# Time For A Mid-Week Test

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Time for a mid-week test.

Today a selection of questions, some of them easy, some tricky, and one or two rather difficult.

So grab a cup of coffee and have a go.

As usual the answers are waaaaaay down below, but no cheating!

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Q. 1:  What becomes wetter the more it dries?

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Q. 2:  A red-house is made of red bricks, has a red wooden door and a red roof.

A yellow-house is made of yellow bricks, has a yellow wooden door and a yellow roof.

What is a green-house made of?

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Q. 3:  There are six eggs in the basket.

Six people each take one of the eggs.

How can it be that one egg is left in the basket?

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Q. 4:  Why is it better to have round manhole covers than square ones?

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Q. 5:  A New York city hairdresser recently said that he would rather cut the hair of three Canadians than one New Yorker. Why?

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Q. 6:  There are six glasses in a row.

The first three are full of water, and the next three are empty.

By moving only one glass how can you make them alternate between full and empty?

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Q. 7:  Three men in a cafe order a meal the total cost of which is \$15.

They each contribute \$5.

The waiter takes the money to the chef who recognizes the three as friends and asks the waiter to return \$5 to the men.

The waiter is not only poor at mathematics but dishonest and instead of going to the trouble of splitting the \$5 between the three he simply gives them \$1 each and pockets the remaining \$2 for himself.

Now, each of the men effectively paid \$4, the total paid is therefore \$12.

Add the \$2 in the waiters pocket and this comes to \$14.

….where has the other \$1 gone from the original \$15?

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Q. 8:  How could a baby fall out of a twenty-story building onto the ground and live?

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Q. 9:  If:

2 3 = 10

7 2 = 63

6 5 = 66

8 4 = 96

9 7 = ??

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Q. 10:  Name three consecutive days without using the words Wednesday, Friday, or Sunday.

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Q. 11:  Many shops have prices set just under a round figure, e.g. \$9.99 instead of \$10.00 or \$99.95 instead of \$100.00 . It is assumed that this is done because the price seems lower to the consumer. But this is not the reason the practice started. What was the original reason for this pricing method?

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Q. 12:  How do you get from cold to warm in four steps, changing only one letter at a time?

C O L D

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W A R M

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Q. 13:  A snail creeps 10 feet up a wall during the daytime, then falls asleep.

It wakes up the next morning and discovers it slipped down 6 feet.

If this happens each day, how many days will it take to reach the top of a 22 foot wall?

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Q. 14:  You are driving down the road in your car on a wild, stormy night, when you pass by a bus stop and you see three people waiting for the bus.

An old lady who looks as if she is about to die.

An old friend who once saved your life.

The perfect partner you have been dreaming about.

Knowing that there can only be one passenger in your car, whom would you choose?

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Q. 1:  What becomes wetter the more it dries?

A. 1:  A Towel

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Q. 2:  A red-house is made of red bricks, has a red wooden door and a red roof.

A yellow-house is made of yellow bricks, has a yellow wooden door and a yellow roof.

What is a green-house made of?

A. 2:  Glass

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Q. 3:  There are six eggs in the basket.

Six people each take one of the eggs.

How can it be that one egg is left in the basket?

A. 3:  The last person took the basket with the last egg still inside.

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Q. 4:  Why is it better to have round manhole covers than square ones?

A. 4:  Round covers cannot be dropped or fall down a manhole, unlike square ones.

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Q. 5:  A New York city hairdresser recently said that he would rather cut the hair of three Canadians than one New Yorker. Why?

A. 5:  Because he would earn three times as much money!

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Q. 6:  There are six glasses in a row. The first three are full of water, and the next three are empty.

By moving only one glass how can you make them alternate between full and empty?

A. 6:  Pour the water from the 2nd glass into the 5th glass.

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Q. 7:  Three men in a cafe order a meal the total cost of which is \$15.

They each contribute \$5.

The waiter takes the money to the chef who recognizes the three as friends and asks the waiter to return \$5 to the men.

The waiter is not only poor at mathematics but dishonest and instead of going to the trouble of splitting the \$5 between the three he simply gives them \$1 each and pockets the remaining \$2 for himself.

Now, each of the men effectively paid \$4, the total paid is therefore \$12. Add the \$2 in the waiters pocket and this comes to \$14.

….where has the other \$1 gone from the original \$15?

