Mental Floss 37






The answer to last week’s challenge is. Q: If you are walking forwards, but traveling backwards and the only motion is being provided by you (i.e. not on a train or in a river, etc) where are you?

A: On a log, a large ball, or cylinder or any spherical or cylindrical object.

This week’s lateral thinking challenge is.

Q: Before Mt Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world?

The answer along with a new challenge will appear next week.

Good Luck …

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Comments (2)

  1. Richard :

    Geographers recognise Mauna Kea in Hawai’i Big Island, which I have visited, as the world’s tallest mountain rising from the sea bottom and breaching the sea surface, which it also was before the other mountain could be ‘discovered’ a strange word which means ‘people of European origin noticed it.’

    I believe there may be a submarine mountain that doesn’t breach the sea surface but is even taller.

  2. Phil :

    I think you are confusing “Highest” with “Tallest” – anyway, even though it is still growing, Everest was still the tallest before it was “discovered”


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