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Trick Questions - 9

soroban

Well-known member
Feb 2, 2012
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. . . . . . . . Trick Questions - 9


There is rope ladder hanging over the side of a yacht.
The rungs are one foot apart.
At 1 p.m. there are three rungs below the water.
The tide is rising at one foot per hour.
How many rungs are underwater at 4 p.m.
Three rungs.
The yacht rises with the tide.



Consider the English names of the integers from 1 to 999.
In the next 30 seconds, how many numbers can you name
that do not contain the letter "a"?
Start counting: one, two, three, etc.
None of them contain the letter "a".

Note: 123 is "one hundred twenty-three".
. . . . .There is no "and" used.

. . . . .The "and" represents the decimal point.
. . . . .12.3 = "twelve and three-tenths".



In the original movie, who played Frankenstein?
Colin Clive.
Boris Karloff played the nameless monster.



A 3-volume set of books is on a shelf in the usual way.
A bookworm eats his way from the first page of Volume 1
directly to the last page of Volume 3.
Each volume is 1 inch thick. .(Ignore covers.)
How far does the bookworm travel?
One inch.
Code:
      *---*---*---*
      |   |   |   |
      |   |   |   |
      | 1 | 2 | 3 |
      |   |   |   |
      |   |   |   |
      *---*---*---*
          ↑   ↑ 
          a   b
The first page of Volume 1 is at [tex]a.[/tex]
The last page of Volume 3 is at [tex]b.[/tex]

Gotcha!
 

M R

Active member
Jun 22, 2013
51
In the next 30 seconds, how many numbers can you name
that do not contain the letter "a"?
Start counting: one, two, three, etc.
None of them contain the letter "a".

Note: 123 is "one hundred twenty-three".
. . . . .There is no "and" used.

. . . . .The "and" represents the decimal point.
. . . . .12.3 = "twelve and three-tenths".
Erm, in the UK we say "one hundred and twenty three". Are we wrong? :p
 

Jameson

Administrator
Staff member
Jan 26, 2012
4,043
As an American who taught British English for a couple of years, I am pretty aware of most of the differences between our versions of English, but only recently became aware of the differences with regards to math (or maths ;) ) and numbers. Here's a cool video talking about some of them.