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Brain teasers are a good way to improve your mind and have some fun at the same time. They usually require lateral thinking and patience. This is a list of my favorite 10 brain teasers. Remember, don’t cheat! Take your time and when you think you know the solution, click the “view solution” link. In no particular order:

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1. The Firing Squad

Pirate Pete had been captured by a Spanish general and sentenced to death by his 50-man firing squad.

Pete cringed, as he knew their reputation for being the worst firing squad in the Spanish military. They were such bad shots that they would often all miss their targets and simply maim their victims, leaving them to bleed to death, as the general’s tradition was to only allow one shot per man to save on ammunition. The thought of a slow painful death made Pete beg for mercy.

“Very well, I have some compassion. You may choose where the men stand when they shoot you and I will add 50 extra men to the squad to ensure someone will at least hit you. Perhaps if they stand closer they will kill you quicker, if you’re lucky,” snickered the general. “Oh, and just so you don’t get any funny ideas, they can’t stand more than 20 ft away, they must be facing you, and you must remain tied to the post in the middle of the yard. And to show I’m not totally heartless, if you aren’t dead by sundown I’ll release you so you can die peacefully outside the compound. I must go now but will return tomorrow and see to it that you are buried in a nice spot, though with 100 men, I doubt there will be much left of you to bury.”

After giving his instructions the general left. Upon his return the next day, he found that Pete had been set free alive and well. “How could this be?” demanded the general. “It was where Pete had us stand,” explained the captain of the squad.

Where did Pete tell them to stand?


2. The Servant’s Wish

Once upon a time, in the West Lake village, a servant lived with his master. After service of 30 years, his master became ill and was going to die. One day, the master called his servant and offered him for a wish. It could be any wish but just one. The master gave him one day to think about it. The servant became very happy and went to his mother to discuss the wish. His mother was blind and she asked her son to wish for her eye-sight to come back. Next, the servant went to his wife. She became very excited and asked for a son as they were childless for many years. After that, the servant went to his father who wanted to be rich and so he asked his son to wish for a lot of money. The next day he went to his master and made one wish through which all the three (mother, father, wife) got what they wanted. What was his wish?

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3. The Wisest Son

One day, a father went to his three sons and told them that he would die soon and he needed to decide which one of them to give his property to. He decided to give them all a test. He said, “Go to the market my sons, and purchase something that is large enough to fill my bedroom, but small enough to fit in your pocket. From this I will decide which of you is the wisest and worthy enough to inherit my land.” So they all went to the market and bought something that they thought would fill the room, yet was still small enough that they could fit into their pockets. Each son came back with a different item. The father told his sons to come into his bedroom one at a time and try to fill up his bedroom with whatever they had purchased. The first son came in and put some pieces of cloth that he had bought and laid them end to end across the room, but it barely covered any of the floor. Then the second son came in and laid some hay, that he had purchased, on the floor but there was only enough to cover half of the floor. The third son came in and showed his father what he had purchased and how it could fill the entire room yet still fit into his pocket. The father replied, “You are truly the wisest of all and you shall receive my property.” What was it that the son had showed to his father?


4. Sherlock holmes and the Broken Window

One snowy night, Sherlock Holmes was in his house sitting by a fire. All of a sudden a snowball came crashing through his window, breaking it. Holmes got up and looked out the window just in time to see three neighborhood kids who were brothers run around a corner. Their names were John Crimson, Mark Crimson and Paul Crimson. The next day Holmes got a note on his door that read “? Crimson. He broke your window.” Which of the three Crimson brothers should Sherlock Holmes question about the incident?

5. What is it?

The Pope has it but he does not use it.
Your father has it but your mother uses it.
Nuns do not need it.
Arnold Schwarzenegger has a big one,
Michael J. Fox’s is quite small.
What is it?

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6. Wheelbarrow Battle

Two men working at a construction site were up for a challenge, and they were pretty mad at each other. Finally, at lunch break, they confronted one another. One man, obviously stronger, said “See that wheelbarrow? I’m willin’ to bet $100 (that’s all I have in my wallet here) that anything you can wheel to that cone and back, I can wheel twice as far. Do we have a bet?”

The other man, too dignified to decline, shook his hand, but he had a plan formulating. He looked at the objects lying around: a pile of 400 bricks, a steel beam, the 10 men that had gathered around to watch, and a stack of ten bags of concrete mix; he thought for a while, and then finalized his plan.

“All right,” he said, and revealed his object.

That night, the strong man went home thoroughly teased and $100 poorer. What was the weaker man’s object?

7. The Last Stand

General Custer is surrounded by Indians and he’s the only cowboy left.

He finds an old lamp in front of him and rubs it. Out pops a genie. The genie grants Custer one wish, with a catch. He says, “Whatever you wish for, each Indian will get two of the same thing.”
Custer ponders a while and thinks:”If I get a bow and arrow they get two. If I get a rifle they get two!” He then rubs the bottle again and out pops the genie. “Well,” the genie asks “have you made up your mind?”

What did Custer ask for to help him get away?

Girl Thinking


8. Blind Men

There was a man who went to the mall where he bought 3 pairs of red socks and 3 pairs of white socks. Another man who had already bought 3 pairs of red socks and 3 pairs of white socks came back to return his 6 pairs. They were both blind. As they were walking, they bumped into each other. All the socks scattered around the floor, but each pair remained held together by a rubber band. Nobody helped them pick the socks up, but in 3 minutes they both had 3 pairs of red, and 3 pairs of white. How is that possible if they are blind?

9. A man walks in to a bar…

A man walks into a bar and asks the bartender for a glass of water. The bartender reaches under the bar and brings out a gun and aims it at the man. The man says thank you and leaves. What happened?

10. The Last Sunrise

A man walks into his back yard in the middle of the night and fires a gun. Due to his strange behaviour he never sees another sunrise. (No, he didn’t kill himself.) Can you explain this odd occurrence?

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  • Sorry about the scrolling when you click an answer – I am just working on a solution :)

    UPDATE: all fixed!

    • Tony

      no it isnt

    • Jc.

      not getting answers on firefox, safari and exploder.
      please fix again

    • dan

      I am trying to see the answers, but they do not come up, can you fix it, or put all the answers all the way on the bottom

      • rdub

        dan… as in dan that rhea just introduced to the joys of listverse?

    • rdub

      NOT FIXED!!! Every time I click "show me the answer" the page jumps to the top. I'm so interested in wether my answers are correct. help!

    • jonathan

      it still is not working on my computer. is there still a problem with it??? if so can you please try!!!

    • thebigkid89

      nope, still busted

    • The Me.

      I want the answers =[

    • Joe

      Still not fixed, whats the answers?

    • danielle

      it is not working when i click the show me the answer link. help.

    • matt

      still not working

    • Pit_Princess

      The answers are still not working, I want to know the answers! It’s driving me crazy!

    • Zane

      not working on Google Chrome :/

    • Ryguy

      No answers on mobile, I’m desperate to know the answers. These are very good though.

    • Sham

      Noooooo!!!:(answers arent working on my iphone:(safari,please fix it..thanks man,awesome site btw,been visiting since 09′:)!

    • A Ghost

      Not fixed, using Chrome but no answers. =(

    • red

      onClick=”showAnswer(1); return false;

      There’s your problem in the code… Should be ;return true;

    • teased

      not fixed.

  • noel

    5th one! naughty!

    • Conorc93

      dude, its their surnames…

    • Listverse commentor

      Lol I Actually thought of that too until it showed me the answer and plus nuns dont need surnames?

  • noel: hehe I wondered if people might think that :)

  • noel

    oh by the way, the answer links don’t work for the firefox browser

  • noel: try now :)

  • noel

    it’s working fine now :)

  • dalandzadgad

    these are awesome. thanks!

    • Listmaster

      I'm using the mobile site and it doesn't work at all. Can you help?

  • dalandzadgad: welcome :)

  • Matt

    On #7 if Custer asked him to beat him half to death. Wouldn't that work too?

  • Jackie

    Wow my mind was totally in the gutter for number 5. I liked number 4 and number 9.

  • Jackie: mine too – but when I saw the punch line I knew it was safe to add :)

  • anesb

    “I’m willin’ to bet $100 (that’s all I have in my wallet here) that you anything you can wheel to that cone and back, I can wheel twice as far.”
    Is there something missing from this sentence? Because if you take out the statement in the parentheses it says, “I’m willin’ to bet $100 that you anything you can wheel to that cone and back, I can wheel twice as far.” Just not making any sense.

    • ruesahan

      the object is the man who started the bet.He can't carry himself in a wheelbarrow.

  • kristin

    Early one morning late one night two dead boys came out to fight. Back to back they faced each other they turned around and shot each other. A dead police man heard the noise he came and shot the two dead boys. If you don’t believe this story is true ask the blind man, he saw it too.

    …………………Just think about that one!

    • Deedee

      I know it as:
      One dark night when all was bright
      two dead boys came out to fight
      back to back they faced each other
      drew their swords and shot each other
      a deaf police-man heard the noise
      and came to kill the two dead boys.

  • anesb: yes – I made a typo :) Thanks for pointing it out.

    kristin: give me some time :)

  • Brian Moo

    I don’t think the show me the answer command is compatible with Mozilla Firefox or Opera Browser.

