Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Riddler

by Brittany Geragotelis

Do you think like a third grader?
No, I'm not talking in the, "I know you are, but what am I?" or "Boys have cooties!" kind of way (but since I brought it up, I'm awesome and boys totally have cooties!). I'm talking about a child's ability to think simply without "intelligence" and "logic" getting in the way. In other words, adults can be too smart for their own good sometimes.

Here are 11 simple riddles with simple answers. Now, think like a third grader and take a wild guess. The person with the most correct answers will win an awesome prize pack. Just e-mail your answers to by the end of the day on Friday, Sept 17th, and I will post the correct answers in Saturday's post.

Good luck!

1. How could the 22nd and 24th U.S. Presidents have the same parents, but weren't brothers?
2. How can you use the letters in NEW DOOR to make one word?
3. There was an airplane crash, every single person died, but two people survived. How is this possible?
4. How could all of your cousins have an aunt who is not your aunt?
5. How far can you walk into the woods?
6. Johnny's mother had four children. The first was April, the second was May and the third was June. What was the name of her fourth child?
7. Railroad crossing. Look out for cars. Can you spell that without any R's?
8. What came first, the chicken or the egg?
9. Imagine you are in a sinking rowboat surrounded by sharks. How would you survive?
10. "That attorney is my brother," testified the accountant. But the attorney testified that he didn't have a brother. Who's lying?

And the real doozie:

A father and a son are in a car accident. The father dies instantly. The boy, in critical condition, is rushed to the nearest hospital for emergency surgery. The surgeon looks at the child aghast and says, "I can't operate on him—he's my son!" How could this be?



Michelle said...

1Yay! Batman mythos!

My fav villian was Poison Ivy, but the Riddler's cool too! And geez, these questions are already hard.

Anonymous said...

I know this is off topic with your blog, but in a way its not since you are really talking about children being innocent in their thinking,but I was wondering what your thoughts were on the mother in Detroit who was upset about the cheer that her six year old was doing that said "Our backs ache, our skirts are too tight, we shake our booties from left to right…”

and how the entire situation was handled.

Brittany said...

It's funny that you bring this up, because I had a conversation with someone just yesterday about this same topic. Here's what I think about this subject:

Seems a little harsh to kick the daughter off the team instead of just saying, "This is what we're doing, if you don't like it, you can choose to take your daughter off the team." I think we're always dealing with walking that fine line of sexualizing young cheerleaders (from the uniforms to the music they use).Unfortunately, it's up to each squad to decide what they're comfortable with in terms of that sort of stuff.

But the thing that no one seems to be talking about is how these decisions have now affected this child....and now she's going to have to deal with the fact that something she loves has been taken away from her and she probably won't understand why.

Sounds like a lot of "she said, she said," and I have a feeling there's a lot more behind the story than what we're being told. So, the truth is, I don't know enough about the situation to be able to make an actual informed decision. What do you think?