A. 7:  The payments should equal the receipts.

It does not make sense to add what was paid by the men (\$12) to what was received from that payment by the waiter (\$2)

Although the initial bill was \$15 dollars, one of the five dollar notes gets changed into five ones.

The total the three men ultimately paid is \$12, as they get three ones back. So from the \$12 the men paid, the owner receives \$10 and the waiter receives the \$2 difference. \$15 – \$3 = \$10 + \$2

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Q. 8:  How could a baby fall out of a twenty-story building onto the ground and live?

A. 8:  The baby fell out of a ground floor window.

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Q. 9:  If:

2 3 = 10

7 2 = 63

6 5 = 66

8 4 = 96

9 7 = ??

A. 9:  f(n,m) = (n + m) * n

e.g. f(2,3) = (2 + 3) * 2 = 10

Hence, f(9,7) = (9 + 7) * 9 = 144

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Q. 10:  Name three consecutive days without using the words Wednesday, Friday, or Sunday.

A. 10:  Yesterday, today and tomorrow

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Q. 11:  Many shops have prices set just under a round figure, e.g. \$9.99 instead of \$10.00 or \$99.95 instead of \$100.00 . It is assumed that this is done because the price seems lower to the consumer. But this is not the reason the practice started. What was the original reason for this pricing method?

A. 11:  The practice originated to ensure that the clerk had to open the till and give change for each transaction, thus recording the sale and preventing him from pocketing the bank notes.

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Q. 12:  How do you get from cold to warm in four steps, changing only one letter at a time?

C O L D

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W A R M

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C O L D

C O R D

W O R D

W O R M  or  W A R D

W A R M

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Q. 13:  A snail creeps 10 feet up a wall during the daytime, then falls asleep.

It wakes up the next morning and discovers it slipped down 6 feet.

If this happens each day, how many days will it take to reach the top of a 22 foot wall?

A. 13:  4 days

Day 1: up to 10, down to 4

Day 2: up to 14, down to 8

Day 3: up to 18, down to 12

Day 4: up to 22 and done

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Q. 14:  You are driving down the road in your car on a wild, stormy night, when you pass by a bus stop and you see three people waiting for the bus

An old lady who looks as if she is about to die.

An old friend who once saved your life.

The perfect partner you have been dreaming about.

Knowing that there can only be one passenger in your car, whom would you choose?

A. 14:   The old lady of course!

After helping the old lady into the car, you can give your keys to your friend, and wait with your perfect partner for the bus.

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# Happy New Year And Thirteen Questions To Start Off 2013

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Well, we made it. We have successfully traveled through time and here we are in 2013. Yippeee and all that.

So a very Happy New Year to one and all.

And to get us off to an easy start here are thirteen simple questions, well questions anyhow, to ease us into 2013.

Enjoy.

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If any word should be spelled the way it sounds it should be “phonetic”, so why isn’t it?

And why is “abbreviation” such a long word?

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Can fat people go skinny-dipping?

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How do they get a deer to cross at that yellow road sign?

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Why is experience always what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted?

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If a funeral procession is at night, do folks drive with their lights off?

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Whose cruel idea was it for the word “lisp” to have an “s” in it?

What hair color do they put on the drivers licenses of bald men?

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If the person who plays the piano is called a pianist, why is the person who drives a racecar not called a racist?

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Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, “I think I’ll squeeze these dangly things here, and drink what ever comes out”?

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When you put ‘THE’ and ‘IRS’ together, it forms ‘THEIRS’. Coincidence? I think not?

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Why are rubber duckies yellow when most real duckies aren’t?

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Why do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front?

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# All You Have To Do Is Ask? Really??

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They say that all you have to do is ask.

Well, I’m asking, so I guess the rest is up to you.

Here you go….

Why doesn’t onomatopoeia sound like what it is?

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Does a fish get cramps after eating?

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Why is it when two planes almost hit each other it is called a near miss ? Shouldn’t it be called a near hit ?

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Why isn’t palindrome spelled the same way backwards?

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Why is it called TOOTHbrush when you brush all of your teeth?

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Why do fat chance and slim chance mean the same thing?

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If someone invented instant water, what would they mix it with?

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How did a fool and his money get together in the first place?

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Do cemetery workers prefer the graveyard shift?

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If carrots are so good for the eyes, how come I see so many dead rabbits on the highway

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Where does the fire go when the fire goes out?

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So what’s the speed of dark?

