Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: A Fun Test
A Fun Test
Wed, 15 Dec 1999 09:06:21 -0600
It has nothing to do with scouting. It's probably just a waste of time. =
If you give the test to a bunch of scouts though, it might make them =
think. At least for a couple minutes.
(1) There's one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants =
know the score or the leader until the contest ends. What is it?
(2) What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backward?
(3) Of all vegetables, only two can live to produce on their own for =
several growing seasons. All other vegetables must be replanted every =
year. What are the only two perennial vegetables?
(4) At noon and midnight the hour and minute hands are exactly coincident =
with each other. How many other times between noon and midnight do the =
hour and minute hands cross?
(5) What is the only sport in which the ball is always in the possession =
of the team on defense, and the offensive team can score without touching =
(6) What fruit has its seeds on the outside?
(7) In many liquor stores, you can buy pear brandy, with a real pear =
inside the bottle. The pear is whole and ripe, and the bottle is genuine; =
it hasn't been cut in any way. How did the pear get inside the bottle?
(8) Only three words in standard English begin with the letters "dw". They =
are all common. Name two of them.
(9) There are fourteen punctuation marks in English grammar. Can you name =
half of them?
(10) Where are the lakes that are referred to in the "Los Angeles Lakers"?
(11) There are seven ways a baseball player can legally reach first base =
without getting a hit. Taking a base on balls - a walk - is one way. Name =
the other six.
(12) It's the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold frozen, canned, =
processed, cooked, or in any other form but fresh. What is it?
(13) How is it possible for a pitcher to make four or more strikeouts in =
(14) Name six or more things that you can wear on your feet, that begin =
with the letter "s".
How did you do on the test? Want to know more? The answers are below.
(2) Niagara Falls. The rim is worn down about 2 and a half feet each year =
because of the millions of gallons of water that rush over it every =
(3) Asparagus and rhubarb.
(4) Ten times (not eleven, as most people seem to think).
(7) The pear grew inside the bottle. The bottles are placed over pear buds =
when they are small, and are wired in place on the tree. The bottle is =
left in place for the whole growing season. When the pears are ripe, they =
are snipped off at the stems.
(8) Dwarf, dwell, and dwindle.
(9) Period, comma, colon, semicolon, dash, hyphen, apostrophe, question =
mark, exclamation point, quotation marks, brackets, parenthesis, braces, =
(10) In Minnesota. The team was originally known as the Minneapolis =
Lakers, and kept the name when they moved west.
(11) Batter hit by a pitch; passed ball; catcher interference; catcher =
drops third strike; fielder's choice; and being designated as a pinch =
(13) If the catcher drops a called third strike, and doesn't throw the =
batter out at first base, the runner is safe.
(14) Shoes, socks, sandals, sneakers, slippers, skis, snowshoes, stockings,=
stilettos, and so on.