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Brain Teasers (11/3)


Enigma A

The Magic Egg

A science teacher told her students, “Whoever can get this egg into this smaller glass bottle will win no homework for a week! The rules are: the egg has to go into the bottle in one piece, and you can’t break the bottle. You can also use anything in the science lab. So, do we have any volunteers?” A boy raised his hand and the teacher pointed at him. The boy took the egg and looked around the science lab for the things he could use. He saw some writing paper, a pack of matches, some vinegar, a sink, and the glass bottle. By the end of the class, the boy had gotten the egg into the smaller bottle. How did he do it? Note that, without doing anything to the egg, the egg can’t fit into the bottle.

Enigma B

The Power of Swaff

Swaff is sitting at his desk, being cool, when his younger brother Peepo walks up. Peepo had recently been practicing his (fake) magical powers, trying to turn cheese into more cheese, so he believes he can beat Swaff in anything. He sets up a little competition: the first to get 5 ounces of water to free will be proclaimed the coolest guy in their home. They set up some rules, as follows: -They both can only use normal water that comes out of their stainless steel faucet. -They both use identical containers -They both must use the same freezer, at the same time. Now, Swaff realizes that if he were to lose, he would become less cool, and he just doesn’t roll like that. So, how can Swaff have the best chance of winning over Peepo?

Bonus Enigma

Paid Vacation on Venus

You wake up inside a small transparent capsule sitting on the surface of Venus. From a small speaker you hear a voice that says, “We will leave you here either for a day or a year. If you choose to stay a day, we will give you $1 million. If you choose to stay a year, we will give you $2 million. Either way, you will have sufficient food and water. We will make sure the temperature is a constant 70 degrees Fahrenheit. We will also supply cable TV.” What is your choice? (Don’t let money decide your answer).


Answers can be found here.

You can respond to as many enigmas as your little heart desires but only respond to each once.

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