Brain Teasers

Brain Teasers for every day of the year

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January 1. Which is the only country in the world whose name contains all five vowels
once and once only?

January 2. Bill paid 38 cents for a balloon with 6 coins. What are they?

January 3. How can you arrange four basketballs so that each ball touches the other balls?

January 4. Susan needed to go to the store to buy some ingredients to cook with. She started writing them down:
Baking Soda
Lemon Juice

What was Susan Making?

January 5. When will a net hold water?

January 6.  How quickly can you find out what is unusual about this paragraph?  It looks so ordinary you’d think nothing is wrong with it and in fact, nothing is wrong with it. It is unusual though. Why? Study it, think about it, and you may find out. If you work at it for a bit it will dawn on you. So jump to it and try your skill at figuring it out. Good luck and don’t blow your cool!

January 7. Sid Shady asked his wife to accompany him to a war movie being featured that night. During a scene when grenades were exploding and guns were firing, Shady decided the time was right; he pulled out a gun and shot his wife. He then took her out of the theater without anyone trying to stop him. Why not?

January 8. Speedy Gonzalez was racing around in his new sports car when he noticed that his throat was dry. He came to screeching halt in front of a hotel and the nine police cars which had been chasing him, slammed into the back of his car and each other’s. How many bumpers will have been hit?

January 9. There are only 3 words in the English language that starts with the letters “dw.”  What are they?

January 10. It is estimated that the earth weighs 6 sextillion tons. How much more would the earth weigh if one sextillion tons of concrete and stone were used to build a large wall?

January 11. Dan Manly was revisiting his home town when an old friend called. “Hey, Dan, how have you been? It must be 15 years since we last saw each other.” “At least that,” replied Dan. “I’ve been  well, but tell me about yourself.” Dan’s friend answered, “I’m married now but to someone that you wouldn’t know. By the way, this is my daughter.” Dan looked down at the little girl and asked her name. “It’s the same as my mother’s,” the little girl replied. “Then I bet your name is Susan,” said Dan. How could he know?

January 12. Mel stared through the dirty soot-smeared window on the 26th floor of the office tower. Overcome with the depression he slid the window open and jumped through through it. He landed completely unhurt. Since there was nothing to cushion his fall or slow his descent, how could he have survived?

January 13. Something extraordinarily unusual happened on the 6th of May, 1978 at 12:34 p.m. What was it?

January 14. Two cars made their way along the winding country road and came to an abrupt stop at the park’s gate. Seven men got out of the two cars and were walking along a footpath when it began to rain. Six of the men began to walk faster to get out of the rain but the seventh man could care less. It was the seventh man who remained dry and the other six got soaked. Since all the men arrived at the same time, how was this possible?

January 15. Walter was washing windows on a high-rise office building when he slipped and fell off a sixty foot ladder onto the concrete sidewalk below. Incredibly, he did not injure himself in any way. How was this possible?

January 16. John lived alone, he never had any visitors and never visited anyone. Since John never left his house it was necessary to have his supplies delivered every two weeks. One dark and stormy night John lost control of his senses and turned off all the lights and went to sleep. The next morning it was discovered the John’s actions resulted in the deaths of several people. Why?

January 17. How could you give someone $63 using six bills, without using one dollar bills?

January 18. Professor Ledbetter lives in Toronto. He drove to Montreal one morning to give a lecture. When Professor was done, he got into to his car and continued driving in the same direction that he drove earlier, and yet he managed to be home in Toronto by nightfall. How?

January 19. If there are 9 players on a baseball team and three strikes make an out and four balls make a walk, how many outs are there in an inning?

January 20. Even if they are starving, natives living in the Arctic will never eat a penguin’s egg. Why not?

January 21. Mrs. Johnson read an article on slaughterhouses. Mrs. J. fell asleep and dreamt she was a chicken with her head on a chopping block. Just as an axe was about to fall Mr. Johnson walked in the room and touched the back of Mrs. J’s neck to awaken her. The shock was so great she died instantly. What’s wrong with this story?

January 22.
Four men sat down to play,
They played all night ’till break of day.
They played for gold and not for fun
With separate scores for everyone.
When they came to square accounts,
They all had made quite fair amounts.
Can you the paradox explain,
If no one lost, how could all gain?
January 23. Mr. Trumble was driving along in his old car when suddenly it shifted gears by itself. He paid no attention and kept on driving. Why wasn’t he concerned?

January 24. 2 men were being tried for murder. The jury found one man guilty and the other innocent. The judge turned to the guilty man and said, “Even though your guilt has been established, the law compels me to set you free.” How could such a bizarre judgment occur?

January 25. What is so unusual about the sentence below? (Aside from the fact that it makes no sense.)

“Jackdaws love my big sphinx of quartz.”

January 26. Two mothers and two daughters were fishing. They managed to catch one big fish, one small fish, and one fat fish. Since only three fish were caught, how is it that each person took home a fish?

January 27. As Mr. Smith boarded his flight to Italy, he noticed his old friend Jack at the back of the plane. He shouted a greeting to his friend then knocked on the cockpit door to talk to the pilot. He was immediately arrested. Why?

January 28. How long will it take to cut a wooden log into ten equal pieces if it takes one minute to make each cut?

January 29. A child is born in Boston Massachusetts to parents who were born in Boston, Massachusetts. This child is not an American citizen. How could this be possible?

January 30. Can you translate the following?
Y Y U R Y Y U B I C U R Y Y 4 M E

January 31. Johnny was motoring along at a leisurely pace when he suddenly realized that he was late for an appointment. He took the next corner on two wheels right in front of a policeman. The law made no effort to pull him over. Why?

February 1. John discovered Sandy lying on her side in a puddle of water and broken glass. When the doctor arrived he pronounced her dead. Since Sandy had no cuts on her body, how did she die?

February 2. Forward I’m heavy, backward I’m not. What am I?

February 3. There is man locked up in a room, which has no windows or any way out except for a firmly locked door that can’t be unlocked or destroyed by any means. There is an open tap at a corner of the room from which great amounts of water get into the room. What can the man do to escape from drowning, if he only has a large rope and a bucket that can hold up to 5 liters of water?


February 4. There is an ancient invention still used in some parts of the world today that allows people to see through walls. What is it?

February 5. Clem and Joe work in a coal mine. At the end of the day, Clem and Joe come out of the mine and say good-bye. Clem’s face is dirty and Joe’s face is clean. As they leave Joe wipes his face and Clem doesn’t bother. Why?

February 6. In many liquor stores, you can buy pear brandy, with a real pear inside the bottle. The pear is whole and ripe and the bottle is genuine; it hasn’t been cut in any way.  How did the pear get inside the bottle?

