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Streeeetch Your Mind!

Read This Brainteaser ... Bet You CAN!

The phaonmneel pweor of the hmuan mnid: I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdgnieg. Aoccdrnig to a rscheearcr at Cmagbride Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers of a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae.

The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?

Weakest Link

Brainteaser Test

First Question:

You are participating in a race. You overtake the second person. What position do you finish?


If you said “first”, you are wrong! You arrive second! If you overtake the second person and you take his place, you arrive second!

Second Question:

If you overtake the last person, then you arrive...?


If you answer that you arrived second to last, then you are wrong again. Tell me, how can you overtake the LAST person? You’re not very good at this are you?

Third Question:

Very Tricky math! Note: This riddle must be done in your head only – do NOT write it down.

• Take 1000 and add:

– 40;

– 1000;

– 30;

– 1000;

– 20;

– 1000;

– and 10.

• What is the new total?


Did you get 5000? The correct answer is actually 4100. Don’t believe it? Check with your calculator! The decimal sequence confuses our brain, which always jumps to the highest decimals (100s instead of 10s). You ARE the weakest link. Goodbye!

Quiz 1

Here’s a quick test of intelligence. There are no tricks to the test, and it looks pretty simple. But let’s see how YOU do. Read this sentence:


Now count aloud the F’s in that sentence. Count them QUICKLY AND ONLY ONCE. Do not go back and count them again. What is your answer?


There are six F’s in the sentence. There is no catch. Many people forget the F in “OF”, and that word appears three times in the sentence. The human brain tends to see them as V’s and not F’s! If you spotted four, five, or even all six, well you beat the average!

to be continued

Source: http://kids.niehs.nih.gov