I know it's nearly the weekend – my first weekend completely off for ages! And my I'm in the middle of preparing my next blog about exciting new author Clare Jacob – watch out for the competition too.
But my brother Derek (yes, Derek Flint as in film character 'Our Man Flint' – also as in my dad!) is fond of sending brainteasers like this – and as it was a particularly good one I thought I'd sneak it in as a little extra this week!
This may be a 'little' difficult for all who are over 60. Those younger than this will have no hope at all!
You are a participant in a race. You overtake the second person.
What position are you in
If you answered that you are first then you are absolutely wrong!
If you overtake the second person and you take his place, you are in second place!
Try to better next time!
If you overtake the last person, then you are…?
If you answered that you're second to last, then you're… wrong again!
Tell me sunshine, how can you overtake the last person??
You're not very good at this, are you?
Very tricky arithmetic! Note: this must be done in your head only, do not use paper and pencil or a calculator.
Take 1000 and add 40 to it. Now add another 1000, add 30. Add another 1000. Now add 20. Now add another 1000. Now add 10. What is the total?
Did you get 5000?
The correct answer is actually 4100…
If you don't believe it, check it with a calculator.
Today is definitely not your day, is it?
Maybe you'll get this last questiion right… maybe…
Mary's father has five daughters:
What is the name of the fifth daugther?
Did you answer Nunu? Of course it isn't – her name is Mary! Read the question again!
OK, now the bonus round (ie. a final chance to redeem yourself):
A mute person goes into a shop and wants to buy a toothbrush.
By imitiating the action of brushing his teeth he successfully expresses himself to the shopkeeperand the purchase is made.
Next, a blind man comes into the shop and wants to buy a pair of sunglasses; how does he indicate what he wants?
It's really simple – he opens his mouth and asks for them…
Does your employer actually pay you to think?? If so, don't let them see your answers to this test!!
Pass this on to frustrate the smart people in your life!
Have a nice day one and all!