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AN EAR OF CORN.

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If nine thousand, nine hundred nine dollars is written as $9,909, how should twelve thousand, twelve hundred twelve dollars be written?

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It should be written as $13,212.

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A fruit farmer was waging war against the blackbirds that were constantly sampling his cherry crop. One day Harry noticed 16 blackbirds dining on his favorite cherry tree. Determined to teach the birds a lesson they wouldn't soon forget, he got out his shotgun and blasted away at them. Although the farmer only managed to hit one of the birds, he did succeed in blowing it clean out of the tree. How many birds are now left in the tree?

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"NONE!" There should be no bird left on the tree.

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What do you throw out when you want to use it, but take in when you don't want to use it?

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An Anchor!

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What won't break if you throw it off the highest building in the world, but will break if you place it in the ocean?

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A Tissue.

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King Fred loved the sight of women so much he decided to pass a law that would ensure the birth of even more females. The law he decreed stated that every couple was to have children until they had a boy, and then they were to stop procreating. What effect would this have on the proportion of males and females to the population?

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"None!" Assuming that in every birth there is a 50/50 chance of having a boy or a girl, if 100 women have children, the odds are that there will be 50 boys and 50 girls. Therefore, according to the law, only the half who had girls could continue to bear children. Out of that half, there will be an equal number of boys and girls produced. In the third round, the same odds will be repeated until the population is in the same proportion it was before.

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A wealthy man named Richard Ellis had been counting his money. When he finished, he accidentally left a $100.00 bill on his desk. But when he returned for it a short while later, it was gone. Only two other persons could have seen the bill. One was the maid; the other was the butler.

The maid told him that she had hidden it for safekeeping under a green book that was on the desk. But when they looked the bill was not there.

The butler said he had found the bill where the maid had left it. He had placed it inside the book, where he thought there was less chance that somebody would find it. He had written down the page numbers so that he would not forget them. The bill was between pages 35 and 36, he said. But when they looked, there was no money in the book.

After Mr. Ellis had talked to the maid and the butler, he called
the police. He was sure he knew who had taken the money. Who was
it, and how did he know?

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The butler did it. Mr. Ellis knew the butler was lying because
pages 35 and 36 in a book are always printed on opposite sides
of the same piece of paper.

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Dandy Dan is a used car salesman. He sold half his cars plus one more to
his first customer of the day. To the second customer, he sold half of the
remainder plus one more. To the third customer, he sold half the remainder
plus one more; and to the fourth customer, he sold half the remainder plus
one more. Dan was now the proud salesman on an empty car lot. How many cars
did Dan have for sale at the start of this fantastic day?

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"Thirty!" The trick is to work backwards. On his fourth and final sale he
sells half of his remainder plus one more, leaving him with zero. Therefore
we know that he sold one plus one more on the fourth sale. On the third
sale he sold half of six, plus one more which left him with two for the
fourth sale. One the second sale he sold half of 14 plus one more which
left him with six for the third sale .Therefore, one the first sale he sold
half of of 30 plus one more which left him with 14 for the second sale.

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A thief sneaks into a museum to steal an 18 ounce gold bar.
The bar is on a pressure sensitive plate. Prior to the
burglary, the thief stopped by a local science supply shop
and purchased an 18 ounce lead weight. He swaps the two
quickly, a la Indiana Jones, only to be surprised by the
alarm. Which weighs more 18 ounces of lead or 18 ounces of
gold?

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The 18 ounces of gold weigh substantially more than the 18
ounces of lead. Unlike the classic "pound of feathers vs.
pound of bricks" trick, there is a difference- not in
physics but units. Gold is commonly measured in troy ounces
which is 31.103 grams metric. This is compared to a normal
(avoirdupois) ounce which is 28.350 grams

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Pronounced as one letter,

And written with three,

Two letters there are,

And two only in me.

I'm double, I'm single,

I'm black, blue and grey,

I'm read from both ends,

And the same either way.

What am I?

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An EYE.

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