Some are tough.
Some are easy.
All are brain-bending puzzles.
You can use ’em for contests,
or to stump your friends
See how smart and flexible in your thinking you really are!

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A murderer is condemned to death. He has to choose between three rooms. The first is full of raging fires, the second is full of assassins with loaded guns, and the third is full of lions that haven't eaten in three years. Which room is safest for him?
The third. Lions that haven't eaten in three years are dead.

A woman shoots her husband. Then she holds him under water for over five minutes. Finally, she hangs him. But, five minutes later, they both go out together and enjoy a wonderful dinner together. How can this be?
The woman was a photographer. She shot a picture of her husband, developed it, and hung it up to dry.

There are two plastic jugs filled with water. How could you put all of this water into a barrel, without using the jugs or any dividers, and still tell which water came from which jug?
Freeze them first. Take them out of the jugs, and put the ice in the barrel. You will be able to tell which water came from which jug.

What is black when you buy it, red when you use it, and gray when you throw it away?
The answer is Charcoal.

Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday?
Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow!

This is an unusual paragraph. I'm curious how quickly you can find out what is so unusual about it. It looks so plain you would think nothing is wrong with it. In fact, nothing is wrong with it! It is unusual though. Study it, and think about it, but you still may not find anything odd. But, if you work at it a bit, you might find out.
The letter "e," which is the most common letter in the English language, does not appear even once in the long paragraph.
A man married his sister, killed his mother, and was born before his father. He was considered socially acceptable by normal American standards. How is this possible?
(He was a pastor and married his sister to her husband. His mother died during labor. When he was born his father was present.)
Two adjoining rooms are separated by a wall such that you can not see into the second room when standing in the first one. The first has three light switches, each connected to an individual light in the second room. You can only walk to the second room once. How can you determine which switch is connected to which light in one trip only?
Turn on one switch for five minutes. Turn it back off and turn on another. Go check to see which light is on, which is off and which is hot (but off as well).
Do they have a 4th of July in England?
(Of course they do, just like any other date on the calendar.)

A man tries to sell a coin collector a rare and ancient coin, with a minting date marked on it of 237 BC. The collector has the man arrested for fraud. Why?
(It wasn't called BC until long after Jesus.)

A father and son are in a car accident. The father dies. The son is taken to the emergency room, and then immediately to the operating room. The surgeon says "I can't operate on this boy! He's my son!". How is this possible?
(The surgeon is the boy's mother.)

If there are four crows sitting on a fence and you shoot one, how many remain?
(None; the others get startled and fly away. Abe Lincoln used to tell this one.)

If you call a tail a leg, how many legs does a dog have?
(Four; calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg. Another Lincoln one.)

How far can a dog run into the woods?
(Halfway. After that, he's running "out".)

Now that the Soviet Union has broken up, what is the world's largest country by land area?
It's still Russia! Okay, not so much of a brain teaser, but still something a lot of people don't realize....

How can you arrange for two people to stand on the same piece of newspaper and yet be unable to touch each other without stepping off the newspaper?
Slide the newspaper half way under a closed door and ask the two people to stand on the bit of newspaper on their side of the door.

How many 3-cent stamps are there in a dozen?
There are twelve (not four).

A rope ladder hangs over the side of a ship. The rungs are one foot apart and the ladder is 12 feet long. The tide is rising at four inches an hour. How long will it take before the first four rungs of the ladder are underwater?
Actually, the ladder will rise with the ship!

Which would you rather have, a trunk full of nickels or a trunk half full of dimes?
Dimes are smaller than nickels, so choose the dimes.

Jim has three piles of sand and Tim has four piles of sand. If they put them all together, how many do they have?
If they put them all together, there will be one pile.

In which sport are the shoes made entirely of metal?
Horse racing.

If the Vice-president of the United States should die, who would be President?
The President.

How can you throw a golf ball with all your might and -- without hitting a wall or any other obstruction -- have the ball stop and come right back to you?
Throw the ball straight up.

The maker doesn’t want it; the buyer won’t use it; and the user doesn’t even see it. What is it?
A coffin.
A child is born in Boston, Massachusetts to parents who were both born in Boston, Massachusetts. Yet the child is not a United State citizen. How is this possible?
The child was born before 1776.
Before Mount Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain on Earth?
Mount Everest - it just hadn't been discovered.
Clara Claxton was forn on December 27th, yet her birthday is always in the summer. How is this possible?
Clara lives in the southern hemisphere.
Captain Frank and some of the boys were exchanging old war stories. Art Bragg offered one about how his grandfater led a battalion against a German division during World War I. Through brillian maneuvers he defeated them and captured valuable territory. After the battle, he was presented with a sword bearing the inscription: “To Captain Bragg for Bravery, Daring and Leadership . World War One. From the Men of Battalion 8.” Captain Frank scoffed and discredited Art’s story immediately. What’s wrong with Art’s story.
World War I was not called “World War I” until World War II.
What is one thing that all wise me, regardless of religion or politics, agree is between heaven and earth?
The word “and.”
In what year did Christmas Eve, and News Year’s Eve fall on the same day?
They always fall on the same day of the week - just at different times of the year.
A woman from New York married ten different men from that city, yet she did not break any laws. None of these men died, and she never divorced. How was this possible?
The lady was a Justice of the Peace.
Why are 1990 American dollar bills worth more than 1989 American dollar bills?
1,990 dollar bills are worth one dollar more than 1,989 dollar bills.
How many times can you subtract the number 5 from 25?
Only once, then you are subtracting from 20.
A taxi driver was called to take a group of passengers to the train station. The station is normally an hour away, but with traffic being heavy, it took a full hour and a half. On the return trip, the traffic was still heavy and yet the trip took only 90 minutes. How is this possible?
An hour and a half IS 90 minutes..
How could you rearrange the letters in the words “new door” to make one word? There is only one correct answer.
new door = one word
Even if they are starving, natives living in the Artic will never eat a penguin’s egg. Why not?
Penguins live in the Antarctic.
Whic is correct to say, “The yolk of the egg ARE white” or “The yolk of the egg IS white?”
Neither, the yolk of the egg is yellow.
In Okmulgee, Oklahoma, you cannot take a picture of a man with a wooden leg. Why not?
You have to take a picture of a man with a camera, not with a wooden leg.
There were an electrician and a plumber waiting in line for admission to the “International Home Show” One of them was the father of the other’s son. How could this be possible?
They were husband and wife.
After the new Canon Law that took effect on November 27, 1983, would a Roman Catholic man be allowed to marry his widow’s sister?
He can’t because he’s dead.