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Snip, Snap at the Shoe Shack!

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

 

Puzzle ID:#28360
Fun:*** (2.86)
Difficulty:** (1.97)
Category:Trick
Submitted By:Swordoffury1392*us******
Corrected By:Swordoffury1392

 

 

 



Witty Will gets a job at a newly opened shoe store called Shoe Shack. His infamous brother, Arrogant Arnold, decides now he can reap up on his brother's benefits and get himself new shoes, since his old Nikes for Tykes were getting way too babyish for him. One day, Arnold decided to go to Shoe Shack and ask his brother to get him some real Nikes for half price!

After his long pleading, Will made a deal with his brother. If Arnold could answer Will's question, he would let Arnold use his employee benefits, but if not, Arnold would have to give Will ten bucks.

First, he gave Arnold one shoe which was tied and said to him, "Think about this; you HAVE to do it in your head. If you cut both loops of this shoelace, how many pieces of shoestring do you have in your hands?"

Obviously, Will got ten dollars richer, but can you answer his question? (No cheating, do it in your HEAD!)





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Comments

achnid*us*
Jan 30, 2006

actualy I disagree. He's holding the shoe not the string. even with the string cut. When its cut and still tied the pieces still stay attatched to the soe and he is still holding just a shoe. It just has more pieces of string on the shoe.
Swordoffury1392*us*
Jan 30, 2006

The question was how many pieces of string he would have in his hands, not how many pieces of string.
Swordoffury1392*us*
Jan 30, 2006

sorry, i meant how many pieces of SHOEstring he would have not just string
xolilangel827oxAit*
Jan 30, 2006

also if they were tied in a regular bow he wouldnt be holding any since they are still tied in the knot!! good one though
WJSMama**
Jan 30, 2006

haha That was great. I love it when I don't notice that it's a trick question, because it always makes me laugh
piglet1098*us*
Jan 31, 2006

oh man u got me on that one. it was so simple.im embarassed
smartstuff8664*us**
Jan 31, 2006

snip snap at the shoe shack five times fast! HA I said it!
Punk_RockerAus*
Feb 03, 2006

Hmm...I said none, because I didn't think he was holding it. But it's a good teaser anyway.
(user deleted)
Feb 04, 2006

it was ok but it was kinda borning
soccer_chick70Aus*
Feb 04, 2006

loved the teaser... way cute...

and to the Hint/Bonus: I can do it! see? thetitlethetitlethetitlethetitlethetitle

hehe! I've got my own little trick there!
soccer_chick70Aus*
Feb 04, 2006

OR!!! you could say "the title five times fast"
Swordoffury1392*us*
Feb 04, 2006

lol
I didn't think of that!
the_names_bruce
Feb 05, 2006

nice
Ationsong**
Feb 11, 2006

virgo51210Aus*
Feb 11, 2006

istill dont get it...
Swordoffury1392*us*
Feb 12, 2006

Virgo, he did the whole thing in his head, so since he didn't actually cut anything he still actually only had the one piece of string he started off with. Hope that clears it up!
fezface**
Feb 24, 2006

THAT WAS AWESOME!
thimblenogginus*
Feb 25, 2006


He was asked to think in his head what would happen IF he cut the string, and IF he cut the string he would have three pieces in his hand. IF. Of course he didn't.
IMCUL4E*us*
Feb 28, 2006

OOH! OOH! the shoe was not necessarily in his hand! therefore, he would have NO pieces in his hand!
shadow-x*us*
Feb 28, 2006

gosh that hint was mean i couldnt do it o well and i did get it right tho.
Swordoffury1392*us*
Feb 28, 2006

Actually, IMCUL4E, it says in the teaser that he gave Arnold a shoe, so sorry!
IMCUL4E*us*
Mar 04, 2006

hmmm... aHA! he set it down on a table!!
vikingboyAus*
Mar 10, 2006

To me, he either has no strings because he did it in his head, and is just holding a shoe. Or, he has three, because it says "if you cut..." so he'd have three pieces in his mind.

He wouldn't have just one in any case.
I smack my brother with the shoe if he tried this on me!
king_leonardau*
Mar 22, 2006

vikingboy ur strange u always leave this huge message thing... oh yeah the teasr was funny!!! i lyk these kind
PS it isnt thatr hard to say the title 5 times fast
(user deleted)
May 06, 2006

ya totally didnt understand....why would how many shoe strings he had in his had have any thing to do with being in his head and like other people said it was still tied..it was connected to the shoe not his hand
DufusXus*
May 13, 2006

I actually did the problem and the answer i got was three.
prettyinpinkxo9
May 15, 2006

Ha! that was sooooo funny, keep up the good work
dolphingurl12Aus*
Jun 18, 2006

I loved it, especially the hint!
reptile5000Aus*
Nov 10, 2006

YOU HAVE TO GET IT WHERE THERE ARE NO OTHER POSSIBILITIES, LIIKE IT "COULD" BE IN HIS HAND, OR HE "COULD" HAVE CUT IT DIFFERENTLY, ETC.
soonitwillendAus*
Dec 20, 2006

Reptile, all possibilities ARE eliminated.
He was GIVEN the shoe. If you are given something, it means you have it.
He has to CUT BOTH LOOPS.
The only two loops are the ones to be cut.

To everybody else: If you are holding something that has something on it, you still are holding that item! And besides, who's to say he's not holding it by the laces? That's most likely how I'd hold it.

I think it is a very good teaser, I enjoyed it.
Swordoffury1392*us*
Dec 20, 2006

Thanks! Glad you liked it.
1smart_okieAus*
Oct 06, 2007

I don't get it!
zeepuzzlemasterca*
Jan 03, 2008

I don't really like it

It could also be zero (he's holding his shoe)

It could also be three (if you actually did it)

But I don't think that it could be one (because IF he did it how many WOULD he have not does he have).

(user deleted)
Feb 25, 2008

Bad question

The answer IS 3.

The question says "IF you cut both loops of this shoelace, how many pieces of shoestring WOULD you have in your hands" Not how many DO you have. You would have 3 pieces tied together.
Swordoffury1392*us*
Mar 24, 2008

you know what, i completely agree. I shall change it!
quintopia
Feb 05, 2009

I still think it's written wrong. It should read: "Imagine that you cut both loops of this shoelace. Now how many pieces of shoelace are there on the shoe?"



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