  • Dan

    when i click ‘show me the answer’, nothing happens…

  • Evan

    I can’t get any of the answer links to work

  • bm3w

    Still not fixed. Won’t work in either IE, Firefox or Safari.

  • JT

    None of the answers work…

    I’m using IE BTW

  • what version of IE? I tested in IE7, Safari 2 + 3, Firefox

  • John

    Neither IE, Firefox nor Safari 3.0.3 work. Any solution? Very frustrating.

  • JM

    Tested using Mac’s Safari AND Firefox, no bleeping answers, cmon, get your shite together.

  • Fixed. Sorry – the problem was editing the article in two places. It is all synched up now and should work fine.

  • Erin

    I’m using Explorer and Firefox and no answers work

  • erin: does it work if you do a shift-refresh?

  • Che

    Strange – using FF 2, disabled AdBlock and NoScript, still doesn’t work.
    Works in IE though.
    Never realised you had all those ads, hah.

  • Che

    Great, works now, thanks Jamie.

  • che – haha – It is costing me $180 dollars a month to run this site – not including the time it takes me to write the lists (and believe me – it takes a LONG time to write them – up to 3 hours a list, so when you get 4 in a day I am probably officially a workaholic!) – I have to pay the bills somehow.

    Oh – and I have at least a couple of hours a day of administration – ie, spam, trying to improve rankings, and trying to improve your experience of the site. I am also negotiating with a company to do a complete redesign for me and that is not going to be cheap!

  • Che

    Heh, i know Jamie, and I understand.
    Indeed i’ll whitelist you from now on, because i love your site. I can take a couple of GoogleAds now and then. I’ll even click-through if it can help.
    Unfortunately, where I am, I have a bandwidth quota. Meaning I pay to download stupid Flash ads – this is why i need FF extensions. Paying for adverts sounds a bit out of order. GoogleAds are fine.

    Thanks for the List, by the way, it’s much appreciated. One of the few sites I check everyday.

  • JT

    Ok, works in IE now – thanks

  • Che: you know what – I hate the flash ads too – I just managed to get the advertising company to stop giving me porn ads! Maybe flash can be next.

    • rdsevier

      NOT WORKING! #9 Cant see answer… PLEASE FIX. PLEASE EMAIL AS IT IS FIXED. THANKS!

  • Erin

    Hmm, well it worked with the Mac version of IE

  • Erin: mac version of ie? Don’t you have Safari? It is the best browser in the world – as a mac user you should be using it anyway! Remember – IE for mac was version 4 – this code probably only works for version 6 up.

  • Erin

    jfrater: I was at work when I was on the site and they only use silly Macs with the IE 6 version. Oh the humanity!

  • Matt: Better than the original! Well done!

    Erin: this site is getting to me – your comment just made me see the Hindenburgh (from top 10 historic radio broadcasts).

  • Deus

    #8 didn’t make sense to me, even with the solution

  • rp

    I’m not crazy about 3 and 10 since they could have multiple answers. I got a couple of them, though – 5, in particular is easy.

    Keep up the good work.

  • Molly

    there a joke/riddle that ive heard which #7 might have come from, its something like this : there was a man who found a magic lamp with a genie. The genie told him he could have three wishes, but whatever he wished for his wife got double. So his first wish is a million dollars, so his wife gets 2 million. his second wish is a ferrari car, so his wife gets 2 ferraris. his last wish was to get beaten half to death.

    i think you can guess what the wife gets.

  • Deus: the need to have 3 pairs of each color – imagine the worst case scenario: one man picks up all the white, the other pics up all the red. By breaking the pairs up and giving half a pair to the other, the man with all the white is giving one white sock to the other man, and keeping one for himself. When the man with the red socks does the same – they both have their full pairs.

    rp: Next time I will make them harder :)

    Molly: that sounds exactly like the same source as the riddle!

  • Mathilda

    I really like these, but some of them could have multiple answers. In number eight, I just figured that the blind men had different sock sizes, since it doesn’t say otherwise. If that was the case, they could have just sorted them back by touch; the colors being irrelevant.

    In number one, I had the firing squad directly lined up on either side of him. That way only the first two would be able to even have a shot; the others would all be aiming directly towards their fellow soldiers’ backs.

    In number two, apparently the servant has never read The Monkey’s Paw. He’s gonna be sorrrrrrry….. :)

  • this is very nice

    excellent

    answers given are acceptable

  • Dude, you got all of these wrong. Here are the correct answers.
    1) He had them stand on the other side of a wall.
    2) The servant asked to be freed. Once free, a genie can do anything he wants.
    3) A tape recorder that was playing. You can’t put a burning match in your pocket, can you?
    4) Thomas, because he’s the only one who wore a yellow hat. If you want clues in your mysteries, read Agatha Christie instead.
    5) An ego.
    6) His pet snake.
    7) A brother-in-law, because nothing is more useless than two of them.
    8 ) Blind people organize their stuff as soon as they get it. In this case, by using rubber bands of different sizes.
    9) It was a squirt gun.
    10) He was blind.

    • Tito Costa

      #9 The man had hickups, that's why he ordered water in a bar. The bartender, realising the condition of his client, aims the gun at him, thereby curing the man of his "ailment" by scaring him. He thanks the bartender, and leaves smelling like roses and hickups free

  • cfreck1246

    I guessed the answer to #7 was a broken leg.

  • Reg123456

    Everything works fine in FF3.

    I hate these kinds of riddles. They make you feel like a fool. Also, the question is sometimes worded in such a way that the riddle can’t be answered unless you already know the play on words, in which case it’s no longer a riddle but a trick question. The idea of a riddle is that you should be able to figure it out with the information provided.

  • InconsistentAngelThings

    maybe I’m ridiculously intelligent (unlikely), but a lot of these seemed really dumb and easy to guess. Some of them don’t make any sense, or include random facts in the “answer” that were not even alluded to in the initial statement. I was hoping for some REAL brain teasers….

    Not to be mean or anything.

  • deep

    ok I have one for everyone…here it goes.

    Three friends (say – andy, andrew, and paul) decide to go out on a road trip. They stop on their way to a motel. The Three friends ask the guy behind the counter (say – devin), for the rate for one room. Devin, confused about the regular rate policy, asks them to give $10 each. Making the total = $30 and the regular price being $25 for three people for one room. The three friends accept the rate and proceed to their room. Few hours later, the owner of the returns and asks the newly hired Devin for the recent records. Devin tells his boss the truth about the three friends (how he took $30 instead of $25 from them). The boss scolds Devin and tells him to go return the $5 back to the three gentlemen. Devin, again, confused about the $5 split between three men, puts $2 in his pocket and returns $1 each to three men, apologizes and leaves. Now if you count these numbers, on would say each of the three friends paid $9 each with makes 3*9 = $27 and two dollars in Devin’s pocket, making the total = 29. Where did $1 go?

  • deep: okay – I need a good day to think that one over :) preferably a day without a good shiraz :)

  • AndyB123

    1. In a ring – but that’s no guarantee. Besides, wasn’t the actual shooting part of the deal ?
    2. “It could be any wish”. Okay, I wish for an endless amount of wishes.
    3. A small radio.
    4. Didn’t even see the ?.
    5. Last name, of course.
    6. Get in, of course.
    7. “I want a new squadron of American soldiers.”
    8. I thought counting would be involved, so I skipped that one. Yep – I’m lazy.
    9. Think I’ve heard that one, but couldn’t make an effort to remember. Rather clever, actually.
    10. Something about the guy sleeping when the sun rose. See nr 8.

  • Arbor

    Deep: Thats tough if you let yourself get confused…

    In the end the hotel gets $25
    In the end the men get $3
    In the end Devin gets $2

    Haha almost had me, but it all adds up.
    Thanks that was a good one.

  • -Hufsa-

    Number 1 is easy, Pirate Pete just said that the whole firing squad should be buried 20 feet under ground!

  • Hayzeus

    1) erm…they could all just aim at his feet and let him bleed out…

    2) doesn’t ask for ownership of said gold swing (which would be too heavy to be of use anyway.)
    Also could be ‘seen’ in a DREAM his mother has.

    3) one match cannot light an entire room. not even a pay toilet. for children. in Calcutta.

    4) paul or john could’ve written it, framing their brother. because of the awful pun sherlock should question whichever of the two is known as the biggest smartarse.

    7) The indians stare down at the pair of glass eyes which have materialised in their hands, then continue hacking Custer into fun size pieces.

    10) right. because no-one owns alarm clocks anymore or would wake up earlier than they expected to

  • Great List!

  • sue

    This is one of my favourite lists so far.thanx J

  • Elizabeth

    For #2, He could have had a small music box, that would have filled the room with sound.

  • mar

    Yay! I got some right. :D

  • 666

    Can you draw 10 trees in 5 rows of 4? That is a brain teaser, these are amusing, but not true brain teasers.

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  • Tempest13

    Awesome tohse were really fun.

    P.S.

    im new here can anyone give me advice?

  • Tempest13

    Those srry

  • Redder313

    #10 is absolutely impossible.

  • R.Gonarson

    “Early one morning late one night two dead boys came out to fight. Back to back they faced each other they turned around and shot each other. A dead police man heard the noise he came and shot the two dead boys. If you don’t believe this story is true ask the blind man, he saw it too.”

