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The Here Zone, because wherever you go, you're always Here


Riddles


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Question: Dynamite is a tool commonly used to cut down trees. To cut a tree 18 inches in diameter requires five sticks of dynamite: one on the north, south, east and west sides of the tree, and the fifth stick on the side to which the tree should fall. During construction of a dam, a tree 18 inches in diameter was completely covered by water. Since the tree top was fouling the boat's propellers, it had to be cut down. A diver went down and put a stick of dynamite on the four sides of the tree. Since The current is flowing south at 2 knots per hour, on which side of the tree would you instruct the diver to put the fifth stick of dynamite if you wanted the tree to fall north?

Answer: It doesn't matter where the fifth stick is placed. since the tree won't fall in any direction. Being wood, it will float and rise to the surface.


Question: When you flip on the light switch, how long does it take an electron to travel from the switch to the lightbulb, traversing 10 feet of copper wire?

Answer: Several hours: While electrons travel at close to the speed of light, their path inside the wire is not direct. The electrons are constantly bouncing off each other. So while the electricity completes the circuit instaneously, an individual electron takes a very long time. Similiar would be a photon generated near the center of the sun- it might take close to a million years to reach the surface of the sun, and another 8 minutes to get to the Earth.


Question: This is a most unusual paragraph. How quickly can you find out what is so unusual about it? It looks so ordinary you'd think nothing was wrong with it - and in fact, nothing is wrong with it. It is unusual though. Why? Study it, think about it, and you may find out. Try to do it without coaching. If you work at it for a bit it will dawn on you. So jump to it and try your skill at figuring it out. Good luck - don't blow your cool!

Answer: The letter e (the most common letter in our language), does not appear in the paragraph.


Question: Tom volunteered to be the chief organizer for the world's tether ball championships. There were 657 contestants from around the world. The tournament was set up whereby the winner would advance and the loser would be eliminated. Since there was an odd number of participants, the initial pairing leaves one player out. That player gets a bye and automatically advances to the next round. How many matched will Tom have to schedule to determine the tether ball champion?

Answer: 656 matches will be needed. It may seem impossible to figure it out in your head unless you got the "aha!" In actuality you are trying to determine the number of matches needed to come up with 656 losers. Viewed in this light, of the 657 people in the tournament, everyone will eventually lose a match except for the champion.


Question: A boy leaves home in the morning to go to school. At the moment he leaves the house he looks at the clock in the mirror. The clock has no number indication and for this reason the boy makes a mistake in interpreting the time (mirror-image). Just assuming the clock must be out of order, the boy cycles to school, where he arrives after twenty minutes. At that moment the clock at school shows a time that is two and a half hours later than the time that the boy saw on the clock at home. At what time did he reach school?

Answer: The difference between the real time and the time of the mirror image is two hours and ten minutes (two and a half hours, minus the twenty minutes of cycling). Therefore the original time on the clock at home that morning, could only have been five minutes past seven: The boy reaches school at five minutes past seven plus twenty minutes of cycling, is twenty-five minutes past seven!...


Question: I've got ten or more daughters. I've got less than ten daughters. I've got at least one daughter. If only one of these statements is true, how many daughters have I got?

Answer: If I have any daughters, there will always be two statements which are true. Therefore, I have no daughters.


Question: What object has a key that opens no locks, has space but no room, and you can enter, but not go in?

Answer: A keyboard.


Question: What has a bed, but never sleeps; Runs, but never walks; Has a mouth, but never eats; Has a head but cannot see?

Answer: A river.


Question:  What does this mean?  JUS 144 TICE

Answer: Gross injustice

 


Question:  What does this mean?   

paid
I am
worked

Answer I am under paid and over worked.

 


Question:  What does this mean?   

e
p
a
h
s

AnswerShape up.

 


Question:  What does this mean?   H ijklmn O

Answer: H to O (H2O, or water)

 


Question:  What does this mean?   |----| ome

Answer A long letter from home

 


Question:  What does this mean?   O_er_t_o_

AnswerPainless operation

 


Question:  What does this mean?   OdOoOmO

Answer:   Dominoes