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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePerfectHacker
    I do not remember how to spell the name correctly. It is in Hawaii. "Mana Kea" something like that. The reason why the answer is not Everest. Is because this mountain is submerged underwater. It has 36,000 feet approximately but Everest is 28,000.
    Mona Kea - nice, but for the supprise effect I prefer Olympus Mons.

    World can have a wider meaning than just the Earth, it can also mean
    all that exists (what ever that might mean)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TPH's signature
    The next Star Trek movie is going to involve TNG's last mission. It will involve TNG cast, Kirk and Q. Q will ressurect Kirk from the dead. Then Picard will save the galaxy from an inverse tachion beam killing himself in the process. Do not worry, Q is would be very proud of him.
    Of course since by this time Picard knows that Q can bring back the dead
    its not as final an end for him as might be?

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    Hello, Quick!

    I enjoy such puzzles . . . I have a large collection of them.

    I've hidden the answers to the ones not answered yet.
    To read them, drag your cursor between the asterisks.


    1. A plane crashes over the border of America and Canada.
    Where were the survivors buried?

    * Survivors are not buried. *


    2. Can a man marrie his widow's sister?

    * No, if he has a widow, then he's dead. *


    4. What gets bigger and bigger the more you take out of it?

    * A hole *



    6. What's greater than God and worse than the Devil,
    the rich need it, the poor have it, and if you eat it you die?

    * Nothing *

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    A few of my favorites . . .
    The first few are geographic . . . (Check the answers on a map.)

    1. Going directly south from Detroit, Michigan,
    . . .what is the first foreign country you will enter?
    * Canada *

    2. Of the original 48 states, which is the furthest north?
    * Minnesota *

    3. Going from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean through the Panama Canal,
    . .how many miles west do you travel?
    * Zero; you are travelling east. *

    4. Mary lives in a red bungalow. .Her walls are red, her furniture is red,
    . .her drapes are red, and her carpeting is red. .What colors are her stairs?
    * There are no stairs in a bungalow (a one-story house) *

    5. The town clock takes 5 seconds to chime 6 o'clock.
    . . How long does it take to chime 12 o'clock?
    * 11 seconds ... count the time between the chimes. *

    6. A five-pound steel ball is dropped into a bucket of water.
    . . Will it sink faster in water at 40F or 30F ?
    * 40 ... At 30F, the water is ice. *

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePerfectHacker
    The cold
    But that cannot be an answer. Because "to catch a cold" is an idomatic expression, which cannot be translated into greek. I have difficultly imagining how can Socrates not answer a riddle.
    It took me forever to solve it when I first heard about it...

    3)(Impossible) "He who has it does not want it. He who makes it sells it. He who needs it does not have it."
    nothing (sort of rephrasing my earlier riddle isn't it)

    5)What is wrong with this (I posted it before to make a point):
    ***ume 2 = 6
    Then subtract 4,
    -2=2
    Now square,
    4=4
    Thus,
    2=6. What happend?
    you can't ***ume 2 equals 6.

    8)How can you get 4 gallons using 5 and 3 gallon cups.
    fill a three gallon cup with water, pour that into the 5 gallon cup. Repeat until the 5 gallon cup is full. Pour the excess water into a bowl. Now pour 3 cups into the bowl. The bowl know has 4 gallons.

    10)A man jumps out of the window then the phone rings and then he regretted his decision. Why?
    He got a callback (I was on several commercials myself)

    11)Several man drink in a bar. Everyone has the same drinks. Everyone dies except for one, how? (Use this to ***acinate people)
    I only know it when they're drinking from the same cup. The poison is placed into ice-cubes. The man who first drinks from the cup survives because the ice hasn't melted yet.

    It seems that one of the administrators has activated the censorship power of vBulletin (has the screen color changed to white for anyone else?)

    I've edited my last few posts so that the answers are in white after the riddles.

    Somewhat Strange:
    A panda walks into a restaurant, has some food, shoots everybody, and leaves. Why?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePerfectHacker
    What did you think of my n00bish riddles.
    Those were great!
    Quote Originally Posted by ThePerfectHacker
    Stealing CaptainBlank's answers?
    No, I didn't read his reply until after - then I edited mine to concede that his was more efficient.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soltras
    Fill the 3. Pour it into the 5. Fill the 3 again. Pour it into the 5, which will leave 2 in the 3. Pour the 5 into the 3, which will leave 4 gallons in the 5.
    of course you realize that there is in fact 1 gallons left in the three cup after filling the five gallons
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quick

    Somewhat Strange:
    A panda walks into a restaurant, has some food, shoots everybody, and leaves. Why?
    A panda eats shoots and leaves.

