Thursday, July 31, 2008

Riddles Are Where It Is At

I am what I am,
but if you know what I am,
I am no longer what I am.
Guess, what am I?

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Monday, July 28, 2008

Insurance Agents are Quick on Their Feet

A mathematician sits down to talk to his insurance agent. The agent, after answering some preliminary questions, the mathematician gets bored and tries to play a game. When the agent asks him how many children he has, the mathematician replies "3."

"And what are their ages?"

"The product of their ages is equal to 36," said the mathematician.

"Sir, that's not enough information."

"Well then, the sum of their ages is equal to the number of shops in front of your office," the mathematician spoke, now thoroughly enjoying himself.

"Again sir, that just isn't enough information," the agent replied.

"My oldest child likes knowing that she is the oldest."

"Thank you, sir, that's enough information. Shall we move on to the next set of questions?"

How did the agent figure out how old the children were?

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Happy Anniversary, Now Pay Up

A restaurant was holding a promotional deal.  Anyone who could prove it was their anniversary could eat for free.  A couple came into the restaurant and were seated and after eating their meal, announced it was their anniversary (and could they have a special dessert along with their free meal?)  Unfortunately for them, they had no proof today was their anniversary.

The manager was called over and he started talking to the customers.

The wife was quickly becoming irate and told the manager they had been happily married for 28 years now after being married at their local church on a beautiful Sunday morning.  And now here they were trying to celebrate their special day and how dare the restaurant, and the manager, ruin their day!

The manager smiled and said, while it may be a special day for them, today was not their anniversary and they would need to pay for their meal.

How did the manager know they were lying?

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Olympics Trivia

1. The original games were organized at Olympia (hence Olympics). They were expanded to four locations to create the Panhellenic Games. What were the four locations?

2. What does Panhellenic stand for?

3. Each of the locations celebrated the games in dedication to a Greek God. Who were the three gods who received honor, and which location(s) were they associated with?

4. Athletes in the ancient Greek games competed in the nude, True or False?

5. Although women were not allowed to participate or be a spectator in the games, it is said athleticism was just as important for them. There was one exception. One women was allowed to be a spectator at the games. Who was this lucky lady?

6. Lining the passageway that led to the stadium, statues were erected with the names of famous athletes inscribed upon them. But most athletes would have preferred not to be remembered this way. Why?

7. The modern games last weeks, but the ancient games weren't as long. How many days did the games last?

8. Although a laurel crown is most associated with the ancient awards ceremony, each site had their own type of crown. And Olympia did not use the laurel leaf. What type of crown was used at the Olympics? What about the other sites?

9. We all know who Nike is today (swoosh!), but in ancient Greece, Nike meant something else. What?

Facts are taken from the pdf file at the olympics.org site.  You can look there for answers, but try to answer them on your own first!  ;-)

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A Whole Range of Numbers

If you multiply me by 2, subtract 1, and read the reverse the result you'll find me. Which numbers can I be?

Monday, July 21, 2008

All Others Were Behind Her at the Olympics

Susan is in the final of a match at the olympic games. At the moment she reaches the finish, all the other contestants are behind her back. She did not play unfair and did also not use doping, but she does not get the gold medal? Why is that?

Friday, July 18, 2008

What Do You Know About the Olympics

What is the maximal height a pole vaulter could theoretically jump? Would it ever be possible that a pole vaulter passes the height of 10 meter?

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Thank The Swiss

Tim owns a pocket knife with five different tools. It has a corkscrew, a bottle opener, tweezers, a screwdriver and something else. What?

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Diffferent Type of Game

In Greenwich Village, tic-tac-toe is played in an atypical way. At each turn a player marks as many squares as he wishes provided they are in the same vertical or horizontal row (they need not be adjacent). The winner is the one who marks the last square.

Which player has the advantage, and what strategy should he employ?

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Thunder and Lightning

Thunder and lightning are so common an experience, you may never have thought about what you're seeing and hearing.  Thunder can seem to last forever as it rolls over you, but the flash of lightning lasts only a moment.  Why?

Do you know any other trivia related to thunder and lightning?

Monday, July 14, 2008

How Old Is Bob Anyways?

Bob and John form a team together. Bob is as old as John will be when Bob is twice as old as John was when Bob was half as old as the sum of their current ages. John is as old as Bob was when John was half as old as he will become over ten years.

How old are Bob and John?

Thursday, July 03, 2008

US Trivia

To continue the theme from yesterday.  Here are some trivia questions for the Fourth of July. 
  1. What is the inscription on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery?
  2. Who founded the Library of Congress?
  3. Was the Smithsonian Institution names for an American?  Who was it named after?
  4. What was the nation's first national monument?


I'll be out on vacation starting tomorrow and into next week.  I'll see you when I get back.  Have a great week everyone!

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

American Trivia

Here are a couple of trivia questions about the US.  The first is easy, the second is harder.
  1. What were the 13 original colonies? 
  2. There are a number of places where the US Flag is never lowered to half staff.  Do you know any of them?  

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

International Race

Five drivers--an American, Englishman, German, Italian, and a Japanese-- decided to have a race. Their cars, not necessarily in order, were: a Toyota, Volkswagen, Fiat, Triumph, and a Chevy. They had their cars numbered #1, #2, #3, #4, and #5. From the following clues, determine the order of finish and which driver was driving in which car.
  1. No driver had the same nationality as the manufacturer of his car.
  2. The Toyota finished somewhere behind the Fiat.
  3. The driver of the Chevy had to stop and change a flat tire.
  4. The Italian won the race.
  5. Car #3 did not finish in the top two places.
  6. No car finished in a place corresponding to its number.
  7. The driver of #3 was 2 years older than the Fiat driver.
  8. The driver who finished 4th was bigger than the American.
  9. The Chevy finished last.
  10. The driver of #2 was older than the American, but younger than the driver of the VW.
  11. The American was not driving car #4.
  12. The Englishman finished ahead of these three different cars: the Fiat, the Chevy, and the car labeled #1.
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