March 19th, 2002

Life 2 (based on icon from tamnonlinear)

Keep it simple

When NASA first started sending up astronauts, they quickly
discovered that ballpoint pens would not work in 0 gravity.
To combat this problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and
$12 billion developing a pen that writes in zero gravity,
upside down, underwater, on almost any surface including glass
and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to over 300 C.

The Russians used a pencil.
Life 2 (based on icon from tamnonlinear)

Brain Teasers

How about a few Brain Teasers:

1. A murderer is condemned to death. He has to choose between
three rooms. The first is full of raging fires, the second is
full of assassins with loaded guns, and the third is full of
lions that haven't eaten in 3 years. Which room is safest for
him?

2. A woman shoots her husband. Then she holds him under water
for over 5 minutes. Finally, she hangs him. But 5 minutes later
they both go out together and enjoy a wonderful dinner together.
How can this be?

3. There are two plastic jugs filled with water. How could you
put all of this water into a barrel, without using the jugs or
any dividers, and still tell which water came from which jug?

4. What is black when you buy it, red when you use it, and gray
when you throw it away?

5. Can you name three consecutive days without using the words
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or
Sunday?

6. This is an unusual paragraph. I'm curious how quickly you
can find out what is so unusual about it. It looks so plain you
would think nothing was wrong with it. In fact, nothing is wrong
with it! It is unusual though. Study it, and think about it,
but you still may not find anything odd. But if you work at it
a bit, you might find out.

OK - I'll post the answers later today, promise. Some are old favourites but some are new to me. Enjoy (or shuld that be "get frustrated"?)

peter
Life 2 (based on icon from tamnonlinear)

Brain Teasers: The Answers

The questions again:

1. A murderer is condemned to death. He has to choose between three rooms. The first is full of raging fires, the second is full of assassins with loaded guns, and the third is full of lions that haven't eaten in 3 years. Which room is safest for him?

2. A woman shoots her husband. Then she holds him under water for over 5 minutes. Finally, she hangs him. But 5 minutes later they both go out together and enjoy a wonderful dinner together. How can this be?

3. There are two plastic jugs filled with water. How could you put all of this water into a barrel, without using the jugs or any dividers, and still tell which water came from which jug?

4. What is black when you buy it, red when you use it, and gray when you throw it away?

5. Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday?

6. This is an unusual paragraph. I'm curious how quickly you can find out what is so unusual about it. It looks so plain you would think nothing was wrong with it. In fact, nothing is wrong with it! It is unusual though. Study it, and think about it, but you still may not find anything odd. But if you work at it a bit, you might find out.
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