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    nothing (sort of rephrasing my earlier riddle isn't it)
    Not telling you.



    He got a callback (I was on several commercials myself)
    To remind you. "A man jumps out the windows, as he is falling he hears the phone ring and regrets his decision, why?" (The man was the last living person in the world. After he was alive long enough he realized everyone is dead. Therefore, because of depression he decided to kill himself. However, as he jumped out of the window he heard the phone ring. Thus, he was not the only one alive and should not have made a decision which he cannot prevent now. )
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePerfectHacker
    To remind you. "A man jumps out the windows, as he is falling he hears the phone ring and regrets his decision, why?" (The man was the last living person in the world. After he was alive long enough he realized everyone is dead. Therefore, because of depression he decided to kill himself. However, as he jumped out of the window he heard the phone ring. Thus, he was not the only one alive and should not have made a decision which he cannot prevent now. )
    And we were supposed to intuit that he thought he was the last man on Earth how?

    That's rather along the same lines as one of my favorite puzzles, though it's rather old:

    "What have I got in my pocket?"

    -Dan
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quick
    of course you realize that there is in fact 1 gallons left in the three cup after filling the five gallons
    No I didn't realize that or I would have modified my answer. Of course you're right there is only one gallon left in the 3.

    Ok start over:

    Fill the 3.
    Pour it into the 5.
    Fill the 3.
    Pour it into the 5.
    Now the 5 is full and the 3 has 1 gal.
    Empty the 5.
    Pour the 1 gal from 3 into the 5.
    Fill the 3.
    Pour all that into the 5.

    Now the 5 has 4 gallons.
    Thanks for the catch!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePerfectHacker
    Not telling you.
    Riddle: "He who has it doesn't want it, he who makes it sells it, he has wants it doesn't have it"

    Filling it with nothing: He who has nothing wants something (double negative), he who makes nothing sells nothing, he who wants nothing has something.

    nothing, as you can see, works just as well as "footsteps" instead of "hole"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quick
    Riddle: "He who has it doesn't want it, he who makes it sells it, he has wants it doesn't have it"

    Filling it with nothing: He who has nothing wants something (double negative), he who makes nothing sells nothing, he who wants nothing has something.

    nothing, as you can see, works just as well as "footsteps" instead of "hole"
    FINOCF

    Rearrange letters and get your answer. It makes perfect sense. See not even CaptainBlank can solve this one that is how difficult it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePerfectHacker
    FINOCF

    Rearrange letters and get your answer. It makes perfect sense. See not even CaptainBlank can solve this one that is how difficult it is.
    Well I can solve the anagram, but it does not seem a satisfactory answer.

    Maybe it sufferes in translation from USAian to English?

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    I developed some questions to test your math history.

    1)Which mathematician is debated to have lived above a hundred?

    2)Rene Descrates was jealous of what mathematician?

    3)Name at least 4 female (sub-human) mathematicians?

    4)Name at least 2 mathematicians which were great friends?

    5)Who was the first person to introduce the conic sections.

    6)Countinuing the previous question, which mathematician redefined the conic in terms of locus?

    7)Who invented the telescopre (trick question)?

    8)Name the mathematician who calculated the distance to the sun.

    9)What was the original name of "the calculus" in the Principia?

    10)Name at least one mathematician which make an important discovery in prison.

    11)Who was the primarily giant Newton referrend to in "...I stood on the soldier of the giants...".

    12)Who was in charge of the Great Library?

    13)Which book and what author attempted to teach the decimal system to the world.

    14)When did age of great Greek mathematics end?

    15)Name at least 6 people who developed quantum theory.

    16)Albert Einstein used the ideas from what mathematician?

    17)Why was Legendre's proof of quadradic reciprocity incomplete?

    18)Name a blind mathematician.

    19)What was Gauss' request when he died?

    20)Name the error in math history in a TNG episode.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePerfectHacker
    11)Who was the primarily giant Newton referrend to in "...I stood on the soldier of the giants...".
    It could well have been a reference to Hook's(?) claim of priority for
    the inverse square law. Hook was short, so its an indirect denial of
    Hook's priority claim.

    Otherwise Kepler and Galileo and numerous others.

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