I look like a pearl,
Clouds are my ancestors,
I am very delicate,
I die when I’m touched.
What am I?
Starting with the word STANDARD, how can you take away two letters and add three digits to make a logical sequence?
Remove the two A’s, leaving: ST ND RD
Add 1, 2, 3 to produce: 1st, 2nd, 3rd.
Reaching as high as your neck, waist, or knees,
The going gets slower when wading through these.
What are they?
Never resting, never still,
Silently moving from hill to hill,
I do not walk, run or trot,
But all is cool where I am not.
What am I?
How can the number 4 be half of FIVE?
Beginning with FIVE, take away the F and E (half of the letters), leaving IV, which is the Roman numeral for four.
What must be in the oven yet can not be baked?
Grows in the heat yet shuns the light of day?
What sinks in water but rises with air?
Looks like skin but is fine as hair?
We are many and one,
We wave and we drum,
We will cover a stare,
With you everywhere.
What are we?
I move without wings,
Between silken string,
I leave as you find,
My substance behind.
What am I?
Given a corked bottle with only a penny inside, how can you remove the penny without pulling out the cork, breaking the bottle and leaving the cork intact?
Push the cork into the bottle, then shake the penny out.
On a remote (imaginary) island, there are 11 snakes and a single mouse. As you’d expect, snakes eat the mice. But contrary to what you’d expect, when a snake eats a mouse, it turns into one.
The snakes live by only two rules:
1. Don’t get eaten.
2. Eat mice as long as rule #1 isn’t violated.
How many snakes and mice will there be left on the island?
10 snakes, 1 mouse.
If there were only a single snake and mouse, the snake could eat the mouse, then turn into one, leaving a single mouse.
If there were two snakes and a single mouse, rule 2 would keep either of the snakes from eating the mouse to avoid being eaten themselves.
With three snakes and one mouse, one of the snakes could eat a mouse and be safe as a mouse thanks to rule 2.
This pattern continues. With an even number of snakes, nothing happens. With an odd number of snakes, one snake can eat the mouse.
Thus, with 11 snakes, one snake would eat the mouse, turn into one and leave 10 snakes and 1 mouse.