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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130 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

  10. 1. Boyfriend
    2. 4 F’s
    3. Green and Excel(Is Excel not considered a tool?)

  11. 1. I thought the guy told her to do it.

    2. I found 4 of them.

    3. I though of orange hammer. Got in close with that one…

  12. There are no “f’s” at all. There ARE, however a number of “F’s”.

  13. I am a psychopath, 3’f’s, Orange screwdriver :(

  14. 1. Thought the boy ended up falling for the sister thus giving the young girl a motive.
    2. 5
    3. Red Hammer

    Very interesting. I hope to find more tests like this in the future!

  15. 1) I am a psycopath?
    2) Got all 6 first try
    3) I thought “a wrench” and the color green, not the two together though.

    Maybe since I am the “2%” who thinks differently since I did not get a red hammer and got all 6 “F”s, there is something off about my thinking.

    But I don’t think I’m a psycopath :(

    • My answers were the same as yours ‘exactly’. And my thoughts as well…a psychopath?
      But to find humor in it…there’s someone else that thinks like I do…hmm lol

  16. The red hammer concept is just a mental image association exploit.
    The math section is just a misdirection/distraction gimmick before the abrupt instruction: “Now think of a tool and a color!”(with the “tool & color” part written in italics to promote urgency).
    98% of people will most likely think of “red” on the spot, being that it’s a sort of primary/default reference that we learn for the concept of colors at a young age, with most other colors coming after with the associative value of “not red”, somewhat. I’m sure that could be explained better. Lol, but it’s a similar concept with the “tool = hammer” part as well.
    The math portion, therefore, is just meaningless filler with the sole purpose of giving your mind an activity to be jarred away from by the blindsiding final question.
    Hope that made sense as far as my attempt to explain it. Lol

  17. 1. She wanted to see him again
    2. 5Fs
    3. Yellow scissors

    WOW

  18. 1. Her sister slept with the man
    2.3 f’s (I am a fast reader usually so its not strange for me to miss something like that)
    3. Blue shovel, no idea where that came from

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