Category: Brain Teaser

Increase Brain Power

It seems brushing one’s teeth is not only for health and hygiene reasons, it is so much more.

Brain Power

Increase Brain Power

There are also some research about the effect of chocolates to brain power.  Apparently the flavanols in cocoa can increase cognitive abilities, allowing for multitasking, i.e. ability to perform two or more tasks at a time.


The Riddle of the Coconuts

A carabao-drawn cart loaded with freshly harvested young coconuts from barangay Nabbuan, Santiago City

A carabao-drawn cart loaded with freshly harvested young coconuts from barangay Nabbuan, Santiago City Photo:

The story below is from a book, which is currently available through Project Gutenberg.

The book is entitled Philippine Folk Tales written and collated by Mabel Cook Cole.  I have adapted it a little bit and used coconuts rather than the unfamiliar (to me anyway) cocoanuts.  The story came from the Tinguian tribe.

The Man with the Coconuts

One day a rather enterprising Manila boy, who was on vacation in Bacolod  borrowed his grandfather’s cart and carabao  to gather coconuts from their farm to sell in the market for some money so he can paint the town red later that evening with his friends.

This rather spoiled man was very sure of himself and thought that what he was about to do is really a doddle.  Nothing to it at all.  Just load the cart with coconuts and deliver them to the market.  Easy peasy, quick money.

Loading the cart with coconut was easy enough; it was pretty easy that the man kept loading the cart with more coconuts that it could really carry, more than enough to challenge the poor carabao’s pulling prowess.

He was no more than five minutes in his journey when he met a local boy.  He asked the boy the quickest way to the market.

“If you go slowly,” said the boy, looking at the load on the horse, “you will arrive very soon; but if you go fast, it will take you all day.”

The young man found this cryptic advice very puzzling but thought nothing more of it.   He reckoned the  boy was talking stupid nonsense, probably been too long in the sun. 🙂

With a purposeful slap of his whip, he hurried the long suffering carabao along.  But the coconuts started falling one by one.  He had to stop to pick them up.  He then hurried the carabao to make for lost time.  But the more they move faster the more coconuts fell off, which he had to pick up.  This happened several times.

It was nearly the end of the market day when he arrived at his destination.  At this time he was so tired and weary that all he wanted was to go home, have some supper cooked by his grandmother and then go to bed.

He certainly learnt something that day. A slower pace is not always a bad thing.

Why Was the Wife Slained?!!!

This conundrum has been puzzling me to the point that my logical mind and keen eyesight have been well and truly stumped. I would therefore appreciate your input in solving this mystery.

I found this photo in Facebook with the following scenario added to it:

A guy came back home from a business trip to his beautiful wife. He clicked this picture of hers as soon as he got back. After a few days he killed his wife and put this photo in her pocket after killing her!! During his trial, he said that he killed his wife because she was cheating on him. The prosecutor asked, “What proof do you have?”
The husband said, “That photo is the proof. Look carefully.”

Question: What did the man see in the picture that made him kill his wife?


What do you think is in the photo that prove beyond any doubt that the wife was having an affair?

Monday’s Conundrum

monday(3)Below are some fun stuff for your to puzzle out this beautiful Monday morning (or summer afternoon!)

To check for the answer, highlight the space directly after each puzzle!



How do you spell “blind pig” in two letters?

P G—pig without an I!

When is a soldier like a carpenter?

When he is going to drill.

What word is it which, by changing a single letter, becomes its own opposite?

United; untied.

What is the best way of making a coat last?

Make the trousers and waistcoat first.

What makes a pet dog wag his tail when he sees his master?

Because he’s got one to wag.

The Hidden Tiger (Panthera tigris)

Below is an optical illusion Tiger test.


Within the picture is The Hidden Tiger. Can you find it?



Tigers are truly magnificent and majestic animals. They seem to me to exude power and strength  even when at rest or still.  It is sad that they are endangered in their natural habitat. Humans are the worst predators on this planet. 🙁

Tigers, like some hunters, only seek prey for food and survival for themselves and their cubs.  So called human hunters mainly want the tiger for its skin, fur and other body parts to sell as so called ‘medicine’ or luxury rugs & cloth etc., all for profit.

Their habitat: the forest, the jungles, the woods, etc.,  are also being cleared and destroyed in the name of human progress to obtain lumber from dwindling trees, and to make space for settlements and farms.

If lions are the king of the African plains, then the tigers are the king of Asian forests.

Below is one of my favourite poems, we learned at school and imagined the wonderful words into a mental picture of this superior cat.

The Tyger


Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
In what distant deeps or skies.
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand, dare seize the fire?
And what shoulder, & what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?
What the hammer? what the chain,
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp,
Dare its deadly terrors clasp!
When the stars threw down their spears
And water’d heaven with their tears:
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?
Tyger Tyger burning bright,
In the forests of the night:
What immortal hand or eye,
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?
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