Wednesday, August 17, 2005

The Genius In Me

Believe it or not, you should be able to read this:

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdgnieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht
oredr the ltteers in 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?

Now, I am by no means a genius but when I see things like this and I am able to do them, I get all cocky and think to myself, "F--ing A! I am one smart shit!" Then voila! I come across a puzzle like this to put me in my place:

Three people check into a hotel. They pay $30 to the manager and go to their room. The manager finds out that the room rate is $25 and gives $5 to the bellboy to return. On the way to the room the bellboy reasons that $5 would be difficult to share among three people so he pockets $2 and gives $1 to each person. Now each person paid $10 and got back $1. So they paid $9 each, totalling $27. The bellboy has $2, totalling $29. Where is the remaining dollar?

Or this one:

A boy has just purchased a fishing pole it is 5 feet long. The boy has to take a bus home and when the bus comes he is about to get on when the Bus driver informs him of the rule that no object longer than 4 feet can be taken aboard the bus. The boy then goes back into the store and gets something. He then catches the next bus and is able to board it and get home. What did the boy get? He did not alter the pole in anyway it stays intact.

I can't stop the drool from forming at the corner of my mouth. I sit there with an empty mind and can't even begin to figure it out. Now the website where I found these logic problems will provide the answers to dimwits like myself if I email and ask for them... but my pride won't let me. I'd rather cheat and ask all of you. Have any of you heard of these problems and know the answer to them (and are willing to share with me?)?

I mowed the lawn today using a handmower. Now this might not seem like a big deal but it is because we have a riding lawn mower. Why don't I use that, you ask? (Insert cackling laughter here) Because it doesn't start! It's rigged! It's held together with duct tape! I asked Gary to explain how to start it this morning and he said "You have to touch the positive terminal on the battery to the positive side of the blah blah blah at the same time. Be sure to pull the choke before you blah blah blah and then push the choke yada yada yada." The drool began again. It was too complicated and worth too much trouble to learn so I used ol' LuLu. I pulled her sad carcass out of the bushes near the garden shed, dusted her off and she fired up on the 2nd pull of the rope. She's a tough old bird because she can chew rocks, sticks and whatever other odds and ends that don't get picked up off the lawn. She has two speeds which are OFF and WIDE OPEN because I broke the throttle cable off her in a fit last summer. Earlier this year I broke the safety do-hingy that shuts the motor off if you let go of the handle. Over the winter, rust had formed on it so I tested Gary's motto "If It Doesn't Move, Force It" and it snapped off. Now, ol' LuLu doesn't shut off and unless you pull the wire off the sparkplug. Oh yes, we are very high-tech around here!


Chicka said...

Sheri, check your email. I don't want to give it away here.

mainiax said...

Hubby uses a zip tie cuz he broke our handle last year he gets it running and zip ties the throttle wide open when he is done he uses his leatherman to cut the tie. Must be a Maine thing. aya

Viki said...

Wait! Queen Goob! It's okay! You can give it away here!

I need to know!

Sorry, too many exclamation points. Yay!

. said...

So PLEASE put it in your blog..I guess I am a dimwit too...doi!

Heather said...

I wanna know!!! Share the answers please :)!

Melody said...

Dustin could figure this out...he analizes and re-analizes everything...drives me crazy. ME...well I'm just a dimwit like everyone else. Love the lawn mower story...I have the same High Tech equiptment at my house.

Beth said...

I use a push mower and I have 7 acres. Quit yer bitchin'! LOL

I don't even do those tests because even if I figure them out, my head still hurts afterwards.

Cindy said...

I've heard the hotel one before. But of course, can't remember what the answer is. Something to do with counting or something.

Post the answer!!

Sue said...

Read the answers and let us know! It will drive me nuts

Chicka said...

Ok! Ok!

There is no extra dollar. Each man (three of them) has $1, so that's actually $3 total; the bellhop has $2; the hotel clerk has $25. And last I checked, 3+2+25=30.

And the fishing pole, if you got a cardboard box that was 3ft x 4 ft long and put your 5' pole in diagonally, it would fit. (I originally heard this one with a 6' limit on a 6'3" pole, but it still works with the 4' box, but this one follows more of a mathematical formula of the pythagorean triple 3-4-5 for those math techies out there.)

Sandi said...

Cool MENSA questions. So glad Goob knew the answers. I knew the one about the hotel, but was stummped on the fishing pole.
Go back to your big box store and see if you can snag a mower. LOL

Tatiana said...

The manager of the hotel has $25, the boy has $2, total $27. Now three men paid $9 each, total $27!!!

The Complimenting Commenter said...

Very cool post. I love the thought provokers, even if I can't figure out the answers. Thanks for making us think. Now use your button!! ;)