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The Breakfast Challenge

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Puzzle ID:#8081
Fun:*** (2.94)
Difficulty:** (1.5)
Category:Science
Submitted By:im_para_noid*****

 

 

 



You are enjoying your breakfast after having put some salt on your scrambled eggs when your nerdy brother presents you with an ice cube floating in a glass of water and a short length of string. He challenges you to remove the ice cube from the glass using the string without tying any knots. What strategy do you use to remove the ice cube from the water glass?





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Comments

Ember
Oct 23, 2002

very nice. I had everything but the salt part
adamant545
Oct 24, 2002

I KNEW IT HAD TO DO SOMETHIN WIT THE SALT
mastervivi131
Nov 16, 2002

You could always hold the string taut and knock over the glass, but that's not very scientific. Good teaser!
the_smart_one
Nov 23, 2002

That was kinda easy since I love doing that. I knocked over my salt once over my glass filled with ice cubes, so that's how I knew this.
melrfaz
Nov 25, 2002

why cant it be a nerdy sister?
Palsha**
Nov 26, 2002

I thought you could only use the string to get it out? Otherwise, you could have used lots more ways to get it out
doggyxpus*
Dec 16, 2002

really easy, but good. I already knew this trick. it's in most science experiment books.
megan
Dec 21, 2002

If you had to use the string only, ie. no salt, just place the string in the water, freeze the whole thing, then you can take the ice cube out.
im_para_noid**
Dec 21, 2002

yes, that might work, except how would you be able to freeze it if all you had was the string. No freezer, no snow no nothing except for the string.
doggyxpus*
Dec 22, 2002

i learned that in kindergarten. oh well, you can please somebody all of the time, but you can't please verybody all of the time. something like that.
Gmoney-Gdog
Dec 22, 2002

palsha, after u found out the answer, u could have looked at the hint, like i did. it said that u can use elements at your disposal other than the string, so u dont only have 2 use the string. gr8 1 para 8^)
scharfyAau
Jan 12, 2003

ok, but why would you want to put some salt on your scrambled eggs i just put ketchup lots o ketchup
scharfyAau
Jan 12, 2003

ok, but why would you want to put some salt on your scrambled eggs i just put ketchup lots o ketchup
jellybean
Jan 31, 2003

I woulda drunk the water, put the string around the ice cube n scooped it out but then thats just me.. grate teaser im_para_noid
heather777
Jun 07, 2003

I could swear that was on as told by ginger when my sister was watching it I saw that part
gerr2thegerr406*
Nov 16, 2003

There is another answer but it is kinda disgusting......I like this answer better though...it was pretty interesting.......
yaya
Nov 17, 2003

I learned this one when I was just a pup.
Golfman072**
Jan 03, 2004

Omeletes rules scrambled eggs drool.
Poker*us*
Aug 10, 2004

I think this was all just a plot to give you a salty drink.
I_am_the_Omega**
Nov 16, 2004

Hehe.. i didn't even think about the salt. My idea was to heat the cup, so the ice started to melt... then put the string on it, and put it in the refrigerator, so the ice formed over the string, and then pull it out ^_^

Either that, or use the force..
pianofoxAus*
Nov 16, 2004

I have heard that a lot so it was sper easy to me.
TiggrAus*
Nov 16, 2004

I'm sort of a science dork when it comes to certain things so, after about 10 seconds of thought...I got the answer. By the way...good one
passion**
Nov 16, 2004

this was a good one i knew it had something to do with the salt, after i read the hint, but i thought that the salt might get the string to stick on the ice cube. {not very intellegent, i know}
StepIntoNoWhere**
Nov 16, 2004

I didn't really like this one.. it was kinda good.. to logical though.. good job anyways!!
kittykat6792*
Nov 22, 2004