February 7. Dee Septor, the famous magician, announced that without the aid of any equipment, he would walk on the surface of “Glass Lake”. The following Sunday the crowd came out and witnessed Dee Septor do exactly as he promised. How did he do this?February 8. Barney is carrying a pillow case full of feathers. Fred is carrying 3 pillow cases the same size as Barney’s, yet Fred’s load is lighter. How can this be?

February 9. Jake was bragging about his church’s baseball team. He said, “3 of our players hit home runs and 2 of those home runs were hit with the bases loaded. Our guys won 9 to 0 and not a single man crossed home plate.” How is this possible?

February 10. A man went to town with $50 in his pocket but returned with $100. He bought a hat and some apples then had his eyes tested. He gets paid every Thursday by check. The banks are only open on Tues. Thurs., & Sat. The eye doctor is closed on Sat. The market stays closed on Thurs  & Fri. On what day did the man go to town?

February 11. You throw away the outside and cook the inside. Then you eat the outside and throw away the inside. What did you eat?

February 12. Paul, a professional writer, was sitting in his cabin writing a letter. There was a violent electrical storm outside and suddenly Paul died. How did he die?

February 13. What does no man want, yet no man wants to lose?

February 14. If you were to put a coin into a empty bottle and then insert a cork into the neck, how could you remove the coin without taking out the cork or breaking the bottle?

February 15. There is a town in Virginia where 5% of all the people living in the town have unlisted phone numbers. If you selected 100 names at random from the town’s phone directory, on average, how many of these people selected would have unlisted phone numbers?

February 16. If you were in a sealed room filled with 100% methane gas and strike a match, what would happen?

February 17. Sam got out of jail and pushed his car to the St. James Place Hotel. When he arrived he realized he was bankrupt. How could his financial disaster be explained?

February 18. Several hundred years ago, a band of explorers were on a sea journey that would last for 3 weeks. During this time their meals would consist of dried meat and crackers. When they arrived they would celebrate with roast lamb. If they tied the meat and put it in the cold water, predator fish would eat it. Taking ice and snow would melt. How could they keep the meat fresh until they arrived at their destination?

February 19. During a world fair scientists were exhibiting their advances in genetic engineering. There were cross-breeds of various bulls, cows, & other animals. One afternoon, a woman walked up to the exhibit, shot the turkeys and then ran out of the building. Although she was known, nobody made an attempt to stop her. Why?

February 20. Professor Quantum was on a dig for fossils and other artifacts in the far north. While digging through the layers of snow and frozen tundra he came across a perfectly preserved body of a man. Upon closer examination Professor screamed with joy “It’s Adam”. What was it about this body that convinced the professor that this was Adam from the Bible?

February 21. A traffic cop was stopped at a red light. Mr. Grumble, who had his mind on other things, drove his car right by the cop and through the light without stopping. The cop witnessed the entire scene but made no attempt to stop him Why not?

February 22. You are in a concrete room. There is a steel pipe 1 ft. in length cemented into the center of the concrete floor. A ping-pong ball is dropped down the pipe. Your task is to get the ping-pong ball out of the pipe undamaged. The only items you have are a ruler, string, mirror, paper clip and a magnet. Since there is nothing else in the room, how could you get the plastic ping-pong ball out of the pipe?

February 23.  What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backward?

February 24.  Alex Metz manufactured alphabet soup in London, but the only letters were:

February 25.  How many nines are there in counting to 100?

February 26.  Lenny has it before.  Paul has it at the end.  Bryan never had it.  Girls have it only once.  Boys don’t use it.  Mrs.  Sullivan has it twice in a row.  Dr.  Lowell had it twice as bad at the end as the beginning.  What is it?

February 27.  Name five US Presidents whose last names begin with the letter “H.”

February 28.  If you were to spell out the numbers in full, (One, Two, Three, etc), how far would you have to go until you found the letter ‘A’?
February 29.  A man in a restaurant asked a waiter for a juice glass, a dinner plate, water, a match, and a lemon wedge. The man poured enough water onto the plate to cover it.
“If you can get the water on the plate into this glass without touching or moving this plate, I will give you $100,” the man said. “You can use the match and lemon to do this.”
A few minutes later, the waiter walked away with $100 in his pocket. How did the waiter get the water into the glass?
March 1.  You will know that I am coming from the jingle of my bell,
But exactly who I am is not an easy thing to tell.

Children, they adore me for they find me jolly,
but I do not see them when the halls are decked with holly.

My job often leaves me frozen, I am a man that all should know,
But I do not do business in times of sleet or ice or snow.

I travel much on business, but no reindeer haul me around,
I do all my traveling firmly on the ground.

I love the time of Christmas, but that’s not my vocational season,
And I assure that is because of a sound economic reason.

March 2.  How many times does the numeral one or the word appear on a one dollar bill?

March 3.  In this teaser, you have to find the odd ones out in the groups of words. BUT WAIT! There’s a catch. Each group of words has TWO words which do not belong. Can you find them both?


Lily – Jane – Tulip – Rose

Jane does not belong as it’s the only one which is not a flower.

Tulip also does not belong because it’s the only one which is not a girl’s name.

You’re on your own for the rest!

1. Dodge – Ford – Lincoln – Hoover

2. King – Earl – Knight – Bishop

3. Yellow – Green – Dead – Black

March 4.  In a deck of playing cards, how many kings are in profile?

March 5.  A man is sitting in a pub feeling rather poor. He sees the man next to him pull a wad of $50 bills out of his wallet. He turns to the rich man and says to him, “I have an amazing talent; I know almost every song that has ever existed.” The rich man laughs. The poor man says, “I am willing to bet you all the money you have in your wallet that I can sing a genuine song with a lady’s name of your choice in it.” The rich man laughs again and says, “OK, how about my daughter’s name, Joanna Armstrong-Miller?” The rich man goes home poor. The poor man goes home rich.

What song did he sing?

March 6.  How can you take 1 from 29 and still have 30 left? (yes, it’s possible)

March 7.  Sleepy, Happy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Dopey, Doc: who’s missing?

March 8.  A boy went to the dentist to get a cavity filled.  The boy was the dentist’s son but the dentist was not the boy’s father.  How can this be?

March 9.  Suppose you have 2 jugs.  One holds 5 liters.  One holds 3.  You need exactly 4.  How can you do it?

March 10.  At a checker tournament, there were 64 players.  It was an elimination tournament.  When a player lost, that player was out of the game.  How many games were played before there was a champion?

March 11.  A man went for a walk.  It started to rain.  He didn’t have a hat.  He wasn’t carrying an umbrella.  He kept walking.  His clothes got wet.  His shoes got wet.  Still his hair didn’t get wet.  How come?

March 12.  A man was running home.  Near home he met a masked man.  He stopped.  Then he turned around and ran back to where he started.  Why?

March 13.
If you throw me from the window,
I will leave a grieving wife.
Bring me back, but in the door, and
You’ll see someone giving life!What am I?


March 14.  What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries?

March 15.  How many bones in the human body?