    -that is not the correct version!! This is the original:
    One fine day in the middle of the night, two dead men got up to fight, back to back they faced each other, drew their swords and shot each other, a paralysed donkey passing by,kicked a blind man in the eye, knocked him through a nine inch wall, into a dry ditch that drowned them all.

  • alex

    For 2, isn’t it possible that the man wished for his son to come up with a cure for blindness which in turn would make him rich?

  • alex: unless the son were greedy and screwed everyone in the family by moving to the big city, in order to expand his operation with no return.

  • alex

    good point…maybe he should wish for a selfless son who will come up with the cure to blindness

  • Taija

    #5 is so awesome. :D

  • sam

    I like this a bit better than the surname one. It is similar to it though, and perhaps better known, but it is an old favorite.

    What is greater than God, more evil than the devil, rich people need it, poor people have it, and if you eat it you will die.

    When I first heard that when I was young, it was great. But the list above is good, I got a handful.

  • Baustin

    OK, some good some lame.

    1) Pretty easy one to figure out.
    2) OK but kind of silly.
    3) There are so many possible answers that this one isn’t much of a teaser. I guessed strong perfume.
    4) Come on…….
    5) Too easy,
    6) Good one!
    7) Same as 3, too many possible answers.
    8) Sorry, I don’t get this one even after the explaination.
    9) Clever.
    10) With that answer its just too tough to guess. I guessed that he was arrested and put in prison.

  • Brian Jackson

    I’m a 43 year old engineer addicted to your site for the past two days since discovering it. Thank you. Regarding your Brain Teasers, #3: The Wisest Son, could not perfume or incense have qualified? Also, #8 Blind Men, a solution would meet the worded criteria if the two men shared the same sock drawer.

    Here’s one you might enjoy, given in a real-life example. You will need 3 cups, 3 Post-It Notes (or any adhesive label) and several chess pieces (that’s how I did it anyway.) Here’s the trick…

    There are 3 labels (Post-It Notes), one labeled “BLACK”, one labeled “WHITE” and one labeled “MIXED.” Instruct someone to put only black pieces into one cup, only white pieces into another cup and a mixture of black & white pieces into the third cup. Tell that person to affix labels onto each cup (the Post-It notes) such that each label is wrong.

    Here’s the trick: Without seeing the contents of the cups, you are allowed to remove one chess piece, look at it, then put it back. You can do this as many times as you need to, but the labels must match the cups’ contents. There is no trick wording here and it’s a pure logic puzzle.

  • Brian Jackson

    Oops, I forgot to mention the trick invololves you putting the labels on the right cups. Sorry.

  • Daunted

    number three should be air!

  • toxic.monkey

    wicked, dude! i got some half right and others i was like “clever!”

  • saudhoon

    its owsome

    great

    excellent

    thank you

  • lu

    i thought of a few clarifications for these to make more sense-

    2. the son needs to be an only child, otherwise he might get a nephew instead of a son.
    10. it should say he didn’t shoot himself instead of didn’t kill himself; i guessed he shot himself in the face and didn’t die but went blind.

    still not foolproof, but much better :)

  • Joelio

    For #7 the answer should have been “I want you to beat me half to death”.

  • PhilxBefore

    I’ve heard most of these but for #7 I guess he should wish to be 1 mile away from the indians, they in turn would be 2 miles away.

  • phuck u

    Are you kidding me? I quit reading after #1. A circle? that’s brilliant. As a typical idiot American (I’m assuming such out of the sheer arrogant stupidity of your provided answer) “I’ll assume all 100 men have the same psychology and the same aim. Cause in church everyone in the world is an ignorant heathen” Yea, that’s way better than just having them all line up at a distance that is 1 inch less than the length of their rifles and fire away.

  • howler24

    #5 was the only good one. For the firing squad, just have the men so close the barrels go past his head. Most of these were quite stupid.

  • osubub

    these effing suck!!! top 10 my ASS

  • cenasucks

    #10, he kills someone and his put in jail?

  • wooper

    # 10 is terrible… after reading it, do you really think someone is going to assume that he must have had a rooster? And that he recently retired? Too many of these had multiple answers. #4 and #5 were the only good ones

  • wayno007

    @R.Gonarson: here’s how I learned it –

    One bright morning in the middle of the night
    Two dead boys got up to fight
    Back to back they faced each other
    Drew their swords and shot each other
    The deaf policeman heard the noice
    And came and shot those two dead boys
    If you don’t believe this lie is true
    Ask the blind man, he saw it too!

  • Joe

    5, 6, 7, 8 are not bad, but easy. 4 got me bc I didnt read carefully. the others suck.

  • glavin

    horrible list for “top 10”

  • KEKE

    answer to #5: penis

  • AR

    1) With the Custer one, you can also have “Beat me half to death.”

    2) The surname one was pretty good.

    3) #10 was terrible. It had a solution where you came up with random facts. I can do that too. Let’s take the Custer example. Applying the logic from the 10th teaser, I could easily say that Custer wishes for 50 men who are loyal to only Custer. Then the Indians will get 100 men who are loyal to only Custer. Situation solved!
    Or how about this? The man walks into his yard, fires a rifle. The bullet ricochets off the barn wall, and hits a lamp. The hot glass from the lamp then hits the cow, which panics and spooks the horse, which then kicks the farmer in the face. The injuries lead to the man being blinded. Taa-daa! Teaser solved!

    • imviolet

      exactly my guess. Custer could wish for a COWBOY. That way the indians get 2 more COWBOYS which doubles the amount of COWBOYS vs INDIANS.

  • Luke

    “Pete told them to form a circle around him. All the squad was facing in at Pete, ready to shoot, when they realized that everyone who missed would likely end up shooting another squad member. So no one dared to fire, knowing the risk. Thus at sundown he was released.”

    That’s not a brain teaser. One would not logically draw this conclusion because the setup implies that this conclusion is not within the realm of possibility.

    It’s more like Batman & Robin’s silly riddles, like:

    Q: What sits in a tree and is very dangerous?
    A: A sparrow with a machine gun!

    Nice try though.

  • jasontimmer

    #3- incense?

  • Kevin

    ““Early one morning late one night two dead boys came out to fight. Back to back they faced each other they turned around and shot each other. A dead police man heard the noise he came and shot the two dead boys. If you don’t believe this story is true ask the blind man, he saw it too.”

    -that is not the correct version!! This is the original:
    One fine day in the middle of the night, two dead men got up to fight, back to back they faced each other, drew their swords and shot each other, a paralysed donkey passing by,kicked a blind man in the eye, knocked him through a nine inch wall, into a dry ditch that drowned them all.”

    Christ all three of the examples of this I have seen here are wrong. Specially the latest one. The correct one is:

    One bright morning in the middle of the night
    two dead boys came out to fight
    back to back they faced each other, drew their swords and shot each other
    A deaf police man heard the noise and ran to kill those two dead boys. If you don’t believe this lie is true, ask the blind man,he saw it too!

    Most of these were close, but that is the one that has the most DIRECT contradictions while still making these least sense. Now, about the brain teasers. These were all… pretty bad….
    1.There are several solutions here. And the correct answer takes into account psychology that is not even alluded to. Verdict.
    2. Say: “Grant my families wishes. That is my ONE wish.” He did say ANY after all. The answer is impossible to get without knowing it. Cmon….
    3. Incense. A Cigar. Sarin. Dust. A smoke grenade. A small can of lighter fluid and a match… (fill the room with flame). A flare (A match would NOT do it). Music. A fistful of cockroaches ( they would fill the room, EVENTUA???? You get it….
    4. How about ALL of them? One is a vandal, two are accomplices. ALL are criminals
    5.Its a good riddle. It is not a brain teaser.
    6.I was thinking, lance the wheelbarrow tires after you are done? This one was the only decent one here.
    7. I think a black eye or a missing eye works better here. The fun sized pieces analogy works well here. Or a half fatal case of small pox. Or half a brain aneurysm . Etc.
    8.This one works, sorta. But no one could really guess it. So it is not a good brain teaser.
    9. This one downright sucks, I am sorry. Looking down the barrel of a gun makes me feel a little queasy, but not outright scared.
    10. The powder exploded in his face, blinding him? There are also a lot of solutions for this one too. Are you saying he wakes up after eight in the winter when the sun is not up? How did he find the rooster in the dark? How did we know he was retired or even had a rooster?

  • wig

    one fine day in the middle of the night 2dead men got up to fight back to back they faced each other drew their swords and shot each other meanwhile a fire broke out in the churchyard the blind man saw it the deaf man heard it and the man with no legs ran for the fire brigade the fire engine was drawn by ten dead horses and ran over a dead cat and half killed it

  • wig

    the elephant is a dainty bird it flits from bough to bough it builds its nest in a sycamore tree and whistles like a cow

  • zxvz

    these are shitty brain teasers. most of them have multiple possible answers. number 3 he could have gotten perfume instead of a match. it works just as well. or number se7en he could have asked to be missing one arm. or to be half dead. it just isn’t a good question when the answer is right but there are other possible answers. all the questions are easy even the ones that are strait forward.

