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Witabit 100+ Witty Questions & Answers (could be used as tricky questions in the job interviews to select the smarter candidate)

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One day, a destitute was sleeping under a tree. He kept all his belongings, wrapped in a piece of cloth, beside him. Molla Nasiruddin saw this man and hid the piece of cloth in a bush. When the man woke up he could not find his belongings. He became very upset and had frantically searched everywhere possible to find his belongings. After a long unsuccessful search, he gave it up, and sat on the grass, dejected with his head dropped between his knees. He had lost all his belongings, however small these were, that were what he had! Molla Nasiruddin was watching the whole fiasco from a distance hidden behind a tree. Now he silently kept the piece of cloth behind the man. After a while, the man stood up and was pleasantly surprised to see his belongings. He was so glad that he had started crying and thanked God for returning his belongings.

Moral of the story: The destitute did not have any joy in life. Molla Nasiruddin created a temporary phase of grief to eventually provide joy to the man without any material change in his life. Some people, however, might have reservation with this style. Following this style, the Witabit section would have questions and answers, the majority of which would not have any materialistic value as such. More often than not, they would appear stupid. The purpose is to have fun but without creating any initial grief in contrast to the style adopted by Molla Nasiruddin. While the questions and answers would be humorous and often hilarious, people need to use their wit and imagination together while thinking about the possible answers. This is meant to stimulate original thinking and creativity rather than blindly copying and pasting others’ work. People could send interesting questions, topics, quotes etc created by them only. If these appear interesting and conform to the aims of this section it might be posted here. Anything related to politics (unless non-specific) or political parties; directed against any individual, religion, gender, race, economic status, country, language etc are excluded from this section. People could write their comments in the comments section.

Witabit answers

WQ89. Which precious metal is associated with ageing? (15.09.20015.)

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Silver (‘Ag’-eing) (15.09.20015.)


Witabit 100+ Witty Questions & Answers (could be used as tricky questions in the job interviews to select the smarter candidate)

17 Feb 2013

The first question is (because of the close proximity to the Valentine’s Day)

WQ1. What do the letters in LOVE represent?

L – O – V – E – [expand title=”Answers”]

There are different types of “LOVE” such as

1. LOVE means

L – Like

O – Occupy

V – Voluntary

E – Eternal

2. LOVE means

L – Lust

O – Obtain

V – Volatile

E – Exit

3. LOVE means

L – Lost

O – Obstacle

V – Victorious

E – Enter

4. LOVE means

L – Like

O – Own

V – Violence

E – End



WQ2. What do the letters in TIME represent?

T I M E – [expand title=”Answer (06.03.2013.)”]

– The

– Imaginary

– Momentary

E – Entity

T The

I Impatient

M Momentary


[/expand] WQ3.

Who is the most likely person to have mentioned God the maximum number of times?

[expand title=”Answer (17.03.2013.)”]

An Atheist! By trying to explain his/her belief an Atheist possibly mentions God the maximum number of times by saying “there is no God”, “God does not exist” etc. By doing so he/she possibly mentions God more than anybody else.


WQ4. How would you diagnose mongolism (Down’s syndrome) in a child of Mongol origin?

[expand title=”Answer (24.03.2013.)”]

By chromosomal test (Karyotyping).


WQ5. Biologically, what is the only aim of life of all living beings?

[expand title=”Answer (27.03.2013.)”]

Biologically, the only aim of life of all living beings is to pass the genes to the next generation. We are merely carriers of the genes and biologically, the only purpose of our birth is to pass the genes to the next generation.


WQ6. Where does God live? [expand title=”Answer (27.03.2013.)”] In the mind of people. [/expand] WQ7. If the families had GDP similar to the countries, which family would have the highest GDP? [expand title=”Answer (27.03.2013.)”] The family producing the highest number of children (GDP = Gross Domestic Product). Shibyendu Majumdar answered “Facebook family” in response to Test for WQ (Wit Quotient = score/number of facebook posts per year) on Facebook that was an excellent witty answer (17.06.2013.). [/expand] WQ8. What is the greatest joke in economy? [expand title=”Answer (27.03.2013.)”] The “developed” (fully grown) countries growing further! If they are really growing that means they are not fully developed yet! [/expand] WQ9. What is the greatest fallacy when people brag about how much profit they have made from property? [expand title=”Answer (29.05.2013.)”] People quote the buying price of the property and the present selling price (almost always inflated), without mentioning the interests, stamp duties, other charges, maintenance costs etc paid, the actual value of the present selling price after indexation (after taking inflation into account) and purchasing power of that anount of money. [/expand] WQ10. What is the greatest fallacy about “Rich” people? [expand title=”Answer (29.05.2013.)”] The majority of them are the most indebted. [/expand]

WQ11. What is Fire?

[expand title=”Answer (29.05.2013.)”]

It is a chemical reaction when carbon is converted to CO2 in the presence of Oxygen.


