Sunday, February 24, 2008

Test for Dementia

Below are five questions and a bonus question to test your mental dexterity. You must answer each question immediately, no cogitating.

  1. You are participating in a race. You overtake the person running second. Where are you now placed in the race?

    Answer: If you answered that you are running first then you are absolutely wrong. If you overtake the second-placed person, you take her place, so you are second.

  2. If you overtake the person running last then you are?

    Answer: If you answered that you are second-to-last then you are wrong; How can you overtake the person running last in a race?

  3. Tricky mental arithmetic: this must be done in your head only. Do NOT use paper and pencil or a calculator.

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

    Did you get 5000?

    The correct answer is actually 4100. If you don't believe it, check it with a calculator.

  4. 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!

Bonus question: a mute person who wants to buy a toothbrush enters a shop. By imitating the action of brushing his teeth he successfully expresses his wish to the shopkeeper and the purchase is successfully transacted.

Next, a blind woman who wants to buy a pair of sunglasses enters a shop. How does she indicate what she wants?

Answer: she simply opens her mouth and asks. She's blind, not you.

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