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.
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?
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.
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?
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.)
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.
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?
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"?
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?
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?