Basic. Simple. Logic. And Wrong.

LA Dodgers, San Diego Padres, Baseball

Let’s fire up the brain neurons this morning.  Try the following simple puzzle:

  • A bat and ball cost $1.10.
  • The bat costs one dollar more than the ball.
  • How much does the ball cost?

More than 50% of Harvard, MIT and Princeton students gave the incorrect answers.  (Noted that Dad, Mom, Rachel were wrong.  Eric nailed it.  Mom blamed Dad for asking the question poorly which led to a argument.  Mom claiming this is additional evidence that Dad has a mumbling problem.  TMI.)

Go to Steve Layman’s Blog at Simple Questions. Wrong Answers. and he’ll point you to the answer.


Sources: Thank you Steve Layman for sharing puzzle. Thank you Mme Scherzo for sharing the image of three-year-old actor Christian Haupt throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ baseball game against the San Diego Padres, on September 4, 2012.

Comments

  1. Yes, I feel like an idiot. My response was that the ball was from Chicago.

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  2. I got it wrong, too!! But I have a good excuse–math is not my strong suit.

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  3. Yup, I was wrong…….

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  4. Phew… got it right, Dave… and math is not a strong suit, just lucky I guess..! 😉

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  5. Can you tell me where I can buy the bat and ball for 1.10 so I can sell them?

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  6. I must be the slowest of all because I know the answer and still can’t figure it out.

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  7. Yay for me. I got it right first time. 😀 I knew there was a trick, so thought carefully.

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  8. LaDona's Music Studio says:

    Fail. I am clearly overconfident and prone to place too much faith in my intuitions.

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  9. Oh drat! I always was a dunce at mathematics D: But my son he just got it right, so luckily for him he hasn’t inherited this particular blank from me.

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  10. Good thing I’m not in business!

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  11. Yup … I failed. And it took me awhile to figure it out even after reading the answer. Good thing I married an accountant!

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  12. I got it WRONG…and I’m usually good at that stuff. I’ll have to ask my super smart son and see what happens. 🙂

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  13. Good trick question, I knew it wasn’t a dime, but could not figure it out before I just had to ale a look and of course 5cents makes total sense 🙂

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  14. My husband, my son, and I all got it wrong. My husband and I got into an argument at first. He said I must have read the question wrong.

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  15. Yay. I got it right.

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  16. I got it wrong but I had a strong feeling that I am wrong 🙂

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  17. Paco Gonzalez says:

    Got it right! Easy.. 🙂

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  18. Alex Jones says:

    Ten cents for the ball… said my brain.

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