  • hey

    these suck

  • alalallal

    ANSWERS::::::::
    1. Pete told them to form a circle around him. All the squad was facing in at Pete, ready to shoot, when they realized that everyone who missed would likely end up shooting another squad member. So no one dared to fire, knowing the risk. Thus at sundown he was released.
    2. The servant said, “I wish for my mother to see her grandson swinging on a swing of gold.”
    3. The son had showed his father a match. Whenever he lit the match, it filled the entire room with light, yet it was still small enough to fit into his pocket.
    4. Mark Crimson: “?” = question MARK, so the note on the door reads “Question Mark Crimson. He broke your window.”
    5. A surname.
    6. He looked the strong man right in the eye and said, “get in.”
    7.One glass eye.
    8.Each man took half the socks and pulled them apart. They would then give the other man 1 sock. They kept doing this until they had all their socks.
    9. The man had the hiccups and wanted a glass of water to help get rid of them. The bartender could hear the hiccups when the man spoke, so he brought the gun out to scare the hiccups away. It worked and the man thanked him and left, no longer needing the glass of water.
    10. The man shot his rooster, which had awakened him with its crowing every morning for the past ten years. Since he had recently retired, there was no longer any reason to be wakened at such an early hour.

    • shanel

      thanx

  • GunsNRevolvers

    One of my friends once told this riddle to our entire group of about 15 people and it took us over an hour to figure out:

    A man is found dead next to a pile of wood chips. What happened?

    Now since you can’t continue asking the questions necessary to get more of the pieces together, I’m going to tell you the pieces and see if you can figure it out.

    The man was a blind dwarf who worked in the circus. Although he was suicidal, another dwarf who he worked with helped him to commit suicide and wanted him to die because the blind dwarf was funnier than him.

    (questions like “was he a dwarf” and “was he blind” were actually asked as jokes when my friends and I were trying to figure it out!)

    So what you have to figure out is, what did that pile of wood chips used to be? Then you will figure out why he wanted to kill himself and what the second dwarf had to do with it.

  • pstalsby

    GunsNRevolvers: I give up….what’s the answer??!!

  • GunsNRevolvers

    Ooh sorry I see now that I forgot to give the important detail that he loves being short!

    The answer is that the wooden object was the blind dwarf’s walking stick/cane. The jealous dwarf drove him to commit suicide by whittling down the blind dwarf’s cane a little bit each day, making the blind dwarf think that he was getting taller because he had to reach down further to reach the ground. He didn’t want to live if he was a taller dwarf because he would be less funny, so the blind dwarf was tricked into committing suicide by the jealous dwarf who had whittled his wooden cane down.

    Eh, it was a bit of a stretch and not the climactic ending my friends and I envisioned after almost two hours of guessing but I still love it :)

  • Vera Lynn

    Guns… That was sorta lame.

  • GunsNRevolvers

    Eh, I don’t really remember asking your opinion or telling you to read it but thanks

  • Charlie

    For #7 i thought “a woman” haha

  • Charlie

    100!!!

    #9 I thought he peed in his pants

  • I didn’t like #10 very much, great list though :)

  • Abhi

    The character (master),in the story (The servant wish)was not chosen properly.
    As servant wishes for light of his mother eyes, son, and wealth in the single wish. But dieing master has no such power that can give all the three in a single wish. Character’s capability confuse the reader to think about the solution.
    Only God can fulfill all the three requirement in single wish so u r suppose to take the character God instead of master.

    Good luck.

  • tokabul

    One evening a man took off running from home. After a short time he turned left. He ran the same distance and turned left again. After running the same distance he again made another left. He was now headed home, but as he approached he saw 2 masked men waiting for him. Who were they?

  • tokabul

    The man was a baseball player and the 2 masked men at home were the catcher and the umpire.

  • Emmie

    For #2 I was thinking, is it possible for him to wish for all three of his loved ones’ wishes to be granted?

  • Corey

    These are technically “red herrings”, not brain teasers. Brain teasers are very difficult questions that have one solution. Red herrings are misleading riddles that may have multiple solutions.

  • on curing blindness

    Number 2, I would have wished for a son who could cure any form of blindness instantly just by the laying on of hands. That would have cured the mother and raked in the dough just fine, without resorting to any of the “wishing for more wishes” cheating suggested by other comments (such as “Grant my family’s wishes” — cheap!). The given answer for number 2, wishing for the mother to see something, doesn’t necessarily result in either a cure for her blindness or in riches — blind people who were once sighted often have hallucinations, especially while dreaming.

  • on curing blindness

    Number 7, I would have wished to have half the lethal amount of a deadly poison appear in my stomach or something like that. The “one glass eye” thing made me laugh, but a reluctant genie would have left him sighted and just handed a glass eye to him. Not very useful.

  • on curing blindness

    ah, Hayzeus said it better than me …

  • Gina

    I’ve been waiting for ages for the answer to #9 – My family and I thought it was a water gun!!!

    How annoyingly obvious is the answer!!!

    Love #4

  • aj

    I got one…

    What gets wetter as it dries?

  • PC

    110 aj

    A towl.

  • Da Lill Peal

    The best practical solution to The 3# one is he had a bottle of Scent in his pocket.
    He could spray out the scent, to fill the room completely.

  • efeds662

    lol very cool list

  • Evie

    On #5 i was thinking to myself “Its not what i think it is, its not what i think it is, etc”

  • Ninja_Wallaby

    Why dont Nuns need surnames?

  • Shurnui

    because you dont refer to them as for exaqmple sister mary jones but as sister mary or even just as sister they dont NEED their surnames just a forename

  • Jane

    I loved these :) And, despite what many others have written, these types of riddles are exactly what come to my mind when I think of brain teasers. So, while they might not technically be brain teasers, I was not disappointed. Great work!

  • dirty

    I find it annoying that I can’t find any good brain teasers anywhere on the internet. They are all far too easy. I did find one site that showed the famous one by Einstein but that is all. Very disappointing to say the least.

  • Arnold

    These are definitely not brain teasers. Like others have already pointed out, apart from a couple of good amusing ones, the rest as just vague. They have multiple answers and in some cases, the one given here isn’t even close to the best.

    “Top Ten”! Gah!

    P.S. – I really like this site and a lot of the lists on it, but this is just rubbish. Sorry.

  • marinalobo

    Lets create a world record for india. And now show the world how sharp we really are.just start solving blocks of the largest online puzzle ever created -100 blocks and 25000 pieces. But before you begin, do pour yourself a cup of Lipton Yellow Lable tea. The Natural Theanine in it will keep you sharp and ensure a good start go to stay-sharp.in

  • AmyMarie

    the answer button won’t work D:

  • afaust

    the view solution links are not working in firefox or internet explorer

  • Sosano

    It doesn’t work in chrome either

  • sosano

    For # 7, i would’ve ask for one of my hands to be tied my back (you know, restrained, not just tied)

  • Anne

    1. He asked them to stand in a circle. The men knew if they fired then they might shoot one of their men in the squad.
    2. an endless amount of wishes.idk
    3. a candle and a match or box of matches, wutever
    4. dont get it..
    5. Dont think so naughty. its a Last name.
    6. The other man i think.the strong guy.
    7. “I want a new squadron of American soldiers.”
    8. i hate math.
    9. i dont get it…
    10. dont get it.

  • Baambooki

    Lol, everyone think’s that #5 is naughty, but the answer is actually quite normal. I Googled it.

  • Sir Codswallop

    One fine day in the middle of the night,
    Two dead boys* got up to fight, [*or men]
    Back to back they faced each other,
    Drew their swords and shot each other,
    One was blind and the other couldn’t, see
    So they chose a dummy for a referee.
    A blind man went to see fair play,
    A dumb man went to shout “hooray!”
    A paralyzed donkey passing by,
    Kicked the blind man in the eye,
    Knocked him through a nine inch wall,
    Into a dry ditch and drowned them all,
    A deaf policeman heard the noise,
    And came to arrest the two dead boys,
    If you don’t believe this story’s true,
    Ask the blind man he saw it too!

  • Sir Codswallop

    That, at least, is the one I’ve known…which kinda adds it all up :-P
    *applause*

  • stockyzeus

    the answer links still dont work

  • kai

    oohh, please fix answer link! I’m dying to find out

  • masman

    NONE OF THE ANSWERS COME UP. Can someone comment the answers?

  • larly

    Hey so i can’t view any of the answers so can you please send them to me on this address:
    [email protected]

    thanks so much
    i really want to know cos i spent all my Physics lesson trying to figure them out :)

  • simplestickz

    For #7,
    A logical and very effective wish would be “i wish to donate a lung” haha, the the indians can’t breathe =)

    • Daniel

      I am lmao because of that

  • cliffhanger042002

    none of the answers work….