This is a good one! I enjoyed it and I think that it will help children that are in school. Keep up the good work!
usernameAhk*
Jun 16, 2005

oh...that is really cool and interesting. i'll really have to try that sometime.
great teaser!!
Bryko614**
Jun 18, 2005

nice and easy
RoboCop*
Jun 26, 2005

great teaser hope some more come in
marching_xc**
Jul 06, 2005

Why is the brother nerdy? THat's mean... But anyways that's clever, I should try it some time.
shenqiangAcn*
Sep 25, 2005

good idea
Spark*nz*
Nov 16, 2005

good teaser i really enjoyed it
SamratAin*
Nov 16, 2005

This was very easy. Its also quite an old trick.
Neways keep more of these coming
katzmeow*
Nov 16, 2005

Wow, I had never heard this one before, and I got it! Yay me, LOL!
I really enjoyed this one. Keep up the good work!
redraptor50*us*
Nov 16, 2005

Great one! As soon as I read it again and saw "salt" I knew the answer, only because this is the way I thaw out frozen meat! Keep these coming
bluehawk*us*
Nov 16, 2005

This was a good one Im para noid, very easy. The string and salt was a dead giveaway, it's something one would learn in K'garten . I enjoyed this one too much . great job Para noid. Keep them coming.
bluehawk*us*
Nov 16, 2005

p.s. does it matter who the nerdy sibling was??????????? I think not!!!!!!! Get a life, no need to pick apart everything here in "BRAINGLE". Remember it' s just for 'Fun"!!!!!!!!!
It's a entertaining "SITE" . Lets not forget that!!!!!!!!,
SIGNED "BLUEHAWK"
Brainy_1Aus*
Nov 16, 2005

I was going to use my fork that I was eating my eggs with or drink the water and dump the ice on the string! But, I'm just that way! Good science brain buster! Now, I'm hungry!
Splatt*cc*
Nov 16, 2005

Ooh, the fork. I never thought of that...

Actually, the rules were not rigid enough and the short string's length was not defined. I would just have made an ice hammock with my string, gathered both ends and lifted it out.

But all the different answers are fun. And why is it mean to say nerdy brother? I think nerds are cool and in fact, I prefer dating them to those... OTHER kinds of people.
bennyraw
Nov 16, 2005

I just streched the string out and knocked the galss over.
lindquist_25Aus*
Nov 16, 2005

LAME!!! Who doesn't know how to do that?
cassiemarkAus**
Nov 16, 2005

I liked it! I did that in 3rd grade for a science presentation. Very cool!
Krypton
Nov 16, 2005

Nothing in the challenge says you can't spill any water. Take the string, loop it around the glass and pull the glass over. It's a lot faster than waiting for the salt to work its magic.
kman613**
Nov 16, 2005

I'm a science nerd, so this was easy. But I love these types of trivia...
amyu05
Nov 16, 2005

I'm all for using the force too!!! But thats just me and my oppinion!!! I like it, it was fun!!! My plan was confusing, long and drawnout!!! But mine also involved dumping the glass of water over the nerdy brother !!! Snaps for you!!!
lorelle_b*us*
Nov 16, 2005

haha...lemee guess you have a little brother and he asked you to do this? good challenge, however! i knew it had something to do with the salt, but i'm no scientist
estatemgr
Nov 16, 2005

I did not find this one very entertaining, maybe it's too early in the morning for science. But, I give you thumbs up for adding the nerd. I love nerds! (In fact I married one!)
mischievousmiss
Nov 16, 2005

Maybe I'm just new to all of this, but I thought it was a good one. Made me think!!
choptlivvaAus*
Nov 16, 2005

Why not just dump all the salt in the water and wait for the ice to melt!!!! You can wrap the string around your finger (no knots!) to remind you to check back and see if the ice is melted!!