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Why do grocery stores buy so many checkout line registers if they only keep 3 or 4 open?

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If anything’s possible, then is it possible that nothing’s possible?

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Does anyone actually kill two birds with one stone?

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Where in the nursery rhyme does it say humpty dumpty is an egg?

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# Can You Answer Any Of These Conundrums? Or Should That Be Conundra??

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Well if you can answer the question in the title of this post then you’re off to a good start. I know what my speel chekkar says, and I think that it is wrong.

Which brings me to another short semi-rant in the form of a question. Why does the WordPress speel chekkar keep highlighting the word “wordpress” as being spelled incorrectly?

Think on that as you tackle the rest of today’s (cue the wavy red line)  conundra!

Enjoy.

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If all the nations in the world are in debt, where did all the money go?

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When you open a bag of cotton balls, is the top one meant to be thrown away?

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If blind people wear dark glasses, why don’t deaf people wear earmuffs?

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If corn can’t hear, why does it have an ear?

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If crime fighters fight crime and fire fighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters fight?

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If everything is part of a whole, what is the whole part of?

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If humans get a charley horse, what do horses get?

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If I save time, when do I get it back?

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If man evolved from apes why do we still have apes?

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If our knees were on the backs of our legs, what would chairs look like?

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If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is it considered a hostage situation?

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If the #2 pencil is the most popular, why is it still #2?

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If tin whistles are made out of tin, what do they make fog horns out of?

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If you didn’t get caught, did you really do it?

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Can you be a closet claustrophobic?

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If a mute child swears, does his mother wash his hands?

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# Yesterday It Was The Answers That Were The Problem, Today It’s The Questions

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Yesterday it was the answers that were the problem. Today it is the questions. Here is another selection of those important questions that very few seem to want to ask.

Enjoy.

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Why do overalls have belt loops, since they are held up at the top by the straps?

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Why can’t women put on mascara with their mouth closed?

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Why is it considered necessary to nail down the lid of a coffin?

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Why people are so scared of mice, which are much smaller than us, when no one seems to be scared of Micky Mouse, who is bigger than us?

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How come we never hear about gruntled employees?

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Why are plastic bears the only animal you can get honey from? Why can’t you get honey from a plastic bee?

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What happens when you put hand sanitizer on a place other than your hand?

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Can you “stare off into space” when you’re in space?

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Why do they sterilize the needles for lethal injections?

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If there were a thousand seaguls in an airplane while its flying, each weighing two pounds a piece, but they were all flying in the airplane, would the airplane weigh 2000 pounds more?

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If a fly has no wings would you call him a walk?

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If a food processor slices and dices food, what does a word processor do?

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Why isn’t there mouse flavored cat food?

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If a hen and a half can lay an egg and a half in a day and a half, how long would it take a monkey with a wooden leg to kick the seeds out of a dill pickle?

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If a jogger runs at the speed of sound, can he still hear his Walkman?

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If a mirror reverses right and left, why doesn’t it reverse up and down?

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If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?

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# They Say If You Don’t Know Something You Should Ask – Well……

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Some more questions about those mysteries of life that most of us just seem to accept. It’s a good job that not everyone is so mild mannered.

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Why do they call it the ‘Department of Interior’ when they are in charge of everything outdoors?

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Why does Jello have a smell when you add the powder in the water, but when it ‘gels’ the smell is gone?

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Why are dogs noses always wet?

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If a bee is allergic to pollen would it get the hives?

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Why do people say ‘heads up’ when what you should really do is duck?

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Why is it okay for dudes to slap other dudes’ asses in football, but not in any other situation?

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If one man says, ‘it was an uphill battle’, and another says, ‘it went downhill from there’, how could they both be having troubles?

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Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?

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If you get cheated by the Better Business Bureau, who do you complain to?

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If you blew a bubble in space would it pop?

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How come all of the planets are spherical?

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How did the first women ever to shave their legs know that the skin wouldn’t just peel right off?

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When a pregnant lady has twins, are there one or two umbilical cords?

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Why doesn’t Winnie the Pooh ever get stung by the bees he messes with?

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Why do they put holes in crackers?

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Can you still say ‘Put it where the sun don’t shine’ on a nude beach?

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What do people in China call their good plates?

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How come toy hippos are always blue, or purple, when real hippos are brown?

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If an escalator breaks down, does it become stairs?

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Why did they call him Donkey Kong if he is not a donkey?

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