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*Don't scroll down the page till you've had a go at working out the answers, as it will spoil the fun.

1. The Car Accident.

A man and his son are in a car accident. The father dies on the

scene, but the child is rushed to the hospital. When he arrives the

surgeon says "I can't operate on this boy, he is my son!"

How can this be?

2. Dressed in Black

A man is wearing black. Black shoes, socks, trousers, jumper, gloves,

etc. Black everything! He is walking down a black street with all the

street lamps off. A black car is coming towards him with its light off,

but somehow manages to stop in time.

How did the driver see the man?

3. The Siblings

One day Erin celebrated her birthday. Two days later her older twin

brother, Erik, celebrated his birthday.


4. Manhole Covers.

Why is it better to have round manhole covers than square ones?

5. The Deadly Party

A man went to a party and drank some of the punch. He then left early.

Everyone else at the party who drank the punch subsequently died of


Why did the man not die?

6. Heaven

A man died and went to Heaven. There were thousands of other people

there. They were all naked and all looked as they did at the age of 21.

He looked around to see if there was anyone he recognized. He saw

a couple and he knew immediately that they were Adam and Eve.

How did he know?

7. Trouble with Sons

A woman had two sons who were born on the same hour of the same day of

the same year. But they were not twins.

How could this be so?

8. The Man in the Bar

A man walks into a bar and asks the barman for a glass of water. The

barman pulls out a gun and points it at the man. The man says 'Thank

you' and walks out.


1. The surgeon is the boy's mother.

2. It was day time.

3. At the time she went into labor, the mother of the twins was traveling by boat. The older twin, Erik, was born first early on March 1st. The boat then crossed a time zone and Erin, the younger twin, was born on February the 28th. Therefore, the younger twin celebrates her birthday two days before her older brother.

4. A square manhole cover can be turned and dropped down the diagonal of the manhole. A round manhole cannot be dropped down the manhole. So for safety and practicality, all manhole covers should be round.

5. The poison in the punch came from the ice cubes. When the man drank the punch, the ice was fully frozen. Gradually it melted, poisoning the punch.

6. He recognized Adam and Eve as the only people without navels because they were not born of women, they had never had umbilical cords and therefore they never had navels. This one seems perfectly logical but it can sometimes spark fierce theological arguments.

7. They were two of a set of triplets (or quadruplets etc.) This puzzle stumps many people. They try outlandish solutions involving test-tube babies or surrogate mothers. Why does the brain search for complex solutions when there is a much simpler one available?

8. The man had hiccups. The barman recognized this from his speech and drew the gun in order to give him a shock. It worked and cured the hiccups - so the man no longer needed the water. This is a simple puzzle to state but a difficult one to solve. It is a perfect example of a seemingly irrational and incongruous situation having a simple and complete explanation. Amazingly this classic puzzle seems to work in different cultures and languages.

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:twisted: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: very good Al

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Oooohhh I like brain teasers :P I got most of them right :roll: ;D

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