WQ12. How could Knowledge increase Ignorance? [expand title=”Answer (29.05.2013.)”] With increasing knowledge people become more aware of their ignorance about the majority of things in the Universe. With less knowledge people think they know everything (not ignorant at all!). [/expand] WQ13. Why the sun never set on the British Empire? [expand title=”Answer (01.06.2013.)”] As the sun never rises in Britain (rarely visible)! (It originally meant that the British Empire was so huge and covered so many parts of the globe that it was always daylight somewhere in the empire.) [/expand] WQ14. In which group of people all the adult males look like their fathers and none like their mothers? [expand title=”Answer (13.06.2013.)”] The Sikhs! (the adult males look like their fathers because of the uncut beard and moustache, and the turban) A Sikh (/sk/ or /sɪk/; Punjabi: ਸਿੱਖ, sikkh [sɪkkʰ]) is a follower of Sikhi (Sikhism), a monotheistic, monist, pantheist religion that originated in the 15th century from the Punjab region in the Indian subcontinent.[26] The term “Sikh” means disciple, student, or (śikṣa).[27][28] Some historians suggests that the name “Sikh” is derived from the ancient term Saka.[29] A Sikh is a disciple/subject of the Guru. According to Article I of the “Rehat Maryada” (the Sikh code of conduct and conventions), a Sikh is defined as “any human being who faithfully believes in One Immortal Being; ten Gurus, from Guru Nanak to Guru Gobind Singh; the Guru Granth Sahib; the teachings of the ten Gurus and the baptism bequeathed by the tenth Guru; and who does not owe allegiance to any other religion”.[31] Sikhs believe in the equality of humankind, the concept of universal brotherhood and One Supreme transcendent and immanent God (Ik Onkar). The Sikh religion was founded by Guru Nanak. The origins of Sikhism lie in the teachings of Guru Nanak and his successors. The essence of Sikh teaching is summed up by Nanak in these words: “Realization of Truth is higher than all else. Higher still is truthful living”.[32] Sikh teaching emphasizes the principle of equality of all humans and rejects discrimination on the basis of caste, creed, and gender. According to Sikh tradition, the Guru spread his teachings wherever he traveled. Near the end of his life the Guru had many followers from many walks of life and religions. The Guruship was consecutively passed down to nine other Gurus, who were stated to have the divine light of God with them. These Gurus strengthened and expanded the Sikh religion and the revelations of God. The final and last Guruship was bestowed upon a combined institution of holy-book (Granth) immersed in The Guru Granth Sahib Ji[33] and people(Panth) i.e the Guru Khalsa. Most male Sikhs have Singh (lion) as their last name and most female Sikhs have Kaur (princess) as their last name. Sikhs who have undergone the khanḍe-kī-pahul, the Sikh initiation ceremony, can also be recognised by the Five Ks: uncut hair (Kesh); an iron/steel bracelet (kara); a Kirpan, a sword tucked in a gatra strap; Kachehra, a cotton undergarment; and a Kanga, a small wooden comb. Baptised male Sikhs must cover their hair with a turban, while baptised female Sikhs can choose to wear a turban. The greater Punjab region is the historical homeland of the Sikhs, although significant communities exist around the world. The Sikh code of conduct strictly forbids the use of intoxicants, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, narcotics and any other foreign substance which disrupt the body; sexual relationship outside marriage; consumption of sacrificial meat (Kutha meat), and cutting of hair. Ref: [/expand] WQ15. If the weight of a nulliparous (who has never given birth to a viable baby) uterus (weighing about 50 gm) is about 2 gm at her birth, what would the weight of a multiparous (who has given birth to viable baby) uterus (weighing about 60 gm) be at her birth? [expand title=”Answer (14.06.2013.)”] 2 gm! Whether it is nulliparous or multiparous uterus, both would have the same weight at birth. [/expand] Q16. He plays with his toys that belong to him. She plays with her toys that belong to her. Have you noticed anything interesting in the two sentences? [expand title=”Answer (16.06.2013.)”] Note He–>She, his–>her, him–>her While for the male gender it is He, his, him, the equivalent words for the female are “She”, “her”, “her”. “Her” is the equivalent word for both “his” and “him”. Isn’t it interesting? [/expand] WQ17. Debate “The quotes/deeds of the famous people are famous because these were related to somebody famous.” [expand title=”Answer (17.06.2013.)”] The quotes/deeds of the famous people are not famous because these were related to somebody famous. On the contrary, those people are famous because of their useful quotes/deeds. [/expand] WQ18. What is the percentage of colour blindness in the population? Debate The world would have been a better place if everybody was colour blind. [expand title=”Answer (21.06.2013.)”] Red-Green colour blindness is found in about 7-10% (men) Caucasians – 8% Asians – 5% Africans – 4% Eskimos – 1% “Prevalence – Color Blindness by Inheritance – Red Green Color Blindness

Red Green Color blindness is predominantly found only in men. The gene that leads to red green color blindness is found in the X Chromosome. Males only have one X chromosome whereas females have 2; typically in females the stronger chromosome takes precedence so they retain correct vision. The son of a woman carrying a faulty gene has a 50% chance of inheriting the faulty X chromosome and as a result – suffering from color blindness. The daughter of the same woman is unlikely to be color blind unless her father is color blind; however she retains a 50% chance of being a carrier for the defective gene. Blue Color Blindness Blue color blindness (often referred to as blue yellow color blindness) is extremely rare, so rare that only 5% of color blind people suffer from it. Unlike red green color blindness, the chance of having blue color blindness is equal in both men and women as the gene is found on a different chromosome ( chromosome 7). This gene is shared equally by men and women and blue color blindness comes from a mutation of this gene. Color Blindness By Nationality One might expect the percentage of affected people to be relatively constant in all countries however this is far from the truth. In most Caucasian societies up to 1 in 10 men suffer, however only 1 in 100 Eskimos are color blind. There is no solid proof as to the cause of this however it is logical to assume that less of the ‘original Eskimos’ carried the defective gene, so the likelihood of it infecting the gene pool was quite a lot lower. Developed Color Blindness Whilst almost all color blindness is inherited, infrequently a change in the chromosome during early development can cause color blindness. Various injuries involving trauma to the eye, and even some diseases can also cause color blindness to develop in a person of any age.” Ref: [/expand]

[expand title=”Comment (21.06.2013.)”] The world would have been a better place if everybody was colour blind because there would not be any racism! [/expand] WQ19. Which colour is not a colour? [expand title=”Answer (29.06.2013.)”] Black. It is the absence of any colour. “How Colors Exist A basic understanding of how colors are created is the first step in providing correct answers. The color of a tangible object is the result of pigments or molecular coloring agents. For example, the color of a red apple (in the illustration at the left) is the result of molecular coloring agents on the surface of the apple. Also, a painting of a red apple is the result of red pigments used to create the image. The colors of objects viewed on a television set or on a computer monitor are the result of colored light (in the illustration at the right). If you’re not familiar with how colors are created by light, look at your monitor or television screen close up. Put your eye right up against the screen. A small magnifying glass might help. Primary Colors It’s also important to understand the concept of “primary” colors. The fundamental rule is that there are three colors that cannot be made by mixing other colors together. These three, red, blue, and yellow, are known as the primary colors.

