## Running a race

If you were running a race, and you passed the person in 2nd place, what place would you be in now?

You would be in 2nd. Well, you passed the person in second place, not first.

If you were running a race, and you passed the person in 2nd place, what place would you be in now?

You would be in 2nd. Well, you passed the person in second place, not first.

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Name the only sport in which the ball is always in possession of the team on defense, and the offensive team can score without touching the ball?

Baseball.

You see a boat filled with people. It has not sunk, but when you look again you don't see a single person on the boat. Why?

All the people were married.

Mr. Smith has 4 daughters. Each of his daughters has a brother. How many children does Mr. Smith have?

He has 5 children, all of the daughters have the same 1 brother.

If a farmer has 5 haystacks in one field and 4 haystacks in the other field, how many haystacks would he have if he combined them all in the center field?

One. If he combines all of his haystacks, they all become one big stack.

I may seem real yet I am not,
Once you're gone I'm often forgot.
Time here stretches and it shrinks,
It all depends on how you think.
I may be good, I may be bad,
I may be the same as one you've had.
What am I?

Dream

You draw a line. Without touching it, how do you make the line longer?

You draw a shorter line next to it, and it becomes the longer line.

I am seen in the water
if seen in the sky,
I am in the rainbow,
A jay's feather,
And lapis lazuli.

Blue.

Consider the following explanation for why 1=2:
1. Start out Let y = x
2. Multiply through by x xy = x2
3. Subtract y2 from each side xy - y2 = x2 - y2
4. Factor each side y(x-y) = (x+y)(x-y)
5. Divide both sides by (x-y) y = x+y
6. Divide both sides by y y/y = x/y + y/y
7. And so... 1 = x/y + 1
8. Since x=y, x/y = 1 1 = 1 + 1
8. And so... 1 = 2
How is this possible?

Step 5 is invalid, because we are dividing by (x-y), and since x=y, we are thus dividing by 0. This is an invalid mathematical operation (division by 0), and so by not followinng basic mathematical rules, we are able to get strange results like these.

Give me food, and I will live.
Give me water, and I will die.
What am I?

Fire.

A bird, squirrel, and a monkey are running to the top of a coconut tree to get a banana - who will be the first to get to the banana?

None – you cannot get a banana from a coconut tree.