ordering a small pizza to go. He appeared to be alone and the waiter asked him if he would like it cut into 4 slices or 6 slices.

He though about it for some time before responding. “Just cut it into 4 pieces — I don’t think I’m hungry enough to eat 6.”