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10 Great Riddles That Will Make You Think Outside the Box

Most people think using a standard thinking pattern, and this makes it difficult for them to see any other solution other than the obvious one.

But some people think in a more creative way because they have developed lateral thinking skills. Let’s check how developed your lateral thinking is! Bright Side offers you some riddles that will test your ability to think differently.

1. The man in the elevator

A man lives on the 10th floor of a building. Every day he takes the elevator down to the ground floor to go to work or to go shopping. When he comes back he takes the elevator to the 7th floor and then takes the stairs to reach his apartment on the 10th floor.

Why does he do so?

2. The Mongolian postal service

The Mongolian postal service has a very strict rule about items being sent: their length must not exceed one meter. Longer items must be sent by private services which is more expensive, plus they often lose parcels and packages. Boris had to send his valuable possession — an ancient flute — through the postal service. Unfortunately, it was 1.4 meters long and could not be disassembled. It was one long hollow piece of ebony. Eventually, he sent it through the Mongolian postal service. What did he do?

3. Death in a field

A man is lying dead in a field. There is an unopened package next to him and no other creature around. How did he die?

Hint: The man knew he was going to die as he approached the surface of the earth.

4. Anthony and Cleopatra

Anthony and Cleopatra are found dead on the floor of a villa in Egypt. There are pieces of broken glass nearby. The only witness is a dog. They were not poisoned and there were no marks on their bodies.

How did they die?

5. The coal, the carrot, and the hat

Five pieces of coal, a carrot, and a hat are lying on the lawn of a garden. Nobody put them there, but there is a perfectly logical reason why they are there. What is it?

6. Trouble with sons

A woman gave birth to two sons who were born in the same hour of the same day of the same year. But they were not twins.

How could this be?

7. The man and the car

A man pushes his car. He stops in front of a hotel, and at this very moment he goes bankrupt.


8. Adam and Eve

A man dies and goes to heaven. There are thousands of other people there, and they are all naked. He looks around to see if he can recognize someone. He sees a couple and somehow realizes immediately that they are Adam and Eve.

How come?

9. Five men

Five men are walking. It starts to rain. Four of them pick up the pace. The fifth man makes no effort to escape the rain and stays dry. The other four, on the contrary, get wet anyway. The five arrive at their destination together. How could this be?

Hint: Not all of them went there by foot.

10. World War I

At the beginning of World War I, the uniform of the British soldiers included a brown cloth cap. As the war went on, the British officials became more and more concerned about the growing number of soldiers suffering from head injuries. They decided to replace the cloth cap with a metal helmet. However, to their surprise, the number of soldiers with head injuries grew even more, although the intensity of the battles was the same before and after the change. So why did the number of head injuries per battalion increase even though all the soldiers were wearing metal helmets instead of cloth caps?

Based on materials from El Confidencial
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