By: Caroline Latham
Here is a fun brain teaser from puzzle master Wes Carroll.
Tipping the Scales
The top two scales in the image at the right are in perfect balance. How many diamonds will be needed to balance the bottom set?
This puzzle helps you work out your executive functions –supported in the frontal lobes— by using your pattern recognition, hypothesis testing, and logic.
First add up the number of clubs in the first two scales (5). Then count how many clubs are in the bottom scale (5). The do the same with the spades, which gets you 5 and 5. There are 4 diamonds in the top two balanced scales. Therefore, it must take 4 diamonds to balance the third scale since all the other measurements are the same.
More brain teasers and games for adults of any age:
— The Glossy Legs Illusion. Credit: Hunter Culverhouse, @leonardhoespams/Instagram
Glossy Legs Leave Internet Agog (Scientific American):
“…A young artist has posted a picture of their legs, which are impossibly encased in shiny shrink-wrapped plastic. Or are they? The more you look at it, the more likely you will realize that the shell is not plastic, but rather bare skin with a few streaks of carefully applied white paint. And for many of you, it will then switch back to plastic again!”
—> For more, you can enjoy SharpBrains’ top 25 brain teasers and visual illusions.
By: Caroline Latham
What do you see?
Take a good look…you should be able to perceive two different images (but probably not at the same time). Read the rest of this entry »
According to NSA’s Puzzle Periodical, “Intelligence. It’s the ability to think abstractly. Challenge the unknown. Solve the impossible. NSA employees work on some of the world’s most demanding and exhilarating high-tech engineering challenges. Applying complex algorithms and expressing difficult cryptographic problems in terms of mathematics is part of the work NSA employees do every day.”
You can try a couple of their recent, and quite tough, brain teasers here:
More brain teasers, games and illusions here.
By: Alvaro Fernandez
Thank you to everyone who has written so many fun haikus over the last several years (following the post Top 25 Brain and Mind Haikus. Yours?). These are the ones we have enjoyed the most.
My release technique,
Forgive, forget, love all,
Meditate on that!
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