Let’s exercise our frontal lobes (that deal with planning, among other things), and parietal lobes (calculations) with some quick brain teaser games of the kind often used in job interviews.
Please try to guess the answers to the questions below (you don’t need to know, or research, the right answer, simply try to “guesstimate” an appropriate range).
1) How many golf balls can fit in a school bus?
2) In 1999, how were these baby boy names ranked by popularity: Kevin, Jose, Hugh.
3) What is the weight of a large commercial airplane?
1) About 500,000, assuming the bus is 50 balls high, 50 balls wide, and 200 balls long.
2) Rankings of baby boy names in 1999, according to Social Security Administration: 1. Jose (#30), 2. Kevin (#32), 3. Hugh (#830).
3) For a Boeing 747:
– Empty: around 400,000 pounds (lbs), or 181 metric tons
– Maximum Takeoff Weight: around 825,000 pounds, or 374 metric tons
– For context, the weight of an empty Hummer is 8,600 pounds.
We have more brain teasers, brain games and illusions!
1. 30 pairs
2. Barbara, Emily,Ã‚Â Amber, Tracy
3. Kevin, Jose , Gary, Hugh
4. 4 thousand tons
30 pairs of shoes? Is that a misprint?
1) We don’t know how many pairs you have had 🙂
2) Rankings of baby girl names in 1999:
Rankings of baby boy names in 1999:
3) For a Boeing 747:
Empty: around 400,000 pounds (lbs), or 181,000 metric tons
Maximum Takeoff Weight: around 825,000 pounds, or 374,000 metric tons
The weight of an empty Hummer is 8,600 pounds
Elona, well, I guess it depends on Adam’s age, shopping habits…and gender 🙂
Chad W Smith says
How many pairs did you expect Adam to have? 100 — 12?
I’m a 29 year old male, and I guesstimate I’ve had about 40 shoes in my life (that’s 20 pair). I have about 6 to 8 now, and I only wear one pair. But I’ve had all of them (except the ones I’m wearing now) for a number of years. I wore one pair of shoes — and only one — for a total of 7 years. My $40 Nike High Tops.
Magnus B says
Just a remark: 400,000 pounds is about 181,000 kg, which is 181 metric tons.
And with an inaccurate number like this, you should really round off the converted value even more, to suggest 400,000 lb ~= 200,000 kg.
- about 50
— Emily, Amber, Tracy, Barbara
— Hugh, Jose, Gary, Kevin
— 100,000 kg
Those are my guesstimations.
Lol, I guesstimate that I’ve had about 200 shoes… they said shoes, not pairs, I’m 28 which is almost 30 (ugh), at least a 3 pair AVERAGE per year (if not more)… approx. 200, maybe more.
May I observe some gender differences, perhaps? 🙂