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Everyone loves a good riddle. Brain teasers are an excellent way to keep our minds sharp and focused. Many teachers have their students practice them in class, but have you done many as an adult? There are plenty of great puzzles out there to challenge every level of thinking. For daily teasers, there are several mobile apps that offer daily reminders and challenges. So let us delve into the thought provoking history of International Brain Teaser Month!

The Boggling History of International Brain Teaser Month
A brain teaser is a form of puzzle that requires thought for us to solve. It often requires thinking in unconventional ways with given constraints in mind. Sometimes it also involves lateral thinking. Logic puzzles and riddles are specific types of brain teasers. One of the earliest known brain teaser enthusiasts was the Greek mathematician Archimedes. He would devise and give out mathematical problems for his contemporaries to solve as best they could. Some examples of mathematical brain teasers are as follows;

If three hens lay three eggs in three days, how many eggs does a hen lay in one day?

One can argue about the answers of many brain teasers; in the given example with hens, one might claim that all the eggs in the question were laid in the first day, so the answer would be three.

Mary’s father has five daughters: 1. Nana, 2. Nene, 3. Nini, 4. Nono. What is the name of the fifth daughter?

What appears once in a minute, twice in a moment, but never in a thousand years?

Those three questions are all different forms of mathematical brain teasers meant to require thinking, even though the answers are sometimes quite simple to figure out, or in some cases, are even in the teaser themselves. It’s all a matter of our thought processes.

How to Celebrate International Brain Teaser Month
To celebrate International Brain Teaser Month, it would be a great idea to head to the store and look for books with brain teasers. These will be enough to keep you, your friends, and your family’s brains active and thinking throughout the night. For variation, try brain teasers based around different subjects, from literature to music; our train of thought is what helps us stay focused on the tasks that we have to complete. There aren’t many better alternatives to train our line of thinking than with brain teasers.

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