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# Forty Cups

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If there are forty cups on the table and one cup breaks, how come there are 3 tea cups left?

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What does forty sound like?### Answer

There are 4 tea (For-ty) cups at first. When one breaks, there would be 3 tea cups left!Admittedly, this doesn't work when written, but go use it on your friend.

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## Comments

of course, the even cheesier answer would be that although there are forty cups total, only three of them are tea cups, and you broke one of the other 37 cups... =P hehehe...

you know verbal teaser never work

i got it! YES!

Perhaps the 4 cups had 40 cups worth of tea distrubited evenly between them and when one cup was destroyed, the cup loses all the 10 cups of tea or... Nvm...

i got this 1 easy 8P

If there were 4 teacups on the table and one broke, there'd still be 4 there--just that one of them was broken!

It could be because there were 40 cups made up of 3 tea cups and 37 coffee cups. One cup (a coffee cup) breaks so there are 3 tea cups left.

Oops! I've just realised I said the same thing as BlueTwo. Sorry. )

Thats a great teaser. The hint makes it too obvious, maybe you should rephrase the hint?

I thought there were forty cups and only four of them were teacups. I thought maybe some were tumblers, maybe some measuring cups.

That would be cute as a verbal teaser. I wouldn't say only 3 tea cups left though, just only 3 cups left. Otherwise it becomes too obvious.

YAYYYYYY!!!! I got my 20th one right! My goal is now 40.

I just read it aloud and got it right away, good one.

I thought there were like, forty cups (cups being a unit of measurement, like tablespoons), and those forty cups were distributed into four cups of tea. One broke, and there were three cups of tea left.

I think mine's a better one ^_^

I think mine's a better one ^_^

I go tthe same answer as bluetwo andd sir_col

Oct 09, 2004

thats like the first one i got that was so awsome!!

Dat was a little corny. Mayb not a good idea to tell your friends about, unless, u kno...if ur a geek or sumthin.

Oct 09, 2004

That was a good one.I am laughing my brains out.

I was also thinking that the rest of the cups besides the four weren't teacups. The hint might have gave yours away if I were paying attention.

I presumed that there were 40 cups of dried tea, strewn messily upon the table, but only 4 glass tea cups and only one of them broke...

How easy was this one? I loved it! Great work! Keep 'em coming!

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