  • ed

    link to answers not working

  • ashley

    answers arent working and i’ really like to know the answers please

  • clau

    none of the answers work -.-

  • drummer777

    Yo it scrolls to the top of the page when I try to get the answer…

  • Denise

    Having the same problem as drummer777

  • aaa

    Here are my smartass answers.
    1. If they stand in a line (so that each man has a gun pointed at the man in front of them, while also having one pointed at them) This means on the closest guys bullet would hit him (but he’s a bad shot) and only the farthest man would live, so the criminal would have to get away from/kill one man, but he is possibly injured. (this assumes that they fire their weapons because apparently mental stability was a problem with these men.)
    2. Wish more a lot of money, give have to his father, pay for laser eye surgery for his mother, and adopt a child for his wife. (Since no reference to date is made, this is possible)
    3. I was thinking of compressed air, either somehow coloured or with a distinct odour to show it fills the whole room. (too sciencey?)
    4. I was prepared for some biblical reference in that mark and john are biblical names and paul is not (i’m not christian so I could easily be wrong with this, I just thought this was true) so of course the evil one would be the non-good/christian/biblical/just/true/noble name.
    5. I’m afraid I was thinking of something phallic on this one.
    6. Put some concrete mix on the wheels of the wheelbarrow, after the first guy goes (quickly), the wheels will be locked and unable to turn, and anything the first guy puts in the barrel to “wheel” will be a moot point.
    7. Get a beating half to death (got this answer from a similiar riddle)
    8. Is it possible that in the land where blind people go to malls that they have pairs of socks with one red and one white?!
    9. He pissed his pants, urine is almost all water, so I suppose using underwear/pants a sponge would be able to hold the water until he gets it into a glass.
    10. The powder could have exploded in his face, blinding him permanently.

  • EZ

    ooh,I did not see the answers yet!!!!

  • Lucky

    Answers.

    1. The Firing Squad

    Pete told them to form a circle around him. All the squad was facing in at Pete, ready to shoot, when they realized that everyone who missed would likely end up shooting another squad member. So no one dared to fire, knowing the risk. Thus at sundown he was released.

    2. The Servant’s Wish

    The servant said, “I wish for my mother to see her grandson swinging on a swing of gold.”

    3. The Wisest Son

    The son had showed his father a match. Whenever he lit the match, it filled the entire room with light, yet it was still small enough to fit into his pocket.

    4. Sherlock holmes and the Broken Window

    Mark Crimson: “?” = question MARK, so the note on the door reads “Question Mark Crimson. He broke your window.”

    5. What is it?

    A surname.

    6. Wheelbarrow Battle

    He looked the strong man right in the eye and said, “get in.”

    7. The Last Stand

    One glass eye.

    8. Blind Men

    Each man took half the socks and pulled them apart. They would then give the other man 1 sock. They kept doing this until they had all their socks.

    9. A man walks in to a bar…

    The man had the hiccups and wanted a glass of water to help get rid of them. The bartender could hear the hiccups when the man spoke, so he brought the gun out to scare the hiccups away. It worked and the man thanked him and left, no longer needing the glass of water.

    10. The Last Sunrise

    The man shot his rooster, which had awakened him with its crowing every morning for the past ten years. Since he had recently retired, there was no longer any reason to be wakened at such an early hour.

  • bassbait

    I found this really “hard” brainteaser. It says “which of these statements is true?” and it’s 10 statements. the first one says “at least one of the statements is false”. It repeats like that, 2 is two are false, 3 is 3 are false, so forth. In truth, None of them can be true, and all of them can be true. 1 can’t be true because the false statement would logically have to be number 1. So forth, so if 10 is correct, it is wrong, which makes it correct, which makes it an ongoing paradox. None of them are true and all of them are true. It’s no brain teaser.

  • Dronz

    There are 4 islands lined up in a row. Island 1,2,3 and 4.
    The first island has an apple tree and the rest have nothing. You start at island 1, you have to a certain pick a certain amount of apples and drop the same amount of apples on islands 2,3 and 4.By the time you drop the last load of apples on the last island you should have nothing left in your hands, but every time you jump into the water the amount of apples you have with you doubles.
    How many apples should you pick from island 1?
    How many apples do you drop off on each island to end up with none at the end?

  • joker

    i cant get the answers!!!!!!!! it just scrolls up! whats the problem?

  • Alex

    the links don’t appear to work anymore.

    for the answers go to:
    mindpowernews dot com slash BrainTeaserAnswers dot htm

  • Kevin

    Not fixed

  • minkus

    the links aren’t working for me on firefox

  • ferrettsyl

    Darn it the answers do not work in Firefox 3 or Opera on Ubuntu Linux (9.04).

    Please post a link to the .js javascript file so I can at least look at them manually!

  • Torminalis

    Rather than fart about with simple riddles, why don’t you tackle the rather more serious problem of your frustrating and dysfunctional web coding?

    FAIL.

  • Alex

    read post 146, that website basically copied off of listverse (they gave credit though) you can go there and they have the answers.

  • xyie008

    How come I wasn’t able to see the answer even though i clicked on the link? I’m itching to find out the answer. Good list.

  • Jason S.

    This list is F A I L. Click link with newest version of firefox and FAILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

  • King dieter

    None of the of the bloody links would work.

    Very angry. GRRRRRRRR

  • Dec-South Africa

    The answers are still not working?

  • JB

    Wow a broken and a very poor maintained list. The links doesn’t even WORK. For a praised site, this is quite a damn shocking and frustrating error.

  • sweethoney

    the links for the answers just aren’t working. damned annoying. great list though!

  • sugarsnaps86

    lol.. i think i know #9 the man had hiccups..lol..this is the onlyone i could guessss…. shame shame

  • monsterbibiz

    what are the answers because my computer isnt lettin me see it.ive tried internet explorer,mozilla, and safari and the dont show.i just want to know the answers

  • Bob

    It doesnt work for Safari(the mac browser)

  • alex

    1)Stand Down
    2)More Wishes
    3)A candle
    4)I’m stumped
    5)A penis?
    6)Don’t know
    7)Don’t know
    8)He hadn’t returned them yet
    9)The man had hiccups
    10)The flash blinded him

  • bvffxdfd

    you have most of the riddle wrong, i’m sorry to say

  • bvffxdfd

    here are the actual answers in order, 1: the soldiers stand behind one another in a long line (the one at the front of the line woulg miss and the others would just shoot the person in front of them, 2:he wishes for the master to live (the mater would be so happy that he would grant all the wishes, 3: perfume (not a candle, the room is already lit up), 4: Mark (remember the hint”?” rembember the “question mark” as in you should question mark), I’ll give the rest later cause I need to get to school

  • STRWRZ

    its not working for my mac when i click on the link

  • S-Curtin

    I can’t see the solutions

  • D.E.

    I can’t see the answers, but I think I got the 5, its the last name of each person, Pope doesn’t use it, your mother uses the last name of your father, nuns are called by the honorific and the j.fox has a short one by contrast schawarzenneger as we can see is quite a long one.

    I really wanna see the answers!! hehe

  • sugarcherry

    where are the answers? when i click “show me the answer” its just goes to the top of the page!

  • iamlegend(oftheseeker)

    Actually, I know all of these riddles, let me supply you with the answer.

    1. He arranges them in a circle, then, they see that no matter what they do, they will hit someone. So they let him go.

    2. The servant says, “My mother wants to see my son swinging on a swing of gold.”

    3. A matchbox. It can fit in his pocket, and when he lights it, the light fills the whole room.

    4. “? Crimson”, means “Questione Mark Crimson.” So the culprit is Mark Crimson.

    5. Lol, a surname, or your family name, whatever you prefer to call it.

    6. The weaker man pulled the stronger man on the wheelbarrow. Lol.

    7. Custer wishes for a glass eye. Get it? If he gets one glass eye, the indians get two glass eyes, so he can get away.

    8. I don’t remember the answer to this one, sadly. :(

    9. The man has hiccups, so he asks for a glass of water, instead, the waiter pulls up a gun, surprising the man, and getting rid of his hiccups.

    10. The man shoots a rooster, which used to wake him up at or before sunrise, and since he doesn’t have it to wake him up anymore, he won’t see another sunrise.

  • Yamaha

    #7 man that will beat me half to death. Ha ha!

  • Robert

    doesn’t work on google chrome :(

  • ELLIE

    the answer links are not working =(

  • Zac

    Doesn’t seem to work for me on opera browser or my normal internet explorer :(

    tbh i didn’t get any of them anyway haha. unless the last guy shot himself in the eye? or was already blind.

  • idrc

    ok heres my situation..
    i click, show me the answer.
    it brings me back to the top of the page.
    I scroll down adnd own see an answer
    what do i do? can some one help me out?kthanks kbye<3

  • meek

    cant get the answer on safari. just scrolls up

  • DR3DKnot

    cant get the answers here either

  • steve

    Hop aboard the fail train! Firefox can’t open the f***ing links!!!!!!!!!!!

  • kozmoz4

    The answer links do not work. In explorer or Firefox

  • sheriffdeen

    When i click show the answer nothing happened please help us solving this problems. Thanks

  • liliana

    the answers dont show, it just scrolls me up!

  • nonikx

    The answers was getting me scrolls up
    (I’m using blackberry bold onyx)

  • Ara

    Aww, I can’t see the answers either. Same problem as everyone else. Just scrolls me to the top.

