# Trick Questions

## Saint Ives

1. As I was going to St Ives,
I met a man with seven wives,
Each wife had seven sacks;
Each sack had seven cats;
Each cat had seven kittens.
Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,
How many were going to St Ives?

## Pears

2. If you have 3 pears and lose one pear how many have you left?

## Paris

3. What world center is in the middle of Paris, is on the end of the Eiffel tower, and is involved in starting every road race?

## Which statement is true?

4. a. The second millennium started on January 1, 2000.
b. The second millennium started on January 1, 2001.
c. The second millennium started on January 1, 2002.
d. The second millennium started on December 31, 2000.
e. None of the above.

## Pilot

5. You're the pilot of an airplane that travels from New York to Chicago - a distance of 800 miles. The airplane travels at 200 m.p.h. and makes one stop for 30 minutes. What is the pilot's name?

## Cheese

6. Which popular cheese is made backwards?

7. A rope-ladder is hanging over the side of a ship. The ladder is 12 feet long, and the rungs are one foot apart. The lowest rung is resting on the top of the ocean. The tide rises at the rate of four inches per hour. How long will it take before the first four rungs of the ladder are under water?

## Border

8. Where does New York border on North Carolina?

## On the Beach

9. A child playing on the beach had 6-1/6 sand piles in one place and 3-1/3 in another. If he put them together, how many sand piles would he have?

## Apples

10. If there are 6 apples and you take away 4, how many do you have?

## Puppies

11. A dog had 3 puppies, named Mopsy, Topsy and Spot. What was the mother's name.

12. Exactly how many slices of 1.5 cm each can you cut from a whole bread which is 22.5 cm long?

## Heavy Question

13. Which is heavier, a pound of feathers or a pound of gold?

## On the River

14. If a duck came floating down the Mekong River, where would it have come from?

## Money Talks

15. There are two coins which total 55 cents (read: \$0.55). One of them is not a nickel. What are the two coins?

## Paper-Folding

16. What is the maximum number of times a normal sheet of (news)paper can be folded in half by hand?

## Terminal Members

17. What do you call a person who doesn't have all of his/her fingers on one hand?

## Boys or Girls

18. In the Massacre of the Innocents under Herod, a number of poor little children were buried in the sand with only their feet sticking out. How might you distinguish the boys from the girls?

## Italy

19. You've seen a map of Italy. In which direction does the toe of the boot face?

## Accurate

20. A sophisticated computer is fed this knotty problem. Between two clocks, one which is broken and doesn't run at all, while the other loses one second every 24 hours, which is more accurate?

## The President

21. What was the (American) President's name in 1960?

## High Noon

22. Is noon AM or PM?

## Calculus

23. Compute: 3 + 4 times 5 + 2

## Who is Bigger?

24. Who's bigger: Mr. Bigger, Mrs. Bigger or their baby?

## Frankenstein

25. Who had the title role in the 1931 movie Frankenstein?

## Iron

26. Why is iron so important to women?

## Divide by 3

27. What is the number eleven thousand eleven hundred and eleven divided by three? (no fractions).

## Language

28. How quickly can you find out what is unusual about this paragraph? It looks so ordinary that you would think that nothing was wrong with it at all, and in fact, nothing is. But it is unusual. Why? If you study it and think about it you may find out, but I am not going to assist you in any way. You must do it without coaching. No doubt if you work at it for long, it will dawn on you. I don't know. Now, go to work and try your luck.

## Christmas

29. Name the most recent year in which New Year's preceded Christmas.

## The Ark

30. How many animals of each sex did Moses take with him on the ark?

## Zamboni

31. What does a Zamboni do during half-time in hockey?

## Penny's

32. Why are 1968 pennies worth more than 1967 pennies?

## The train

33. An electric train is moving north at 100kph and a wind is blowing to the west at 10kph. Which way does the smoke blow?

## The Attractive Clerk

34. Nancy is a very attractive clerk in a candy store. She is 19 years old, is a Freshman at an Ivy League University, wears fashionable clothes, and is a highly competent mathematician. She has done a least squares analysis on her weight during the last two years and has found that the best fitting polynomial is a cubic equation. What does she weigh?

## Panama Canal

35. When travelling from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean on the Panama Canal, does one travel east or west?

## Border Problem

36. If a plane crashes on the border between the US and Mexico, where do
they bury the survivors?

## Naming Coins?

37. Start with three coins: a penny, a nickel and a quarter. Say, "Tommy's mother has three children. The first child's name is Penny." (Hold up the penny while saying this.) "The second child's name is Nick." (Hold up the nickel.) What is the third child's name? (Hold up the quarter.)

