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20 Feb 5 Brainteasers That Force You To Shift Your Perspective

In 2000 the average attention span was 12 seconds, now it is 8, shorter than a goldfish. People spend an average of 7.4 hours a day in front of a screen. Work, social media, games, tvs and smartphones now dominate people’s daily lives. And when you can just Google it the answer is always available in seconds.

But how does that affect your ability to problem solve, think creatively and look at things from a different perspective?

Your brain, like your muscles, needs to be exercised to keep it sharp and healthy. By challenging yourself regularly, you can boost your cognitive function, improves your memory and reduce the decline of aging.

So, how well is your mind working?

Let’s look at 5 brain-benders:

These will show how our preconceived notions, and what the brain wants or expects to see, affects how we make decisions and problem solve.

If you don’t immediately know the answer, I suggest instead of jumping to find out, sit with it for the day. Try to see if you can think about it from a different perspective and give your brain a really good workout.

  1. How many seconds in a leap year?

  2. Which direction is this bus headed?Yellow Bus Which Direction is it Heading?

3. A police officer saw a truck driver clearly going the wrong way down a one-way street, but did not try to stop him. Why not?

4. A woman gave natural birth to two sons who were born the same hour of the same day of the same month of the same year. But they were not twins and she had no access to a time machine. How could this be?

5. A man stands on one side of a river, his dog on the other. The man calls his dog, who immediately crosses the river without getting wet and without using a bridge or a boat. How did the dog do it?

Answers Below: 5 Brainteasers That Force You To Shift Your Perspective (1)


  1. Since this is a leap year, there are 31,622,400 seconds.  But if you look at another meaning of the word second, then there are only 12 in a year.  January 2nd, February 2nd, etc. 
  2. Since you can’t see the door, it must be on the side of the bus you can’t see.  That means it’s headed to the left (assuming you’re in North America!)  
  3. The truck driver was walking.
  4. The sons were two of a set of triplets.
  5. The river was frozen.

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