March 16.
The first is needed to make quotes you see,
And it often sticks up when it’s time for noon tea.The second’s biggest distinction is found
Bearing the symbol of love that is bound.

The third should be biggest but that can depend,
Never standing alone or it may offend.

The fourth is oft used when making a selection
Or if you should need a gun for protection.

The fifth is the fattest and oddest by far,
And can sometimes be found in a wrestling war.

What are they?


March 17.  If you land on this space on your first turn in Monopoly and have to pay $150.  Where are you?

March 18.  What do you need to play “Klondike”?

March 19.  Rearrange the word “nominates” to make a state in the US.

March 20.  What is the game “noughts and crosses” better known as?

March 21.  What building has the most stories?

March 22.  What can you see in water that never get wet?

March 23.  Can you find the 12 hidden colors in the following paragraph:
Many injured animals are invited to live at the ‘Toronto Range’. Stop in kangaroo corner and marvel at the lovely creatures within. Dig over the potato patch to find small furry caterpillars, but don’t yell! Owls can be found swooping for edible rodents, earwigs or perhaps bluebottles in the undergrowth. The brown bear, Rob, lacks grace and may look like an ogre, enter at your own risk! Peacocks can be found showing their colorful wares, which look fantastic when viewed with our ultraviolet torch.

March 24.
What king can you make if you take
the head of a lamb
the middle of a pig
the hind of a buffalo
and the tail of a dragon?

March 25.  In a dish, all but four are red, all but 4 are green, all but four are yellow.  How many M&M’s all together?

March 26.  Jack’s says “This isn’t your $5, I found it in the dictionary between pages 15 and 16.  Jill says you are lying and I can prove it!”  How?

March 27.  What occurs four times in every week, two times in every month, and once in a year?

March 28.  If you asked an author “How’s business?”  How should they respond?

March 29.  Name the one sport in which the spectators nor the participators know the score of the leader until the contest ends?

March 30.  What fruit has it’s seeds on the outside?

March 31.  There are 14 punctuation marks in English grammar.  Can you name all of them?  Half?

April 1.  Which word doesn’t belong:  led, heard, right, card, waist, site, write, lead, waste, sight, and herd?

April 2.  What is the fewest number of coins required to have the exact change for all possible item costing 1 cent – $1 in one cent increments?

April 3.  Name a sport that is played with a ball that does not have the word “ball” in it? (there are 15)

April 4.  How many palindromes are the between 10 and 12 o’clock?

April 5.  If you asked a tailor “how’s business?”  How should he respond?

April 6.  Four men shook hands with each other.  How many handshakes were made?

April 7.  A train, 1 mile long travels 1 mile a minute through a tunnel 1 mile long.  How much time will it take for the train to pass completely through?

April 8.  A person who was unable to hear entered a stationary store to buy a wall pencil sharpener.  To make the clerk understand what he wanted, he poked a finger in his left ear and them made a grinding motion around his other ear with his fist.  The clerk understood at once.  A man who was unable to see now entered the store.  How did he make the clerk understand that he wanted to buy a pair of scissors?

April 9.  3 gifts.:  Small, medium and large.  3 papers: red, green and silver.  3 bows:  red, green, and gold.  Which gift has which based on the following:
a.  small gift has a green bow.
b.  large gift does not contrast.

April 10.  What can you put on a barrel to make it lighter?

April 11.  If you asked a banker “How’s business?”  How should he respond?

April 12.  At 9:10 pm Charlie left K-mart to go to Wal-mart.  At exactly the same time, Harry left Wal-mart to go to K-mart.  Each walked a direct route at a constant rate.  They passed each other at 9:24 pm but since they weren’t acquainted, they didn’t speak.  At their new location, each spent exactly 25 minutes shopping, then headed straight back to his original store.  At what time did they pass each other again?

April 13.  A headline reads “Blind man takes job driving a school bus”  How can this be?

April 14. Not far outside the town of Pottsville,  a railroad track runs through a tunnel in a mountain.  There is only one track, and the tunnel is wide enough for only one train.  But one day, two trains went into the the tunnel at exactly eight o’clock.  Three minutes later each train came out at the opposite end of the tunnel.  Yet there was no collision!  How was this possible?

April 15.  Though their names and faces are seen at every supermarket, only one of the following was a real person:  Betty Crocker, Duncan Hines, Aunt Jemima, or Uncle Ben?

April 16.  Water is, naturally, the most popular beverage in the world.  What’s next?

April 17..  What was the major medical problem at Woodstock?

April 18.  Everyone knows that in baseball only one person on a team pitches.  In what game do all the players pitch?

April 19.  If Betsy Ross were alive today, what would she be most noted for?

April 20.  James was reading a book in his living room when his wife, Rachel, not knowing he was reading, turned out the light, leaving him in the dark.  Yet James continued to read without interruption.  Why?

April 21.  What is cowhide most commonly used for?

April 22.  There is something that almost everyone wants, that everyone can have, and that people  are now fighting for.  But while fighting for it, they have lost it.  What is it?

April 23.  When can you see the farthest?

April 24.  A fence separates my property from Mary’s.  My pet peacock flies over the fence and lays an egg.  According to law, who does the egg belong to?

April 25.  Removing an appendix is called an appendectomy, removing tonsils is called a tonsillectomy.  What is removing a growth from your head called?

April 26.  If you went to bed at 8:00 at night and set the alarm to get up at 9:00 in the morning, how many hours of sleep would you get?

April 27.  Do they have a 4th of July in England?

April 28.  How many birthdays does the average person have?

April 29.  Why can’t a man living in Winston-Salem, NC be buried west of the Mississippi River?

April 30.  If you had only one match and entered a room where there was a kerosene lamp, oil heater, and a wood burning stove, which one would you light first.?

May 1.  Some months have 30 days, some have 31.  How many have 28?

May 2.  If a doctor gave you 3 pills and told you to take one every 1/2 hour, how long would it last?

May 3.  A man builds a house with 4 sides to it, and rectangular in shape.  Each side has a southern exposure.  A big bear comes wandering by.  What color is it?

May 4.  What 4 words appear on every denomination of United Stated coins?

May 5.  How far can a dog run into the woods?

May 6.  What is the minimum number of active players on the baseball diamond during any part of an inning?

May 7.  I have in my hand two coins that total 55 cents.  One is not a nickel.  What are the two coins?

May 8.  A farmer had 17 sheep.  All but 9 died.  How many were left?

May 9.  Divide 30 by 1/2 and add 10.  What is the answer?

May 10.  Two men are playing checkers.  They played 5 games.  Each man wins the same number of games.  How come?

May 11.  Take 2 apples from 3 apples and how many apples do you have?

May 12.  An archeologist claimed he found some gold coins dated 46 BC.  Do you believe him?

May 13.  How many animals of each species did Moses take on the Ark?

