Sunday, July 9, 2006

Test Your Brain

Was surfing around Friendster and found this post in my bulletin board. It is an I.Q. survey. I find it much more interesting than some other lame and pointless surveys. So, I thought of sharing it here. ;)

Highlight the text below the question for the answer. Don't cheat. It is fun! ;)
There you go!!!!!

1.) There is a man who lives on the top floor of a very tall building. Every day he takes the elevator down to the ground floor to leave the building andgo to work. Upon returning from work though, hecan only travel half way up in the lift and takes the stairs the rest of the way, unless it's raining, in which case he goes all the way up!

WHY? This is probably the best known and most celebrated of all lateral thinking puzzles. It is a true classic. Although there are many possible solutions which fit the initial conditions, only the canonical answer is truly satisfying.

The man is very very short and so can only reach half way up the lift lift buttons! However, ifit is raining then he will have his umbrella with himand so can press the higher buttons with that!

2.) A man and his son are in a car accident. The father dies on the scene, and the child is rushed tothe hospital. When he arrives, the surgeon arrives, the surgeon says "I can't operate on this boy, he's my son!" How can this be?

The surgeon is the boy's mother!

3.) A man is wearing all 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 lights off, but somehow manages to stop in time. How did the driver see the man?

It was day time!

4.) Title : The Elder Twin.
One day Kerry celebratedher birthday. Two days later her older, identical twin brother, Terry, celebrated his birthday. Why?

At the time she went into labor, the mother ofthe twins was traveling by boat. The older twin, Terry, was born first early on March 1st. 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.) Title : Manhole Covers.
Why is it better to have round manhole covers than square ones? This is logical rather than lateral, but it is a good puzzle which 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.

A square manhole cover can be turned and dropped down the diagonal of the manhole. Around manhole cannot be dropped down the manhole. So for safety and practicality, all manhole covers should be round.

6.) Title : The Deadly Party
A man went to a party and drank some of the punch. He then left early. Everyone else who stayed late at the party drank the same punch and subsequently all died of poisoning. Why did the man not die?

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.) Title : Heaven
A man died and went to Heaven. There were thousands of other people there. They were all naked and all looked just 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?

He recognized Adam and Eve as the only people without navels. Because they were not born of women, they had never had umbilical cordsand therefore they never had navels (This one seems perfectly logical but it can sometimes sparks fierce theological arguments!).

8.) Title : Trouble with Sons
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?

They were two of a set of triplets (or quadruplets etc). This simple little puzzle stumps many people. They try out landish 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.) Title : The Man in the Bar
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. Surprisingly, the man said... 'Thank you' and leaves the bar. This puzzle has 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.

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 thewater. (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 classic puzzle seems towork in different cultures and languages).

So, how did you score?

Scores: 0 to 1 correct = Complete Imbecile
2 to 4 correct = Borderline Idiot
5 to 7 correct = College Candidate
8 to 9 correct = Super Smart or Psychotic
10 correct = Obviously Dishonest


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