## "All Riddles"

#### Sticks of Truth

A man walks into a hotel and the owner is crying because someone has stole his daughter’s ring. The man tells the owner he has a way to get the ring back, and to get everyone staying in the hotel to gather int he lobby. He got some sticks from outside and gave evryone one stick after putting a spell on them. “These sticks are magic. The one who took this man’s ring will be found out, for their stick will grow 2 in. overnight. Keep them with you tonight, and goodbye.” The man comes back the next day and collects everyone’s sticks. He picks up the shortest stick from a woman and she confesses and gives the ring back. Why was it the shortest stick instead of the longest???

A:
The woman that had the shortest stick was it because that night she cut off 2 in., thinking that she would get the ring beacuse her stick would be the same size. Or so she thought.

#### Underwater

A magician was boasting one day at how long he could hold his breath under water. His record was 6 minutes. A kid that was listening said, “that’s nothing, I can stay under water for 10 minutes using no types of equipment or air pockets!” The magician told the kid if he could do that, he’d give him \$10,000. The kid did it and won the money. Can you figure out how?

A:
The kid filled a glass of water and held it over his head for 10 minutes.

#### 3 Switches

You are standing in front of a room with one lightbulb inside of it. You cannot see if it is on or off. Outside the room there are 3 switches in the off positions. You may turn the switches any way you want to. You stop turning the switches, enter the room and know which switch controls the lightbulb. How?

A:
You turn 2 switches "on" and leave 1 switch "off" and wait about a minute. Then enter the room, but just before you enter, turn one switch from "on" to "off".

Once in the room, feel the lightbulb - if it is warm, but off, it has to be the last switch you turned off. If it is on, it has to be the switch left on. If it is cold and is off, it has to be the switch you left in the off position.

#### Blacksmith

What insect does a blacksmith manufacture?

A:
He makes the firefly.

#### Perfect for life

A place with four walls, a ceiling and a floor. I have air, water, and food. And yet a human connot survive within me.

What am I?

A:
An Aquarium

#### Crayons in a box

There is a mixture of purple, orange, and yellow crayons in a crayon box. The total number of crayons is 60, there are four times as many orange crayons as yellow crayons. There are also 6 more purple crayons than orange crayons. How many crayons of each color are there?

A:
there are 30 purple crayons,24 orange crayons and 6 yellow crayons.

#### The Man In the Desert

A man is walking through the desert. He sees and enormously large cliff, and a dead man at the bottom. The dead man is in his underwear and is holding a straw. How did the man die and how did he get there?

Hint #1: The straw in the man’s hand is not a drinking straw, it is a straw of hay.

Hint #2: The man died from falling a great height.

Hint #3: The man walking up to the dead man has nothing to do with the dead man.

Hint #5: The man was in some sort of vehicle before he died.

A:
The dead man and his two friends (three people) were flying in a hot air balloon. They were heading down wards and towards the cliff. They threw everything out of the hot air balloon and stripped to their underwear, but it wasn't enough. They decided to draw straws to see who would have to jump out. That poor man lost and had to jump out. His friends floated away to safety.

#### rain keep a comming

I never get any wetter no mater how much or how hard it rains, what am I?

A:
A lake

#### Two hospitals

A certain town is served by two hospitals. In the larger hospital, about 45 babies are born each day. In the smaller one, about 15 babies are born each day. Although the overall proportion of girls is about 50%, the actual proportion at either hospital may be greater or less on any day. At the end of a year, which hospital will have the greater number of days on which more than 60% of the babies born were girls?

A:
The answer is 2: the smaller hospital. The Law of Large Numbers says:

The more people we survey, the more accurate the result.

Larger samples are better.

In this case, the number of children born each day is a random sample of the number of children born in a year. There is much more deviation in a small (daily, in this case) sample than over an entire year. Similarly, there will be more deviation in a sample of size 15 than in one of size 45. Even though both hospitals will have about 50% girls over the year, the smaller hospital will have more days in which the number is higher than 60% (and more days when it is less than 40%). (Consider the extreme case of a hospital that has one baby a day. Every day will be either more than 60% girls (one) or less than 40% girls (zero).

People commonly and mistakenly believe that even very small samples will have the same composition as large ones. Remember this next time someone uses a small survey sample to "prove" something -- the results may be invalid!

#### Longest word

What is the lonngest word that only has 1 letter in it

A:
An envelope
1. More:
2. 1
3. 2
4. 3
5. 4
6. 5
7. 6
8. 7
9. ...
10. 22