Give you brain a workout from a hammock

This January at Simply Hammocks we have discovered that this month is actually Brainteaser Month.  This got us thinking; Where’s the best place to do a brainteaser? In bed? I guess. On the sofa? I suppose that will do. In a hammock?  Yes, yes, yes!!

This month is all about mental stimulation, helping your overall brain activity and reinforcing your memory power. By keeping your brain engaged it helps you reduce the risk of dementia so it can be really beneficial to your health. So it is a great excuse to hop into your hammock with a brainteaser in hand.

A brain teaser is a form of puzzle that requires thought 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 brain teaser enthusiasts was the Greek mathematician Archimedes. He would create and give out mathematical problems for his contemporaries to solve as best they could.

Brainteasers are a great way to give your brain a workout, but this doesn’t mean you can’t give the rest of your body a rest at the same time. So this month we will be doing our brain training in a hammock.

Here are a few teasers to get you going. If you want to submit your answer, you can through our social media accounts. Just tag us in.

Teaser 1: You are in a room that has three switches and a closed door. The switches control three light bulbs on the other side of the door. Once you open the door, you may never touch the switches again. How can you definitively tell which switch is connected to each of the light bulbs?

Teaser 2: I left my campsite and hiked south for 3 miles. Then I turned east and hiked for 3 miles. I then turned north and hiked for 3 miles, at which time I came upon a bear inside my tent eating my food! What colour was the bear?

Teaser 3: A man is looking at a photograph of someone. His friend asks who it is. The man replies, “Brothers and sisters, I have none. But that man’s father is my father’s son.” Who was in the photograph?

Teaser 4: A man stands on one side of a river, his dog on the other. The man calls his dog, who immediately crosses the river without getting wet and without using a bridge or a boat. How did the dog do it?

Teaser 5: In 1990, a person is 15 years old. In 1995, that same person is 10 years old. How can this be?