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Sep2021

Mental Floss 211

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The answer to last week’s challenge is, Q: Over the past 100 years many men have dedicated significant portions of their lives in the quest for burnt wood. Although they have been occasionally successful, they have never managed to move the wood. Why ... Read More
September 3, 2021admin

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Aug2021

Mental Floss 210

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The answer to last week’s challenge is, Q: A large mail order company undertook an analysis of it's customer base. They were surprised to see that a there was an unusually high number of people who were born on November 11. How could ... Read More
August 27, 2021admin

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Aug2021

Mental Floss 209

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The answer to last week’s challenge is, Q: What is it that goes on 4 legs in the morning, two legs in the afternoon and 3 legs in the evening? This is the famous riddle of the Sphinx which was asked of Oedipus ... Read More
August 20, 2021admin

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Aug2021

Mental Floss 207

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The answer to last week’s challenge is, Q: Fabio is guilty of no crime, yet he is surrounded by professional people, one of which hits him until he cries. Why? A: Fabio is a newborn baby and the Dr slaps him to ... Read More
August 6, 2021admin

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Jul2021

Mental Floss 204

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The answer to last week’s challenge is, Q: Imagine you have three identical bricks and want to find the common length of their main diagonals. What is the easiest way to do this using just a measuring tape? A: Place the ... Read More
July 16, 2021admin

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Jul2021

Mental Floss 203

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The answer to last week’s challenge is, Q: What four-letter word can be written forward, backward or upside down, and can still be read from left to right? A: NOON This week’s challenge is: Q: Imagine you have three identical bricks and ... Read More
July 9, 2021admin

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Jul2021

Mental Floss 202

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The answer to last week’s challenge is, Q: Nautious Maximus was born on the 314th day of year 20B.C. and died on the 271st day of year 20A.D. How old was he when he died? A: Nautious Maximus was 38 years old. ... Read More
July 2, 2021admin

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Jun2021

Mental Floss 201

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The answer to last week’s challenge is, Q: Which die completes this sequence? A: If you look at dots in the topmost diagram, you will see that they are put together into groups of ... Read More
June 25, 2021admin

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Jun2021

Mental Floss 200

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A-R-E The answer to last week’s challenge is, Q: What single word can be used to complete all of the following words: DE - - - ST,  C - - - ER,  ST - - - ,  P - - - NT? A: The word "are". This week’s challenge is: Q: Which ... Read More
June 18, 2021admin

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Jun2021

Mental Floss 199

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The answer to last week’s challenge is, Q: I had 6 eggs. Broke two, cooked two, ate two. How many do I have left? A: I have 4 eggs left. I had an omelet with the first 2; that’s why I broke ... Read More
June 11, 2021admin

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Jun2021

Mental Floss 198

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The answer to last week’s challenge is, Q: Draw two squares in the schoolyard below that will separate all the students from each other. A: See diagram above.  This week’s challenge is: Q: I had 6 eggs. Broke two, cooked two, ate ... Read More
June 4, 2021admin

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May2021

Mental Floss 197

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The answer to last week’s challenge is, Q: A mother was carrying a basket with 4 apples inside. She went to her 4 children and gave each of them an apple. Yet, there was still one apple left in the basket. How come?... Read More
May 28, 2021admin

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May2021

Mental Floss 196

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The answer to last week’s challenge is, Q: Many underground tube stations have two escalators going up, but just one going down. Why? A: This is because when people leave the train, they pack into groups, whereas when they go to ... Read More
May 21, 2021admin

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May2021

Mental Floss 195

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The answer to last week’s challenge is, Q: Researchers have discovered a strong positive correlation between performance in spelling bees and contestants’ shoe sizes. Can you find an explanation for this? A: Older students have bigger feet and perform better at spelling ... Read More
May 14, 2021admin

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May2021

Mental Floss 194

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The answer to last week’s challenge is, Q: During World War II, the mathematician Abraham Wald was asked to help with determining which parts of the allied forces’ planes must be armored better. After examining the surviving American planes, he noticed that ... Read More
May 7, 2021admin

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Apr2021

Mental Floss 193

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The answer to last week’s challenge is, Q: A man is sitting in his cabin in Sydney. Three hours later he gets out of his cabin in Melbourne. How is this possible? A: The man is a pilot and he is sitting ... Read More
April 30, 2021admin

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Apr2021

Mental Floss 192

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The answer to last week’s challenge is, Q: What has a mouth, but cannot eat; moves, but has no legs; and has a bank, but cannot put money in it? A: A river. This week’s challenge is: Q: A man is ... Read More
April 23, 2021admin

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Apr2021

Mental Floss 191

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The answer to last week’s challenge is, Q:You are sitting in a rowboat on a small lake. You have a brick in your boat. You toss the brick out of your boat into the lake, where it quickly sinks to the bottom. Does ... Read More
April 16, 2021admin

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Jan2021
In an initiative to foster critical and creative thinking in children, Edward deBono is calling for your child's original idea for a "Dog exercising machine". Open for children aged 4-14. Prizes will be awarded to participants in a number of age categories. Some ... Read More
January 29, 2021admin

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Nov2020

Mental Floss 169

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The answer to last week's challenge is, Q: I am the beginning of sorrow and the end of sickness. You cannot express happiness without me yet I am in the midst of crosses. I am always in risk yet never in danger. ... Read More
November 13, 2020admin