Color Theory 1 – Color as Light

(Additive Color Theory)

1. Black is the absence of color (and is therefore not a color) 2. White is the blending of all colors and is a color.

Color Theory 2 – Color as Pigment or Molecular Coloring Agents

(Subtractive Color Theory)

1. Black is a color. (Chemists will confirm this!) Explanation: Here’s a simple way to show how black is made: Combine all three primary colors (red yellow and blue) using a liquid paint or even food coloring. 2. White is not a color. … but …. in some cases you could say that white is a color.

Vision and Reflection

The final answer to whether black and white are colors takes other factors into consideration.

The answer: 1. Black is not a color; a black object absorbs all the colors of the visible spectrum and reflects none of them to the eyes. The grey area about black: A black object may look black, but, technically, it may still be reflecting some light. For example, a black pigment results from a combination of several pigments that collectively absorb most colors. If appropriate proportions of three primary pigments are mixed, the result reflects so little light as to be called “black.” In reality, what appears to be black may be reflecting some light. In physics, a black body is a perfect absorber of light. 2. White is a color. White reflects all the colors of the visible light spectrum to the eyes.

In conclusion

The colors we see are simply a degree of how much of this color present in light is reflected. To be completely accurate, a color reflects the wavelengths in the NM range that our retinal cones respond to. The medium is the process of reflection of the wavelength of the color. The receiver is our eyes which receive the wavelength of the color.” Ref: [/expand] WQ20. In a malaria infested area, if your chances of getting malaria from a female mosquito bite is 100%, what would your chances of getting malaria from a male mosquito bite be? [expand title=”Answer (01.07.2013.)”] The chances of getting malaria from a male mosquito bite would be zero as they do not bite humans to suck blood.

Sandipan DasSarma was the winner of the Witabit Quiz (29.06.2013.) – answered on 29.06.2013.

DrRohit Palta won the second prize of the Witabit Quiz (29.06.2013.) – answered on 30.06.2013. “Although it is impossible to tell the physical differences between male and female mosquitoes with the naked eye, it is easy enough to find the distinctness when the mosquito is placed under a microscope or magnifying glass. Speaking of Looks In terms of physical appearance, the mosquito’s proboscis, a long, needle-like antenna that extends from the area of its mouth, is the best indication of the insect’s gender. Male mosquitoes have a feather-like proboscis, while the proboscis of the female mosquito is relatively smooth, not bushy. Does One Outlive the Other? Normally, the lifespan of the female mosquito is much longer than that of the male mosquito. In their natural environment, female mosquitoes can live as long as 1 to 2 weeks. However, in captivity, female mosquitoes can live over a month, depending on the correct level of humidity, proper temperature, and whether or not it can successfully nourish itself with blood. On the other hand, male mosquitoes usually live for approximately 1 week, even when they are placed under ideal environmental and nutritional conditions. Do both Genders Suck Blood? The answer is no. Male mosquitoes survive by feeding on flower nectar and sweet juices. Female mosquitoes not only feed on various sugars for energy, but also require the nutrition of blood for the development of their eggs. The Egg Development Process of the Common Female Mosquito The typical female mosquito bites humans and mammals and sucks blood in order to acquire enough protein to produce her eggs. Once a blood meal is obtained, it will rest a few days until the eggs are fully developed. Some Particular Types of Female Mosquitoes Even though most species of female mosquitoes need blood for their offspring, some types can actually lay a batch of eggs without a blood meal. Others do not drink the blood of mammals, but will feed only on the blood of amphibians or other insects. Then, there are a few species of female mosquitoes that do not drink blood at all; like male mosquitoes, they only feed on nectar and other sugars.” Ref: [/expand] WQ21. Which famous person’s life expired almost like a passport? [expand title=”Answer (02.07.2013.)”] Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy, the second Chief Minister of West Bengal, India was born on 1 July 1882 (evening) and died on 1 July 1962 (afternoon) exactly at the age of 80 years 0 months 0 days. The clue to the answer was the date the question was posted – 1 July, The Doctor’s Day. Further reading “Bidhan Chandra Roy, M.R.C.P., F.R.C.S. (1 July 1882 – 1 July 1962) was the second Chief Minister of West Bengal in India. He remained in his post for 14 years as an Indian National Congress candidate, from 1948 until his death in 1962. He was a highly respected physician and a renowned freedom fighter. Bidhan Roy is often considered the great architect of West Bengal, who founded three eminent cities, Durgapur, Kalyani and Bidhannagar. He was an alumnus of the Medical College Calcutta of the University of Calcutta. He is one of the few people who completed both F.R.C.S. and M.R.C.P. simultaneously within only two years and three months. In India, the National Doctor’s Day is celebrated on the date of his birth (and death) July 1 every year. Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy constituted a trust for his properties at Patna for social service and made eminent nationalist Ganga Sharan Singh (Sinha) the trustee.He was awarded Bharat Ratna on 4 February 1961, India’s highest civilian honour. He was also a member of the Brahmo Samaj.” Ref: [/expand] WQ22. In which country nobody likes tea? (06.07.2013.) [expand title=”Answer (08.07.2013.)”] China (When the train stops at a railway station and the hawkers start asking “chai” “chai” (“tea” “tea” in Hindi), the passengers say “na” “na” (“no” “no” in Hindi). That’s chai-na or China.) Nobody could answer it correctly. [/expand] All of you are quite familiar with the picture. But do you know… WQ23. Which famous person is missing from the picture? (06.07.2013.)