This one was actually pretty easy ... but since so few parameters were given, it was fun to see all the "other" ways people came up with!!
beethovenswigA*
Nov 16, 2005

easy but fun
Lady_LaniApr*
Nov 16, 2005

Great teaser. I also got this one, but it was still fun because it got me to think. Terrific job.
Chaney34*
Nov 16, 2005

What about just using two fingers? This was stupid
srichardson1066**
Nov 16, 2005

I liked it. I paid no attention in science class so the answer eluded me, although I knew it had something to do with the salt. Well done.
formation007*
Nov 16, 2005

Very nice teaser. Although i never got it, it was obvious that it had something to do with the salt. Oh and there is nothing in the question preventing me from directly taking the ice cube out with my hand. Since it is obvious you can not do that, it was a very good teaser and was a very informative and interesting fact. I certaily will be trying that tomorrow morning.
rkaalandAus*
Nov 16, 2005

Didn't quite think in that way but it definatly would work!
rookie
Nov 16, 2005

Why can't we use the string to tip the cup over?
mrticklesAus*
Nov 16, 2005

zzzzzzzzzz
realm2346*
Nov 16, 2005

At first, I thought "{just pull it out with string", but i knew about the salt trick too.
realm2346*
Nov 16, 2005

At first, I thought "{just pull it out with string", but i knew about the salt trick too.
realm2346*
Nov 16, 2005

At first, I thought "{just pull it out with string", but i knew about the salt trick too.
leroy_h*
Nov 16, 2005

it was too hard for me. although i knew salt had something to do with it.
wizkid**
Nov 16, 2005

I totally got this one. Great teaser.
rootsradical23
Nov 16, 2005

nice and easy just the way i like 'em!!
TheEarthling*no*
Nov 16, 2005

Relatively easy, but it was a fun teaser anyway.
shawneeo*us*
Nov 16, 2005

This was pretty easy for me, because I had heard of this and done it, although, it doesn't always work the way you want it too, sometimes the icecube doesn't stick long enough. If you can use other things that should be in the main body of the teaser, not in the hint, which is only read if you think you need it. Thanks, that was nice, I always appreciate these and those who write them. Some of you have been very mean and harsh in your comments about these teasers, STOP THAT! This is a family site and the teaser are written by members; it's mean and "little" to put people's efforts down so harshly. Thanks, I am paranoid!
POPSca*
Nov 16, 2005

SHOuld have got it BUT you got me I thought it had something to do with the salt but could not figure it out??????
eabreu92*us*
Nov 16, 2005

i thought that one would have to reach in and grab the ice OR drink the water....oh well...
sln03
Nov 16, 2005

I was thinking "pour out the water...duh!" Since it was a teaser, I thought it would have a dumb answer. That was way too scientific for an idiot like me!
mormangirl
Nov 16, 2005

why cant you just put your hand in the glass and pull out the ice cube and the string in your hand
spoiled_rotten*us*
Nov 16, 2005

i wouldn't have used the string at all. my fork would work just as well.
monkey93*us*
Nov 16, 2005

I like this one. I kinda knew how it worked though.
southerngirl13*
Nov 16, 2005

ok, 1st of all, since when are nerds cool? 2nd of all, I'm with the dude who said just reach in and grab it! I mean really! you ppl like to complicate things, don't you?
randomind223
Nov 16, 2005

wow i got that right even without the hint!!!
southerngirl13*
Nov 16, 2005

i knew it had something to do with the salt (that other comment was a joke if you didn't already get that) but I couldn't tell what! LOL
southerngirl13*
Nov 16, 2005

hey.... anybody? how do you submit a teaser? I have one but I can't do anything with it...

totally wondering
(user deleted)
Nov 16, 2005

Why not fish the ice cube out using the fork that you were eating your eggs with?
meme2559**
Nov 16, 2005

hey this would be a cool science fare project!
moimeme
Nov 17, 2005

COOL! So many other commenters must have had really good science teachers.I had no idea about the salt. I thought of drinking the water, then using the string as a loop with a twist not a knot. Love the fork suggestion, with the string,almost unnecessary, holding cube on.
Radhika
Nov 17, 2005

This was amazing. I guessed about the melting of the ice cube but u got me there with the method. I was even wondering that the salt might have a part in that but could not figure it out!!!On the whole I loved the teaser!!!!

