Oct 20, 2006
By: Caroline Latham
Exercise multiple areas of your brain by trying to answer this riddle:
A blind beggar had a brother who died. What relation was
the blind beggar to the brother who died?
“Brother” is not the answer.
Now, your brain’s turn. What is the answer?
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Explanation (answer at bottom):
This puzzle is very simply stated and yet stumps those who have not heard it before, because the listener tends to make an implicit assumption about gender – in this case that a blind beggar is a man.
This puzzle touches on analytical functions like abstract reasoning, hypothesis testing, and implicit assumptions residing in your frontal lobes, as well as your creativity in finding novel solutions to problems and emotional memory.
The blind beggar was the sister of her brother, who died.
Next brain teaser in SharpBrains’ top 25 series:
- #22. Find the the Really, Really, Really Big Number