Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Testing time

Ok, I've tormented my workmates with these questions - now its your turn:

Below are four (4) questions and a bonus question.

You have to answer them instantly. You can't take your time, answer all of them immediately. And no cheating by scrolling down to the answer before you have answered.


Let's find out just how clever you really are....



First Question: You are participating in a race. You overtake the second person. What position are you in? (scroll down for the answer)

Answer: If you answered that you are first, then you are absolutely wrong! If you overtake the second person and you take his place, you are second!

Try not to screw up next time.

Now answer the second question, but don't take as much time as you took for the first question, OK ?

Second Question: I f you overtake the last person, then you are...? (scroll down)

Answer: If you answered that you are second to last, then you are wrong again. Tell me, how can you overtake the LAST person?

You're not very good at this, are you?

Third Question: V ery tricky arithmetic! Note: This must be done in your head only . Do NOT use paper and pencil or a calculator. Try it. Take 1000 and add 40 to it. Now add another 1000 . Now add 30 . Add another 1000 . Now add 20 . Now add another 1000 . Now add 10 . What is the total?

Scroll down for the answer.....

Did you get 5000 ? The correct answer is actually 4100. If you don't believe it, check it with a calculator!

Today is definitely not your day, is it?

Maybe you'll get the last question right... Maybe.

Fourth Question: Mary's father has five daughters: 1. Nana, 2. Nene, 3. Nini, 4. Nono. What is the name of the fifth daughter?

Did you Answer Nunu? NO! Of course it isn't. Her name is Mary. Read the question again!

Okay, now the bonus round:

A mute person goes into a shop and wants to buy a toothbrush. By imitating the action of brushing his teeth he successfully expresses himself to the shopkeeper and the purchase is done. Next, a blind man comes into the shop who wants to buy a pair of sunglasses; how does HE indicate what he wants? (scroll down)

He just has to open his mouth and ask... It's really very simple.


At 1:06 AM, Anonymous Bismuth said...

When you overtake the last person, you could actually be lapping them...

At 3:12 AM, Anonymous insomniac said...

what bismuth said...'cause that was the only one i got wrong!

At 6:57 AM, Blogger wysiwyg said...

Well *I* would have said so as well. Except I had the blinkers on too tight and said second last. But that would be wrong as well, because you'd be first if you overtook last by lapping him. Or perhaps, on thinking about it, you could be anywhere in the race BUT last if the runner was slow enough...

You're in good company though, a range of people at work protested the answer as well.

At 10:35 AM, Blogger Sarah O. said...

The math question is amazing. Yes, I got it wrong when I added them in the given order. I got it right when I added the 1,ooo's, then the other numbers.

Please note that, unlike Insom, I do not have a PhD in Math.


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