Einstein & Rabindranath

[expand title=”Answer (09.07.2013.)”]

Warren Buffet, 06.07.2013.

Einstein is from Science, Rabindranath Tagore is from Arts, so somebody from Commerce is missing, that is Warren Buffet, The Great investor. Nobody could answer it corretly. [/expand] WQ24. “Heads I win tails you lose” – who coined the phrase for the first time? (09.07.2013.) [expand title=”Answer (11.07.2013.)”] Anonymous (to my knowledge till 11.07.2013.) Said about a situation in which you will win whatever happens

(Definition of heads I win, tails you lose from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)


“Impossible is a word only to be found in the dictionary of fools.” Napoleon Bonaparte

WQ25. Do you agree with him?

[expand title=”Answer (11.07.2013.)”] I do not agree with him. Explanation Since I saw this quote from Napoleon in my childhood I was itching to prove him wrong. Being an ardent fan of Einstein and his theory of relativity I considered everything to be “relative” rather than absolute. This statement appeared to me as too absolute, too good to be true and paradoxically, with due respect to Napoleon, too impossible to be possible. It did not take too long before I found a scientific, logical and evidence based way to prove him wrong. I tested my hypothesis in practice and had found it to be working. Then I spoke to Napoleon and had told him that his statement was wrong. He frowned at me and had said “its impossible! Where there is a will, there is a way. Anything is possible if you have the will to do it.” I politely replied “If you could perform a simple task then I would accept that you are right”. Napoleon agreed and had asked me to tell him what he had to do? I told him “You are a great Emperor and a very powerful person. Could you please lift the chair you are sitting on with both of your hands without touching the ground with your feet?” Napoleon tried, tried and tried but failed. Eventually he exclaimed in disgust “its impossible”! I completed the sentence “…is a word only to be found in the dictionary of fools”. Then I left him with his chair. Napoleon continued the task day and night till the Battle of Waterloo that was fought on Sunday, 18 June 1815. He lost the battle as he was too tired due to lack sleep and had also lost his self-confidence as he could not perform the simple task of lifting the chair. He was exiled to Saint Helena where he died in 1821. Rumour has it he continued to try the task to prove himself right till his death. N.B. Do not believe me. Try the task yourself and if anybody could perform it he/she would be considered greater than Napoleon. Moral of the story “The sky isn’t the limit, but always keep your feet on the Earth.” “Don’t be limited in your thoughts by limits but always work within your limitations.” [/expand] WQ26. Which treasure “everybody” wishes to be shared by everybody else in the world? (13.07.2013.) [expand title=”Answer (15.07.2013.)”] Facebook posts [/expand] WQ27. What were Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary doing 6 hours after reaching the peak of Mount Everest for the first time on 29 May 1953?


[expand title=”Answer (28.07.2013.)”] They were coming down from the peak. One of the two answers sent by Dr Sucheta Chatterjee was correct. [/expand] WQ28. Which letter on the keyboard is used the maximum number of times?


[expand title=”Answer (11.08.2013.)”] Apparently its “W” as so many people have been searching for “Witabit” (joke)! The actual reason could be people have been typing “www” too often since the advent of the internet. The letter “G” might overtake “W” because of Google. The other potential letter would be “F” because of the Facebook. [/expand] Independence Day Update (15.08.2013.) India is 66 and has been enjoying pension for a year after retiring at 65! That might be the reason why the economy and purchasing power of the Rupee have gone down (usual after retirement)! It, however, is “independent” in everything except its dependence on the inflow of foreign currency to pay the bills for the imports! The US Dollar was at par with Rupee in 1947 and it is around 61 now, still trailing 66 by 5! WQ29. Is it morally right to celebrate the Independence Day of somebody’s original country after he/she has denounced the citizenship of that country and acquired one from a different country, especially when his/her original country got independence from the country he/she is a citizen of now? [expand title=”Answer (15.08.2013.)”] Ethically not [/expand] WQ30. How could one possibly continue to see, after death? [expand title=”Answer (30.10.2013.)”] Buy donating his/her eyes (cornea). [/expand]


WQ31. What is Sachin Tendulkar’s lowest score in international T20 cricket? [expand title=”Answer (11.11.2013.)”] Sachin Tendulkar’s lowest score in international T20 cricket is 10. [/expand] WQ32. What is Sachin Tendulkar’s highest score in international T20 cricket? [expand title=”Answer (12.11.2013.)”] Sachin Tendulkar’s highest score in international T20 cricket is 10. [/expand] WQ33. What is Sachin Tendulkar’s average score in international T20 cricket? [expand title=”Answer (13.11.2013.)”] Sachin Tendulkar’s average score in international T20 cricket is 10. [/expand] WQ34. In which form of cricket Sachin Tendulkar has justified his name perfectly? [expand title=”Answer (14.11.2013.)”] In international T20 cricket Sachin Tendulkar has justified his name perfectly. Sachin Tendulkar’s highest, lowest and average score in international T20 cricket is 10 (Ten-dulkar). [/expand] Mamata Banerjee, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Jyoti Basu – The last three Chief Ministers of West Bengal The similarities include 1. Chief Minister of West Bengal 2. Member of National parties 3. Led their parties to win Assembly elections 4. Bengali 5. Hindu by birth 6. Lives/lived in South Kolkata 7. Graduate WQ35. Besides all of these in common, what is the other striking similarity between these three? [expand title=”Answer (14.11.2013.)”] All of their surnames start with “B” (Banerjee, Bhattacharjee, Basu). It might be a coincidence that the second part of West Bengal starts with “B” as well. The name of the first and only person with the correct answer is Angshuman Das. Suryakiran Mukherjee‘s comment was nice: They all like white .like white dhoti, kurta/white sari. [/expand] WQ36. In which form of international cricket Sachin Tendulkar has surpassed 400? [expand title=”Answer (16.11.2013.)”] In international one day cricket Sachin Tendulkar has surpassed 400? Not in runs, but by the number of matches he played (463 matches, the last one was India v Pakistan at Dhaka, Mar 18, 2012). [/expand] WQ37. Which child of Hippocrates of Kos was not his wife’s child? [expand title=”Answer (06.12.2013.)”] Medicine Hippocrates of Kos is called the “Father of Medicine” and Hippocrates’ wife was not the mother of “Medicine”. [/expand] WQ38. What is the guaranteed (100%) method of losing weight instantly (usually more remarkable loss of weight in the girls)? [expand title=”Answer (19.12.2013.)”] Read in the Christmas mood! The guaranteed (100%) method of losing weight instantly is to have a hair cut! Usually the weight loss is more remarkable in the girls as they have longer hair! [/expand]

