Tony goes into Dave's Army-Navy store and buys a hat for $14. He gives Dave a $20 bill. Dave doesn't have any change, so he takes the $20 bill across the street to Laura, the clerk in Watson's Hardware store. Laura trades Dave's $20 bill for twenty $1 bills. Dave comes back and gives Tony $6 in change. Tony takes the hat and the $6 change and leaves town forever. Half an hour later Laura comes over to Dave’s store, just furious. She has discovered that the $20 bill he gave her is counterfeit. Dave, of course, makes it good, giving Laura a genuine $20 bill he has in the till from an earlier sale. Question: Now that it is all over, who came out behind? And by how much?
A chicken farmer has figured out that a hen and a half can lay an egg and a half in a day and a half. How many hens does the farmer need to produce one dozen eggs in six days?
You are standing by the duck pond with two pails. One holds 7 gallons and the other holds 3 gallons. Neither one of them has gallon markings on the side. How can you get exactly 5 gallons of water in the big pail?
3 men go into a hotel. The man behind the desk says a room is $30 so each man pays $10 and goes to the room.
A while later the man behind the desk realized the room was only $25 so he sent the bellboy to the 3 guys' room with $5. On the way the bellboy couldn't figure out how to split $5 evenly between 3 men, so he gave each man a $1 and kept the other $2 for himself.
This meant that the 3 men each paid $9 for the room, which is a total of $27 add the $2 that the bellboy kept = $29. Where is the other dollar?
"The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
Can you just smell that? It's the smell of brains hard at work. We're at it again, today we're going to help the painter.
Scott the painter is going to paint the floors of 16 rooms. He is in room #1. He can go through any door (see diagram). He cannot return to any room once he has painted it — slow drying paint! In what order should he paint the rooms? Obviously, #16 must be last.
"If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you learn. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you."
There are four men who want to cross a bridge. They all begin on the same side. You have 17 minutes to get all of them across to the other side. It is nighttime, there is one torch. A maximum of two people can cross at one time. Any party who crosses, either one or two people, must have the torch with them. The torch must be walked back and forth, it cannot be thrown, etc. Each man walks at a different speed. A pair must walk together at the rate of the slower man.
Man 1: 1 minute to cross
Man 2: 2 minutes to cross
Man 3: 5 minutes to cross
Man 4: 10 minutes to cross
For example, if Man 1 and May 4 walk across first, 10 minutes have elapsed when they get to the other side of the bridge. If Man 4 returns with the torch, a total of 20 minutes have passed, and you have failed the mission.