Category Archives: Lateral

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A bus driver was heading down a street in Colorado. He went right past a stop sign without stopping, turned left where there was a “no left turn” sign, and went the wrong way on a one-way street. Then he went on the left side of the road past a cop car. Yet, he didn’t break any traffic laws.

Why not?

The bus driver was not driving his bus, he was walking.

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Two very short friends, John and Jack, were living together in an apartment. Since they used to lose their apartment key very often, they decided to leave it on top of the door frame when they leave home. In order to reach the key, John was climbing on Jack’s shoulders and thus taking it down from the frame. However, John was the taller and the heavier guy of the two. Why didn’t Jack climb on his shoulders instead?

The reason is that as being taller, John also had longer arms. If Jack climbed on John’s shoulders, he wouldn’t have reached the key.

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Somehow you end up in a room which has three doors. Behind the first door, there is deadly poisonous gas. Behind the second door, there are trained assassins with knives. Behind the third door, there are lions which have not eaten in years. Which door would you choose to open?

You should open the door with the lions. If they have not eaten in years, they will be dead already.

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Monday, six friends went camping. Tuesday, John, Jack, and James cooked some mushrooms. Wednesday came and they ate the mushrooms. Thursday found them dead. Exactly one friend survived, how come?

The six friends are called John, Jack, James, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. John, Jack, James, and Tuesday cooked the mushrooms. Wednesday joined them and they ate the mushrooms. Thursday was the one to find them dead, so he is the survivor.

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There are only two barbers in one town. One of the barbers has a neat haircut and a clean working place. The other barber’s haircut is a total mess and his working place is dirty. Which barber would you choose to give you a haircut and why?

You should choose the second barber. Since there are only two barbers, the chances are that they give each other haircuts. Also, probably the second barber’s salon is dirtier because he has lots of work and does not have time to clean up properly.