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Closed Room

What kind of room has no windows or doors?

A mushroom!

Want it, Throw it Out

What do you throw out when you want to use it but take in when you don’t want to use it?

An anchor.

Thousands of Ribs

I only two backbones and thousands of ribs.

A railroad.

Stop Copying Me!

I look at you, you look at me, I raise my right, you raise your left. What is this object?

Yourself, in a mirror.

Sometimes You Can’t Share

If you have it, you want to share it. If you share it, you don’t have it. What is it?

A secret.

What’s Your Place?

If you were running a race, and you passed the person in 2nd place, what place would you be in now?

You would be in 2nd, not 1st.

Cheese!

What is it that someone else has to take before you can get it?

Your photograph.

Between Heaven and Earth

What is one thing that all wise men, regardless of their politics or religion, agree is between heaven and earth?

The word ‘And’.

You Are Welcome

What is often returned but never borrowed?

Thanks.

Bottle, Cork, and Coin

If you were to put a coin into an empty bottle and then insert a cork into the neck, how could you remove the coin without taking out the cork or breaking the bottle?

Push the cork into the bottle and shake the coin out!

The Darkroom

There is a lamp inside a photography darkroom. When the darkroom door is closed, it is impossible to tell from outside the room whether or not the lamp is on. There are two switches outside the door of the darkroom. One or both of the switches may control the lamp. It also could be that neither of the switches control the lamp. All you know is that the light bulb is currently off and that the lamp and bulb are in working condition. The darkroom door is closed and once you open the door you cannot touch either of the switches. If you can only open the dark-room door one time, how can you tell which switches, if any, control the lamp?

Turn the first switch on and leave it on for ten minutes. After ten minutes, turn that switch off and turn the second switch on. Open the darkroom door, and lightly (in case it is hot) touch the bulb.If the lamp is on, and the bulb is quite hot, both switches work the lamp.

If the lamp is on, and the bulb is cool, the second switch controls the lamp.

If the lamp is off, and the bulb is hot, switch one controls the lamp.

If the lamp is off, and the bulb is cool, neither switch controls the lamp.

Men and Suits

At a local bar, three friends, Mr. Green, Mr. Red and Mr. Blue, were having a drink. One man was wearing a red suit; one a green suit; and the other a blue suit. “Have you noticed,” said the man the blue suit, “that although our suits have colors corresponding to our names, not one of us is wearing a suit that matches our own names?” Mr. Red looked at the other two and said, “You’re absolutely correct.”What color suit is each man wearing?

Since none of the men are wearing the color of suit that corresponds to their names, and
Mr. Red was replying to the man in the blue suit, it had to be Mr. Green to whom he
replied. We then know that Mr. Green is wearing a blue suit. Therefore, Mr. Red is
wearing a green suit and Mr. Blue is wearing a red suit.

Large Animal

A certain large animal lives happily and thrives here on Earth. One day, every single one of these critters is wiped out by a mysterious disease which affects only this particular animal.
There are none left anywhere on earth — they are all gone. About a year or so later, they begin to reappear on Earth again. How can this be?

The animal is the Mule. Since all Mules are born sterile, you can only get a Mule by crossing a donkey with a horse. That is how the species is able to repopulate itself.

Careers

Three working women have different careers. If only one of statements 1, 2 and 3 are true, can you tell whether or not Mary is a nurse?1. This statement is only true if statement 5 is false.
2. This statement is true if statements 4 or 5, or both 4 and 5 are true.
3. This statement is false only if both statements 6 and 1 are true.
4. Mary is a nurse
5. Karen is an artist.
6. Sarah is a photographer.

Mary is not a nurse.
The way to solve this riddle, is to consider statements 4, 5, and
6 and create a chart of all possible true and false answers. Next,
fill in the chart according to statements 1 through 3. You will
discover that there is only one line where only one of statements
one, two and three are true. Thus, it is determined that:
Statement 4 and 5 are false and statement 6 is true.

Boxing Match

Two boxers are in a boxing match (regular boxing, not kick boxing). The fight is scheduled for 12 rounds but ends after 6 rounds, after one boxer knocks out the other boxer. Yet no man throws a punch. How is this possible?

They are female boxers.

An Extended Trip

Julie is going on an extended trip for three weeks. She lives in a remote area where there are frequent electrical power outages which can last up to three or four days. Julie has quite a bit of food in her freezer which would go bad if it thawed and then re-froze. She does have digital clock and a VCR which would flash 12:00 if the power went out. Unfortunately the clock and VCR flash even if the power only goes out for a few seconds. What can Julie do so that when she returns home she will be able to determine whether the power was out long enough to thaw her food?Asking a neighbor whether the power was out, isn’t a reliable option because the nearest house is half a mile away, and one house may have power, while another house may have no power. She won?t be able to have a neighbor check on her house every day, and has no one to house sit.

One thing Julie could do is freeze a tray of ice-cubes, and turn the tray of ice upside down in her freezer. When she comes home, she should check the tray. If the ice cubes are still in the tray, the food is safe to eat. If the trays are empty, it’s time to clean out the freezer. She?ll have to make a judgment call if the ice-cubes are only slightly thawed.

No Wheels

What can be driven, but has no wheels,
and can be sliced and remain whole?

A Golf Ball.

Baffling Statements

Which of the following statements are true, and which are false?
1. Only one of the statements is false
2. Exactly two of the statements are false.
3. Only three of the statements are false.
4. Exactly four of the statements are false.
5. All five of these statements are false.

The only true statement can be #4. The others are false. #5 can’t be true, because it says all the statements are false.

The Hiker

Jordan is leaving from a small town in Wyoming and hiking through the wilderness to a post where he will spend the summer. The hike will take Jordan six days. One man can only carry enough food and water for four days. Jordan cannot take a mule or any other animal to haul his food and water, because there will be insufficient food and supplies for the animals at his destination. How can Jordan make it to his destination?

Jordan takes two other hikers with him. Each hiker starts out with a four day supply of food and water. After the first day, the first hiker gives a one day supply to each Jordan and the
second hiker. This leaves the first hiker with a one day supply to go home and Jordan and the second hiker now each have a four day supply again. After the second day, the second hiker gives Jordan a one day supply and keep a two day supply for himself so that he can get home. This gives Jordan a four day supply of food and water, and now he has enough to reach his destination.

Household Items

Five women each purchase a household item for use in a different room.1. Mrs. Simpson does not keep her item in the bedroom.
2. Amy has a television; Mrs. Griggs has a hi-fi.
3. Kylie does not keep her item in the bedroom.
4. Clara does not have a telephone.
5. Mrs. Williams does not keep her item in the kitchen.
6. Kylie keeps hers in the conservatory.
7. Michelle has a bookcase; Mrs. Dingle has a computer.
8. Michelle does not keep her in the living room.
9. Mrs. Pringle keeps hers in the study; Roxanne keeps
hers in the kitchen.

Can you work out the full name of each woman, her item and where she keeps it?

Kylie Dingle – Conservatory – Computer
Amy Williams – Bedroom – Television
Clara Griggs – Living Room – Hi-Fi
Roxanne Simpson – Kitchen – Telephone
Michelle Pringle – Study – Bookcase

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