These puzzles require you to step to one side, mentally, ask questions and parse carefully to reach the answer.
The Man Who Returned Too Soon
One bright sunny morning a man left his home. After some time he decided to return home and came back straightaway. When he got home he died. If he had not gone home so quickly he would have lived. What happened?
No Flash Photographs, Please!
In Iran, a Westerner cannot take a photo of a man with a turban. Why not?
One morning a woman wrote the same note to three different people. The first was a bank robber, who laughed at the note and threw it away. The second was a Bolivian, who also threw the note away. The third was a priest, who was very sad to receive the note. What was happening?
The Secretary’s Error
A secretary went on vacation. She inadvertently took something from the office. Her boss sent her a message asking her to return it immediately. She did return it to the office that same day. Yet when she returned from vacation, she was dismissed. Why?
And the classic:
An executive who was based in New York was posted to Hong Kong on assignment. When he was due to return, he faxed his manager the following request: “Is it okay for me to transport back to New York, at the company’s expense, my personal items, household effects, and the junk I’ve bought here in Hong Kong?” He was given approval, so he did just that. But once he was back in New York, a furious argument ensued. The company refused to pay the transport bill, and the executive had to sue the company. (He won, but that is not the issue.) What was the cause of the argument?
Have fun! Use the comments to guess and debate. I’ll post some hints if it seems to be taking too long…