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Unlisted numbers

There is a town in California where 5% of all the people living there have unlisted phone numbers. If you selected 100 names at random from the town’s phone directory, on average, how many of these people would have unlisted phone numbers?

A:
None. You will not find unlisted phone numbers in a phone directory
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Four members of a band …

Four members of a band are walking to a night concert. They decide to take a shortcut, but must cross a bridge. Luckily they have one flashlight.

 

Because of the varying size of their instruments, it takes each member a different amount of time to cross the bridge – it takes the first person one minute, the second person two minutes, the third person five minutes and the fourth person ten minutes.

 

They must cross the bridge in pairs, travelling at the slower speed so if the one minute person went with the ten minute person, it would take a total of ten minutes.

 

Since there is only one flashlight, one person must come back across the bridge, then another pair can cross.

 

They only have 17 minutes to cross the bridge and still get to the concert on time. What order should they cross to get everyone across and get to the concert?

A:
First, the one minute person and the two minute person must cross the bridge, for a total of two minutes. Then the one minute person should come back with flashlight - total of three minutes. The five minute person and the ten minute person cross together next, making the total thirteen minutes. Now the two minute person goes back and (total now fifteen minutes) and gets the one minute person and they cross together bringing the total to seventeen minutes.
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The Old Surgeon

George and his son Arthur were riding in a car. However they got into a car accident. George died and Arthur was rushed to the hospital. When he got there the doctors decided to preform surgery. The old surgeon that was called to operatate said, “I can’t do it he’s my son”. How can this be?

A:
The surgeon was Arthur's Mother. (women can be surgeons too)
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The Cleverest Son

An old man once knew he was going to die soon. He called his three sons and explained that there was no way that he could divide his farm in three for them. He gave them each a coin and told them that whoever could fill the room would get the farm. The first son bought a cart of hay. The second son bought a wagon of feathers. The third thought a bit, then went to a small store and bought two small objects, and slipped them in his pocket. The first son could not fill the room. the second couldn’t either. The third son took the objects out of his pocket and they filled the room. What were they?

A:
A candle and a match. They filled the room with light.
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Boy and the Carney

A boy was at a carnival and went to a booth where a man said to the boy, “If I write your exact weight on this piece of paper then you have to give me $50, but if I cannot, I will pay you $50.”

 

The boy looked around and saw no scale so he agrees, thinking no matter what the carny writes he’ll just say he weighs more or less.

 

In the end the boy ended up paying the man $50. How did the man win the bet?

 

A:
The man did exactly as he said he would and wrote "your exact weight" on the paper
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Getting Bigger

If you add to me I get smaller. When you take things out of me I get bigger. What am I?

A:
I am a hole.
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Six Men Digging

Ten men took 20 minutes to dig 1 hole. If this is so, how long does it take 1 man to dig 1/2 a hole?

A:
There is no such thing as half a hole. A hole is a hole.
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Age of father and son

The ages of a father and son add up to 66. The father’s age is the son’s age reversed.


How old could they be? (3 possible solutions).

A:
51 and 15. 42 and 24. 60 and 06.
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How many am I?

My first is a number, my second another,

 

And each, I assure you, wil rhyme with the other.

 

My first you will find is one-fifth of my second,

 

And trly my whole a long period reckoned.

 

Yet my first and my seond(nay, think not I cozen),

 

When added together will make but two dozen.

 

How many am I?

A:
four score
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Thin dog, Fat dog

Two dogs are sitting on a porch – a fat dog and a thin dog. The little dog is the son of the fat dog, but the fat dog is not the father of the thin dog. Can you explain?

A:
The fat dog is the mother.
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