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A Sack of Magnets

Situation puzzles (sometimes called lateral thinking puzzles) are ones where you need to ask lots of yes or no questions to figure out what happened in the situation. These are good puzzles for groups where one person knows the puzzle and answers the questions.

 

Puzzle ID:#33951
Fun:*** (2.48)
Difficulty:* (0.7)
Category:Situation
Submitted By:Stormcrafter*au****!

 

 

 



A man buys some magnetic spheres from a shop, cheap. He takes them home in their
bag, and pours them onto a table. They all roll around a bit, before finally
resting here and there. The man immediately knows he has a faulty product, even
though he hasn't even tried using them yet. Do you know how?





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Comments

Pizzazz2uAus*
Nov 14, 2006

If you know anything about the properties of a magnet and what makes them unique, then you should know the answer. Almost too easy! Keep trying!
Stormcrafter*au*
Nov 14, 2006

I know, I was overtired when I submitted this, and I know, it's horrible

Sent in more, better ones now
Brainy_1Aus*
Nov 14, 2006

I liked it!! It was easy and fun and sometimes thats what we (I) need!!! I think you did a great job! Keep up the good work!
KelbyAus*
Nov 14, 2006

Whee. I really liked this teaser. My friend had some of those magnet spheres once. They're fun to play with.
Stormcrafter*au*
Nov 14, 2006

Noo! Someone is correcting THIS one, too! I ask you, correcty guy - is it science that air is invisible? Is it science that water is wet? Is it science that magnets are, oh, magnetic?!

This is not a cience one

A science one is one where you end up baffled by random trivia mixed in with concepts that are either so easy you think what in the world is this about, ro so complex you flee!
reptile5000Aus*
Nov 16, 2006

STOP BEING SO DEFENSIVE, I LIKED IT, VERY EASY, BUT FUN

I DONT THINK THIS SHOULD BE IN SCIENCE EITHER, YOU LEARN THIS WHEN YOUR LIKE 4
vbguy101*us*
Nov 20, 2006

This might go in "Trick". People can easily forget a simple fact like this. The hint kind of gave it away.
Doctor_Lobe*es*
Nov 21, 2006

That was a bit on the too easy side.
kman613**
Nov 21, 2006

easy, but good, one
Cogmatic*de*
Dec 10, 2006

To whoever made this stupid riddle:

Magnets can also repel! Therefore, it is possible that the balls wouldn't connect if they had the same polarity.
Jimbo*au*
Mar 05, 2007

If they are magnets then they have to have a N and S pole. It would depend when they were tipped onto the table whether the like or unlike poles were juxtaposed. Some may or may not attract each other and some may or may not repel each other. Too random!
yergAus*
Apr 06, 2007

the table could of been magnetic
bookworm91**
Apr 17, 2007

Since some people forget that this is NOT science, but situation, they get very technical and write commets that seem logical at first glance, but are really full of holes.
Cogmatic: Don't be rude. If you have constructive critiscm, that's one thing. Don't say it's bad if you don't have a suggestion for improvement. And say it without negative adjectives. FYI, there are only negative and positive polarities, so they would clump together. The only time none of them would clump is if they are all the SAME polarity. There wouldn't have been much rolling action.
Jimbo: If you have ever observed a magnet (and when I was little, I was fascinated by them), you will know that the non-attracted poles spin away from each other. They aren't actually *pushed* away from each other, they just spin in one spot. So the spheres land on the table, and then they will clump almost instantly because that is how magnets work. The only time a magnet won't stick to another is if you HOLD them in such a way as to prevent them from spinning, and thus prevent the opposite poles from finding each other.
So in this scenario, all the spheres would clump almost instantly, except for the few that fall too far away to be attracted to the group.
That being said, this was a great teaser!
beyonce123*
Feb 14, 2010

I agree with bookworm, and I would like to tell yerg that it is could have, not could of. No offense, but I'm 9 years old and I know that
donaldtrumpetus*
Mar 19, 2013

Way too easy, but good teaser.



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