## Another Sentence

38. FINISHED FILES ARE THE RE-
SULT OF YEARS OF SCIENTIF-
IC STUDY COMBINED WITH
THE EXPERIENCE OF YEARS.

Count the words in the above sentence. Now count the Fs in the above sentence. Add the number of words with the number of "Fs".
What do you get?

## Dirty Job

39. How much dirt is there in a hole 3 ft deep, 6 ft long and 4 ft wide?

## The Farmer

40. A farmer had 15 sheep, and all but 8 died. How many are left?

## Bus Trip

41. Imagine you are driving a bus. When you start your trip there are an old lady named Johnson and a long-haired kid on the bus. At the first stop the lady leaves and a businessman enters. At the next stop Frankie, a young boy, enters with his little sister. Then three old ladies who have been shopping in the mall get on. After a short trip the long-haired kid leaves the bus and a man and lady enter. Paul with his dog Blue gets on, while Frankie and his sister get off, and, finally, the bus arrives at the bus station.

Question: what is the name of the bus driver?

## Geography

42. Do you say "Loo-iss-vill" is the capital of Kentucky, or do you say "Loo-ee-vill" is the capital of Kentucky?

## Spelling

43. If you spell "sit all day in the tub" S-O-A-K, and you spell "a funny story" J-O-K-E, how do you spell "the white of an egg"?

## The Widow's Sister

44. Is it legal for a man to marry his widow's sister?

## The Toilet

45. If water going down the drain/toilet goes counter-clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere,
in which direction would a toilet go on the equator?

## Longest Word

46. What is the longest word in the English dictionary and what does it mean?

## Days

47. Some months have 31 days, others have 30 days. How many have 28 days?

## Five Children

48. Mr & Mrs Van Uden have 5 children. Of these five, half are boys.
How is this possible?

• ## The Tall Tale

49. One day after dinner, my uncle sat me down and began to tell me a tall tale. It seemed that there was once a minister who often fell asleep during Sunday services. One such Sunday, he nodded off and dreamt that he was in the middle of the French Revolution. In this dream he was one of the revolutionaries awaiting execution. His head was placed in the guillotine, and the blade was dropped. But just as it was about to hit, the minister's wife, noticing that he was asleep, stuck him in the back of the neck with a sewing needle to awaken him. The minister was so startled by this, he jolted awake and promptly died of a heart attack. So I ask you, was my uncle telling me the truth, or was he lying?

• ## The Presidents

50. The 22nd and the 24th US president were born from the same father and the same mother. But they were not brothers. How come ?

• ## Difference

51. What is the difference between Illegal and Unlawful?

• ## Misprint

52. In any standard English (or US English) there is always one word that is spelled incorrectly. What is it?

## Phone Numbers

53. In a large western city, 80% of the phone numbers are listed, 20% of the phone numbers are businesses, and 20% of the phone numbers start with the numeral "2". If you were to take a random sample of 1000 phone numbers from the city's phone book, how many numbers would you expect to be unlisted, non-business phone numbers that start with a numeral other than "2"?

## The Triangle

54. A pilot is flying a helicopter around a large equilateral triangular course, with way-points labelled A, B and C. To fly from point A to point B takes him one hour and twenty minutes. To fly from point B to point C takes him another one hour and twenty minutes. However, to fly from point C back to point A ONLY takes him eighty minutes. Since the pilot maintained a constant speed all the way, how did he achieve this?

## The Duck

55. Imagine a duck in a glass bottle. The neck of the bottle is too small to allow the duck through. The bottle is perfectly formed and has no trick bottoms or other openings. How do you get the duck out of the bottle without damaging either the duck or the bottle?

## The Horse

56. There once was a race horse
That won great fame
What-do-you-think
Was the horse's name.

## Birthdays

57. How many birth days does the average person have?

## Colour of the bear

58. A man lives in a normal house, but the four sides each face south. From inside the man sees a bear. What colour is the bear?

## Familiar

59. What familiar word starts with IS, ends with AND, and has LA in the middle?

## Building bricks

60. How many bricks does it take to complete a building made entirely of bricks?

## Trunk

61. How many legs does an elephant have if you count his trunk as a leg?

## Elephant lifting

62. How on Earth can you lift an adult elephant with one hand?

## Potatoes

63. Where do the biggest potatoes grow?

## Concrete

64. How can you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it?

## What Month

65. Every year: in what month do Americans people eat least?