The coffee

The coffee While eating out, my brother-in-law Paul found a fly in his coffee. After taking the cup away, the waiter came back with a different cup of coffee. My brother-in-law got upset and returned it, saying that the coffee in the second cup was the same as in the...

The dream

The dream The director of a large company asks the security guard working the night shift to call him a cab, because he needs to take a red-eye flight to New York. The guard tells him not to board the plane because he just had a dream that the director would have an...

How much did each have?

How much did each have? High finance in the kindergarten: Sheree and Tyler’s play-store was doing well. Sheree, the more successful shopkeeper, had 75¢ in play money plus 75 percent of what Tyler had. The poor unsuccessful salesman had 50¢ in play money plus...

The piggy bank

The piggy bank You have stealthily raided your small child’s piggy bank. You feel slightly guilty as you count the money you have the same number of dimes and quarters, totaling exactly $2.45. When you turn honest and put it back, how many of each coin will you...

Maria’s age

Maria’s age When Maria went to get a passport, she had to give her real date of birth, but under all other circumstances she refused. When somebody asked how old she was, she said she was twenty-one, mentally omitting all Sundays. Sundays she didn’t work, so...

Occupations

Occupations Mr. Carter, Mr. Flynn, Mr. Mime, and Mr. Savage serve the little town of Milford as architect, banker, druggist, and grocer, though not necessarily respectively. Each man’s income is a whole number of dollars. The druggist earns exactly twice as much...