Friday, August 10, 2007

Friday Frolics: A Simple Test

Time just flies by. Friday is here again and time for yet another blog frolic. A simple test, this one, which you might have come across. If this is your first time seeing it, enjoy it.

Below are four questions and a bonus question. You have to answer them instantly. You can't take your time, answer all of them immediately.

Let's find out just how clever you really are....

Ready? GO!!! (scroll down)

First Question:
You are participating in a race. You overtake the second person. What position are you in?


Answer: If you answered that you are first, then you are
absolutely wrong. If you overtake the second person and you take his place, you are second.

Now answer the second question.

Second Question:
If you overtake the last person, then you are...?
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Answer: If you answered that you are second to last, then you are wrong again. How can you overtake the LAST Person?

You're not very good at this, are you?

Third Question:
Very tricky arithmetic. Note: This must be done mentally only.
Do NOT use paper and pencil or a calculator. Let's go.

Take 1000 and add 40 to it. Now add another 1000. Now add 30.
Add another 1000. Now add 20. Now add another 1000
Now add 10. What is the total?

Scroll down for answer.....


Did you get 5000 ?

The correct answer is actually 4100.

If you don't believe it, check it with a calculator!
Today is definitely not your day, is it?
Maybe you'll get the last question right....

Fourth Question:

Mary's father has five daughters: 1. Nana, 2. Nene, 3. Nini,
4. Nono. What is the name of the fifth daughter?


Did you Answer Nunu?
NO! Of course it isn't.
Her name is Mary. Read the question again.

Okay, now the bonus round:

A mute person goes into a shop and wants to buy a toothbrush. By imitating the action of brushing his teeth he successfully expresses himself to the shopkeeper and the purchase is done.

Next, a blind man comes into the shop to buy a pair of sunglasses; how does HE indicate what he wants?


He just has to open his mouth and ask...
It's really very simple.... Like you!



  1. Well, I got two of those right...

  2. Well, same here. Reading and comprehension are entirely different, aren't they?

  3. I got all my answers right. This is not to say that I am smart. It is just that I am familiar with this type of quiz.

    For Q3, I first did this:
    1000 + 1000 + 1000 + 1000
    Then I did:
    40 + 30 + 20 + 10
    The sums were then added together to give the final answer.

  4. KS, I think you are either smart, very smart, or you cheated! No, just kidding! Great job!

  5. Very clever stuff. The last reminds me of the guy I saw at the bicycle shop. He too was a mute, but he came into the bike shop, picked up a wheel and spoke!

    That's not all, I was in a hardware store and a blind man came in and picked up a hammer and saw!

  6. That reminds me of the time I stopped at Bill's Cafe and Gas Station when I was out driving in the country. I ate Bill's chili and got gas.