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2000 Push-ups

Trick brain teasers appear difficult at first, but they have a trick that makes them really easy.

 

Puzzle ID:#11514
Fun:*** (2.87)
Difficulty:** (1.1)
Category:Trick
Submitted By:PebblesExtreme****
Corrected By:tedger

 

 

 



Jon and Bob were betting on a baseball game and Bob lost. To get back at him he bets Jon.
Bob says, "I bet you I can do two to three thousand push-ups in 10 minutes."
Jon says, "Fine, let's see it. You couldn't possibly win that bet."

Bob won the bet. How is that possible?


Answer

He did two push-ups, since it is worded that he can do 2 - 3000, but Jon thought it was 2000 - 3000.
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Comments

horse_luverAca*
Apr 12, 2003

Two thumbs up!
Whacko1*
Apr 16, 2003

Fun, but VERY easy!
singcan*
Apr 18, 2003

I luve it...............stumped me
singcan*
Apr 18, 2003

I luve it...............stumped me
desilu72
Apr 20, 2003

Tee-hee.
smart432890
Apr 29, 2003

to easyyy
(user deleted)
Apr 30, 2003

This is one of those teasers that works much better when they are said aloud. When I saw it written, I guessed it right away. However, it stumped my hubby when I repeated it to him. So, good work.
(user deleted)
May 16, 2003

hehe kool! i guesed it right away though.....
rose_rox*ca*
Sep 18, 2003

clever!
Tongue-TwisterAus
May 30, 2004

That is really easy, I rated it the lowest (easy) but I put the fun rating full. I think you're a great Teaser-Teller (lol)
sweetime**
May 25, 2005

ah see i decided that each push up was worth 1,000 (because the word "thousand" was after the "two" and the "three", i read it as "i can do two to three 'thousand pushups'")
trickster2005Aus*
Jul 18, 2005

love it!!!
puppygirl1213Aus*
Aug 09, 2005

Loved it. I would probaly on the lower end of that scale.
shortstopsmile
Jan 10, 2006

I got it immediately. I guess I look at things too literally. Well, that is what happens to people who write a lot......
calmsaviorAus*
Sep 18, 2006

a classic
Icecream-Queen*us*
Nov 27, 2007

HAHA!!!
drwdrwAcn*
Aug 11, 2008

here2A*
Jan 25, 2009

very nice. off to go bet my nephew.
june12Aus*
Apr 05, 2009

clever and i must use this bet on my husband
Nerd2tus*
Apr 30, 2009

I SHOULD HAVE CAUGHT THAT!!!!
comeonca*
Apr 15, 2010

This was on a Dilbert commic strip about a month ago cool.
doeheadAus*
Apr 15, 2010

This is a very old riddle. Quite easy when you've heard it hundreds of times.
feste*
Apr 15, 2010

A "trick wording" puzzle; reminds me of "if it takes two men a day and a half to dig a hole and a half, how many men does it take to dig a half a hole?"
bradon182001*us*
Apr 15, 2010

Tricky, tricky. Thanks for posting.
auntiesisAus*
Apr 15, 2010

Very funny Feste ! Good teaser, but easy.
patiencewithaP*us*
Apr 15, 2010

Fun...heard it before but still fun!
sunnybonghits*
Apr 15, 2010

easy but cute.
thebrain789tus*
Jun 16, 2010

Got it straight away.
Joose**
Nov 04, 2012

Easy, but I loved it. Also a good idea - I kind of want to make this bet with my brother.
Babe*
Apr 15, 2013

A real oldie!
bababawhompAus*
Apr 15, 2013

Heard this kind of question a lot so it was really easy. It's a good question but it's probably getting a little old.
HABS2933Aca*
Apr 15, 2013

I have never heard this particular teaser but have heard ones quite similar. As noted above, this works better verbally than in written form. Still a good teaser, and could fool some people.
NVL9758*au*
Apr 15, 2013

That was really clever! I nevert hought of that!
cutebugAus*
Apr 15, 2013

A very old play of words.



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