Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Brain Questions...Keeping Alert!

Today why not try these 4 basic brain questions and see how good your brain wiring is.


Below are 4 questions which you should answer immediately. The answers are given on scrolling down.

1) You're participating in a race. You overtake the second person.What position are you in now?

2) If you overtake the last person in the same race, then you are ........?

3) Now for arithmetic! Note: This must be done in your head only, no calculator or pencil and paper. 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. And finally, add 10. What's the total?

4) Mary's father has five daughters: Nana, Nene, Nini, and Nono. What is the name of the 5th daughter?

Now for the answers - how many did you get right?

1) Many people answer that they are in first place, but this is not correct. By overtaking the the second person, it means you take up the second position.

2) If you answered that you are second to last, then you are wrong. As it's not possible to overtake the last person.

3) Did you get 5000? The correct answer is actually 4100. If you don't believe me, check it with a calculator.

4) Many people answer Nunu? Yet this is not correct - her name is Mary. Read the question again!

I hope you liked the brain questions and that they kept your brain alert.

31 comments:

Karen said...

Wow....perhaps I need a power nap as my brain wasn't getting all those questions right! Thanks for the post. Love the blog. Karen

Ellee Seymour said...

Can you add some easier ones on for us thick ones please? They always make sense when you read the answers.

Charlie Hawkins said...

Good one. This is definitely going around the whole office :-)

Clare said...

I was really surprised by the arithmatic one -- I feel very let-down by my brain!

Dr Michelle Tempest said...

Glad you are all liking the teasers - and it's OK not to get all the answers right - in fact that is normal!

James Smith said...

Hi Michelle, Not sure my brain can cope with all this work. Will have to get back to the day job. Really like the blog. Best wishes

Ju's little sister said...

Hi Michelle, you might have spotted me from Simon and Maalie's blogs. I only had to read the top post and I love yours! Bookmarking it now!

Ju's Little Sister.

Dr Michelle Tempest said...

Thanks ju's little sister - I shall check out your site as well. Michelle

Maalie said...

Hi Michelle: Well, I got two out of the four right, I fluffed on the Nunu one. I should have known better, my dad tricked me with a similar one when I was little! Maybe I ought to present myself for psychotherapy...

Dr Michelle Tempest said...

Hi Maalie, Thanks for the comment. The questions were just for fun, hope they made you smile. All the very best. Michelle

Maalie said...

Ooops! Sorry to take up more space on your server...

> Try listing 10 things you are grateful for in your life

Only 10? I'm on 250 and counting...

> After that add to the list all things you could not survive without, such as air, water and food.

Are we into Maslow's Hierarchy here?

Ju's little sister said...

I am sure, Maalie, that there is room for some pendulum theory in there somewhere????
:-D

JLS

simon said...

Hey Ellee! Can i get some free therapy here?? :o)

Simon

simon said...

I uesed to be uncertain.... but now I am not so sure!

nice to see everyone here!

lorenzothellama said...

Hello Michelle. Got onto your site through Maalie's. Really interesting, but I am not admitting how many of the questions I got wrong!
Lorenzo

Ellee said...

You don't have a comment facility on your post about Valentine's Day, unless I've missed it. Will come back later.

Dr Michelle Tempest said...

Thanks Ellee - I was obviously creating my own brain teaser for the day! I hope I have now fixed the comment section on todays blog. Thanks again. Michelle

QUASAR9 said...

lol! Michelle

How does one overtake the l;ast person in a race?

Clare said...

Ooh I enjoyed those and got two out of four lol! Thanks for that :).

Michelle said...

Fantastic stuff, although i did get the maths one wrong and answered 5000 as you mentioned!

John said...

Great workout for a grey Friday morning in the UK

Dr Michelle Tempest said...

Thanks quasar9, Clare, Michelle and John for all kindly leaving comments.

SeaSpray said...

Interesting! I did say 1st place at 1st then reverted to 2nd... but then went BACK to 1st. Do we get credit for recognizing the vowel pattern a e i o and u? :)

road runner said...

ah, but surely if you passed the last person in the race you would have lapped them - which probably (but not necessarily) means you are in first place

Dr Michelle Tempest said...

I like your lateral thinking road runner! By the sounds of your name you could be used to lapping people in races. Michelle

Adrian said...

Great post,
I got them except for the math one. Laughing at myself is fun sometimes!

Anonymous said...

Great post, love to see some more!

Anonymous said...

Love the questions, and sorry to be a pedant but one of the answers is misleading. On the "overtaking the last person in a race" question, it is perfectly possible to overtake - I assumed it was a track race and that I had just "lapped" the person, which probably puts me up with the leaders.

Anonymous said...

But I've just lapped the last person someone in the race.

Anonymous said...

IF YOUR RUNNING ROUND A TRACK OR DRIVING ROUND A TRACK YOU CAN OVER TAKE THE LAST PERSON IF YOUR LAPING SOMEONE

Anonymous said...

Oh balls! Only got half of them right. Hehe...