Gut Rumbles

January 29, 2005

quiz time

I got only three out of five.

Can You Figure These Out?

1. 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 3 years. Which room is safest for him?

2. A woman shoots her husband. Then she holds him under water for over 5
minutes. Finally, she hangs him. But 5 minutes later they both go out
together and enjoy a wonderful dinner together. How can this be?

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

4. Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Monday,
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday?

5. 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 was 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.


#1. The room with the lions. If they haven't eaten in 3 years they would be dead.
#4. Day before Christmas, Christmas day, day after Christmas.

Posted by: AllenS on January 29, 2005 03:33 PM

1. lions
2. she's a photographer
3. charcoal
4. allens got it. i didn't.
5. the paragraph doesn't contain the word 'the.'

Posted by: jessica on January 29, 2005 03:38 PM

5. Well, that's true, but more to the point is it doesn't have any "e"s in it.

Posted by: Steve Teeter on January 29, 2005 04:06 PM

yesterday, today, tomorrow...

Posted by: mostly cajun on January 29, 2005 04:12 PM

4. As allens said, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day

5. Not only does it not include the word "the", it also does not contain the letter "e", the most popular letter in English.

I got all but the charcoal. Guess I need to barbecue more often :)

Hope your weather is better than ours, Rob.

Posted by: caltechgirl on January 29, 2005 04:39 PM

1. The lions; they're dead, of course.
2. She took his picture. :-)
3. I have no freakin' clue, but it's gonna bug me until I find out.
4. January 1, January 2, January 3.
5. No 'e's.

Posted by: Kathleen on January 29, 2005 04:49 PM

Yesterday today and tomorrow

Posted by: Sharon on January 29, 2005 05:17 PM

whoops..did not read close enough..Mostly cajun got it

Posted by: Sharon on January 29, 2005 05:18 PM

ah, no Es at all! that's great.

Posted by: jessica on January 29, 2005 06:08 PM

Got 'em all before I read your comments.

Posted by: Ralph Gizzip on January 29, 2005 07:45 PM

1. the room full of fires
2. can't be
3. charcoal like Jessica sez
4. Yesterday, today, tomorrow
5. Again, like jessica sez, no E's

Posted by: YoungBrews on January 29, 2005 07:56 PM

There's a whole book written without the letter "e," from 1939. It's called "Gadsby." You can go here for an online copy of it.

Thanks for these - I was looking for some good bonus questions for my students.


Posted by: Captain Sunshine on January 29, 2005 07:59 PM

#5 - A Lipogram!

Posted by: Jim - PRS on January 29, 2005 09:15 PM

That no "e" business is great.

Do you think that people sending coded messages might adopt some tactic like that, not to use a common letter, to frustrate code breaking programs?

Posted by: joel on January 29, 2005 09:31 PM

Wasn't it ee cummings that made a living without the use of "E"? Ironic, don't you think?

Posted by: Ralph Gizzip on January 30, 2005 08:58 AM

Jessica: I bet the wife fixed him good, too! :-{)}

Posted by: the friendly grizzly on February 1, 2005 09:53 PM
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