Are you still scared of monsters?
Oh, I see. You're all grown up now. A big
teenager who isn't afraid of anything.
Except ... maybe ... A MATH QUIZ!?!?!?
Yeah, I figured that'd scare ya.
In the spirit of Halloween, here's a ghoulish
little test that may just keep you up at night, crying for your
mommy (or maybe for your junior high math teacher.) Wimps can use the
hints provided but that lowers the score.
Oh, and if you want to get really scared,
try taking the quiz with all of the lights off.
Question 1: DR. FRANKENSTEIN'S QUILT GROUP
Dr. Frankenstein stunned the medical community
when he stitched together the body parts of dead people, juiced
it with electricity, and brought the Frankenstein Monster to life.
What is less known is that he also shocked the quilting community
with his fine precision stitch-work on the horrible beast he created.
Small stitching is considered high quality work by quilters around
the world, and the good Doctor amazed everyone by routinely fitting
three stitches to every inch. That's no small feat when you consider
the Monster required a half-mile of thread. How many total stitches
make up Dr. Frankenstein's creation? Hint: One mile equals 5,280 feet.
Question 2: DRACULA'S DAUGHTER IN THE BIG APPLE
Mistakenly thinking New York City was known
as the 'Big Adam's Apple,' Dracula's Daughter headed east in search
of a few necks to bite. She arrived in the city and began her
feast. Unfortunately, vampires have a nasty habit of transforming
their victims into vampires as well, meaning these new bloodsuckers
are also looking for a meal soon after their transformation. Suppose
Dracula's Daughter (and all subsequent victims) bite one neck
a night, transforming the person bit into a vampire, which feeds
the following evening. How long will it take the city of New York
(population 8,000,000) to be wall-to-wall vampire? Hint: There'll be
two vampires at the end of day one.
Question 3: GRAVEDIGGER'S DILEMMA
Like any normal teenager, you've gotten
yourself a part-time job to help save money for college. Here's
the creepy part: You went and got a gig as a gravedigger! (Heck,
you thought you'd meet a lot of interesting people.) Everything
seems to be going well until a rush of business puts you a little
behind in your work. Fortunately, your boss at the mortuary just
bought three super deluxe hearses, which each fit multiple caskets.
Make no mistake -- These are BIG vehicles with room in the back
that measures 9 feet tall, 16 feet across, and 18 feet deep. Each
casket measures the same - 30 inches tall by 42 inches across
by 90 inches deep. If you recruit two buddies to drive the other
two hearses, what's the maximum number of caskets you can deliver
to the graveyard in one trip? Hint: There's more than one way
to skin a cator stack a corpse.
Question 4: DIAL 'M' FOR MATHEMATICS
Brenda Babysitter has put the kids to bed,
and is now being terrorized by a creepy ghoul who keeps ringing
her telephone. "Good thing the folks put in Caller ID,"
she thinks, after listening to the sinister chuckle on the other
end of the line. Unfortunately, Brenda is in for a surprise. It
seems the Caller ID system is a discount version that doesn't
necessarily record the caller's phone number. Instead, it gives
her the following puzzle: "The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd digits of
this phone number are all the same. Together they form a 3-digit
number that is 70 less than the square of the product of the first
two digits. The 4th digit is the highest common factor of 56 and
64. The 5th digit is the third prime number. The 6th digit is
the cube root of 216. Subtract -4 from -2 . The difference is
the 7th digit." Oh, great. So what is this weirdo's phone
number? Hint: Sometimes backwards is the way to go.
Question 5: VAMPIRE SHOPPING SPREE
Trying to lay off the red stuff for a while,
Van the Vampire heads out to his local 24-hour supermarket in
search of liquid refreshment. Floating through the aisles, he
comes across a tomato juice display in the form of a square pyramid.
Drooling with the anticipation of puncturing each can with his
hungry fangs, he decides to buy the entire display of tomato juice!
If the display has nine 1-gallon cans for each side of the pyramid's
square base, how many gallons of juice did Van just buy?
Hint: Each layer has one less can per side.
Question 6: WITCHES' BREW (HA-HA!)