May 14.  A bus driver was going down a street.  He went right past a stop sign without stopping.  He turned left where there was a “No left turn” sign.  Then he went the wrong way on a one-way street.  And yet, he didn’t break any single traffic law.  Why not?

May 15.  Is it legal in CA. for a man to marry his widow’s sister?

May 16.  A plane crashed on the border line of Mexico and the US, on which side of the border wold you bury the survivors?

May 17.  July and August are two consecutive months with 31 days each.  What other two consecutive months have 31?

May 18.  What is the opposite of not good?

May 19.  What is a philatelist?

May 20.  How do you pronounce Kentucky’s capital?  Louieville or Louisville?

May 21.  The Equator is about 25,000 miles length.  What is the size of the North Pole?

May 22.  A line of cars just went past our house.  There were three cars in front of one car and three cars behind another car. How many cars went past in that line?

May 23.  Name a musical instrument containing four letters, three of which are vowels.

May 24.  Name states containing four letters, three of which are vowels.

May 25.  A farmer had four haystacks in one field and nine in another.  If he combined them, how many stacks would he have?

May 26.  What word is usually pronounced incorrectly?

May 27.  Who wrote the best known autobiography of Benjamin Franklin?

May 28.  Write eleven thousand eleven hundred eleven.

May 29.  Three men whose last names were Brown, Green and Black went out for lunch.  The man wearing a green tie said,  “We have the same color ties on as our last names, but none of the ties matches the name of the man wearing it.”  “That’s right,” Brown agreed.  Which man wore which tie?

May 30.  Bob and Mary are brother and sister.  The sum of their ages is eleven.  Bob is 10 years older than Mary.  What are their ages?

May 31.  You’re the pilot of an airplane that travels from New York to Chicago, a distance of 800 miles.  The planes goes 200 miles an hour, and it makes one stop for 30 miles.  What is the pilot’s name?

June 1.  Can you arrange Jane to stand behind John and John to stand behind Jane at the same time?

June 2.  There 10 black socks and 10 white socks in a drawer.  If you reach into the drawer in the dark, what is the least number of socks you must take out before you are sure of a pair that matches?

June 3.  A kangaroo is at the bottom of a 30-foot well.  Each day he jumps up 3 feet and slips back two.  At that rate, when will he reach the top?

June 4.  A rope ladder is hanging over the side of a ship.  The ladder is 12 feet long, and the rungs are one foot apart.  The lowest rung is resting on the top of the ocean.  The tide rises four inches an hour.  How long would it take before the first four rungs of the ladder are underwater?

June 5.  A man and his sons must cross a stream.  The man weighs 200 pounds and his sons weigh 100 pounds each.  This boat can carry only  200 pounds.  How will they cross?

June 6.  Which would you rather have a trunk FULL of nickels or a HALF trunk full of dimes?

June 7.  A young boy comes home from school.  He lives in a high rise building.  Some days, he gets off the elevator at the eighth floor and walks up four flights, to his family’s apartment on the 12th floor.  Why the difference?

June 8.  Leather shoes are worn in bowling and rubber soled shoes in tennis.  In what sport are all metal shoes worn?

June 9.  If the Vice President should die, who would be President?

June 10.  Would it be cheaper for you  to take one friend to the movies twice or two friends at the same time?

June 11.  How close a relative would the sister-in-law of your father’s only brother be?

June 12.  Two police officers conceal themselves behind a large billboard to catch speeders.  One cop facing up the road and the other down to cover both approaches.  “Mike?” said one without turning his head, “What are you smiling about?”  How did he know Mike was smiling?

June 13.  A bus with no passengers stops, and five people get on.  At the next stop eight people get on.  At the next stop six people get off.  How many people are on the bus?

June 14.  You are seated next to the pilot of a small plane at an elevation of one mile.  Huge mountains loom ahead.  The pilot does not change speed, direction or elevation, yet you survive.  How?

June 15.  It is noon.  You look at a clock.  The big hand is on the three and the little hand is on five.  What time is it?

June 16.  A customer walked into a pet shop wanting a bird that talks.  “I guarantee,”  said the salesman in the pet shop, “that this parrot will repeat every word it hears.  The customer bought the bird, but found that the parrot wouldn’t speak a single word.  Nevertheless, what the salesman said was true.  How could this  be?

June 17.  What letter is exactly in the middle of the alphabet?

June 18.  A deaf and mute man and a blind man entered a hardware store together.  The deaf and mute man indicated to the clerk that he wanted a saw by pretending to saw a piece of wood.  The blind man wanted a pair of scissors.  How did he make the clerk understand what he wanted?

June 19.  The soup was cold, the salad was wilted, and the fish was overcooked.  When the waiter handed Mr. Essen the bill for his meal,  Essen wrote on it “102004180” and strode out of the restaurant.  Can you figure out what this meant?  (Hint:  It was not his American Express #.)

June 20.  Name something you can measure that has no height, no length, or no width?

June 21.  Can you name 14 items of footwear that begin with the letter S?

June 22.  Though small I am, yet, when entire,
I’ve force to set the world on fire.
Take off a letter and ‘tis clear
My place will hold a herd of deer;
Dismiss another, and you’ll find
I once contained all humankind.

June 23.  Why are 1966 pennies worth almost twenty dollars?

June 24.  Farmer Higgs owns three pink pigs, four brown pigs, and one black pig.   How many of Higgs’ pigs can say that it is the same color as another pig on Higgs’ farm?

June 25.  A person was walking down a railroad track when they saw a fast express train speeding toward him.  Of course, they jumped off the track.  But before they jumped, they ran ten feet toward the train.  Why?

June 26.  If it takes 20 minutes to hard-boil one goose egg, how long will it take to hard-boil four goose eggs?

June 27.  You are on a hike.  After walking through a small town on your way to Mudville you reach a spot where two roads cross.  A signpost has been knocked over and is lying on it’s side.  You don’t know which road leads to Mudville.  Then you remember something that will solve the problem?  What do you remember?

June 28.  Find the door key on a dollar bill.

June 29.  At Sloppy Joe’s Restaurant a customer was shocked to find a fly in his coffee.  He sent the waiter back for a fresh cup.  After the first sip, the customer pounded on the table and shouted:  “This is the same cup of coffee I had before!”  How could he tell?

June 30.  How can you throw a golf ball will all your might and without hitting a wall or other obstruction, have it stop and come right back to you?

July 1.  Little Stevie turned off the light in his bedroom and was able to get to bed before the room was dark.  His bed is 15 feet from the wall switch.  How did he do it?

July 2.  What familiar word starts with IS , ends with AND, and has LA in the middle?

July 3.  T-O, T-O-O, and T-W-O are all pronounced the same way.  How do you pronounce the second day of the week?

July 4.  What word in the English language has three sets of double letters in a row?

