present an open problem as closed,
present a closed problems as open,
make us wonder if it's a joke or not, (Lance STILL isn't telling!), or
make us question some well held beliefs.
This year I will take a different route- similar to what Lipton did here, which is NOT try to fool you, but present a post ABOUT tricky or foolish or odd things.
When is a trick question a stupid question? I give some examples and my opinions. But I want your opinions- are these questions (with the answers I give) TRICK QUESTIONS or STUPID QUESTIONS?
- How many states are in the United States? Answers and Commentary
- What is the least common Birthday in America? Answers and Commentary
- What is the degree of (x-a)(x-b)(x-c)... (x-z)? Answers and Commentary
- What US state has the eastern most point in America? Answers and Commentary
- What is the least common first names for a U.S. President? (The answer is a tie.) Answers and Commentary
Which two numbers come at the end of this sequence?
2,4,6,30,32,34,36,40,42,44,46,50,52,54,56,60,62,64,x,yAnswers and Commentary. See also this blog entry on the problem.
- An expert on tracking animals notices one day that there are bear tracks and rabbit tracks converging on the same spot. He can estimate that they converged at 6:00PM with a margin of error of 17 seconds. Hence they must have been there at the same time. He also notices that from the spot they converged only rabbit tracks can be found. HOW CAN A RABBIT EAT A BEAR FOR DINNER? Answers and Commentary
- There are 6 blue socks, 8 white socks, and 10 black socks in a drawer. How many do you need to take out of the drawer in order to get a pair. Answers and Commentary
- What is the square root of nine? Give the answer as an anagram of the question. Answers and Commentary