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Puzzle: Think you're smart

I received this via e-mail by way of Wade awhile back. If you feel like taking a short four question quiz, click on through.

Below are four (4) questions. You have to answer them instantly. You can't take your time; answer all of them immediately.

First Question:

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

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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!

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. Tell me, how can you overtake the LAST person?

Third Question: Very tricky math! Note: This must be done in your head only. Do NOT use paper and pencil or a calculator. Try it.

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?

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Did you get 5000? The correct answer is actually 4100.

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

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Answer: Nunu?

NO! Of course not. Her name is Mary. Read the question again.

Comments (2)

Michael Eisenberg:

Unless, of course, Mary is a boy.


In a race, you can overtake the last person if you're a lap ahead.. this doesn't yield much useful information on your position though.

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