If you have figured out how to derive the meaning of a sentence containing nothing other than eight uses of the word “buffalo,” then roll up your sleeves and tackle this beauty: […]
Can You Cut the Cake Into Eight Pieces?
It’s your lucky day! Just in time for your birthday party, a beautiful circular cake has been delivered to your house. It promises to be just as pleasing to the tastebuds as […]
Can You Solve the Fork in the Road Brain Teaser?
Imagine you walking along a path. You reach a fork in the road. Each of the divergent paths is blocked by a guard. A sign tells you that one path leads to […]
Can You Solve the Unexpected Hanging Paradox?
The Unexpected Hanging Paradox — also known by various names such as the Surprise Examination and the Surprise Drill — has stumped the most brilliant of thinkers. It has been debated in […]
A Limerick for Mathematicians
For those of us who have yet to memorize our multiplication tables, the concept of someone doing math for fun is as paradoxical as putting pineapple on pizza. Even so, Leigh Mercer […]
What Is the Most You Can Win in Jeopardy?
Let’s assume you are a person of unmatched intelligence. You know every detail of all the obscure realms of human knowledge. On top of that, you have reflexes that are second to […]
Try To Tame The Tongue To Test Testy Tongue Twisters
Tongue-twisters are phrases designed to trip up even the most skilled orator. As we already reported in an earlier article, “Pad kid poured curd pulled cod” is said by speech experts to […]
Brainteasers To Keep Your Mind Sharp
One of the best ways to prevent mental decline is to take some time every day to exercise your brain. As a public service, Commonplace Fun Facts offers you this opportunity to […]
First Prize For Printing a Story That Can’t Be Printed
The delightful book Littlewood’s Miscellany by John Edensor Littlewood contains a snippet that will cause brain cramps if you contemplate it for very long: It notes that in a writing competition in […]
Fun Facts Trivia Quiz #1
If you have read the nearly 2,000 articles published in Commonplace Fun Facts over the past 7 years, we think you should qualify for an advanced degree. Unfortunately, the accreditation agencies are […]
Can You Solve the River Crossing Puzzle?
For those who enjoy challenging brain teasers, there is one that has challenged the sharpest of minds for over 1,000 years. Known as the River Crossing Puzzle, it first appeared in the […]
Will You Choose Door #1 or Door #2? Understanding the Monty Hall Problem
The television game show Let’s Make a Deal hit the airwaves in 1962. One of the most popular features of the program involved the host, Monty Hall, giving the contestant the option […]
How Many Licks Does it Take To Get to the Tootsie Roll Center of a Tootsie Pop?
In 1970, the world was asked the question, “How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?” The question was posed in an animated […]
Weight Reduction Through Optical Illusion
Watching one’s weight is especially important during the holiday season. Lots of fad diets and dietary products promise miraculous results but ultimately prove to be mere illusions. There is, however, one illusion […]