13 Brain Teasers to Stretch Your Mind

13 Brain Teasers to Stretch Your Mind


[Answers are at the bottom.]

1. The maker of this item doesn’t need it. The person who uses this item can neither see nor feel it. What is the item?

Everyone loves a good brain teaser–they’re a fun way to help you exercise your critical thinking skills, and they keep your mind active and sharp. Test your smarts with some mind-bending riddles – here are 13 fun brain teasers that will stretch your mind and give it a good workout.

2. What occurs twice in a week, once in a year, but never in a day?

3. Billy’s mother had three children. The first child’s name was April. The second child’s name was May. What was the third child’s name?

4. An employee at the butcher shop stands six foot two inches tall and wears size 12 sneakers. What does he weigh?

5. A man was kidnapped from his workplace. The suspects are John, Rick, Jason, Julie and Thomas. The numbers “1, 4, 9, 10, 11” are written on the victim’s desktop calendar. Who kidnapped the man?

6. A plane takes off from JFK Airport in New York. An intense storm develops, causing the plane to crash. Half of the plane lands in Canada and half in New York. In which country do you bury the survivors?

7. What can travel anywhere in the world while staying in a corner?

8. Which word in the English language is always spelled wrong?

9. A basket contains six apples. How do you divide the apples among six kids so that each kid gets an apple, yet one apple stays in the basket?

10. A sundial has the fewest number of moving parts of any timepiece. Which timepiece has the most moving parts?

11. What unique trait do all of these words have in common: banana, revive, voodoo, grammar, uneven, potato, assess, dresser?

12. A teenage boy who was just learning how to drive went the wrong way down a one-way street, yet he didn’t break the law. Why not?

13. A milkman has two jugs; one 5 gallon jug and one 3 gallon jug. How can he measure out exactly 1 gallon without wasting any milk?


1. A coffin.

2. The letter “e.”

3. Billy.

4. Meat.

5. Jason. The numbers “1, 4, 9, 10, 11” represent the calendar months of January, April, September, October and November. Take the first letter of each of those months, and it spells “Jason.”

6. Nowhere…they survived!

7. A postage stamp.

8. Wrong.

9. Give five kids one apple apiece from the basket, and then give the last kid the basket with the last apple still in it.

10. An hourglass, which contains thousands of grains of sand.

11. For each of those words, you can remove the first letter and put it on the end, and it will be the same word spelled backwards.

12. He was walking.

13. First the milkman filled the 3 gallon jug. He then poured the milk from the 3 gallon jug into the 5 gallon jug. He repeated this action one more time, this time stopping when the 5 gallon jug was full. The amount of milk remaining in the 3 gallon jug was exactly 1 gallon.

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