The Rubik’s Cube puzzle 1

A 10X10X10 cm ice-cube has been floating in a 20X20X20 cm glass-cube completely filled with water and the ice-cube floating in it. The ice-cube is melting at a rate so that its height reduces by 1 cm per hour. The water in the glass-cube is being drained through a drain at the bottom at a rate so that height of the water reduces by 5 cm per hour. The question is WQ39. What would be the height of the ice-cube above water after 3 hours? [expand title=”Answer (18.12.2013.)”] 2 cm The height of the ice-cube after 3 hours will be 7 cm (10-3 cm).  The height of the water after 3 hours will be 5 cm (20-15 cm). Therefore, the height of the ice-cube will be 2 cm greater than the height of the water. To float, the ice-cube requires more water-height column (depth of water). So, the bottom of the ice-cube will rest on the bottom of the glass-cube and the height of the ice-cube above water will be 2 cm (7-5 cm). N.B. The reduction in the height of the water included the total water (water there plus water coming from the melted ice). The question “What would be the height of the ice-cube above water after 3 hours?” implied that it remained a cube after 3 hours (melting uniformly in all dimensions). [/expand] Betting in cricket – The puzzle (13.12.2013.) In an international one-day cricket match one betting team arranged spot fixing with a bowler to give away more than 10 runs in a particular over. Another betting team arranged spot fixing with the batsman to score less than 4 runs in that particular over. WQ40. Who wins – the bowler or the batsman? [expand title=”Answer (19.12.2013.)”] The bowler wins. The bowler could bowl as many “no” and “wide” balls in the over to give away more than 10 runs even if the batsman does not try to score runs. [/expand] WQ41. Who is the best phlebotomist (who takes blood) in the world? (14.12.2013.) [expand title=”Answer (29.12.2013.)”] The female mosquito is the best phlebotomist (who takes blood) in the world because of its precision and almost painless method of taking blood virtually from any blood vessels (whatever their widths are)! [/expand]

The Rubik’s Cube puzzle 2

A 13X13X13 cm ice-cube has been floating in a 19X19X19 cm glass-cube completely filled with water and the ice-cube floating in it. The ice-cube is melting uniformly in all dimensions at a rate so that its height reduces by 2 cm per hour. The water in the glass-cube is being drained through a drain at the bottom at a rate so that height of the water (including the water coming from the melted ice) reduces by 5 cm per hour. The question is WQ42. What would be the height of the ice-cube above water after 2 hours? [expand title=”Answer (18.12.2013.)”] 0.81 cm The height of the ice-cube after 2 hours will be 9 cm (13-4 cm).  The height of the water after 2 hours will be 9 cm (19-10 cm) as well. Therefore, the height of the ice-cube will be same as the height of the water. As ice floats in water and about 91% of the ice (8.19  cm, 91% of 9 cm) remain immersed in water, 9% of the ice-cube (0.81 cm, 9% of 9 cm) would be above the water. [/expand] WQ43. Which group of drugs blocks the birth of a male child? (22.01.2014.) [expand title=”Answer (02.02.2014.)”] “Beta” Blockers! (“Beta” in Hindi means son/male child) Fortunately, there are no “Beti” Blockers (“Beti” in Hindi means daughter/female child)! Could you imagine what would have happened then? [/expand] WQ44. Usually women produce eggs. In which place do the men produce eggs? [expand title=”Answer (10.02.2014.)”] Andaman (Anda man). “Anda” in Hindi means egg. [/expand]

Jesus & Buddha

WQ45. Where did Lord Buddha meet Lord Jesus? (11.02.2014.)

[expand title=”Answer (28.04.2014.)”]

In Heaven


WQ46. Who had sent the last “Valentine card” in 2014? (16.02.2014.)

[expand title=”Answer (28.04.2014.)”]

Not known


WQ47. In which marathon the runner, as he/she approaches the finishing line, wishes if it was further away? (28.04.2014.)

[expand title=”Answer (23.08.2014.)”]

The marathon of “Life”


WQ48. What is the modern definition of”emotion”? (27.08.2014.)

[expand title=”Answer”]

“E-motion” means that what moves electronically!