  • Kati

    Unfortunately I can’t see the answers. Tried both IE and Firefox (3.5.7)

  • ummya

    why wont it work. the solutions arent being shown

  • Firefly

    7. Get beaten half dead

  • Lol

    Here are my guesses

    1: In a line, one behind the other
    2: I wish I could grant wishes (complete guess)
    3: No idea
    4: Easy. Mark because there is a question Mark
    5: Last name
    6: The strong man as he can’t wheel himself around
    7: Either to be scared half to death or to donate a kidney
    8: It says all the pairs were held together by an elastic band so there would have been only two things to pick up
    9: The man had hiccups
    10: He blinded himself

  • Dani

    I want to see the answers!! Its driving me crazy not knowing if I was right or not!! :(

  • Luis D

    @jfrater [1]: it isn’t.. it still scrolls instead of showing the answers

  • JuliusMasterz

    I have a brainteaser of sorts that you might like to answer:

    A man is married to a beautiful woman who happens to be a triplet, and all three look exactly alike. There are no distinguishing marks about them. They sound the same, look the same, and smell the same. One of the sisters wagers a bet with the married sister saying, “I bet your husband can’t tell which one of us is you.” The married sister is worried, but believes in her heart that her husband would know which one was his beloved. So, she takes the bet. The husband comes home to find three beautiful women dressed exactly alike, and smelling exactly alike. He is given a paper and on the paper is the riddle: Which of us three is your heart meant to love? You may ask only one question of each of us and that one question can only be asked for the three of us to answer. Thinking for a moment, the husband with a smile on his face, asks the question and is able to pick the correct sister to her joyous satisfaction. What was the question that he asked?
    By the way, it’s nothing dirty, so get your head out of the proverbial gutter!

    • NJB

      What's the answer?

    • Daniel

      "Are you my wife?"
      Pretty simple really.

  • foyou

    Can someone just post the answers down here.
    Whyd you have to go through all the advertising anyway douche

  • Trish

    The way the answer for number 8 (Blind Men and Socks) is confusing and somewhat erroneous because it implies the two men split the pile and exchanged socks one at a time- which does not in any way guarantee the men will each get exactly 3 red and 3 white.

    I found this explanation on a different site which is much clearer and logical and actually works:

    "One man took all the socks and pulled the pairs apart. As he pulled them apart, he kept one sock for himself and gave the other to the other man so that each man ended up with the same colors of socks he started with: six red and six white."

    • Trish

      These are the answers posted for this list as copied from a repost of this list on a different site.

      1. The Firing Squad

      Pete told them to form a circle around him. All the squad was facing in at Pete, ready to shoot, when they realized that everyone who missed would likely end up shooting another squad member. So no one dared to fire, knowing the risk. Thus at sundown he was released.

      2. The Servant’s Wish

      The servant said, "I wish for my mother to see her grandson swinging on a swing of gold."

      3. The Wisest Son

      The son had showed his father a match. Whenever he lit the match, it filled the entire room with light, yet it was still small enough to fit into his pocket.

      4. Sherlock holmes and the Broken Window

      Mark Crimson: "?" = question MARK, so the note on the door reads "Question Mark Crimson. He broke your window."

      5. What is it?

      A surname.

      6. Wheelbarrow Battle

      He looked the strong man right in the eye and said, "get in."

      7. The Last Stand

      One glass eye.

      8. Blind Men

      Each man took half the socks and pulled them apart. They would then give the other man 1 sock. They kept doing this until they had all their socks.

      9. A man walks in to a bar…

      The man had the hiccups and wanted a glass of water to help get rid of them. The bartender could hear the hiccups when the man spoke, so he brought the gun out to scare the hiccups away. It worked and the man thanked him and left, no longer needing the glass of water.

      10. The Last Sunrise

      The man shot his rooster, which had awakened him with its crowing every morning for the past ten years. Since he had recently retired, there was no longer any reason to be wakened at such an early hour.

  • Jkay

    Frat,
    The link doesnt work in google chrome too.

  • SirLoin027

    @ everyone who can't load the answer page.

    On the first page of comments, do a ctrl-f search for a user named 'alalallal'. They posted all of the answers.

  • gar lew

    5. What is it?

    A surname.

    6. Wheelbarrow Battle

    He looked the strong man right in the eye and said, "get in."

    7. The Last Stand

    One glass eye.

    8. Blind Men

    Each man took half the socks and pulled them apart. They would then give the other man 1 sock. They kept doing this until they had all their socks.

    9. A man walks in to a bar…

    The man had the hiccups and wanted a glass of water to help get rid of them. The bartender could hear the hiccups when the man spoke, so he brought the gun out to scare the hiccups away. It worked and the man thanked him and left, no longer needing the glass of water.

    10. The Last Sunrise

    The man shot his rooster, which had awakened him with its crowing every morning for the past ten years. Since he had recently retired, there was no longer any reason to be wakened at such an early hour.

    Please keep this goin thank you!!!

  • gar lew

    These are the answers to the Top 10 Brain Teasers.

    1. The Firing Squad

    Pete told them to form a circle around him. All the squad was facing in at Pete, ready to shoot, when they realized that everyone who missed would likely end up shooting another squad member. So no one dared to fire, knowing the risk. Thus at sundown he was released.

    2. The Servant’s Wish

    The servant said, "I wish for my mother to see her grandson swinging on a swing of gold."

    3. The Wisest Son

    The son had showed his father a match. Whenever he lit the match, it filled the entire room with light, yet it was still small enough to fit into his pocket.

    4. Sherlock holmes and the Broken Window

    Mark Crimson: "?" = question MARK, so the note on the door reads "Question Mark Crimson. He broke your window."

    Please keep this goin thank you!!!!!

  • M3m0r13z

    I can think of an alternate answer for teh question with the indians: I wish to donate one of my kidneys.

  • JLS

    i can't b arsed doin brain teasers! hell wid em. fuk em hoo eva made em up!
    comment by an 11 year old girl!

  • bekah

    none of them work for me!
    i need the answers…going to drive me insane.
    i click show answers and it just opens a new tab of the same article.

  • bekah

    oh someone posted them…hehe i feel silly now :p
    you can delete that comment if you want

  • Jaymic

    The answers aren’t working for me. I’m using safari for iPod touch

  • kayla

    i dont get it! where are the friggen answers!!!

  • remote snatcher

    no answers. fix it again man.

  • imran14826

    is terrible… after reading it, do you really think someone is going to assume that he must have had a rooster? And that he recently retired? Too many of these had multiple answers. #4 and #5 were the only good ones

    Imran14826 http://www.livetv.pk

  • asdfghjkl

    wow… those are really bad

  • not compatible with chrome

  • Erin

    Kristin: I think you mean
    One Bright Day In The Middle Of The Night,
    Two Dead Boys Got Up To Fight,
    Back To Back They Faced Each Other,
    Drew Their Swords And Shot Each Other,
    A Deaf Policeman Heard The Noise,
    He Came And Shot The Two Dead Boys,
    If You Dont Believe That This Is True,
    Ask The Blind Man He Saw It Too.

  • fluffy_cloud

    hm.. i already used firefox, opera and ie. even using the newest safari i still cannot find the answers. is the link okay? i really want to know the answers. thanks.

  • Reese

    I cant see any answers.

  • The answers' links won't work on Firefox. =(

  • conie

    On #8:
    There is nothing making the cenario impossible anyway.
    As Captain Jack Sparrow would say it is impropable not impossible.

  • the links for the answers don't work can someone tell me how to find the answers?

  • nicky

    Link doesn’t work

  • nicky

    Thank you so much gar lew

  • Bacchus

    thank you so much gar lew and trish

  • ruesahan

    A man walks in to a bar
    ANSWER is the man had the hiccups.

  • adrian

    the answer at number ##5 is ——————-last name

  • Whimpy

    it keeps scrolling to the top when i click the show me answer link.

  • Jay

    Yeah, so did mine. I thought the title of the list was, "How To Turn Jay Into a Raving Lunatic."

  • fe_princess

    It won't let me see the answers, these things are going to bother me for the rest of the day

  • 7. The last stand:

    why spoil the eyes?

    Instead he could ask 6 hrs of sleep. So simple and refreshing.

  • bryainiac

    I can't get the answer to any link

  • Sam

    I still can't see any answers. I tried in IE and Firefox.

  • renz garcia

    hahah very funny

  • mirseka

    Is the answer to the firing squad (He had them stand in 2 rows one behind the other and had the second row fire first thereby killing the first row and 50 men and using their only bullets?

  • Nick

    For some reason clicking the solutions still scroll me to the top of the page….i am desperate to find out the answer for #3!!!

  • john

    HEY ,can u print the answers in the comment box…?

    i cannot access my ans..!

  • Steven

    The answers are not showing up. Where do I need to go to see them?

  • poop

    the answers dont show

  • Joshua

    I can't get the answers to show.

  • MattB

    Since the answers are down
    here is answer key

    1. The Firing Squad

    Pete told them to form a circle around him. All the squad was facing in at Pete, ready to shoot, when they realized that everyone who missed would likely end up shooting another squad member. So no one dared to fire, knowing the risk. Thus at sundown he was released.

    2. The Servant’s Wish

    The servant said, "I wish for my mother to see her grandson swinging on a swing of gold."

    3. The Wisest Son

    The son had showed his father a match. Whenever he lit the match, it filled the entire room with light, yet it was still small enough to fit into his pocket.

    4. Sherlock holmes and the Broken Window

    Mark Crimson: "?" = question MARK, so the note on the door reads "Question Mark Crimson. He broke your window."

    5. What is it?

    A surname.

    6. Wheelbarrow Battle

    He looked the strong man right in the eye and said, "get in."

    7. The Last Stand

    One glass eye.

    8. Blind Men

    Each man took half the socks and pulled them apart. They would then give the other man 1 sock. They kept doing this until they had all their socks.

