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


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Submitted By:GarrettPorter


How can you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it?

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Posted by jpfrank1 on Feb 10, 2005

i thought it was by wrapping the egg in bubble wrap or a pillow.

Posted by Acestudent04 on Feb 10, 2005

I liked it not one of my favs though.Keep up the good work!

Posted by castanz on Feb 10, 2005

Technically I think this one would fall under the joke category.

Posted by Acestudent04 on Feb 10, 2005

hey castanz dont you think it is really not a joke!

Posted by castanz on Feb 10, 2005

Never mind. The category is Trick. I guess I was...

Posted by Acestudent04 on Feb 10, 2005

now do you get it?

Posted by HughJazz510 on Feb 10, 2005

Pretty nice teaser.

Posted by Sane on Feb 11, 2005

What about:

A. You can't crack a raw egg itself.

(Take it out of the shell, you are still dropping a raw egg).

Posted by chuckelect on Feb 11, 2005

good one

Posted by GarrettPorter on Feb 11, 2005


Posted by on Feb 12, 2005

so just about any answer that involves an egg drop can be right since concrete is hard to crack

Posted by IMCUL4E on Feb 13, 2005

if you dropped it 1 cm from the air, that would work too.

Posted by doggyxp on Feb 13, 2005

That's what is so great about English - the language is vey ambiguous.

Posted by doggyxp on Feb 13, 2005

*very. Typo.

Posted by smatypants on Feb 14, 2005


Posted by on Feb 15, 2005

garrettporter, u should say 1 of ur answers in comment, since u didnt actually give an answer that answers the question. and its ur teaser.

Posted by Tree on Feb 17, 2005

I thought I wasn't going to like this one. It was the first trick I looked at.

Posted by texashorty4ever on Feb 17, 2005

I liked this one and thought that you did a good job. For anybody who did not get this you had to be a complete blond and if you thought that it was dumb then you prob. did not get it your self.

Posted by coughdrop777 on Feb 20, 2005

real funny!

Posted by marigold on Feb 21, 2005

HA! HA! HA... no.

Posted by JoHnM on Feb 21, 2005

Thats a good one!

Posted by p4karthi on Mar 14, 2005

This is nice and enjoyable

Posted by p4karthi on Mar 14, 2005

This is nice and enjoyable

Posted by froggygg on Mar 26, 2005

Now that was funny!!

Posted by koolkat57 on Mar 27, 2005

That was easy! Still, that was a real good 1!

Posted by deadeye823 on Apr 02, 2005

i thought it was by dropping the egg from about 1/2 an inch off the ground

Posted by Leviathan on Apr 18, 2005

woah, tricky

Posted by kcelf27 on Apr 30, 2005

I roll my eyes w/ laughter, That was very cute... I will tell my kid that one. It's always nice to have something 'safe' to make ya laugh that you can pass on to your kids!

Posted by shandela on May 07, 2005

in response I say, I bet I can jump higher than a house.

Posted by sweetime on May 24, 2005

damn science - when i was in year 8 (or something) we actually did an experiment that involved dropping a raw egg onto concrete to see if you could not crack it (the egg, not the concrete) - it is actually possible if you drop the egg on one of the "points" - difficult to do, but there you go...anyway, what i was trying to say is that the damn experiment sent me along the completely wrong path!

Posted by Kukmiester on May 30, 2005

Ha Ha Ha! I got that one!!!

Posted by on Jun 01, 2005

The ambiguity of English which is the key to the trick here does NOT apply. "onto a concrete floor" is a prepositional phrase and not part of the main clause, so "it" cannot refer back to it. "it" is a subject complement, meaning that it renames the subject of the sentence, in this case "egg." There is no ambiguity - "it" clearly refers to the egg and not the floor, and the trick for this riddle becomes null. Some might argue that pronouns refer to the last named noun in a sentence, but not in this case, because "floor" is part of a prepositional phrase.

Posted by blondecutie on Jun 01, 2005


Posted by Lunar_Light on Jun 09, 2005

I was going to say what fxman said.

Posted by silverblade987 on Jun 11, 2005

.... yeah, i was going to say what fxman said too....

Posted by zigthepig on Jul 03, 2005

i feel like a dumbbrain

Posted by tigershelton on Jul 12, 2005

Fun one.

Posted by gemini13 on Jul 13, 2005

Has anyone considered that the concrete floor has just been poured and it is still wet, therefore the egg would not break, just sink into it.

Posted by smarty_blondy on Oct 29, 2005

Very cute.

Posted by peppamintp on Nov 30, 2005


Posted by dude7 on Dec 28, 2005

How about...
A: Crack the egg first then trhrow it (you can't crack it, it's already cracked)

Posted by Jay_ on Feb 01, 2006

I agree with fixman

Posted by brandiMcBride20 on Feb 07, 2006

ughhhh,, got me....