Claire Witch is cooking for the big Coven
Party this weekend, and plans on mixing up a large kettle of her
infamous brew. As she unpacks her groceries, however, she notices
that 25 bags of newt eyeballs have apparently broken open. Eye
of newt is a very fragile ingredient, and should really remain
sealed in it's natural juices until right before plopping it in
the kettle. Sifting through the mess, Claire notes she had purchased
18 large bags and 7 small bags of newt eyeballs, and now counts
233 loose eyes at the bottom of her grocery bag. Large bags always
have the same number of eyes, and small bags carry fewer, but
are equally consistent. How many eyes go in each large bag?
Hint: Remember, the leftover eyes that will go in the
small bags must be divisible by seven.
Question 7: ZOMBIE WEDDING
If there's one thing that rings true about
zombies, it's that they sure show up in large quantities. A recent
zombie wedding dug up a guest list of 10,000 corpses. As you know,
zombies tend to be slow and clumsy, so each attendee was given
a full page of the guest book to sign. Ten guest books (1,000
pages each) were filled cover to cover. So as not to confuse the
already slow-witted bride and groom, the living dead chose to
sign in alphabetical order. Therefore, Abel Aaron signed page
one of book one, and Zachary Zygote signed the last page of book
ten. The books were then placed, in order, on the bookshelf of
the newlyweds' crypt. As they sit, how many pages are there between
the signatures of Abel and Zachary? (Ignore the book covers.)
Hint: Think like a zombie on this oneslowly. How are
books on a shelf arranged?
Question 8: MUMMY KNOWS BEST
A Mummy who is a Mommy and a Mummy who is
a Daddy have two children, ages 677 and 643 (just toddlers!) One
of their two Mummy children is a girl, and hopes to someday be
a Mummy Mommy of her own. Assuming every Mummy pregnancy has a
50/50 chance of being a boy or a girl Mummy, what are the odds
that their other child is also a girl and will someday be a Mummy
Mommy of her own? Hint: How many possible mummy children
combinations are there?
1 in 2
1 in 3
1 in 4
Question 9: BILLIARDS WITH THE BLOB
Remember the Blob? You know, that giant
mass of goop from outer space that eats everything in its slimy
path? On one of his many town-devouring rampages, the Blob starts
to engulf a local pool hall where you happen to be in the middle
of a game. You really like pool, so you scramble to grab as many
of the game balls as you can. You end up with six of the balls
and your life. The Blob gets all the rest. As you are running
from the gelatin monster, you recall the following three facts:
1) The first ball swallowed by the Blob
was the maroon striped '15' ball.
2) Your six ball total includes the cue
ball, two striped balls, the solid red '3' ball, and none of the
blue or purple balls.
3) The sum of the face value of the Blob's
pool balls totaled 75.
Given this evidence, and by using the picture
above, who got the stuck with the 8 ball? Hint: There may be
multiple solutions, but the answer is always the same.
it must've rolled under the table
to tell with the information given
Question 10: I CAN'T BELIEVE THEY SQUASHED THE
On Monday, Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, and
Monster Zero are hanging out on Monster Island yukking it up.
"Let's go trash downtown Tokyo!" Godzilla muses. The
four excitedly agree to give their favorite city a good stomping
on Friday. Unfortunately, you just can't trust oversized, radiation-soaked
behemoths. On Tuesday, Rodan sneaks away from the island, arrives
in Tokyo, and proceeds to annihilate 1/3 of the buildings in the
downtown area. On Wednesday, Mothra slips away from the group
and obliterates 1/3 of the remaining buildings in the downtown
area. On Thursday, Monster Zero sneaks off and wipes out 1/3 of
downtown Tokyo's remaining buildings. Friday arrives, and Godzilla
is anxious to hit the big city, but the others have lost interest.
Ever the honest lizard, Godzilla heads for Tokyo promising his
chums he will only flatten his 'fair share' of the city's buildings.
He does, and returns to Monster Island, depressed that he only
got to squash two buildings. How many total buildings were standing
in downtown Tokyo on Monday? Hint: .sdrawkcab tseb skrow melborp sihT
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