Slowest Horse

Two friends made a bet whose horse is slower. After wondering for days what is the fastest and fairest way to figure out who wins the bet, they finally decided to ask a famous wise hermit for help. Upon giving them his advice, the two friends jumped on the horses and started racing back to the city as fast as they could. What did the hermit say?

He told them to switch their horses and whoever gets to the city first will win the bet.

Man in the Elevator

One man who lives on the 12th floor every day takes the elevator to go to work. When he comes back in the evening, unless it is raining or there are other people in the elevator, he goes with it just to the 8th floor and then uses the stairs for the last 4 floors. Why does he do this?

The man is very short. Unless he has an umbrella or can ask other people to press the button for him, he can’t make the elevator go to the 12th floor.

Not Twins

A teacher enters the classroom and sees on the first row two students sitting next to each other, looking completely identical. She asks them if they are twins, but the students simultaneously reply that they are not. After checking in the records, the teacher furthermore discovers that the two children have the same mother and father. What is the explanation?

The students are three of a triplet.

Avoiding Bad Luck

You are walking alone on the sidewalk. There are no stars on the sky, no moonlight, all of the lamps on the street are broken, you don’t carry any source of light with you and there aren’t any cars or other people approaching. A silent black cat tries to cross your way, but you somehow spot it and turn around in order to avoid bad luck. How did you see the cat?

All of this happened during a day (which is cloudy).