Fame_Kraze*in*
Nov 17, 2005

ez ez ez ez ez
just kidding
tooooooo ez
Fame_Kraze*in*
Nov 17, 2005

u should know i'm not trying 2 b rude i'm just sayin what i think
asia91
Nov 17, 2005

SUX 2 the fullest potential!!! ppl plz come up with something challenging yet funny ok!!!

CONFUSED
DaddyDublin16us*
Nov 19, 2005

It really works!!! I had to try it after i read this!!! It WORKS!!!
litt1eME
Nov 27, 2005

good and easy.
hottiegurl99Aus*
Feb 18, 2006

i got it, it was funny
Jerrythellamamc*
May 20, 2006

I was thinking let the ice melt, then soak up the water little by little and squeeze the water out. It would work too =D.
OldChinaHand**
Nov 17, 2006

Ah, the old wet string and salt on the ice cube trick. Good one. Nice to see it again. Thanks.
cloughmeAws*
Nov 17, 2006

Cool!!! Did it in Jr High Science class.
lmurray*cn*
Nov 17, 2006

DEFINITELY, MIDDLESCHOOLISH.

EVERYONE AFTERMIDDLE SCHOOL IF NOT GRADE SCHOOL SHOULD KNOW THIS, SO WHY IF THIS SUITIBLE MATERIAL FOR THIS SITE?

SORRY, BUT THIS IS JUST TOO EASY, CUTE, AND INFORMATIVE, BUT I THINK WE ALL HAVE KNOW THIS FOR A GOOD MANY YEARS.
kistin14Aus*
Nov 17, 2006

Very easy. But fun!
coachpisco*
Nov 17, 2006

In this case (I can't believe it) I agree with Imurray
aranara89Aus
Nov 17, 2006

I'm sorry but I have seen that riddle a million times. Not very original.
schmedley9*us*
Nov 17, 2006

I have already seen this one. Sorry bout that.

-Schmeldey9
puttumupus*
Nov 17, 2006

that was fun. to easy tho
tpkarth*
Nov 17, 2006

Interesting.. for someone like me who forgot most of the science we learned at middle school...
nu_rob_roy*sx*
Nov 17, 2006

Most interesting, someone with 'zero' teasers telling someone with over 75 approved teasers what make a good teaser. Makes one wonder...

Teasers are for all levels, young and old alike, what's old and easy for one maybe new and challenging for others. It useful to look beyond one own nose from time to time, if one is able; pity if one can't.

I liked this one. I'll use it and share with my kids. Thanks.
Pizzazz2uAus*
Nov 17, 2006

Some of these teasers ARE getting to be quite too easy.... and here I thought this site would tickle our minds. This teaser is just 2nd hand knowledge, to me. My apologies for sounding harsh, but my goodness!1
Ginnykay
Nov 17, 2006

I remember this one from the way back never,never.
asupmdr*
Nov 17, 2006

This is a repeat from quite some time ago.
scallioAus*
Nov 17, 2006

I knew the answer immediately, but I still loved it! I enjoyed the fun story and reading it reminded me that I could do this experiment with my kids. They'll love it!

PWT227
Nov 17, 2006

Easy, simple science.
ciotogca*
Nov 17, 2006

Entirely too contrived - if you can use other elements at your disposal, then you can do just about anything.

