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Tease your brain with these eight fun riddles

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Q: My first thought after con­grat­u­lat­ing myself on being so clever about some­thing?
A: “How can I have been so dumb about that for so long!”

Q: Who is hard­er to for­give than any­one, for tru­ly dumb behav­iour?
A:  Read the rest of this entry »

Brain teaser: Will you finish your thesis on time?

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Imag­ine spend­ing the sum­mer pol­ish­ing your PhD the­sis in the library. Every day you take the sub­way, a train going up North to the uni­ver­si­ty.

One day you real­ize that the trains going South can bring you to the beach. Noth­ing is wrong with some leisure. You cal­cu­late that if you spend half of the remain­ing sum­mer vaca­tion in the library that should be enough to fin­ish the the­sis. To spice up the sum­mer, Read the rest of this entry »

Quick brain teaser to stretch (and retrain) your mind

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This is Ellen, a sin­gle and bright woman. When she was a stu­dent —in high school and in col­lege too— Ellen was deeply involved in envi­ron­men­tal issues, and also par­tic­i­pat­ed in social jus­tice protests.

Now it’s 2019, and Ellen is 31-year-old.

Ques­tion: Which of the fol­low­ing state­ments are more prob­a­ble regard­ing Ellen’s occu­pa­tion today, and in what order?

A) Ellen is a bank teller;

B) Ellen works as a TV reporter;

C) Ellen is a bank teller at a small com­mu­ni­ty bank; she remains active fight­ing cli­mate change.

 

Quick, what’s your answer? In what order would you rank those 3 options? Read the rest of this entry »

Quick brain teaser: Which train is going the wrong way?

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In the image above –cour­tesy of Heathrow Express– you can see 27 trains on the tracks.

Quick. Can you spot the  out­lier?

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Tease your brain with the Hermann Grid illusion

Here’s a beau­ti­ful exam­ple of the Her­mann Grid illu­sion in the real-world: You will notice faint white cir­cles appear where the hor­i­zon­tal and ver­ti­cal slats inter­sect in the win­dow frame (even if no white cir­cles are there at all!)

The Hermann Grid illusion

In this image, do you see some­thing oth­er than black and white? 

Hermann Grid

While there are only black blocks and white spaces in the grid, the high con­trast black and white areas fool the eyes into per­ceiv­ing a gray cir­cle at each inter­sec­tion. The illu­sion results from Read the rest of this entry »

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