Friday, July 25, 2008

Jenny Hall, and a quiz!

I received an email this morning from my old friend Jenny Hall. She's a grown up now (does that mean I am too?!?!), with a different name and a gaggle of kids. We've lost touch a bit, my fault not hers. It warms my heart, however, to know that she's added my email address to her list of "people to send cute stories to." Isn't interesting how we "categorize" our email contacts? Some people receive pictures of kids and family news, others get internet links to touching news stories and YouTube videos (Jenny sent me the Christian the Lion video - how sweet!). Still others in our address books get "the jokes." How did we ever communicate before email???

Anyway, Jenny's on my mind, and I just knew I'd find something in Mom's archives involving Jenny. Here's a reprint of "From the Round Oak Table" on February 26, 1987. Please note, I first saw this and thought "oh, that's just like that quiz I got on email a few weeks ago." However, reading deeper, I realized that some of these "trick questions" posed a bit of a challenge, even for my clever-yet-worthless skill of usually not falling for crap like this.

Read on friends... can you get 100%?

From the Round Oak Table, February 26, 1987.

One of the people we depend on to keep us on our toes and make life interesting is Jenny Hall. She showed up not too long ago with an I.Q. test she'd been given in one of her classes by Mr. Hennigan, teacher and football coach at SEP. The test is very logical and there are no trick questions — so said Jenny who had a whee of a time taking JPK and I to the cleaners on this test. Following is the test...and the answers.



1. Do they have a fourth of July in England?

2. How many birthdays does the average person have?

3. Why isn't a man living in Altoona buried in Runnells?

4. If you struck a match and entered a cold room in which there was a kerosene lamp, an oil heater, and a stack of wood, which would you light first?

5. Some months have 31 days, others have 30; how many have 28?

6. If a doctor gave you three pills and told you to take one every half hour, how long would the pills last?

7. If a man builds a house in which all sides face south, when a bear walks by, what color is the bear?

8. I have in my hands two coins which total 55 cents. One coin is not a nickel. What are the two coins?

9. A farmer has seventeen sheep; all but nine died. How many lived?

10. If you took two apples from three apples, what do you have?

11. How many animals of each kind did Moses take on the Ark?

12. In Iowa, is it legal for a man to marry his widow's sister?

13. Mr. OLLIE LEE bought a new car. He asked, for license- plate number: 337-31770. Why?

14. A person had gold coins dated 46 B.C. Is this possible?

15. Two boys are playing ping pong. Each boy wins the same number of games, yet there are no ties. How is this possible?



1. Yes

2. One a year.

3. He can’t be 6’ under if he’s still alive!

4. The match

5. All of them

6. One hour

7. White (it would have to be a polar bear)

8. Nickel and 50-cent piece (ONE of the coins is not a nickel, but the other is!)

9. Nine

10. Two apples

11. Moses didn't take any animals on the Ark. Noah did!

12. Since the wife is a widow that means her husband is dead. Her dead husband can’t marry her sister!

13. It's his name upside down.

14. No coin could be dated B.C. — how would coin makers know when Christ would be born?

15. Each boy was playing different games.


Beware of the conversationalist who adds, "in other words." He/she is merely starting afresh.


1 comment:

Heather said...

Welcome to the SITStahood!