Think you’re clever? Time to find out.

It’s Monday. You’re feeling sluggish. You had such a relaxing weekend, so how are you supposed to get back into work mode again? (You could always take a break and check out our website some more, wink wink nudge nudge.)

We’ve all experienced this feeling at one point or another. Has your brain ever just felt so… slow? If yes, I have a solution for you! If not, I still have something that can make your brain sharper than it ever has before!

And the solution is so simple.

You’ll be able to amaze your friends with all your cleverness and feel as cool as this dog on a bike:

Anyway, this is what I’m talking about: brainteasers.

Yes, besides frustrating you to the point of no return, brainteasers actually do have a purpose! Even if you don’t get to the answer, making your brain work really hard will help you become even smarter by creating new connections in your brain’s nerves.

They’ll take less than 10 minutes. Just think of it as a break from the monotony that’s possibly going on in your day. Here, try these brainteasers I got from this website (the answers are at the bottom of this post):

  1. Frederick died after a long and productive life of 87 years, but this epitaph was written on his headstone: Frederick lived a good long life, he loved his children and his wife, he was honest, kind, and deserved nothing but praise, even if he only had twenty-one birthdays. How is this possible?
  2. Malcolm is the number of weeks of his father’s age treated as days and his grandfather’s age in months. All three of their ages add up to 120 years. How old is Malcolm, his father and his grandfather?
  3. It’s raining at midnight. Will there be sunny weather in 72 hours?
  4. The owner of the butcher shop is five foot ten inches tall, has brown hair and wears size 11 1/2 shoes. He is married and has two children, one boy and one girl. What does he weigh?
  5. Your doctor gives you three pills and tells you to take one every half hour. How much time will have passed by the time you’ve taken all three pills?

Don’t be discouraged if you can’t figure these out right away, or at all! Just the process of thinking about these and working through them helps your brain develop. If you like this type of content, just like our Facebook page to get these posts delivered straight to your newsfeed.

  1. Frederick was born on a leap year on February 29. So he only witnessed his true birthday 21 times.
  2. Malcolm is 6. The father is 42 (42 days = 6 weeks). The grandfather is 72 (72 months = 6 years).
  3. No, because in 72 hours it’s midnight again.
  4. The butcher weights meat.
  5. 1 hour. You take the first pill, wait half an hour, take the second pill, wait another half hour, then take the last pill.


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