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Brain Teasers

Can You Think Outside the Box?

Question 1 Can You Make 100?

Remove 9 of the sticks and make 100.


When you remove the 9 sticks you form the standard form of the number 100.

Can You Change the Point?

Move only 3 of the coins to make the triangle point in an upward direction.

Can You Change the Point? Answer

Move the 2 quarters in the top corners down 2 rows. Place the quarter on the bottom point to the top to make a point.

Can You Find 2 Ways to Make Four?

Find 2 ways that you can rearrange the sticks to create four.

Can You Find 2 Ways to Make Four? Answer

One solution is to create the standard form of 4 and the other is to create the roman numeral for 4.

Can You Make the Rows, Columns, and Diagonals Equal 15?
Arrange the numbers 1 through 9 in the table so that the numbers in each row, column, and diagonal adds up to 15.

Row, Columns, and Diagonals Equal 15 Answer

4 9 3 5 8 1

Question 5
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?

The third. Lions that haven't eaten in three years are dead.

Question 6
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?

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

Question 7
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?

Answer Freeze them first. Take them out of the jugs and put the ice in the barrel. You will be able to tell which water came from which jug.

Question 8 What is black when you buy it, red when you use it, and gray when you throw it away?


The answer is Charcoal.

Question 9
Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday?


Sure you can: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow!

Question 10
What do you see?

In black you can read the word GOOD, in white the word EVIL (inside each black letter is a white letter). It's all very physiological too, because it visualizes the concept that good can't exist without evil (or the absence of good is evil)

Question 11
Now what do you see in it?


You may not see it at first, but the white spaces read the word optical, the blue landscape reads the word illusion.

Question 12

The brain cannot process "OF". FINISHED FILES ARE THE RE SULT OF YEARS OF SCIENTI FIC STUDY COMBINED WITH THE EXPERIENCE OF YEARS... Anyone who counts all 6 "F's" on the first go is a genius. Three is normal, four is quite rare.

Question 13

What is it that goes up and goes down but does not move?


The temperature

Question 14
A steady stream of people enter Mike's place of business and remove its treasured belongings. The people do not pay for what they take. Mike allows them to take as much as they can carry as long as they keep their mouths shut. What are the people taking and which type of business employs Mike.


The people are taking books and Mike works for a Library.

Question 15
I have four letters. The first two stand for a boy. The first three stand for a girl. All of my letters stand for brave boy. What word am I?



Question 16

We were four, one was cut and we were five. What are we?

The answer is the Roman numeral IV. It stands for 4, and if the one (I) is taken out, it becomes Roman numeral V, which is five.

Question 17
John's mother had four children. The first was April, the second was May, the third was June. What was the name of her fourth child?


John !

Question 18 Using eight eights and addition only, can you make 1000?


888 + 88 + 8 + 8 + 8 = 1000.

Question 19
What has six faces, But does not wear makeup. It also has twenty-one eyes, But cannot see?


A dice

Question 20

What seven-letter word has hundreds of letters in it?



Question 21
If you had a ton of feathers and a ton of stones which would be heavier?


Neither. They both weigh a ton. Both are equal

Question 22
A man is looking at a picture of a man on the wall and states: Brothers and sisters I have none, but this man's father is my father's son. Who is the man in the picture in relation to the man looking at the picture?

The man in the picture is his son. Since he doesn't have any brothers or sisters, the statement my father's son is himself. A shortened version would be this man's father is myself, so he is the father of the man in the picture.

Question 23

What number comes next? 2, 2, 4, 12, 48, ___

240. To get the number, multiply the previous number in the series by its position. 48 is in the 5th position, so 48 5 = 240

Question 24 What does this represent? Pot OOOOOOOO


Potatoes (Pot + 8 Os)

Question 25

Three rooms contain, 1) Gold coins, 2) Currency notes and 3) Cotton bags. If all three rooms catch fire, which room will the ambulance pour water on first?


An ambulance doesn't pour water.

Question 26
Two boys weighing 50 pounds each and their older brother weighing 100 pounds wish to cross a river. Their boat will only hold 100 pounds. How can they all cross the river in the boat?

Two 50lb boys cross, one comes back. 100lb boy crosses, other 50lb boy returns Both 50lb boys cross.

Question 27
A man saw a snake crossing the road and swerved to crush it with his tires. All the street lights were off as well as the car's headlights. There were no other lights on along the road. How did the man see the snake?


It was during the daytime