July 5.  Runs all day, but never walks, often babbles, but never talks.  It has a bed, but never sleeps, it has a mouth but never eats.  What is it?

July 6.  What grows bigger the more you take out of it?

July 7.  How many times can you subtract the number 2 from the number 50?

July 8.  Mr. and Mrs. Rabbit have six children who are boy rabbits.  Each boy rabbit has two sisters.  How many children are there in the rabbit family?

July 9.  In Italian, the word “spaghetti” means…

July 10.  A woman gave a beggar 50 cents.  The woman is the beggar’s sister, but the beggar is not the woman’s brother.  How come?

July 11.  Two mothers and two daughters decided to go shopping.  They found that they had twenty-seven dollars, in one dollar bills.  They divided up the money evenly, without making any of the dollars into change,  so that they each had exactly the same amount.  How was this possible?

July 12.  It was the first day of school.  The teacher had several new students in the class.  She asked all the children to write their names and their date of birth for her.  The first 2 names she looked at were those of girls.  She saw that they both had the same last name.  They also had the same birthday.  “Will Jane and June Campbell please stand?” asked the teacher.  Two girls stood up, and the teacher saw that they looked just alike.  “Oh, you’re twins,” she said.  One of the girls shook her head.  “No,” she said.  “We’re sisters, but we’re not twins.”  How could they be sisters and be the same age but not twins?

July 13.  Two cards are drawn at random from a standard deck.  What is the probability that they form a pair?

July 14.  If a billion follows a million and a trillion follows a billion, what follows a trillion?

July 15.  What is it you sit on, sleep in and brush your teeth with?

July 16.  What word has all five vowels in it?

July 17. What word has all five vowels in order including “y.”?

July 18.   Name a word with 5 letters pronounced like only one letter?

July 19.  There are some words in the English language that end with “gry.” One is “angry” and one of them is “hungry.” What is the third word?  Everyone uses it every day, and everyone knows what it stands for. If you have been listening, I have already told you what the word is.

July 20.  You buy 10 trees at a local nursery. How do you plant your 10 trees in 5 rows with 4 in each row?

July 21.  If Mama bull, Papa bull and Baby bull are in the pasture and Baby bull gets scared, who would he run to?

July 22.  A dog had three puppies, named Mopsy, Topsy and Spot.  What was the mother’s name?

July 23. It is a scientific fact that a person eats over an inch of dirt at every meal.  How is this possible?

July 24.  How long is the Great Wall of China?

July 25.  Who invented the hospital gown?

July 26.  Mr. Green has removed a flat tire and is putting on the spare.  He doesn’t know that a squirrel is stealing the four lug nuts that hold the tire to the axle.  After finding the lugs missing, how does Mr. Green manage to attach his spare tire and drive to the nearest service station where he can obtain four more lug nuts?

July 27.  Start with five matchsticks arranged in the shape of a triangle.  Without doubling them up, can you rearrange all five matchsticks so that they form two triangles?

July 28.  Can you figure out a way to hold a piece of rope or string, one end in each hand, and tie a knot in the string without letting go of either end?

July 29.  A store has on a sale a computer and word processor small enough to fit in your pocket.  It can add, multiply, subtract, divide and write all languages.  A delete device will correct any error: No electricity is required to operate it.  The price?  Only a few cents!  How can the store make a profit by selling it so cheap?

July 30.  A truck driver went three blocks the wrong way down a one way street without breaking the law.  How come?

July 31.  A boy and a girl are standing on the same sheet of newspaper, yet it is impossible for them to kiss.  How come?

August 1.  A cowboy rode into Dodge City on Friday, stayed two days, then rode out of town on Friday.  How come?

August 2.  There are only two Rs in Robert Richardson.  How come?

August 3.  A prizefighter was unconscious seven times during the week, yet he was never ill or injured or knocked out in a fight.  How come?

August 4.  A man married 57 women.  None died, and he was never divorced, yet he was one of the most admired men in town.  How come?

August 5.  Jaundice is a sign of liver impairment that makes the whites of a person’s eyes, and the skin of a Caucasian person, turn yellow.  One hospital had a jaundiced appearance in one eye, but not the other.  Why?

August 6.  Vic, a seven-year-old boy was in the park with his mother.  He climbed to the top of a hundred-foot tree.  Then his mother called him.  He jumped from the top of the tree, landed uninjured on the ground and ran to his unconcerned mother.  How did he land without hurting himself?

August 7.  After a singularly dull lecture that followed a formal dinner, a man walked up to the lecturer and said, “Strikingly unoriginal.  I have a book that has every word of your speech in it, and most people here do too.”  The lecturer was enraged and demanded proof.  He got it.  How?

August 8.  John was making lunch when his friend Ron arrived, unexpectedly bringing along his two kids and their nanny.  Soon, the men, unconcerned, were sitting in the kitchen eating steak sandwiches, while the kids, unfed, played outside under their nanny’s watchful eye.  When the hungry kids started to chew on strands of grass, the nanny didn’t stop them.  Why not?

August 9.  One approach to reducing health care costs is to discourage self-destructive behavior.  Smoking, driving without seat belts, and certain other activities are identified as needlessly risky; and social pressure has built to make them less and less desirable.  One form of self-destructive behavior, however, receives little public attention.  It can lead to reconstructive surgery, but people who receive the surgery often do not stop the behavior and need the surgery again.  Oddly enough, the health care administration  establishment itself is biased against having this particular self-destructive behavior identified as such.  What is it, and why does the health administration establishment not want it recognized?

August 10.  A man called his wife from the office to say that he would be home at around eight o’clock.  He got in at two minutes past eight.  His wife was extremely angry at his arrival.  Why?

August 11.  Yesterday, I went through a book, which I had already read, in a peculiar manner.  After I finished a page, I flipped to the next page, then rotated the book 180 degrees.  After that page, I rotated the book 180 degrees and then flipped to the next page, rotated, the book 180 degrees again and continued in this fashion until I was done with the whole book.  What was going on?

August 12.  A man wearing tights is lying unconscious in a field.  Next to him is a rock.  What happened?

August 13.  What has rivers but no water, cities but no buildings and forests but no trees?

August 14.  What question can you never answer “yes” to?

August 15.  Five pieces of coal, a carrot, and a scarf are lying on the lawn.  Nobody put them on the lawn, but there is a perfectly logical reason for them being there.  What is it?

August 16.  A London cab driver picked up a lady who was a notorious chatterbox.  He did not want to engage in conversation, so he pretended to be deaf by pointing to his ears to indicate that he could neither speak nor hear.  After she arrived, he pointed to the meter so that she could see how much she owed; she paid and walked off.  Then she realized that he could have not been deaf.  Why?

August 17.  Name the states of the US that consist of letters that appear only once in their spelling.

