Off-topic: More Riddles for Friday!!

From: Monica & Glenn Whiteside (
Date: Fri Mar 05 1999 - 17:23:29 EET

>> Try these to loosen up the old brain cells.
>> 1. There is a man who lives on the top floor of a very tall building.
>> Everyday he gets the elevator down to the ground floor to
>> leave the building to go to work. Upon returning from work
>> though, he can only travel half way up in the lift and has to
>> walk the rest of the way unless it's raining! Why?
>> 2. A man and his son are in a car accident.
>> The father dies on the scene, but the child is rushed to the
>> hospital. When he arrives the surgeon says,
>> "I can't operate on this boy, he is my son!" How can this be?
>> 3. A man is wearing black.
>> Black shoes, socks, trousers, jumper, gloves and balaclava.
>> He is walking down a black street with all the street lamps off.
>> A black car is coming towards him with its light off but
>> somehow manages to stop in time. How did the driver see the
>> man?
>> 4. One day Kerry celebrated her birthday.
>> Two days later her older twin brother, Terry, celebrated his
>> birthday. How?
>> 5. Why is it better to have round manhole covers than square
>> ones? This is logical rather than lateral, but it is a good puzzle
>> that can be solved by lateral thinking techniques. It is
>> supposedly used by a very well-known software company as
>> an interview question for prospective employees.
>> 6. A man went to a party and drank some of the punch.
>> He then left early. Everyone else at the party who drank the
>> punch subsequently died of poisoning.
>> Why did the man not die?
>> 7. A man died and went to Heaven.
>> There were thousands of other people there. They were all
>> naked and all looked as they did at the age of 21. He looked
>> around to see if there was anyone he recognized. He saw a
>> couple and he knew immediately that they were Adam and
>> Eve. How did he know?
>> 8. A woman had two sons who were born on the same hour of
>> the same day of the same year. But they were not twins.
>> How could this be so?
>> 9. A man walks into a bar and asks the barman for a glass of
>> water. The barman pulls out a gun and points it at the man.
>> The man says 'Thank you' and walks out.
>> 10. Tom's mother has three children. The first ones name is Penny. The
>> second
>> ones name is Nickelette. Whats the thrids ones name?
>> This puzzle claims to be the best of the genre.
>> It is simple in its statement, absolutely baffling and yet with a
>> completely satisfying solution. Most people struggle very hard
>> to solve this one yet they like the answer when they hear it or
>> have the satisfaction of figuring it out.
>> Answers
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>> 1. The man is very, very short and can only reach halfway up the
>> elevator buttons. However, if it is raining then he will have his
>> umbrella with him and can press the higher buttons with it.
>> 2. The surgeon was his mother.
>> 3. It was day time.
>> 4. At the time she went into labor, the mother of the twins was
>> traveling by boat. The older twin, Terry, was born first early on
>> March 1st. The boat then crossed a time zone and Kerry, the
>> younger twin, was born on February the 28th. Therefore, the
>> younger twin celebrates her birthday two days before her
>> older brother.
>> 5. A square manhole cover can be turned and dropped down the
>> diagonal of the manhole. A round manhole cannot be dropped
>> down the manhole. So for safety and practicality, all manhole
>> covers should be round.
>> 6. The poison in the punch came from the ice cubes.
>> When the man drank the punch, the ice was fully frozen.
>> Gradually it melted, poisoning the punch.
>> 7. He recognized Adam and Eve as the only people without
>> navels. Because they were not born of women, they had
>> never had umbilical cords and therefore they never had
>> navels. This one seems perfectly logical but it can sometimes
>> spark fierce theological arguments.
>> 8. They were two of a set of triplets (or quadruplets, etc.). This
>> puzzle stumps many people. They try outlandish solutions
>> involving test-tube babies or surrogate mothers.
>> Why does the brain search for complex solutions when there
>> is a much simpler one available?
>> 9. The man had hiccups.
>> The barman recognized this from his speech and drew the
>> gun in order to give him a shock.
>> It worked and cured the hiccups--so the man no longer
>> needed the water.
>> 10. TOM
>> This is a simple puzzle to state but a difficult one to solve.
>> It is a perfect example of a seemingly irrational and
>> incongruous situation having a simple and complete
>> explanation.
>> Amazingly this classic puzzle seems to work in different
>> cultures and languages.

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