Posted by Psychic_Master on Apr 27, 2006

castanz, there is no joke category. Besides, most trick questions are funny. Actually, there are two other ways you could have done it.

1. You could wrap the egg up. The teaser never said the egg wasn't wrapped up in something.

2. If you put an egg in vinegar, and leave it for a few days, it becomes bouncy. So that is another way this teaser could have been done.

Posted by Vudluxi on Jun 01, 2006

Very good

Why did the chicken cross the road? So he could drop an egg on concrete without fxman taking the humour out of the situation.

Posted by vbguy101 on Mar 04, 2007

Oh! I thought "it" was referring to the egg!

Posted by Smudge on Mar 04, 2007

how about:
Answer: drop it from a height of 1cm

Posted by Smudge on Mar 04, 2007

This is a stupid teaser!

Posted by cloughme on Mar 04, 2007


Posted by craniac on Mar 04, 2007

Ditto what fxman51 said.

Posted by lmurray on Mar 04, 2007


Posted by Tryer on Mar 04, 2007

Lighten up chaps, its a teaser!! and it teased me Nice to have a little light teasing now and again

Posted by jimbo58 on Mar 04, 2007

I'm new to this. Where do I click to rate a puzzle?

Posted by puttumup on Mar 04, 2007

well alrighty i think the jokes are on the other page..

Posted by doehead on Mar 04, 2007

( one word) STUPID

Posted by soccermip337 on Mar 04, 2007

I thought that "it" was refering to the egg too.

Posted by soccermip337 on Mar 04, 2007

I thought that that one was a little dumb. It was a trick queston. I'm new here, and I was wondering how I submit teasers and quizs'?
Today is my first day

Posted by bookwormRLB on Mar 04, 2007

HEHEH. My answer was to hold the egg only a quarter inch above the concrete floor and drop it. I doubt the egg would crack then.

Posted by Pizzazz2u on Mar 04, 2007

It was a trick question, so was referring to the concrete. This was an enjoyable teaser! It is too bad that some people, can only find reasons to not give someone a positive comment on their teasers. No matter, how good they can be! A very good teaser. Keep up the terrific work!

Posted by anion on Mar 04, 2007

It was a cool teaser. I think some people just like to ruin the fun of teasers. They are for fun. Not every teaser has to have perfect grammer. I liked this one.

Great job.

Posted by cnahorses on Mar 04, 2007

That is so funny! I enjoyed alot! Thanks!!!!

Posted by bradon182001 on Mar 04, 2007

Should have know when I saw it was a trick question. Good one, you got me.

Posted by Kyrin on Mar 04, 2007

In the context, correct english would have "it" referring to "egg" not "concrete." So really all this puzzle is is affirmation that perhaps your riddle skills and science skills are sharp, but your sense of grammar is idiotic.

Posted by OhEmGee on Mar 04, 2007

fixman51, why did you have to ruin the teaser? it was all just fun and games! just because you may have gotten it wrong doesnt mean you have to come up with some lame excuse and take the fun out!!!!!!!!

Posted by OhEmGee on Mar 04, 2007

also i thought it was a very good teaser and everyone who left a negative comment is practically insane! great teaser!

Posted by sftball_rocks13 on Mar 04, 2007

Fxman, why did you have to take the fun out of this teaser?

It's a great teaser, really tricky, it made me laugh

Can't anybody just enjoy a trick teaser and not try to take the trick out

Posted by OhEmGee on Mar 04, 2007

please please message me!!!!! im so bored! im begging you!!

Posted by masquerademe235 on Mar 04, 2007

ah- very good teaser- and tricky too!

Posted by dachshund2k3 on Mar 04, 2007

You need to add specifics, like dropping the egg from 10 ft. and the egg cannot be wrapped in anything (however this does not lead you to the answer).

Posted by superben on Mar 04, 2007


Posted by Aarghonauts on Mar 04, 2007

I liked this one A LOT!!!!! Made me smile which is always a worthy cause

Posted by jamy400 on Mar 04, 2007

nice one!! I got it after I saw the answer.

Posted by speedqueenkmw on Mar 04, 2007

Posted by auntiesis on Mar 04, 2007

I did not find anything wrong with the English, it was a trick !!! And it was a good trick. I had the wrong answer, but so what, I had fun. I thought that if you cracked the egg first and just dropped the egg and not the shell that would be the way to go.... Oh well, back to the drawing board. I just don't know why so many people are negative about a funny trick.