August 18.  All the professional major league teams that have the second name that ends in a “s”.  For examples, New York Yankees.  Can you name at least three exceptions?
August 19.  A young dog is called a puppy.  What are the young of the following called?  Cat, bear, chicken, deer, goat, sheep, whale, goose, horse, and kangaroo?

August 20.  Find common words, each of which contain one of the double letters given below.  For example, a word containing “bb” is ribbon.  So find words for Aa, bb, cc, dd, ee, ff, gg, hh, ii, kk, ll, mm, nn. oo, pp, rr, ss, tt, uu, ww and zz.

August 21.  Name all the states of the US that are spelled using only four letters of the alphabet.  The names may be more than four letters long but contain only four different letters.

August 22.  Name all the states that border on the Atlantic Ocean.

August 23.  Three women dressed in swimsuits were standing together.  Two were sad and one happy.  But the sad women were smiling and the happy one was crying.  Why?

August 24.  The boss of a storage warehouse had just arrived at work when one of his employees burst into his office.  The man explained that while asleep the previous night he had dreamed that one of the stored boxes contained a bomb that would explode at 2 pm.  After a search, a bomb was found, the police called and the bomb defused.  The boss thanked the employee then fired him.  The man who got fired did not plant the bomb.  How could the boss be so cruel?

August 25.  Five men proceeding together on foot down a country path.  It began to rain.  Four of the men quickened their step and began to walk faster.  The fifth man made no effort to move any faster.  However, he remained dry and the other four got wet.  They arrived at their destination together at the same time.  How could this be?

August 26.  A man stands in front of a painting and says the following:  “Brothers and sisters have I none.  But this man’s father is my father’s son.”  How is the man in the painting related to the man who is in front of it?

August 27.  At a family reunion, it was found that the following relationships existed between the people present:  Father, mother, son, daughter, uncle, aunt, brother, sister, cousin, nephew and neice.  However, there were only four people there.  How could this be so?

August 28.  A truck became wedged under a low bridge.  It could not move forward or back without severely damaging it’s roof.  The truck driver was perplexed until a little girl standing nearby suggested an easy solution.  What was it?

August 29.  A man walked home after having gone out to eat.  He walked down the middle of a deserted country road.  There were no streetlights to illuminate the road and there was no moonlight.  He was dressed in black.  Suddenly a car that did have its headlights on came racing down the road.  At the last moment, the driver of the car saw the man and swerved to avoid him.  How did he managed to see him?

August 30.  What is it that the man who makes it does not need, the man who buys it does not use himself, and the person who uses it does so without knowing?

August 31.  A man pushing his car stopped outside a hotel.  As soon as he got there, he knew he was bankrupt.  Why?

September 1.  What is it that a baby has more of than an adult?

September 2.  A man who wanted a drink walked into a bar.  Before he could say a word, he was knocked unconscious.  Why?

September 3.  A man died and went to Heaven.  There were thousands of other people there.  There were all naked.  He looked around to see it there was anyone he recognized.  Suddenly, he saw a couple and he knew that they were Adam and Eve.  How did he know?

September 4.  The police found a murder victim and they noticed a pair of tire tracks to and from the body.  They followed the tracks to a nearby farmhouse where two men and a woman were sitting on the porch.  There was no car at the farmhouse and none of them could drive.  The police arrested the woman.  Why?

September 5.  When  the woman saw him she was upset.  Even though she had never seem him before, she had left some food for him because she knew he would be hungry.  But he could not reach the food because he had an iron bar across his back.  He died soon after and the woman was pleased.  What’s going on?

September 6.  Every day Veronica travels 30 miles in the course of her work.  She doesn’t travel in a wheeled vehicle and never has problems with traffic, the police, weather, or airports.  What does she do?

September 7.  Walter spent three days in the hospital.  He was neither sick nor injured, but when it was time to leave he had to carried out.  Why?

September 8.  William was the least intelligent and laziest boy in a class of 30 students who took a test.  Yet when the results were announced, William’s name was at the top of the list.  How come?

September 9.  A man wakes up at night in the pitch dark.  He knows that on his bedside table are a razor, a watch and a glass of water.  How can he reach out onto the table and be sure to pick up the watch without touching the razor or knocking over the glass of water?

September 10.  In the fabric shop, the curtains are neatly arranged by style.  The floral-patterned ones are in the section marked “floral,” the plain ones are in the section marked “plain,” and the striped ones are in a section marked “striped.”  But one pair with vertical blue stripes is not in the “striped” section.  Why not?

September 11.  Denise died at sea while Harry died on land.  People were pleased that Harry died and even more pleased that Denise had died at sea.  Why?

September 12.  On a rainy day, Sam had a problem with his car.  He was too far from the nearest garage but he did stop a little candy store where his problem was quickly solved.  How?

September 13.  What work can a sculptor never finish?

September 14.  A boy who is 3 feet tall puts a nail into a tree at his exact height.  He returns two years later when he has grown by six inches and the tree has grown by twelve inches.  How much taller is the nail that the boy?

September 15.  In 1849, a man went to California gold rush hoping to make his fortune by selling tents to the miners.  However, the weather was fine and the miners slept out in the open, so the man could sell no tents.  But he made his fortune anyway and his name is famous to this day.  How did he become rich and who is he?

September 16.  A child at school printed something rude on the wall and nobody owned up to doing it.  How did the teacher find out who did it?

September 17.  What looks like a horse, moves like a horse, is as big as a horse but weighs nothing?

September 18.  Who is bigger.  Mr. Bigger or Mr.  Bigger’s son?

September 19.  Tom’s mother had three children.  One was named April.  One was named May.  What was the third one named?

September 20.  What has four fingers and a thumb but isn’t a hand?

September 21.  What’s white when it’s dirty and black when it’s clean?

September 22.  You are seeing some tittles right now.  What are they?

September 23.  How did a man with on out of date passport legitimately visit 30 different countries in the same day?

September 24.  What gets higher as it falls?

September 25.  What’s the best known star with a tail?

September 26.  Where would you find a square ring?

September 27.  A woman whom I had never met before was introduced to me.  I didn’t say a word.  She told me about herself, but I didn’t say a word.  She told me many more things about herself, but I didn’t say a word.  She told me many more things.about herself but I still didn’t say a word.  Eventually I said one word and she was very disappointed.  What was the word?

September 28.  He who has it is worried.   He who loses it is poorer.  He who wins it no longer has it.  What is it?

September 29.  What action carried out by knights because of their armor; has persisted to this day when no one wears armor?

September 30.  Mrs. White, Mrs. Black, and Mrs. Grey were chatting in the garden.  One was wearing a white, one a black and a third a grey dress.  Mrs.  Grey looked around and said, “We’re all wearing dresses that are the same color as our names but none of us is wearing a dress that is the same color as her name!:  What difference does that make?” asked the lady wearing the black dress.  What color dresses did the thres ladies have on?