WQ49. What would the name of a nice girl born in January be? (30.08.2014.) [expand title=”Answer”] Janice! Jan from January and nice girl. [/expand] WQ50. Whose son is, in fact, a girl? (30.08.2014.) [expand title=”Answer”] Ali’s son – Alison [/expand] WQ51. What day of the week is meant for marriage? (04.09.2014.) [expand title=”Answer”] Wednesday (wed -nesday, to wed)! [/expand] WQ52. What is the natural source of “antacid” (06.09.2014.) [expand title=”Answer”] Ant! Ant + Acid (acid from ant, Foxford Dictionary!) [/expand] WQ53. What is the best way to avoid a divorce? (11.09.2014.) [expand title=”Answer”] Not to marry at all! [/expand] WQ54. What, in fact, is “sound” sleep? (13.09.2014.) [expand title=”Answer”] Sleep associated with snoring! Snoring is the vibration of respiratory structures and the resulting sound, due to obstructed air movement during breathing while sleeping. In some cases the sound may be soft, but in other cases, it can be loud and unpleasant. Snoring during sleep may be a sign, or first alarm, of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Researchers say that snoring is a factor of sleep deprivation. Snoring is known to cause sleep deprivation to snorers and those around them, as well as daytime drowsinessirritability, lack of focus and decreased libido. It has also been suggested that it can cause significant psychological and social damage to sufferers. Multiple studies reveal a positive correlation between loud snoring and risk of heart attack (about +34% chance) and stroke (about +67% chance). Statistics on snoring are often contradictory, but at least 30% of adults and perhaps as many as 50% of people in some demographics snore. One survey of 5,713 American residents identified habitual snoring in 24% of men and 13.8% of women, rising to 60% of men and 40% of women aged 60 to 65 years; this suggests an increased susceptibility to snoring as age increases. [/expand] WQ55. Which “lady” could actually be a male? (13.09.2014.) [expand title=”Answer”] A male ladybird! (25.09.2014.) Ladybirds are beetles The Coccinellidae are a family of small beetles, ranging from 0.8 to 18 mm (0.0315 to 0.708 inches). They are commonly yellow, orange, or scarlet with small black spots on their wing covers, with black legs, heads and antennae. Such colour patterns vary greatly, however; for example, a minority of species, such as Vibidia duodecimguttata, a twelve-spotted species, have whitish spots on a brown background. Coccinellids are found worldwide, with over 5,000 species described, more than 450 native to North America alone. Coccinellidae are known colloquially as ladybirds (in Britain, Ireland, the Commonwealth, and some parts of the southern United States), ladybugs (originating in North America) or lady cows, among other names. When they need to use a common name, entomologists widely prefer the names ladybird beetles or lady beetles as these insects are not true bugs. The Coccinellidae are generally considered useful insects, because many species feed on aphids or scale insects, which are pests in gardens, agricultural fields, orchards, and similar places. Within the colonies of such plant-eating pests, they will lay hundreds of eggs, and when these hatch the larvae will commence feeding immediately. However, some species do have unwelcome effects. Among these, the most prominent are the subfamily Epilachninae, which are plant eaters. Usually, Epilachninae are only mild agricultural pests, eating the leaves of grain, potatoes, beans, and various other crops, but their numbers can increase explosively in years when their natural enemies are few, such as parasitoid wasps that attack their eggs. In such situations, they can do major crop damage. They occur in practically all the major crop-producing regions of temperate and tropical countries. Ladybirds are beetles (Order: Coleoptera) and so possess two characteristics that distinguish them from insects of other orders:

  1. hard forewings (elytra) that cover the abdomen and meet centrally;
  2. biting mouthparts.

The ladybird family within the beetle group is called the Coccinellidae. Coccinellids can be recognised by a number of general features:

  • Small to medium sized beetles (1-10 mm or 1/16 – 3/4 inch long)
  • Usually round or oval
  • Elytra are often brightly coloured and patterned
  • Short, clubbed antennae
  • Pronotum (structure between the head and the elytra) is broader than long; extends forward at the margins and is often patterned
  • Short legs that are retractable under the body
  • Feet ( tarsi ) that have four segments but the third is so small that only three are easily visible

The life cycle

  • October- February: Adult ladybirds spend winter in a dormant state, known as ‘overwintering’.
  • March- April: Adult ladybirds become active and leave their overwintering sites to find food, aphids (greenfly).
  • May: Male and female ladybirds mate.
  • June- July: Mated females lay eggs which hatch into immature stages called ‘larvae’. Larvae feed on aphids and then form ‘pupae’.
  • August: The new generation of adult ladybirds emerge from the pupae.
  • September: These new adults feed but do not mate until next spring after they have overwintered. [/expand] WQ56. Who is more likely to be gentle, a male or a female? (14.09.2014.) [expand title=”Answer”] A male! (27.09.2014.) A male could be “gentleman”, but the is no term called “gentlewoman”! [/expand] WQ57. Where do the majority of the “Capitalists” in a country live? (01.10.2014.) [expand title=”Answer”] In the Capital! (09.10.2014.) [/expand] WQ58. What do the letters in “TRUTH” should represent? (02.10.2014.) [expand title=”Answer”] (13.10.2014.) T = True R = Ruthless/Robust U = Unpleasant/Ugly T = Terrible/Tactless H = Honesty/Horrific [/expand] WQ59. When was the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) born? (02.10.2014.) [expand title=”Answer”] BBC (Born Before Christ)! (17.10.2014.) [/expand] WQ60. What is “Capital Flight”? (02.10.2014.) [expand title=”Answer”] Flight going to the capital of the country! (02.10.20015.) [/expand] WQ61. What is the most expensive item that even the number one rich person in the world cannot buy or store? (02.10.2014.) [expand title=”Answer”] Time! (02.10.20015.) [/expand] WQ62. Girls wearing the pencil heel shoes beware and monitor your heel length! The “Heelarious” foot – the consequences of wearing the pencil heel shoes.

Pencil heel

WQ63. Which ester is not a chemical compound? (02.10.2014.) [expand title=”Answer”] Sem-ester! (02.10.2014.) In chemistryesters are chemical compounds derived from an inorganic acid or organic acid in which at least one -OH (hydroxyl) group is replaced by an -O-alkyl (alkoxy) group.[1] Frequently esters are derived from carboxylic acid and an alcohol. Esters comprise most naturally occurring fats and oils, which are fatty acid esters of glycerol. Esters with low molecular weight are commonly used as fragrances and found in essential oils and pheromonesPhosphoesters form the backbone of DNA molecules. Nitrate esters, such as nitroglycerin, are known for their explosive properties, while polyesters are important plastics, with monomers linked by ester moieties. [/expand] WQ64. Which mail is always of a particular colour? (23.10.2014.) [expand title=”Answer”] Blackmail! (30.10.2014.) [/expand] WQ65. Which mail has contributed to global warming?  (23.10.2014.) [expand title=”Answer”] Hotmail! (02.11.2014.) [/expand] WQ66. Which mail always addresses in Hindi? (23.10.2014.) [expand title=”Answer”] Gmail! In Hindi people are addressed as G (Ji) / जी by adding it at the end of their names. (06.11.2014.) [/expand] WQ67. Which mail is always confined in a defined space? (23.10.2014.) [expand title=”Answer”] ‘Inbox’ mail – the latest one started by Google in October 2014. (09.11.2014.) [/expand] WQ68. Which mail is always rude, loud or stupid? (23.10.2014.) [expand title=”Answer”] Yahoo mail! (16.11.2014.) Yahoo means a person who is very rude, loud, or stupid. Reference

Yahoo means a crude, brutish, or obscenely coarse person.
C18: from the name of a race of brutish creatures resembling men in Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels (1726).

