• Acuvi said:
    You're absolutely right! : ) ..again!
    Yay! Here's a quickie:

    If you have one, you often want to share it; if you share one, you no longer have it. What is it?

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  • Well, this "quickie" has lasted over two months... ;-) Any guesses?

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    • 26 sep 2010, 04:02
    I've thought on this one for a while, and cannot come to any reasonable conclusion.

    Give me another two months...

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  • I'll give you a clue: it's not a tangible object.

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    • 26 sep 2010, 23:52
    A secret?

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  • Varialus said:
    A secret?
    Correct! :-)

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  • Here's a good one: what's the longest word you can start with that remains an English word as you remove each of its letters one at a time, all the way down to one letter? For example, "cart":

    cart - remove the r, and you get
    cat - still a word. Remove the c
    at - still a word. Remove the t
    a - a single letter used as a word.

    I'll tell you the longest word after you have at least one attempt - let's see how close you get to the maximum number of letters. :-)

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    • 28 sep 2010, 19:46
    cart
    art
    at
    a

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  • Varialus said:
    cart
    art
    at
    a
    You could at least have pluralised it to make it longer...

    The answer is actually quite startling, in that there's at least one nine-letter word that fits these criteria.

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    • 29 sep 2010, 18:53
    I'm no good with these kind of riddles :(

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  • I already told you the answer is startling. ;-)

    STARTLING
    STARTING
    STARING
    STRING
    STING
    SING
    SIN
    IN
    I

    In fairness, I don't think I explained it very well. Here's a better one:

    You're in a room with three light switches in front of you, labelled A, B and C. For some reason, they're wired to bulbs in a room right at the other end of the building.

    It's your job to figure out (on your own) which switch controls which bulb. The most obvious thing to do is flick switch A, walk all the way to the room with the bulbs, mark the one that's illuminated as A, walk all the way back, flick switch B, walk all the way to the room with the bulbs again...

    But there's a way to match all three switches to their respective bulbs without having to make more than one journey. Can you figure it out?

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    • 11 okt 2010, 01:40
    You explained it just fine, and I understood it, I was just too lazy to try to think of a word that does that.

    I know the answer to this riddle already. The answer is the same as a similar one.

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  • Shame to let this thread die. This riddle still stands, if anyone wants to have a stab:

    You're in a room with three light switches in front of you, labelled A, B and C. For some reason, they're wired to bulbs in a room right at the other end of the building.

    It's your job to figure out (on your own) which switch controls which bulb. The most obvious thing to do is flick switch A, walk all the way to the room with the bulbs, mark the one that's illuminated as A, walk all the way back, flick switch B, walk all the way to the room with the bulbs again...

    But there's a way to match all three switches to their respective bulbs without having to make more than one journey. Can you figure it out?
    Meanwhile, try this one. It's based in truth, which makes it vaguely interesting. This is a statement about World War I, and I've heard it used as a lesson in "counter-intuitive" thinking and statistics:

    Soon after metal helmets were introduced, the number of recorded head injuries increased sharply. Why?

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    • 29 nov 2010, 02:43
    Because metal is sharp.

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  • Varialus said:
    Because metal is sharp.
    :-)

    Made me laugh, that. You're always looking for a trick in the language of the question - and I don't think I've used one of those yet. (One of these days...)

    Like I said, this riddle isn't really a riddle as it's based in truth. It's a great lesson that you can indeed prove anything with statistics. Originally during the war soldiers wore cloth caps. Why would recorded head injuries increase rather than decrease after the introduction of far superior protection?

    Feel free to ask questions.

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    • 29 nov 2010, 21:11
    Ah, well now that you gave a background on it, I have an appropriate answer:

    Cloth didn't protect well, so people would generally have fatal wounds from attacks to the head, versus a metal helmet that injures but does protect.

    It's the same argument about air bags in cars. Obviously, air bags will hurt you. But at least you're not dead from a collision with the steering wheel or windshield. Be grateful. XD

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  • Varialus said:
    Ah, well now that you gave a background on it, I have an appropriate answer.
    Well, it's sort of the idea not to give you too much information, but to make you work for it... :-)

    Anyway, absolutely right. Proof that statistics don't necessarily tell the full story.

    Do you want to clear up the other riddle (about the bulbs)?

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    • 30 nov 2010, 19:29
    Turn A on.
    Turn B on for a few moments, turn B off.
    Leave C off.

    The lit bulb will be A (unless it's a faulty bulb, then you might get it confused with C!).
    The unlit warm bulb will be B (unless it's a faulty bulb, then you might get it confused with C!).
    The unlit, non-warm bulb will be C (unless it's a faulty bulb, then... oh, nevermind!).

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  • Absolutely right! Do you want to set the next one?

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  • All right, here's a daft one to keep you busy for a few seconds:

    A man was pushing a car that had no petrol past some houses. He came to stop right next to a hotel, and was subsequently declared bankrupt. How come?

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    • 24 dec 2010, 23:59
    How come he was pushing the car with no petrol, or
    How come he was declared bankrupt?

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  • Varialus said:
    How come he was pushing the car with no petrol, or
    How come he was declared bankrupt?
    I'm looking for one simple solution that explains the entire scenario. :-)

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    • 10 jan 2011, 02:37
    Well, count me down and out of this one. I've yet to come up with any kind of reasonable answer.

    Please do tell.

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  • Varialus said:
    Well, count me down and out of this one. I've yet to come up with any kind of reasonable answer.

    Please do tell.
    It's so silly you'll hate me... ;-) Final clues:

    A variation on the riddle says that the bankruptcy is due to having to hand over all his money to someone with a small silver-coloured dog.

    Think outside the box for this one, but remember to put it all back in the box (including the dice) when you've finished. :-)

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    • 11 jan 2011, 06:26
    Ah, I get it now. But still, the man could have just as easily NOT been declared bankrupt... Just saying.

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