October 1.  Henry has more money than Everett.  Sidney has more money than Winston and less than Waldo.   Alfred has as much money as Norbert, less than Waldo and more than Sidney.  Everett has more money than either Norbert or Waldo.  Can you rank each millionaire?

October 2.  What fruit is on a penny?

October 3.  Herman the butcher has grown in stature and girth since coming to work some 20 years ago.  At age 20 his waist size was 25 inches and his weight was 170 pounds.  At age 30 his waist size was 32 and his weight was 200.  At age 40 his waist size is 40.  What does he weigh?

October 4.  Alfred received 20 percent more toys than Julian, and 25 percent more than Cedric.  Julian received 3,600 toys.  Can you figure out how many toys Cedric received?

October 5.  What increases its value when turned upside down?

October 6.  What trade have all the president of the US been members of?

October 7.  What motive led to the invention of railroads?

October 8.  What English word contains three double letters in a row?

October 9.  Three men named Claude, Horace and Selwyn are married to three ladies whose names are Deirdre, Erika and Imogene.  Claude’s wife and Erika’s husband are bridge partners and they are playing Deirdre and Imogene’s husband.  None of the men are partners with their own wives.  Finally, Horace doesn’t play cards at all.

October 10.  Two days ago I was fifty-four years old.  Next year I shall be fifty seven.  How can that be?

October 11.  Henry received two more boxes than Dutch.  Edna received six less boxes than Sal.  Sal received two more boxes than Henry.  Dutch received two more boxes than Edna.  How many boxes did each of these people receive?

October 12.  Maria told me that the party would consist of two grandfathers, two grandmothers, three fathers, three mothes, three sons, three daughters, two mothers-in-law, two fathers-in-law, one son-in-law, one daughter-in-law brothers, and two sisters.  There were only 10 people at the party.  How come?

October 13.  Leroy was taking a bath.  All the water faucets broke and Leroy couldn’t turn them off.  When the water started spilling over the rim of the tub, Leroy tried to leave the bathroom but found that the door was stuck and wouldn’t open.  As the water flooded the room and rose up to his chin, Leroy looked for a way to escape.  The room was solid stone and had no windows or others means of escape.  How could Leroy save himself from drowning?

October 14.  There are four requirements before becoming president of the US:
a.  The candidate must be 35 years of age or older.
b.  Must have been born in the US
c.  Must have lived here for at least 14 years.
d.  The candidate must be……

October 15.

A         F  HIJKLMNO  QRS  U  WXY
BCDE  G                 P       T  V

October 16.  Three men ate dinner and ordered a plate of chocolates to be shared equally.  Before the candy arrived at the table, they had all fallen asleep.  The first one to wake up saw the candy, ate his equal share, and fell back to sleep.  The second man soon awoke and, seeing the chocolates, at what he thought was his equal share and promptly went back to sleep.  Finally, the third traveller awoke, looked at the candy, and ate what he thought was his equal share.  He then drifted back to sleep.  While they snored away the waiter removed the dish with the candy on it.  There were 8 pieces left.  How many pieces were orginally brought to the table?

October 17.  What do we break by just naming it?

October 18.  Sammy the squirrel, putting aside food for the winter, came upon a large pile of corn cobs in Farmer Grey’s barn.  Sammy was able to move three ears at a time back to his nest.  After nine trips,  Sammy’s nest was filled, and he settled in for the winter.  How many ears of corn did he take from the barn?

October 19.  Why is a fish dealer never generous?

October 20.  Name 10 parts of the body that are spelled with only three letters.

October 21.  What do the letters:  ASDFGHJKL have in common?

October 22.  What is that from which you may take away the whole and yet have some left?

October 23.  Complete this sentence so it is correct:  This sentence has _____________ letters.

October 24.  Barton Whimp was terrified of the dark and of the Boogie Monster, whom he feared would catch him out of bed in the dark.  When Barton went to bed, he would flip off the light switch on the far wall, then tear across the room to bed, 10 feet away.  Yesterday he flipped the switch, walked slowly to his bed, and climbed in before it got dark.  Without using anything other than his finger to flip the switch, how did he manage this brave feat?

October 25.  Three playing cards are placed in a row, facedown.  There is a 2 to the right of a king; next a diamond will be found to the left of a spade; an ace is to the left of a heart; finally, a heart is to the left of a spade.  What is the order of the cards?

October 26.   In your pocket, you have the same number each of nickels, dimes, and quarters.  The total is $4.40.  How many coins of each do you have?

October 27.  Donald lived with his parents and an older sister in a one-story house on the end of Main Street.  One afternoon the doorbell rang.  Donald opened the door.  It was his friend Tommy, who lived across the street.  “Let’s go skating,” said Tommy.  “Okay,” Donald said.  “Wait there until I get my roller blades.”  Donald ran quickly up the stairs.  He got his skates from under the bed in his room on the second floor.  Then he ran outside and put them on.  He and Tommy spent the rest of the afternoon skating.  What’s wrong with this story?

October 28.  Matthew enjoys eating breakfast with Rebecca but not with Becky.  He likes to eat lunch with Sally but not with Sarah.  He’ll eat dessert with Bennett but not Ben.  Would Matthew prefer to have dessert with Betty or Elizabeth?

October 29.  Marcus was a winning streak at the casino.  On the third bet he began to double his bets and on the 10th bet he won 1,000,000.  On what bet did Herman have 250,000?  How much money did he have on his 3rd bet?

October 30.  Counting from zero, what’s the first number that contains the letter “a”?

October 31.  How many common English words can you make from the letters (EISLM), using all five letters only once in each word?

November 1.  The busy chemist left a message for his new assistant:  “Try -40 degrees.”  The assistant was puzzled.  Did he mean Centigrade or Fahrenheit?

November 2.  While shopping in the supermarket one day.  Barry met his wife’s mother-in-law’s husband’s only daughter by his only marriage.  Who was she?

November 3.  If it takes 2 bricklayers an hour and a half to lay a total of 90 brick, how many bricklayers would be needed to lay 210 bricks in an hour?

November 4.  Mrs. Worth spent the afternoon choosing new gemstones for her dinner rings.  All but two were emeralds, all but two were diamonds and all but two were rubies.  How many rings was Mrs. Worth refurbishing?

November 5.  Wayne is training for next week’s cross-country ski competition.  How long will it take to ski 4 miles uphill at 2 mph and 4 miles downhill at 8 mph?

November 6.  What is the 4 digit number (no zeroes) in which the first number is 6 times the second, the third is twice the second and the fourth is 3 times the third?  The sum of all the digits is 15.

November 7.  Name the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold frozen, canned processed, cooked, dried or in any other form than FRESH….always.

November 8.  How many cubic yards of dirt are there in a ditch that is 12 yards wide, 20 feet deep and 600 feet long?

November 9.  What is the longest word in the dictionary?

November 10.  A man was building a house when it collapsed all around him.  He wasn’t injured or upset, and he calmly started to rebuild it.  What was going on?