[/expand] WQ69. A childish question (25.10.2014.) At the age of 6 or 7, while watching films, I used to wonder that the characters might be talking or singing, but who were playing the music as there were no musicians visible on the screen. WQ70. By products of communication – invention of new fusion words (25.10.2014.) [expand title=”Read”] Pompi Bhattacharya & Sudipta Paul (in Bengali, partly English) Pompi Bhattacharya: Posted the Manna Dey song “Baro eka lage ei andhare” (24.10.2014.) Sudipta Paul: Pompi, toder okhane power cut hoechhe naki? Logically, andhare eka laga sambhob noi. Kenona, bojhai jabe-na eka achhi (are keu je nei seta to dekhtei pabo na)! (25.10.2014.) Pompi Bhattacharya: Sudipta baire dekhai ki sab….chok bandho kore nijer bhitortai dekhi…. Sudipta Paul: Endoscopy! Pompi Bhattacharya: Rather antaroscopy ! Sudipta Paul: Terrific! Ekta darun notun shabdo baniey phelechhis. Sujog pele use korbo. Eta dekhe Gastroscopy-r ekta Bangla nam banalam – “antroscopy” Pompi Bhattacharya: Udaroscopy will be better Sudipta !! Sudipta Paul: “Udaroscopy” would be appropriate for laparoscopy. Ar ekta notun fusion shabdo. Carry on! Sudipta Paul: “antroscopy” could be upper (upper GI, oesophagus, stomach, duodenum, jejunum etc) and lower (lower GI, rectum, colon etc). Bronchoscopy could be called “bakkhoscopy”, colposcopy could be called “yoniscopy”, hysteroscopy could be called “jarayuscopy), ophthalmoscopy could be called “netrascopy”/”chakkshuscopy”/”aankhscopy”, otoscopy/auriscopy could be called “karnoscopy), , rhinoscopy could be called “nasascopy) etc. The scope of “scopy” is endless. [/expand] WQ71. Did Uttam Kumar (the legendary Bengali actor) have baldness? (25.10.2014.) [expand title=”Answer”] It appears so! (31.10.2014.) Please watch the video and pause at 1.11 minutes (at sei golitei dhukte giye…) to see the answer Video evidence


WQ72. Who is the best Infertility Specialist (with sure success) in the world? (06.11.2014.)

[expand title=”Answer”] The film Directors in the Bollywood! (22.11.2014.) The heroine gets pregnant with only one attempt (Aradhana, Shakti etc). The backdrop is usually similar and probably enhances fertility instantly – jungle, dark night, rain, lightning, fire etc. [/expand] WQ73. Who is the most powerful animal in the world? (23.11.2014.) [expand title=”Answer”] The mouse (14.12.20014.) Just one click of the mouse can do wonders! [/expand] WQ74. Why does the whale live in water? (23.11.2014.) [expand title=”Answer”] As the whale cannot walk, climb or fly! (04.01.20015.) [/expand] WQ75. What is more useful to lose weight – smiling or frowning? (30.11.2014.) [expand title=”Answer”]  (14.06.2015.) Possibly frowning! The old concept is frowning needs more muscles than smiling. Actually, there isn’t any proof behind this old saying. Scientists have studied the muscles needed for both facial expressions, and to do a small smile generally uses 10 muscles; a small frown uses 6.   On average, a smile uses 12 and a frown 11. However, since humans tend to smile a lot, these muscles are stronger. A frown may be slightly more effort to produce. just because we aren’t as used to using these muscles. Reference [/expand] WQ76. Who does not experience any grief? (30.11.2014.) [expand title=”Answer”] All the people with the name ‘Ashoka’ (shoka means grief, Ashoka means absence of grief) (30.11.2014.) [/expand] WQ77. What is the latest cause of joint pain? (03.12.2014.) [expand title=”Answer”] Joint bank accounts and all other joint ventures (15.09.20015.) [/expand] WQ78. Never ever keep chocolate in the refrigerator especially if there is a child in the house. If you do you would regret. What is the danger of keeping chocolate in the refrigerator especially if there is a child in the house? (13.01.2015.) [expand title=”Answer”] The danger is that the chocolate would, most likely, disappear! (18.01.20015.) [/expand] WQ79. Which micro-organism could be used as good fertiliser?  (19.01.20015.) [expand title=”Answer”] Ureaplasma urealiticum (urea is a good fertiliser)! (15.09.20015.) [/expand] WQ80. To which continent, the country with the highest number of quadrillionaires, belongs to? (14.06.2015.) [expand title=”Answer”] Africa (Zimbabwe with the highest number of quadrillionaires in Zimbabwean Dollar belongs to Africa) (15.09.20015.) [/expand] WQ81. What would a ghost of an elephant be called? (08.08.2015.) [expand title=”Answer”] Elephantom (Ele phan tom – Elephant + phantom)! (03.09.20015.) [/expand WQ82. How would you sell a laptop in a tribal village? (08.09.2015.) [expand title=”Answer”] I would first make the head of the tribe and his family addicted to Facebook by allowing them to use my mobile and tell them that they and others can see and use Facebook better on the bigger screen of a laptop. Then, it would be just a matter of time before all the villagers rush to buy laptop! (15.09.20015.) [/expand] WQ83. What is googly? (08.09.2015.) [expand title=”Answer”] Anything done by Google! (15.09.20015.) [/expand] WQ84. “Ex” means something that has become past and not interesting. How could you make “Ex” interesting? (08.09.2015.) [expand title=”Answer”] By adding ‘S’ before ‘ex’ (sex, that the majority find interesting)! (15.09.20015.) [/expand] WQ85. How would you sell fish to a vegetarian? (10.09.2015.) [expand title=”Answer”] I would sell fish to keep it in the aquarium, not to eat (15.09.20015.) [/expand] WQ86. Albert Einstein wrote, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” If you ask a fish to climb a tree, what would the primary reason be for which it would not be able to climb the tree? (15.09.20015.) [expand title=”Answer”] It would not recognise what you have asked for as it does not understand your language (15.09.20015.) [/expand] WQ87. What would arctic be called if it is infested by ice-resistant ants? (15.09.20015.) [expand title=”Answer”] Ant-arctica (15.09.20015.) [/expand] WQ88. Which relation has abundant gold in it? (15.09.20015.) [expand title=”Answer”] Aunt (‘Au’ in it) (15.09.20015.) [/expand]