    9. A man walks in to a bar…

    The man had the hiccups and wanted a glass of water to help get rid of them. The bartender could hear the hiccups when the man spoke, so he brought the gun out to scare the hiccups away. It worked and the man thanked him and left, no longer needing the glass of water.

    10. The Last Sunrise

    The man shot his rooster, which had awakened him with its crowing every morning for the past ten years. Since he had recently retired, there was no longer any reason to be wakened at such an early hour.

  • mielie

    No, Im using Chrome, and the answers still don’t appear

  • pandaonveranda

    Thanks for these! (And thanks MattB for posting the answers in the comments section – I tried both Firefox and IE but still was unable to open them myself.)

    Just curious, though… how come you didn’t include the riddle of the albatross? I always loved that one, and I was really surprised that I didn’t see it here!

  • lord daquarius

    Doesn’t work in Chrome.

  • von

    Enter your comment here.

  • Patrick

    Admin, the javascript file “answers.js” no longer exists, at least not in the place it should, which is why the onClick commands supposed to show the answers (“showAnswer(x)”) don’t work. This is really, really annoying – now I’ll never know the answer to these brainteasers!! My brain is well and truly teased pink!

  • lkjag

    What’s the answer to five?? it wont show me.

  • Olivia

    I can truly say that I wanted the answers to each one of these, except for #5. That one I’ve already heard before. But the others….the others! I’m angry that I couldn’t know the answers.

  • the answers won’t work… it just returns up but won’t work. ii’m using opera

  • snlgf

    What are the answers?!?!?!?!?! Everytime I click show me the answer it scrolls to the top. Grrrr. can someone either tell me how to work the site or just give me tje answers?!?!?!?

  • the

    Number 4 was quite easy. Mark did it “Question Mark Crimson”. Oh btw I’m using mobile site but answers don’t work :(

  • Elizabeth

    STILL doesn’t work no matter what I do or which browser i use. SOMEBODY BLEEPING FIX THIS THING

  • Jose F

    1. The Firing Squad

    Pete told them to form a circle around him. All the squad was facing in at Pete, ready to shoot, when they realized that everyone who missed would likely end up shooting another squad member. So no one dared to fire, knowing the risk. Thus at sundown he was released.

    2. The Servant’s Wish

    The servant said, “I wish for my mother to see her grandson swinging on a swing of gold.”

    3. The Wisest Son

    The son had showed his father a match. Whenever he lit the match, it filled the entire room with light, yet it was still small enough to fit into his pocket.

    4. Sherlock holmes and the Broken Window

    Mark Crimson: “?” = question MARK, so the note on the door reads “Question Mark Crimson. He broke your window.”

    5. What is it?

    A surname.

    6. Wheelbarrow Battle

    He looked the strong man right in the eye and said, “get in.”

    7. The Last Stand

    One glass eye.

    8. Blind Men

    Each man took half the socks and pulled them apart. They would then give the other man 1 sock. They kept doing this until they had all their socks.

    9. A man walks in to a bar…

    The man had the hiccups and wanted a glass of water to help get rid of them. The bartender could hear the hiccups when the man spoke, so he brought the gun out to scare the hiccups away. It worked and the man thanked him and left, no longer needing the glass of water.

    10. The Last Sunrise

    The man shot his rooster, which had awakened him with its crowing every morning for the past ten years. Since he had recently retired, there was no longer any reason to be wakened at such an early hour.

  • The solutions aren’t showing :( It keeps jumping back to the top. I tried Google Chrome and Firefox. Both don’t work :O

  • ROBIN

    IT WOULD BE AWESOME IF WE KNEW THE ANSWER

  • Person

    Whenever i click “show answer” it doesn’t do anything. I’m on an iPhone, so that is probably why. Just wanted to let you know.

  • bioluminescentgoldfish

    1) He tells them to stand on the opposite side of the post to where he is.
    2) He could have wished for a son who could heal people’s blindness. In this way, if he charges people to be healed, he gets rich.
    3) A box of matches. He lit one and the light filled the room.
    4) Well if it is to question them if they did it, the one who causes the most trouble. If it’s to ask which of his other brothers did it, the most honest/helpful one around town.
    5) A surname.
    6) The stronger man. He can’t exactly wheelbarrow himself can he?
    7) This has many possible answers, but the one I thought of first was 1000 of his soldiers.
    8) Once they’d picked up the socks, they gave each other half of each pair they had.
    9) The man who walked in had hiccups, and the bartender gave him a fright to get rid of them.
    10) This one confused me for a bit, but I got a plausible solution. When he fired the gun, he fired it incorrectly, causing either the bullet shell, the explosion of the bullet going out or the little firing thingy on top to make him blind (ie he put his face too close to the end of the gun he was on… I’m not good with guns okay?!)

    Are these correct? My “show me the answer” link keeps taking me to the top of the page.

  • Why tell you?

    The answer button does not work on safari or chrome OR IE. :( PLEASE FIX!!!!!!

  • Parr

    The Indian one is beat me half to death. They get 2x that. 2x 1/2 =1 death

  • These are the answers to the Top 10 Brain Teasers.

    1. The Firing Squad

    Pete told them to form a circle around him. All the squad was facing in at Pete, ready to shoot, when they realized that everyone who missed would likely end up shooting another squad member. So no one dared to fire, knowing the risk. Thus at sundown he was released.

    2. The Servant’s Wish

    The servant said, “I wish for my mother to see her grandson swinging on a swing of gold.”

    3. The Wisest Son

    The son had showed his father a match. Whenever he lit the match, it filled the entire room with light, yet it was still small enough to fit into his pocket.

    4. Sherlock holmes and the Broken Window

    Mark Crimson: “?” = question MARK, so the note on the door reads “Question Mark Crimson. He broke your window.”

    5. What is it?

    A surname.

    6. Wheelbarrow Battle

    He looked the strong man right in the eye and said, “get in.”

    7. The Last Stand

    One glass eye.

    8. Blind Men

    Each man took half the socks and pulled them apart. They would then give the other man 1 sock. They kept doing this until they had all their socks.

    9. A man walks in to a bar…

    The man had the hiccups and wanted a glass of water to help get rid of them. The bartender could hear the hiccups when the man spoke, so he brought the gun out to scare the hiccups away. It worked and the man thanked him and left, no longer needing the glass of water.

    10. The Last Sunrise

    The man shot his rooster, which had awakened him with its crowing every morning for the past ten years. Since he had recently retired, there was no longer any reason to be wakened at such an early hour.

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  • Tjs

    5th one is Surname

  • Kane

    answer to question 9:
    He had hicupps the man pulled out a gun and scared him,i heard it before :D

  • Solution

    ANSWERS (For those who cant find them)

    Spoilers:

    1. The Firing Squad

    Pete told them to form a circle around him. All the squad was facing in at Pete, ready to shoot, when they realized that everyone who missed would likely end up shooting another squad member. So no one dared to fire, knowing the risk. Thus at sundown he was released.

    2. The Servant’s Wish

    The servant said, “I wish for my mother to see her grandson swinging on a swing of gold.”

    3. The Wisest Son

    The son had showed his father a match. Whenever he lit the match, it filled the entire room with light, yet it was still small enough to fit into his pocket.

    4. Sherlock holmes and the Broken Window

    Mark Crimson: “?” = question MARK, so the note on the door reads “Question Mark Crimson. He broke your window.”

    5. What is it?

    A surname.

    6. Wheelbarrow Battle

    He looked the strong man right in the eye and said, “get in.”

    7. The Last Stand

    One glass eye.

    8. Blind Men

    Each man took half the socks and pulled them apart. They would then give the other man 1 sock. They kept doing this until they had all their socks.

    9. A man walks in to a bar…

    The man had the hiccups and wanted a glass of water to help get rid of them. The bartender could hear the hiccups when the man spoke, so he brought the gun out to scare the hiccups away. It worked and the man thanked him and left, no longer needing the glass of water.

    10. The Last Sunrise

    The man shot his rooster, which had awakened him with its crowing every morning for the past ten years. Since he had recently retired, there was no longer any reason to be wakened at such an early hour.

  • Corey

    It’s not fixed but here the web addresss to find the answers http://www.bustedcranium.com/answers.html#answer10

  • Oszi53

    As the answers will not ever work here, see the answers:
    1. The Firing Squad

    Pete told them to form a circle around him. All the squad was facing in at Pete, ready to shoot, when they realized that everyone who missed would likely end up shooting another squad member. So no one dared to fire, knowing the risk. Thus at sundown he was released.

    2. The Servant’s Wish

    The servant said, “I wish for my mother to see her grandson swinging on a swing of gold.”

    3. The Wisest Son

    The son had showed his father a match. Whenever he lit the match, it filled the entire room with light, yet it was still small enough to fit into his pocket.

    4. Sherlock holmes and the Broken Window

    Mark Crimson: “?” = question MARK, so the note on the door reads “Question Mark Crimson. He broke your window.”

    5. What is it?

    A surname.

    6. Wheelbarrow Battle

    He looked the strong man right in the eye and said, “get in.”

    7. The Last Stand

    One glass eye.

    8. Blind Men

    Each man took half the socks and pulled them apart. They would then give the other man 1 sock. They kept doing this until they had all their socks.

    9. A man walks in to a bar…

    The man had the hiccups and wanted a glass of water to help get rid of them. The bartender could hear the hiccups when the man spoke, so he brought the gun out to scare the hiccups away. It worked and the man thanked him and left, no longer needing the glass of water.

