3 Mind-Blowing Lateral Thinking Puzzles

lateral thinking puzzlesHave you ever wondered if your mind is normal (i.e. average) or somehow different? Here are 3 lateral thinking tests. The answers are published below, but do not go immediately to read them! Think up your own answers first.

Tests

TEST 1

Here is the story of a young girl. At her mother’s funeral, she saw an unknown young man. He was charming, really the man of her dreams. She madly fell in love with him. After a couple of days the young girl killed her own sister…

Question: What motive did she have to do it?

TEST 2

Take at most 10 seconds to do this test, otherwise it will not work.

Find how many ‘f’s there are in the following text:

+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +

FINISHED FILES ARE THE RE-

SULT OF YEARS OF SCIENTIF-

IC STUDY COMBINED WITH THE

EXPERIENCE OF YEARS

+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +

TEST 3

Do the following reasoning exercise, answering the questions one by one, without going to the next question if you have not answered the previous yet.

It is not necessary to write your answers.

How much is:

15 + 6 =

3 + 56 =

89 + 2 =

12 + 53 =

75 + 26 =

25 + 52 =

63 + 32 =

Yes, these are a bit more difficult but the exercise is really worth doing, so be patient:

123 + 5 =

Now think of a tool and a color!

 

Answers

TEST 1

She hoped that the young man would appear again at the funeral.

Explanation: If you gave the correct answer, you probably think like a psychopath.

The test was developed and used by a famous American psychologist to determine whether a person has murderous mentality. Several criminals who did the test correctly answered the question.

If you did not give the correct answer, it is good for you! If someone of your friends found it, keep away from him! :)

TEST 2

How many ‘f’s did you find? Three?

It is wrong, there are six!

If you don’t believe, go above and count them again!

Explanation: The mind cannot process the ‘OFs’. Awesome huh?

Anyone who manages to find six ‘f’s is a genius, those who find four or five are really rare, three – are normal… Less than three – change your glasses! :)

TEST 3

Did you think of a “red hammer”?

It is the answer given by 98% of people who did this exercise.

If you thought of something else, then you probably are one of the 2% of the people whose mind and thinking are quite different.

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Anna LeMind

Anna LeMind

Anna is the owner and lead editor of the website Learning-mind.com. She is passionate about learning new things and reflecting on thought-provoking ideas. She writes about technology, science, psychology and other related topics. She is particularly interested in topics concerning consciousness and subconscious, perception, human mind's potential, as well as the nature of reality and the universe.
Anna LeMind

About Anna LeMind

Anna is the owner and lead editor of the website Learning-mind.com. She is passionate about learning new things and reflecting on thought-provoking ideas. She writes about technology, science, psychology and other related topics. She is particularly interested in topics concerning consciousness and subconscious, perception, human mind's potential, as well as the nature of reality and the universe.
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120 Comments

  1. My answers:
    1. The man was death, and she knew he’d only come back if one died again… I did not expect me finding an answer would raise the chances of me being a psychopath >_<
    2. 6F's
    3. I did first think of a Red Hammer/Screwdriver (the two came together) but I felt the urge to think of a different tool in the event that it would be normal. So I chose a silver wrench.

    This test was very interesting!

  2. Test 1: I thought he was her sister’s boyfriend or so.
    Test 2: 5fs… opss.. the rarest.
    Test 3: A Red Painting Brush… what does it make me now?
    Interesting.

  3. #1) One of the few times I’m happy I got a answer wrong.
    #2) I counted 5
    #3) Red Wrench… But why?…

  4. Wow, it took me 3 minutes to find the 6th “f” weird…

  5. On Question 2: I suggest it’s more a matter of how good readers read, rather than the mind being unable to process “oF” as stated. I have used similar tests before and found that poor readers and readers for whom English is still a difficult second or third language, get it right every time – they read by individual letter, not by word, as good English speaking readers do. A good reader knowing the language well does not even need the middle letters of a word to be correct or in the right order to be able to read a sentence.

  6. Please explain the Test 3.
    I thought of Red Sword and Red Hammer, but picked up Red Sword. But please email me the explanation for this Test. Everything you have on it. (Though i could find it) But please email me. :)

  7. A 1.) Sister’s boyfriend
    A 2.) 3
    A 3.) Red wrench
    Conclusion: I’m a weird averagely intelligent individual who probably isn’t a psychopath. Well that’s wonderful.

  8. 1. She figured out her sister killed her mom from the dude.
    2. I got 5. I missed the first “of”
    3. Blue screwdriver

  9. Couldn’t figure the first test, got all 6 on second ( with these type of tests I always read backwards ) and yes red hammer

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