WQ89. Which precious metal is associated with ageing? (15.09.20015.)

[expand title=”Answer”]  

Silver (‘Ag’-eing) (15.09.20015.)


WQ90. How did the liquor brand ‘Vat 69’ get its name? (15.09.20015.) [expand title=”Answer”]  It has 69% Vat on it (15.09.20015.) [/expand] WQ91. Which ‘bird’ is not a bird? (10.09.20015.) [expand title=”Answer”]  Lady-bird (15.09.20015.) [/expand] WQ92. Which place does not have any woman? (15.09.20015.) [expand title=”Answer”] Isle of ‘Man’ (15.09.20015.) [/expand] WQ93. Which hospital in the UK with busy Obstetrics’ department does not deliver multiple pregnancies? (15.09.20015.) [expand title=”Answer”] Singleton Hospital in Swansea, Wales! Its Singleton, delivers singleton pregnancies only! (15.09.20015.) [/expand] WQ94. Which car is best to maintain your focus during driving? (10.09.2015.) [expand title=”Answer”] Ford Focus (10.09.20015.) [/expand] WQ95. Which car you are more likely to buy if you have a deal with car dealer? (12.09.2015.) [expand title=”Answer”] Honda Accord (because of the accord with the dealer) (12.09.20015.) [/expand] WQ96. Which car is driven only in cities? (12.09.2015.) [expand title=”Answer”] Honda City (12.09.20015.) [/expand] WQ97. Which mail would be most effective to write to your girlfriend? (12.09.2015.) [expand title=”Answer”] Hotmail! Its hot! (12.09.20015.) [/expand] WQ98. What do you call an iron man? (06.01.2015.) [expand title=”Answer”] A Female (Fe from Ferrous/Iron and male for man) (06.01.20015.) [/expand] WQ99. What would you do if you have been sent to a distant island where you do not get any signal on your mobile as there is no tower around? (06.01.20015.) [expand title=”Answer”] I would call the customer care of the mobile company to resolve the problem! (06.01.20015.) [/expand] WQ100. What is misbehaviour? (06.01.2015.) [expand title=”Answer”] The way a boy might behave with a Miss (an unmarried girl)  (06.01.2015.) [/expand] WQ101. What a company becomes after a female staff called Ruth leaves the company? (09.09.2007.) [expand title=”Answer”] Ruth-less! (09.09.2007.) [/expand] WQ102. What would you call what Hilary does? (09.09.2007.) [expand title=”Answer”] Hilarious!  (09.09.2007.) [/expand] WQ103. What is capital expenditure? (10.09.2015.) [expand title=”Answer”] Expenditure for the Capital of the country!  (10.09.2015.) [/expand] WQ104. What is capital gains tax? (10.09.2015.) [expand title=”Answer”] The tax on gains in the Capital of the country!  (10.09.2015.) [/expand] WQ105. What is capital punishment? (10.09.2015.) [expand title=”Answer”] The punishment provided in the Capital of the country!  (10.09.2015.) [/expand] WQ106. Which planet has abundant plutonium? (19.09.2015.) [expand title=”Answer”] Pluto!  (19.09.2015.) [/expand] WQ107. Which planet has abundant uranium? (19.09.2015.) [expand title=”Answer”] Uranus!  (19.09.2015.) [/expand] WQ108. Which planet has abundant reserve of mercury? (19.09.2015.) [expand title=”Answer”] Mercury!  (19.09.2015.) [/expand]

WQ109. In which direction do the majority of people move as they progress in their lives? (05.03.2016.)

[expand title=”Answer”] (05.03.2016.)

To the right! As people progress in their lives and the majority of them become relatively more prosperous, the majority of the left minded people move towards the right (as least in their life-styles), the majority of the people in the middle (between left and right) also do the same, and the majority of the right minded people move towards the far right.

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WQ110. Why China is unlikely to experience an economic ‘hard landing’? (17.03.16.)

[expand title=”Answer”] (17.03.2016.)

1. The Chinese Government is likely to provide a parachute to slow down the speed of the descent!

2. A fall in the quicksand cannot not be ‘hard’!

3. The economy might already be in a ‘soup’ and therefore cannot have a ‘hard landing’!


WQ111. Why people using atenolol are less likely to have sons? (01.07.2016.)

[expand title=”Answer”] (01.07.2016.)

Atenolol is a ‘beta’ blocker. ‘Beta’ in hindi means son! Therefore, its use would block the conception of sons’!


WQ112. Where should you invest? (10.12.2016.)

[expand title=”Answer”] (10.12.2016.)

In (side) the vest!



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