When it comes to solving a riddle, a lot of people try using logic or common sense to try and figure out a pattern that will lead to a solution. But the only way of solving these riddles is by using an indirect, creative approach. So, try using a lateral thinking pattern, which in layman’s terms means looking at the puzzle in a new and unusual light to find your way out of confusion and towards a perfect solution.
The One Meter Delirium
In this case, size definitely does matter, especially when you’re trying to send something by mail that exceeds the postal service’s size limit:
“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?”
Answer: Boris placed the flute diagonally in a box of 1 meter by 1 meter. Such a box was accepted by the postal officials as its sides measured 1 meter. From corner to corner, it measured 1.414 meters: the square root of two.
The Problem With Kids
Having one kid can be troubling enough but having more than one can be a real brain teaser:
“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?”
Answer: They were not twins but triplets!
The Fifth Wheel
How in the heck can you stay dry when you’re not making any effort to get out of the rain? Apparently, you can, but it’s not the best scenario to be in:
“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.”
Answer: Four men were pallbearers, and the fifth one was in the coffin.