Posted by Quizme on Mar 04, 2007

I think Texashorty4ever is a blonde her or himself and didnt even get it right !!

well anyway i liked it and i didnt get it right !

Posted by feste on Mar 04, 2007

Love trick stuff. Reminds me: If a hen laid an egg and a half in a day and a half how long would it take a rooster to lay a doorknob.

Posted by phazt on Mar 04, 2007

well... i'm not too amused.. but I did learn to not assume the "it's" and feel the need to be more specific when I speak... or maybe i'll play the "it" game on some people. I'm half-amused.

Posted by basketballchica on Mar 04, 2007

Cute! that was fun and nicely worded!

Posted by jabdr on Mar 04, 2007

C'mon's a teaser and the category is 'trick'. So, no need to diagram the sentence....just look for the trick! It's cute .

Posted by ViaTunisi on Mar 04, 2007

Hmm... I didn't really care for this one. There were so many possible answers.

Posted by gaylewolf on Mar 04, 2007

I LOVED this one! It could be called a "trick question" and a great laugh!! Bookworm, I'm with you - re 1/4" distance from egg to floor. Kyrin - lighten up! Thanks for a light, bit of fun!!

Posted by katjojo on Mar 04, 2007

Ha Ha!!

Posted by FatHead on Mar 04, 2007

Real cute.

Posted by Snowlovers on Mar 04, 2007

meh. After coming up with about 10 answers i just clicked answer and found out that this was worded worse than it first appeared. I prefer teasers that can be answered.

Posted by Darkalyan on Mar 04, 2007

How about, smash it on the ground so it breaks open. It never actually cracked, but it did smash open!

Posted by acmetoaster on Mar 04, 2007

"Being intentionally unclear, then acting smug when you're misunderstood, is not cleverness."

Posted by on Mar 04, 2007

That was funny! The comments were also funny! Thanks.

Posted by LeafFan4life on Mar 04, 2007

(2 words) Very Stupid

Posted by on Mar 04, 2007

Sure was a cute one! Another oldie but goodie is take 2 cans of frozen juice, keep the lid on, it ain't messy. Or any 2 indentical cans. YOu will need a ruler and a table. Lay the can on its side on the floor, lay the can on the table standing up. Measure the distance from the top of the side of the laying can, and the opt of the can standing up. Now reverse the cans now the laying down can is on top of the table, so you are measuring from the side of that can, to the top of the can sitting on the floor. Why is there a difference in measurments? Nope, don't know the answer for that one either, BUT, its kept me wondering now for almost 40 yrs!

Posted by on Mar 04, 2007

Sure was a cute one! Another oldie but goodie is take 2 cans of frozen juice, keep the lid on, it ain't messy. Or any 2 indentical cans. You will need a ruler and a table. Lay the can on its side on the floor, lay the can on the table standing up. Measure the distance from the top of the side of the laying can, and the top of the can standing up. Now reverse the cans now the laying down can is on top of the table, so you are measuring from the side of that can, to the top of the can sitting on the floor. Why is there a difference in measurments? Nope, don't know the answer for that one either, BUT, its kept me wondering now for almost 40 yrs!

Posted by LeonRes-Evil2 on Mar 04, 2007

people either love this teaser or hate it. I think the teaser could have used elaboration. It feels like the teaser was cooked up in about 30 seconds, basing itself on wordplay, instead of knowledge. A 'raw' egg cannot be broken, anyways.

Posted by GobyDude on Mar 04, 2007

Stupid teaser. The question implied that you are trying not to crack the EGG, not the FLOOR.

Posted by cripple1315 on Mar 04, 2007

Dangling modifier

Posted by frozenrose_885 on Mar 04, 2007

well, my answer would have worked

Posted by statsporter on Mar 04, 2007

That's not the answer!
You drop it from a 1/4-inch height. It won't break. It's not a question of cracking the concrete.

Posted by samwise_jedi on Mar 04, 2007

Haha! I liked it. My answer would have involved the egg being a reptile egg, soft shelled, because it doesn't specify what kind of egg. Very good though! Can't those people not pick apart and analyze everything grammatically like that?

Posted by jcann on Mar 04, 2007

GobyDude--that's why it's called a "trick" question. There have been trick questions like that around for years, and I've never heard them analyzed like this before. I just got a good laugh out of it. You got me!

Posted by breathesunshine on Mar 04, 2007

I fell on the side of not caring for this one. It reminds me of the "groaners" my kids like to read from joke books.

Posted by elduce on Mar 04, 2007

I read a magazine article that said an egg can be dropped from hundreds of feet and, after being dropped, will absorb the impact and not break. I thought that was the answer.

Posted by peeve30 on Mar 04, 2007

Thanks for the effort on this one, but not my style....

