More on Lateral Thinking

See if you can think “out of the box” 

(Author Unknown)

Below  are four (4)  questions and a bonus question. You have to answer them  instantly. You can’t take your time, answer all of them  immediately.  Ready?

 Find out just how clever you really  are….
Ready?  GO!!!
First  Question:  
You  are participating in a race. You overtake the second person.  What position are you in?

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!

Try not to screw up next time.
Now  answer the second question,
but  don’t  take as much time as you took for the first question,  OK?

Second  Question:
If  you overtake the last person, then you are…?

Answer:  If you answered that you are second to last, then you are wrong  again. Tell me, how can you overtake the LAST  Person?

You’re  not very good at this, are you?  

Third  Question:
Very  tricky arithmetic! 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?
Did  you get  5000?

The  correct answer is actually 4100.  
If  you don’t believe it, check it with a calculator!
Today is definitely not your day, is it?
Maybe you’ll get the last  question right…

Fourth  Question:  

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!

Okay,  now the bonus round:  

A  mute person goes into a shop and wants to buy a toothbrush.  By  imitating  the action of brushing his teeth he  successfully  expresses  himself to the shopkeeper and the purchase  is  done.  
Next,  a blind man comes into the shop who wants to buy a pair  of  sunglasses;  how does HE indicate what he  wants?  Give up?
He  just has to open his mouth and ask…
It’s really very  simple, if you stop to think.

Sometimes seemingly complex problems have very simple solutions if we would just take the time to figure them out, instead of acting impulsively


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