Brilliance Expected8 May, 2009
I have come to the conclusion that commenter’s on this blog (well, most of them) are brilliant people. I spend hours, sometimes days, working on a post. I put it out there and, within hours (sometimes minutes), one of you has either pointed out the obvious (in retrospect) hole, or added the one insight which would have made the post perfect. Fine. Be that way.
Here, then, is a challenge. Five questions of cunning stupidity. I got three rather quickly. The other two, I had to look at the answers. Ready for the quiz?
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. Which room is safest for him?
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 together. How can this be?
3. What is black when you buy it, red when you use it, and gray when you throw it away?
4. Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Wednesday, Friday, or Sunday?
5. This is an unusual paragraph. I’m curious as to just how quickly you can find out what is so unusual about it. It looks so ordinary and plain that you would think nothing was wrong with it. In fact, nothing is wrong with it! It is highly 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!
Go ahead and put your answers in the comments. Now for the tough part: are there non-obvious answers out there? Ones which normal Americans would not grok? After all, ya’ll rocked when I did these about a year ago (and here are the highly imaginative answers). Go for it.