Posted by scallio on Mar 04, 2007

That was hilarious!

I laughed out loud! Good one!

Posted by vlerma on Mar 05, 2007

It was good egg. JKJK I can't believe some of the sorehead remarks just because people refuse to admit they were tricked by thinking he meant the egg cracking. It said trick right at the top of the page, Good Job. Oh and for those who were totally obnoxious I am glad we have a place to vote "This is Offensive." I exercised my rights to so vote.

Posted by Barret on Mar 06, 2007

How about dropping the egg from a height of about 1/4" of an inch? There won't be enough velocity to crack the egg.

Posted by Qrystal on Mar 09, 2007

I also guessed that you just drop the egg from a low height (I said a couple millimetres though; metric rules! -- yes that was meant to be a pun.)

I vote for leaving the comments where people actively display their ignorance, because it shows quite accurately who was "had" by this teaser. Teehee!

I was "had". You got me. I thought it was hilarious though!! But I was a big fan of those groaners from joke books, and I bugged my parents with them like crazy!!

Posted by snoopunicorn on Mar 11, 2007

hmm i thot it would be to drop it from like a centimer off the floor

Posted by reptile5000 on Jun 16, 2007

drop the egg in bubble wrap, 1 centimeter over the ground

Posted by smartsandsoccer on Dec 17, 2007

You could have dropped an Easter egg

Posted by sweetpretty1 on Feb 08, 2008

Err... If this was the answer this wouldn't be in trick but i know how to do that, i think you put a raw egg in vinegar, then wait for a few days then when you drop it it bounces, Crack! the shell dissapears.

Posted by sashomarine on Jan 15, 2010

I was thinking along the lines of- Attach a parachute to the egg... But if that were the answer it wouldn't be in the trick category, now would it?

Posted by elentir on Mar 04, 2010

I think that any riddle in the 'Trick' category does not get a pass on obeying the rules of grammar. It is free to play on biases, assumptions, and such. But once you start violating grammatical or any other rules, then reason/logic no longer applies and any answer anyone, including the creator, gives is right and wrong.

For instance, the answer could also have been 'it's very hard to crack you' implying that the 'it' referred to 'you' in the sentence. Obviously this is ridiculous. Why? Because it violates the commonly accepted grammatical usage of 'it'. So why would it be anymore correct to assume 'it' refers to the concrete?

Finally, for everyone who is trouncing on those who are objecting to the teaser, we are not doing it out of spite or trying to create an excuse for why we got it wrong. We are doing it because we see a valid flaw with the teaser that should be addressed. This serves to make better teasers in the future, and hopefully teach others something that they may not have thought about or known to begin with. Criticism can be constructive and we rarely advance when all we receive is praise all the time.

Posted by doehead on Mar 04, 2010

6 years that this STUPID teaser has been published. The editors need 30 lashes with a wet noodle (change that to a hot poker).

Posted by patiencewithaP on Mar 04, 2010


Posted by bestgirl on Mar 04, 2010

Considering the initial criticisms this teaser received, I don't understand why it was used again, and yes, I got it easily. But the grammerians have a point.

Posted by Flamey500 on Mar 04, 2010

Nice and fun teaser!

Posted by gargph on Mar 04, 2010

I just said 'drop the egg a milimeter from the floor '

Posted by avonma on Mar 04, 2010

I thought about the concrete being too hard to crack; but I thought that was too easy...

Posted by avonma on Mar 04, 2010

I thought about the concrete being too hard to crack; but I thought that was too easy...

Posted by marie7771 on Jun 15, 2010

you could also drop it like a centimetre above the floor

Posted by GreenApples27 on Mar 18, 2011

That's clever! Don't listen to all the people talking about "it" referring to whatnot. It makes perfect sense how it is, and I enjoyed it.

Posted by Babe on Mar 04, 2013

It was funny the first time I heard it and the second and the third, ...Okay it is an old one, but still makes you smile. Looks like it was the first time for many!

Posted by cutebug on Mar 04, 2013

Very old,very easy,and very worn out.

Posted by HABS2933 on Mar 04, 2013

I thought teasers had to be original to be submitted? OR at least a source cited if you were using a previously published one. Not only has this riddle been around on Braingle for years, it is as old as time itself. I first heard this when I was about 5 years old. Didn't like it then, and still don't.

Posted by gaylewolf on Mar 04, 2013

I must have still been sleeping when I read this one, because I didn't figure it out and I LOVE jokes like this one. It's a good one to tell to my grandchildren. Beautiful, sunny day her - have a good one, everyone!

Posted by gaylewolf on Mar 04, 2013

oops! that's "here" !

Posted by iggy39 on Mar 04, 2013

A groaner for certain.

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