Before we go on to the problem we are about to go on to, allow me to teach you a little about the refined art and science of cheating which I leaned a long time ago in school and college in order to f
21 Dec 2017
....... and one for the gaol!
16 Dec 2017
Remember when you were in school and a smarter than normal aleck asked you, “How far can a dog run into the woods?” And while you were wondering which shadow to slink away in he answered, “Halfway! Be
09 Dec 2017
Here’s the deal. We are a grand total of nine over or underpaid workers in a sweatshop and for no particular rhyme or reason one bright fine morning in July we all want to discover what our average sa
30 Nov 2017
Want to find out the height of a molecule in a few minutes? Get a large, rectangular pan, a piece of straight stiff wire and a drop of oil.
25 Nov 2017
For the first time I finally got lots and lots of mail from people who sent in the correct wrong answer.
18 Nov 2017
Here’s the thing. There are two new movies playing in town, one starring Scarlett Johansson and the other Johnny Depp.
11 Nov 2017
Why the following problem now begins to make sense is because more than 4,000 exoplanets have already been identified, of which over 2,000 are confirmed.
04 Nov 2017
In this list there is a true statement and a false statement whose numbers add up to give the number of a false statement.
28 Oct 2017
The ruins of a tower which once served as a lighthouse stand upon a little ledge of rocks that runs out into the sea.
21 Oct 2017
King Arthur sat at the Round Table on three successive evenings with his knights—Beleobus, Caradoc, Driam, Eric, Floll and Galahad—but on no occasion.
14 Oct 2017
You need to check that your friend Bob has your correct phone number, but you cannot ask him directly.
07 Oct 2017
A 3x3 grid contains the nine letters Q R S, T U V and W X Y. Now if each of them stands for one of the numbers 1 through 9 but no two letters stand for the same number, can you deduce the numbers repr
30 Sep 2017
There’s a common and widespread myth that a small coin like a US one cent penny dropped directly down from the top of the Empire State Building in New York will kill a person if it falls on their head
24 Sep 2017
Guys you didn’t hear me. When I said that I’d withhold your email ID if you wanted me to I also said that in that case please make sure you let us know where your corporeal body currently resides.
16 Sep 2017
The following question was posed in this column hundreds of weeks back: “When a spacecraft re-enters the Earth’s atmosphere its surface gets extremely hot due to friction with air particles.
09 Sep 2017
You’re meeting on old friend at his house after many years and can only remember that he had two kids.
02 Sep 2017
26 Aug 2017
When I was younger (though actually I was much older) I used to wonder what would happen if I stood on a weighing scale while gravitationally free falling.
17 Aug 2017
Just a little note here before we begin. If you’re submitting a problem for But Google This Now please make sure that it can (at least theoretically) be Googled and also supply the answer.
12 Aug 2017