I don't really like teasers that try to present interesting science in "teaser" form when the science doesn't readily conform.
ragdol13
Nov 17, 2006

yeah because we all didn't learn that in second grade.....
Blondie116*us*
Nov 17, 2006

Loved it!
locutus13dsus*
Nov 17, 2006

I seemed to remeber salt lowering the freezing point of water... so I knew it had to do with that.. good job
balrog*
Nov 17, 2006

Why wouldn't you just make a loop with the string and tip over the glass and the ice cube comes out. No stipulations were made on how to use the string or even if we needed to keep the water in the glass.
Punk_RockerAus*
Nov 17, 2006

There doesn't need to be a semicolon in the teaser's answer; it doesn't fit. Just making you aware of that.
katie4Aus*
Nov 17, 2006



just gotta love em
jabdrAus*
Nov 17, 2006

My, my. I'm surprised to read the comments from some normally rational, kindly users. It's a teaser guys! Not rocket science! Perhaps we should have a category called "mid-school science' then we can all enjoy and applaud a submitted and accepted teaser. (something I haven't tried)
I liked it Mikey..I really liked it )
ngalvin
Nov 17, 2006

So many of these comments make you sound like elitist snobs!
chill out and enjoy the fact that there is something for everyone.
bradon182001*us*
Nov 17, 2006

First time I've seen this teaser, but I did figure it out kinda.
Musikman212*ca*
Nov 17, 2006

I'm afraid I have to agree with lmurry too.
choptlivvaAus*
Nov 17, 2006

This is more a question than a comment.... with more than 10,000 teasers on this site (according to the blurb), why IS it necessary to use an old one for the "Daily Teaser"? Just curious if any of the eds have an answer....

Irregardless tho..... I find the rude comments unnecessary. If it bores you because you've seen it before..... then go to the next one.
wordmama*
Nov 17, 2006

I am totally NOT a science person. I don't understand why the water would refreeze after melting; there is no mention of using the freezer.

btw I AM a language person, and the semicolon is A-OK as used in the answer.
lindquist_25Aus*
Nov 18, 2006

Really, how has someone not heard of that before?!
natureluverca*
Nov 18, 2006

I've heard of that. Sorry. It's pretty famous.
blondebookwormAus*
Nov 18, 2006

cool teaser, but the salted eggs gave it away.
vlermaAus**
Nov 22, 2006

I too learned this a long time ago, but thank you for reminding me of fun with grandchildren.
QrystalAca*
Dec 14, 2006

Hehe @ elitist snobs. You folks are hilarious, but please note I laugh at you not with you. HA HA!

I knew this one really quickly too, from my experience as a nerdy science kid, so I cheerfully rated it as "easy" -- that's what that option is for, right?

NERDS RULE! (Sometimes with a slide rule.)
CatsAreCute**
Feb 28, 2008

This is too easy, I learned this in Preschool!
How is calling someone a nerd an insult, I take it as a compliment!
gargphtca*
Nov 17, 2009

Well now I feel stupid xD Never knew this, and I'm in a gifted class?!?!?!
leroyleroy*
Nov 17, 2009

I KNEW THAT SALT HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH IT---JUST DIDNT KNOW HOW..
doeheadAus*
Nov 17, 2009

Abe Lincoln and I learned this in 1st grade. Our teacher was Martha Washington.
doeheadAus*
Nov 17, 2009

I forgot to mention that SHANNMO has become the love of my life!!!!!!
shannmoAus*
Nov 17, 2009

i love ewe too
auntiesisAus*
Nov 17, 2009

I guess I must have heard this one before, because the answer poped right into my head. Very cute, especially for the kids. Thanks.
Jake10Aus*
Nov 17, 2009

Ive done that before.
hubbamutt777tus*
Nov 18, 2009

Megan, i thought the same thing, just put the string partway below the water, then freeze the whole thing and pull the whole chunk of ice out. great teaser.

-hubbamutt777
Babe*
Nov 17, 2012

That one is an oldie!
jaycr*us*
Nov 17, 2012

Imurrray and doehead have assaulted this one before.
HABS2933Aca*
Nov 17, 2012

This teaser is old, both the teaser itself and its appearance on Braingle, the comments go back more than 10 years. To borrow a line from Doehead AROB! I implore whomever is responsible for choosing the "Teaser of the Day" please pick among some of the more recently submitted material.
cutebugAus*
Nov 17, 2012

Happy 11th birthday to this extremely easy teaser. Nice play of words jaycr And habs nailed it also.



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