Puzzles & Riddles


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Brain Teasers

  • Short-Term Memory
    on 28/01/2020 at 12:00 am

    The average person's short-term memory can only hold 7 pieces of information for about 30 seconds. If you want to get something into your long-term memory, you're going to need to remember it for at least 30 seconds. This is probably why it's easy to forget someone's name moments after hearing it. The name only sticks in your brain for 30 seconds, and unless you do something to push it into your long-term memory, you are going to forget it. To get more than 7 items at a time into your long-term memory, you can try the Chunking Technique we discussed yesterday. Repetition can also help. But remember, having a limited short-term memory is a good thing! Imagine how cluttered your mind would be if you remembered every single thing that went into it. More Memory Articles...

  • Opposite Point of View III
    on 28/01/2020 at 12:00 am

    People tend to quickly classify a situation, which causes us to think and respond to it in predictable ways. A creative thinker will think about situations from different angles. Try this exercise to think of these situations from a different point of view. 1. Your favorite pair of jeans just got a hole in them. List five reasons why this is good. 2. You forgot your umbrella at home and now it's raining. List five reasons why you should be happy about this. 3. You just got a raise at work. List five reasons why you should be disappointed. 4. Your best friend just gave you a surprise birthday party. List five reasons why you should be angry with him or her. More Creativity Articles...

  • Trivia Quiz: "Family Guy" Quotes 3
    on 28/01/2020 at 12:00 am

    Braingle's Daily Trivia Quiz for Jan 28, 2020 A Television > Comedy Quiz : See if you can guess which character from "Family Guy" said each quote. 1. Who said this quote: "Something good... something good. You look like Snoopy and it makes me smile...but you have smelly dog farts"?2. Who said this quote: "How you uh, how you comin' on that novel you're working on? Huh? Gotta a big, uh, big stack of papers there? Gotta, gotta nice little story you're working on there? Your big novel you've been working on for 3 years"?3. Who said this quote: "More special like... like Special K, the cereal. Hey, what do they do with the regular K?"4. Who said this quote: "Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Lois, this isn't my Batman glass"?5. Who said this quote: "No, no. I'm sorry. It's just that I assumed that you were going to make it with milk, not crap"?6. Who said this quote: "Oh my God! The government is here! Run, E.T. run"?7. Who said this quote: "Yeah, about your pamphlet... uh, I'm not seeing anything about German history between 1939 and 1945. There's just a big gap"?8. Who said this quote: "I just want to kill myself. I'm gonna go upstairs and eat a whole bowl of peanuts...I'm allergic to peanuts"?9. Who said this quote: "I got a question for you. Why are you still here?"10. Who said this quote: "Hello, mother. I come bearing a gift. I'll give you a hint. It's in my diaper and it's not a toaster"?Take the Quiz at Braingle.com

  • Word of the Day : Purloin
    on 28/01/2020 at 12:00 am

    pur-loin verb :: To take or carry away for one's self; hence, to steal; to take by theft; to filch. verb :: To practice theft; to steal. "He broke into outhouses with an axe he managed to purloin in a wood-cutters' camp." --Conrad, Joseph More Vocabulary Articles...

  • Riddle : Dagger
    on 28/01/2020 at 12:00 am

    Braingle's Daily Brain Teaser for Jan 28, 2020 A dagger thrust at my own heart Dictates the way I'm swayed Left I stand, and right I yield To the twisting of the blade. What am I? Check Braingle.com for the answer.

Logic Riddles

  • Heads – tails
    by SmartestBrain.com on 23/08/2010 at 8:45 am

    As it often happens in life evil warlock imprisoned a wise man. Surprisingly he gave him a chance to save himself if he fulfils one task. There is a round tray on the table which can be turned around freely. There are four coins on the tray placed as corners of a square. Wiseman has his eyes covered so he doesn’t see anything. His task is to turn the coins so that they are all heads up. He is not in easy situation. He may turn some coins and than the warlock will turn the tray around. He turns some coins again warlock turns the tray again. It goes on until all coins are turned correctly. At that moment evil warlock ends the game. Wiseman can’t recognize one side from the other by touching it. He has to leave the coins where they were in the corners of a square. And mainly – because of the evil magic – he has the worst luck so if he relies just on chance he will never fulfill the task.

  • Prisoners
    by SmartestBrain.com on 16/08/2010 at 8:33 am

    Prison guards are bored so during dinner they announce the prisoners that they will play a game: In the morning they will stand in a line so that every prisoner will see all standing in front of him but no one behind him. Guards will randomly paint red or white stripe on their back. They will ask prisoners one by one from the last to the first. They will be allowed to say just one word “red” or “white”. If the prisoner says the color he has on his back he may go home in opposite case he will be executed without delay. The prisoners are in one cell during the night and they can discuss the tactics. Which is the best? How many will survive?

  • Three Chinamen
    by SmartestBrain.com on 09/08/2010 at 7:52 am

    There are three Chinese guys sleeping in a hotel room. Someone paints their faces with black color during the night. When they wake up in the morning they look at each other and all start laughing. If one of them realizes he is black too he stops laughing. Because they are all smart and they know it about each other one of them will realize it soon. How did he find out? Just realize that if two friends are dirty it means that I am too. If I see two laughing dirty guys it doesn’t mean that I’m dirty too they might be laughing at each other and I might be clean. Chinese didn’t point or say anything.

  • Trail
    by SmartestBrain.com on 03/08/2010 at 7:48 am

    You are sentenced at court. Judge is a fair guy so he offers you following: “You can say one sentence to defend yourself. If you lie we will hang you. If you tell us the truth we will shoot you.” What will you say?

  • Mother-in-law
    by SmartestBrain.com on 19/07/2010 at 7:32 am

    Man comes home and what does he see? Mother-in-law came over. I don’t know how but they started a fight. About what is not important at all. ... Mother-in-law: You just lie all the time. Man: No way... Mother-in-law: You don’t tell a sentence without lying! Man: Don’t be ridiculous! Mother-in-law: Let’s try it: tell me one true sentence. Man: Ok but you will get out after. Mother-in-law: If you tell me true sentence I’ll go but if you will lie again I will stay. I promise I will! Man thought for a while and than told her one sentence. Mother-in-law suddenly realized that to keep her promise she has to hang herself. What did the man tell her?

  • Riddle #4212
    on 27/12/2019 at 1:06 pm

    Where does a tree store their stuff?

  • Riddle #4211
    on 27/12/2019 at 1:04 pm

    What did the tie say to the hat?

  • Riddle #4210
    on 27/12/2019 at 1:03 pm

    What's the difference between Ms. and Mrs.?

  • Riddle #4209
    on 27/12/2019 at 12:39 pm

    Why did the child study in the airplane?

  • Riddle #4208
    on 27/12/2019 at 12:30 pm

    Why are some fish at the bottom of the ocean?