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Some easy ones for the weekend

Posted by DP on May 17, 2013 – 1:52 pm

1) My uncle on my mom’s side is an only child. Explain.
2) A man who runs in front of a car gets _____. A man who runs behind a car gets _____.
3) Everyday at a company of 100 people there are 99 vehicles in the parking lot. Each employee leaves their house in the vehicle they own. How is this possible?
4) If the sky is yellow and a banana is red, then what color is grass?
5) Is it legal to marry your Great-aunt’s only sibling’s granddaughter’s only cousin?
6) 1 + 1 = ? (hint: not 2)


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  1. 1. bob Said:

    1 he’s married to your mother’s sister and has no siblings
    3 two of them are married and share a car
    4 orange
    5 nope. That can be you, your sister, or your cousin. Great aunts only sister is your grandmother, her granddaughter is you(if you’re a girl), your sister, or a female cousin of yours. None of which are legal.’
    6 1+1= window

  2. 2. Chris Said:

    4. Green.
    6. 11 (?)

    (5. It is legal to marry a (first) cousin in many, if not most, countries. Not that I’ve any idea if that’s relevant).

  3. 3. Bekki Said:

    2) exhausted, exhaust

    6) 10, if you’re using binary.

  4. 4. Chris Said:

    3. one of the people lives at the workplace, and doesn’t own a vehicle.

    Inspired by Bekki
    5. exhausted, exhausted
    OR run down, exhausted.

  5. 5. JohnP24 Said:

    3. One person drives from their house to another employee’s house and gets into the 2nd employees car for the rest of the commute to work.

  6. 6. DP Said:

    Unlike a lot of the computational problems on this site, there may be more than one answer for some of these questions. I’ll just give the answers I have, but feel free to give youself credit for a reasonable alternate answer.

    1) My uncle on my mom’s side is an only child. Explain.
    bob (post #1) has it. My uncle is married to my mom’s sister. he has no siblings.

    2) A man who runs in front of a car gets _____. A man who runs behind a car gets _____.
    Bekki and Chris (posts #3 & #4) nearly had it. A man who runs in front of a car gets “tired”. A man who runs behind a car gets “exhausted”.

    3) Everyday at a company of 100 people there are 99 vehicles in the parking lot. Each employee leaves their house in the vehicle they own. How is this possible?
    bob (post #1) has the answer I was thinking. There is a married couple (who co-own a car) and ride together. Chris and John (posts #4 & #5) both have answers that I cannot say are incorrect.

    4) If the sky is yellow and a banana is red, then what color is grass?
    Yes, grass IS green. However, I was looking for “Purple”. I rotated a primary-secondary color wheel for this one.

    5) Is it legal to marry your Great-aunt’s only sibling’s granddaughter’s only cousin?
    This would be either you or your first cousin. It cannot be your sibling (as bob said) because it is someone’s ONLY cousin. I don’t believe you can marry yourself, and I haven’t been anywhere that you can marry your first cousin (and hope not to). Here in the states someone might make fun of a state south of their’s saying “they met their wife at the family reunion” or something to that affect. I think my wife once told me that in Illinois (where she is from) you can marry your first cousin if you are both over 65 or if one of you is proven ’sterile’.

    6) 1 + 1 = ? (hint: not 2)
    bob (post #1) has it again. When you draw it out on paper you can write that 1+1=window. My best (computer) representation is below. You first write “1+1″ very close, then add the “equals” lines above and below. I remember this from something like 2nd grade.
    ____
    |_|_|
    |_|_|

  7. 7. Chris Said:

    Hi DP. In the UK vehicles run on “tyres” not “tires”, so the pun doesn’t work here.

    After a quick Google, I get the impression that there aren’t many countries where you can’t marry your first cousin.

    The risk of genetic disorder in the offspring of first cousin marriages is (only) about twice as great as with unrelated parents. (The risk will get much higher if you are in a community with a lot of such marriages though).

    It is estimated that 20% of all couples worldwide are first cousins. It is also estimated that 80% of all marriages historically have been between first cousins.

    Albert Einstein and Charles Darwin married their first cousins. Both result in the birth of exceptional children.

    In some cultures, the term cousin and mate are synonymous.

    OTOH some of the illegal marriage combinations (in the UK at least) are weird and have no genetic relevance at all.

  8. 8. DP Said:

    The “tire” joke I have heard was spoken. It is (possibly offensively) told as a Confucius joke; “Confucius once say: ‘Man who runs in front of car gets tire’d’.”

    Fair enough on the cousin-marriage thing. I suppose it is looked at negatively around the Midwest (U.S.).

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