November 11. What is in seasons, seconds, centuries and minutes but not in decades, years or days?

November 12. All amoebas duplicate themselves every minute.  An amoeba which does so is placed in a jar at exactly ten o’clock in the morning.  At 12 noon the jar is full.  At what time is the jar half full?

November 13. What is the next number in this sequence 77,49,36, 18?

November 14. An American man marries 20 women.  They are now all alive, there have been no divorces; he is not a polygamist and has done nothing illegal.  How can this be?

November 15. Which is correct ? eight and eight is fifteen or eight and eight are fifteen?

November 16. In the English language, to the end of what plural noun can you add an S and make it a singular noun?

November 17. There are three errers in the statement of this problem.  You must detect all of them to recieve full credit.November

November 18. A King wanted to get rid of his Prime Minister so he told three judges that he would put two slips of paper in a hat and have the Prime Minister draw one of them to decide his fate.  He said that one slip would be marked “GO” and the other “STAY.”  But the King cheated and marked both of them “GO”  The Prime Minister suspected that the King would cheat and planned accordingly.  After drawing one slip, what did the Prime Minister say to the judges that forced the King to let him stay?

November 19. A barbecue grill holds two steaks at a time.  It takes ten minutes to grill one side of a steak.  What is the minimum amount of time it would take to grill three steaks on both sides?
November 20. Which of the following doesn’t belong in this group?  Uncle, cousin, mother, sister, father, aunt and brother.

November 21. You have a fox, a chicken and a sack of grain.  You must cross a river with only one of them at a time.  If you leave the fox with chicken he will eat it; if you leave the chicken with the grain he will eat it.  How can you get all three across safely?

November 22. A three volume set of books stands on the bookshelf.  Each cover is 1/4 of an inch thick and the sum of the pages of each book is 1 inch.    A bookworm starts on page 1 of Volume 1 and eats his way to the last page of Volume 3.  How far does he travel?

November 23. Three travelers register at a hotel and are told that their rooms will cost $10 each so they pay $30.  Later the clerk realizes that he made a mistake and should only have charged them $25.  He gives a bellboy $5 to return to them but the bell boy is dishonest and gives each of them only $1, keeping $2 for himself.  So the men actually spent $27 and the bellboy kept $2; what happened to the other dollar at the original $30 (given to me by Brittany James Class of 2003).

November 24. What can go up a chimney down, but can’t go down a chimney up?

November 25. ADD a baker’s dozen, the number of the Boeing superjet, baseball’s “stretch” inning, the number saved by a stitch in time, what a golfer yells before hitting a long shot.  SUBTRACT the number of blackbirds in a pie, and the number of miles driven in the Indianapolis Memorial Race.  DIVIDE by the number of birds in the hand that one in the bush is worth.  What do you get?

November 26. 8 BB’s look alike but one is slightly heavier than the others.  How can you identify the heavy BB in only two weighings on a balance scale?

November 27. Quickly give 100 words with no “a” in them.

November 28. I usually come in pairs.  Rain, water, rocks and wind ruin me.  But you can find me at the beach.  What am I?

November 29. A man sitting in a bar feeling rather poor sees a man next to him pull a wad of 50’s out his wallet.  He turns to the rich man and says to him “I have an amazing talent:  I know almost every song that has ever existed.”  The rich man laughs.  The poor man says “I am willing to bet you all the money in your wallet that I can sing a genuine song with a lady’s name of your choice in it.  The rich man laughs again and says “Ok how about my daughters name Joanna Armstrong Miller?”  The rich man goes home poor.  The poor man goes home rich.  What song did he sing?

November 30. What goes around the world but stays in a corner?

December 1. Give me food, and I will live; give me water, and I will die. What am I?

December 2. It is said among my people that some things are improved by death. Tell me, what stinks while living but in death smells good?

December 3. Whoever makes it, tells it not. Whoever takes it, knows it not. Whoever knows it, wants it not. What is it?

December 4.  How long did the Hundred Years War last?

December 5.  Which country makes panama hats?

December 6.  What is a camel’s hair brush made of?

December 7.   What starts with “e” ends with “e” and contains only one letter?

December 8.   Which room has no door, no windows, no floor and no roof?

December 9.   What is too much for one, enough for two, but nothing at all for three?

December 10.   This you should always keep – no one else wants it.

December 11.   What is everyone in the world doing at the same time?

December 12.   What can be measured, but has no length, width or height?

December 13.   What flies when it’s on and floats when it’s off?

December 14. What can’t you see that is always before you?

December 15.   What can you hold without ever touching or using your hands?

December 16.   What is neither inside the house, outside the house, but no house is complete without it?

December 17.  What driver doesn’t have a license?

December 18. . What has a neck, but no head?

December 19. What  has one  foot  on each side and one  in the middle?

December 20. Here on earth it is true, yesterday is always before today; but there is a place where yesterday always follows today. Where?

December 21. What do people make that nobody can ever see?

December 22. What kind of table has no legs?

December 23. What 7 letter word becomes longer when the third letter is removed?

December 24. What can you always find in the middle of a taxicab?

December 25. How can you say rabbit without the letter R?

December 26. How many cookies can you eat on an empty stomach?

December 27. What is greater than god, more evil than the devil, the poor have it, the rich need it, and if you eat it you will eventually die?

December 28. In what sport do the winners go backwards while losers go forwards?

December 29. Two men enter a bar and order the exact same drink fixed the exact same way. One guy guzzles his down in a matter of seconds (thirsty fool), and the other takes his time. The guy who guzzles his down lives and the other guy dies. Why?

December 30. Find a ten letter word that starts with gas?

December 31. When you need it you throw it out, when you don’t need it you take it in.


BONUS DAYS……(for those days when you want to think more).

a. There is one that has a head without an eye, and there’s one that has an eye without a head, You may find the answer if you try; and when all is said, half the answer hangs upon a thread.

b. What is black when you buy it, red while you use it, and white when you are finished with it?

c.   Three older and heavy set women were walking in town under one regular sized umbrella.  Why didn’t they get wet?

d.   A dog is tied to a 15 ft long leash.  How can the dog reach a bone that is 20 feet away.

e.   A mother has six children and five potatoes.  How can she feed each an equal amount?  (Do not use fractions)

f.  You’ve probably heard the expression “two’s company and three’s a crowd.”  But what is four and five?

g. If the reflection of a clock in a mirror reads 8:45, what is the real time?

h. You are in a storm and the power is out.  You see a mansion and go inside.  There are 3 doors.

Door 1:  A deadly snake will kill you if you go in.

Door 2:  An electric chair, you HAVE to sit in it.  It will also kill you by electrocution.

Door 3:  A hangman’s gallow, you will have to hang yourself with a noose.

No going back now, which one do you pick? Submitted by Sally Ancheva (per1- 2009)