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These are some good brain teasers. If you know of any more, please e-mail them to me.

  1. If you are running in a race and you overtake the runner in second place, in what position are you now?

  2. If you overtake the runner in last place, in what position are you now?

  3. Start with 1000, add 40, add 1000, add 30, add 1000, add 20, add 1000, add 10. What is the total?

  4. Marie’s father has five daughters. One is named Chacha, another is named Cheche, the third is named Chichi, and the fourth is named Chocho. What is the fifth daughter’s name?

  5. Marie’s father has five sons. One is named Alpha, another is named Beta, the third is named Gamma, and the fourth is named Delta. What is the fifth son’s name.

  6. What weighs more a pound of goose down feathers or a pound of the element mercury?

  7. What word if pronounced right is wrong and if pronounced wrong is right?

  8. What can you put in a barrel to make it lighter?

  9. What is special about the number 859172?

  10. What occurs once in every minute, twice in every moment, yet never in a thousand years?

  11. What is greater than God,
    more evil than the devil,
    poor people have it,
    and rich people need it?

  12. You are in a dark room with a candle, a wood stove, and a gas lamp. You only have one match, so what do you light first?

  13. How can you throw a ball so that it goes a short distance, comes to a total stop, and then goes back the opposite way?

  14. A bear starts at its cave, walks 1 mile south, 1 mile west, and 1 mile north. The bear is back at its cave. What color is the bear?

  15. You are driving a bus that is leaving on a trip from Pennsylvania and ending in New York. To start off with,
    there were 32 passengers on the bus. At the next bus stop, 11 people get off and 9 people get on. At the
    next bus stop, 2 people get off and 2 people get on. At the next bus stop, 12 people get on and 16 people
    get off. How old is the driver?

  16. What is so fragile that just to say its name breaks it?

  17. Rearrange the letters in the phrase new door to make one word?

  18. What runs but never walks,
    has a mouth but never talks,
    has a head but never weeps,
    has a bed but never sleeps?

  19. What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backward?

  20. How many times in 12 hours does the minute hand of a clock cross the hour hand?

  21. In many liquor stores you can buy pear brandy with a real pear inside the bottle. The pear
    is real and the bottle has not been cut in any way. How did the pear get inside the bottle?

  22. Two carpenters were working on building a new house. One of them was the father of the other’s
    son. How is this possible?

  23. How can two people stand on the same piece of newspaper and yet be unable to touch each other?

  24. A ladder hangs from the side of a ship. The rungs are one foot apart and the ladder is 12 feet
    long. The tide rises at a rate of four inches an hour. How long will it take before the first
    four rungs of the ladder are under water?

  25. What crime, if attempted, is punishable under the law but if successfully carried out is not?

  26. Which is correct, “The yoke of eggs is white” or “the yoke of eggs are white”?

  27. The beginning of eternity
    The end of time and space
    The beginning of every end,
    And the end of every place

  28. Think of words ending in ‘gry’. Angry and hungry are two. There are only three words in the
    English language. What is the third word? You use it every day. I have already told you what
    it is.

  29. Would you rather a lion ate you or a tiger?

  30. A E F H I K L M … What two letters come next in this sequence?

  31. Do they have a 4th of July in England?

  32. How many birthdays does the average man have?

  33. Some months have 31 days how many have 28?

  34. In baseball how many outs are there in an inning?

  35. Is it legal for a man in Hawaii to marry his widow’s sister?

  36. Divide 40 by 1/2 and add 10 what is the answer?

  37. A farmer has 17 chickens and all but 9 die how many are left?

  38. How many animals of each sex did Moses take on the ark?

  39. How many 3 cent stamps are there in a dozen?

  40. A closed room with no windows has three incandescent light bulbs. Each light bulb is controlled by a single switch outside of the room. Each switch is marked with an on and off position. You can do whatever you want with the switches, but you are only allowed to enter the room once. How can you determine which switch controls which light bulb?

  41. What number is next in this series: 1, 4, 3, 11, 15, ___?

  42. What is noteable about the sentence “Jackdaws love my big sphinx of quartz”?

  43. If there are 3 bananas and you take away 2 how many do you have?

  44. A man left home one afternoon. He turned right and ran straight ahead. Then he tunred left. Next he turned left again and continued running fast. Then he turned left once more and decided to go home. He could see two masked men waiting there for him. Who are they?

  45. Translate the following YYURYYUBICURYY4ME

  46. If I have 2 liters of apple juice and you have 3 times as much as I have then how much apple juice do you have?

  47. If I have 2 liters of apple juice and you have 3 times more than I have then how much apple juice do you have?

  48. Which US state is farthest north?

  49. Which US state is farthest west?

  50. Which US state is farthest east?

  51. Which US state is farthest south?