    10. The Last Sunrise

    The man shot his rooster, which had awakened him with its crowing every morning for the past ten years. Since he had recently retired, there was no longer any reason to be wakened at such an early hour.

  • Sarthak Mallick

    The answer to No. 3 is that the third son Had brought a candle with a matchstick, the light of which could fill the entire room.

  • piran

    i madly need the answer to last sunrise

  • Maks

    Fail list is fail.
    Why the provided answers (and still not working) are wrong:
    1- It would work but seems wrong
    2 – The master is an old, rich and dying man. I don’t think he could have cured infertility and blindnes.
    3 – A match would only cover a ridicusly small place. Only it’s light would fill the room
    4 – OK, this one is good
    5 – Surname or their sexual organs, both could be answers
    6 – This one is also clever
    7 – If he wished for one glass eyem he would have one glass eye in his hands, while the Indians would hol two in their hands
    8 – I don’t really understand how they would have had an equal amount of stuff just by exchanging it randomly. What if they would just exchange the same one
    9 – This one makes some sense
    10 – By this random logic everything could be an answer

    My answers:
    1 – Tell them they should stay behind a wall
    2 – Wish that all of the wishes of his fammily would be granted
    3 – Air
    4 – Question Mark Crimson
    5 – A surname
    6 – He wheeled the strong man
    7 – An army of american soldiers loyal to him
    8 – They are blind, why would they care. 9 – I did not know this
    10 – The gun powder blinded him

  • Tatiana

    Cant see the answerrrr…. So what is it??

  • Lexi

    I NEED TO KNOW THE ANSWERS!
    Can you please post them at the end or something??????????????

  • Kylie

    Ok so I’m on an iPad using firefox and I can’t get the answers to the teasers, it keeps putting me back to the top of page.

    • 17

      You have an iPad???????????????????

  • King Paul West

    cant get the answer

  • ray jay

    big willys

  • Akumakun

    Alrighty, I will answer the puzzles… at least the ones that I know…

    The Firing Squad: The boy had the guards all stand in a circle around him, all of the guards were afraid of missing and shooting a fellow soldier, and were also afraid of one of the bullets hitting them.

    The Servant’s Wish: The servant said, “My mother wants to see her grandson swinging on a swing of gold.”

    The Wisest Son: The son had showed his father a match. Whenever he lit the match, it filled the entire room with light, yet it was still small enough to fit into his pocket.

    Sherlock holmes and the Broken Window: ? Crimson. “Question Mark” Crimson. Question Mark Crimson.

    What is it?: A Surname.

    Wheelbarrow Battle: He looked the strong man right in the eye and said, “get in.”

    The Last Stand: One glass eye. However, there are a few answers to this one. A near death experience, being choked half to death… etc.

    Blind Men: Each man took half the socks and pulled them apart. They would then give the other man 1 sock. They kept doing this until they had all their socks.

    A Man Walks Into A Bar…: The man had the hiccups and wanted a glass of water to help get rid of them. The bartender could hear the hiccups when the man spoke, so he brought the gun out to scare the hiccups away. It worked and the man thanked him and left, no longer needing the glass of water.

    The Last Sunrise: The man shot his rooster, which had awakened him with its crowing every morning for the past ten years. Since he had recently retired, there was no longer any reason to be wakened at such an early hour.

  • Jason

    it isnt fixed a all!!

  • Jon

    doesnt work for me either just takes you to the top of the page. scroll back down it just says “show me the answer” again. fail.

  • Harika

    I know people told you this. But, the solutions are not coming up. Mine is a google chrome. These are great brain teasers, though. I like brain teasers. The answer lies right before you eyes. You just need to see it.

  • NIc

    it doesn’t work when u click the answer can you pls fix this it’s really anouying

  • chue_kun

    answer for #1

    “Pirate Pete had them stand in a circle, nobody wanted to shoot each other because back then they couldve missed, and probably kill someone”

  • Richard

    1) He made each person fire at him from behind the post

    2)He wished to be a Surgeon, solves the money and blind mother problem, and what woman doesn’t want to bone a doctor?

    3) AS soon as the father made the request I thought “Candle” or maybe something that smells really bad and would fill the whole room with stench “Manuer”

    4) Not sure.

    5) Lust / Sex drive / desire? How am I doing?

    6) He put his opponent in the wheelbarrow and carted said opponent around.

    7) A broken wrist is the best I could come up with.

    8) You didn’t say how the socks were paired, so I’m assuming that each pair consisted of 1 red sock and 1 white sock.

    9) He either backed the fuck off, or maybe it was a watergun, I’m not sure.

    10) He was either arrested, shot himelf and ended up in a coma, or shot his eyes out in a comical christmas story fashion.

  • HateM Gabr

    Hey anybody,
    I am not able to view the answers.
    Whenever I click (show me the answer), I move to the begining of the page.
    Please help as I need it quickly

    Thanks

  • anomynous

    Pete told them to form a circle around him. All the squad was facing in at Pete, ready to shoot, when they realized that everyone who missed would likely end up shooting another squad member. So no one dared to fire, knowing the risk. Thus at sundown he was released

  • Amanda

    still can’t see the answers! Please fix… curious!

  • Heather

    I don’t see where you fixed the problem it’s still scrolling and not showing the answers.

  • answer of 3rd is candle or perfume…….both can fill the room with light/fragerence…..and can put easily in pocket………

  • Lalalala

    noworky…………….

  • sri

    nope

  • mindy

    It still isn’t working for me… but these are fun!

  • Name

    they r just mind blowing

  • pspkingsz

    where is the frickin’ answer to these questions!?

  • who is this

    Oh come on already!

  • RoD

    3rd Question’s answer is a candle. Right?

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  • MELYSSA

    #2- The servant could have wished for more wishes. Obvious… :: sigh ::

  • naman ojha

    nce & intt.

  • lebo23us

    7. one broke leg

  • pappi

    hey author, why dont you just put the answers in the comments section instead of making up excuses to get more hits to your page.

  • Tom

    In the remarks section your said you had fixed the problem about no answers to the puzzles. Well there still are no answers when I click for them. Am I doing something wrong? Help!!! I need the answers

  • jeff

    what are the answers?

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  • rami

    Y u no have answers?

  • samhitha

    he bought a candle and a match box and lit up the candle in the bedroom thus FILLING the bedroom with light

  • Seth

    The first one, he could make them stand underground below him

  • angry

    wtf i cant open the answer

  • Lajith

    1. Firing Squad: Pete told them to stand in a circle facing him and shoot in the sky.
    2. The servant’s wish: Asked the master to become his servant for the rest of his life, all problems solved.
    3. The wisest son: bought a room freshener.
    4. Sherlock Holmes and the broken window: He will suspect somebody tried to frame Mark Crimson and go on questioning the other two.
    5. What is it? Definitely it must be penis but to avoid controversy it could be a surname.
    6. Wheelbarrow battle: He put a egg in the wheel barrow and slowly went to the cone and returned by sunset.
    7. The last stand: To have a wife. The other Indians got two wives and they quarreled each other by the time Gen. Custer escaped.
    8. Blind men: Any way they are not going to bother which color they bought.
    9. A man walks into a bar…’Cowboys and aliens’,
    10. The last sunrise: His strange behaviour, he always looks the trigger very closely that he blinded himself from the exploding gunpowder… Ha Ha Ha..

  • gigi

    thanks for putting these all in one place – nice job.
    It’s a hard world in which we live… having to scroll instead of click :)

  • Snow

    nice collection………….

  • Satan

    alternate answer to #3: nothing: he purchased nothing, the room could be filled with nothing, and he can have nothing in his pocket.

  • schiranjeevi

    mind is goods interction

  • zizan

    whats the answer to nmber 3?

  • David Hopkins

    My guesses: (No, I haven’t seen the answers)

    1 Squad was standing behind the pole, so the pole was all they shot. Technically, they were facing Pete; he just wasn’t facing them.

    2 Don’t know. I kind of guessed a rich son who had the power to bring eyesight, but that seems pretty corny.

    3 Oil, a pocketful of oil can be spread over the whole bedroom floor easily.

    4 Mark Crimson broke the window. The other two’s names make John Paul, as in the Pope, and the Pope would never break a window.

    5 A penis. This one was a no-brainer.

    6 Steel beam. The weaker man was able to keep it on the wheel barrow. The strong man was more clumsy, so the beam rolled off.

    7 Custer wished for a violin. He played a slow, sleepy tune that put the Indians to sleep, hence Custer was able to escape. I’m pretty sure Indians don’t know how to play violins.

    8 The blind men had a very acute thermal sense. The red socks felt slightly warmer than the white socks.

    9 The gun was a water gun. The bartender shot water into the customer’s face, hence, giving him a “mug” of water. (You know, mug is slang for face). Oh, did the question say glass? Well, mug is pretty close.

    10 The man was out on parole, firing the gun was a violation of parole, cops heard him, arrested him, he went back to jail, and hence, never saw another sunrise.

  • David Hopkins

    Here’s one: What word, when you add one letter to it, makes a different word with two more syllables than the original word?

  • hezzy

    a perfume

  • Janine Penuliar

    :ph34r:

  • perf

    i am perffect no lie

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