5 Art Cashin Brain Teasers That Will Make You Feel Dumb

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Art Cashin, UBS Financial Services’ director of floor operations at the NYSE, is known for his daily newsletter Cashin’s CommentsIn his must-read newsletter he never forgets to include a fun piece of trivia at the end.

The questions are usually logic, maths or history related. 

We think they’re a ton of fun, but it can get frustrating since he doesn’t release the answer until the following day. 

We’ve compiled his last seven trivia questions beginning with May 18th because of the Memorial Day holiday.

The answer is posted on each subsequent slide. (Google is for cheaters!)

Question 5/18

Much to his parents' delight, Throckmorton has been accepted to a very competitive college. However, he must attend a pre semester prep - which he dubbed 'dumber summer.' As he picked up his books at the bookstore, he noted an odd thing - which he called to point out to his folks. He said - 'All but two of my books have blue covers. All but two have red covers and all but two have green covers. Since you're so smart Dad - how many text books do I have?' Well - how many does he have?

Source: Cashin's Comments


Throckmorton had 3 textbooks: 1 red; 1 blue and 1 green. Thus - all but 2 were red; all but 2 were green and all but 2 were blue.

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Question 5/21

Census Reports indicate that the most frequent family name in the U.S. is 'Smith.' What family name (surname) fills that role worldwide?

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The most frequent family name (surname) worldwide is: Chang.

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Question 5/29

Are we there yet? On an early vacation trip Mitch tried to keep little Evan quiet by suggesting that Evan count all the oncoming busses. Evan did better. He noted that an oncoming bus passed them every 10 minutes. 'Dad,' he asked, 'If a bus passes us every 10 minutes, how many busses arrive at our town bus station each hour?' 'That's maths, son. If there are 60 minutes in an hour about 6 busses must arrive.' Skip the Ozzie and Harriet - is Mitch correct?

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Sssh! Are the kids outside the room? Well....dad was wrong. The 10 minute interval included not only the speed of the bus but Mitch's speed too. Assuming a constant (but not necessarily equal) speed by both parties, the busses passed a lamp-post every 20 minutes. Thus, 3 per hour!

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Question 5/30

Fishing for an answer. Each clue response should lead to a word containing a smaller word that names a 'fish'. Example - Unciphered (7), (3); = 'Decoded' and 'Cod'.

A) Emotion (7), (3)

B) Bard (11), (4)

C) End Zone Slam (5), (4)

D) Foreign Office (7), (4)

E) Implore (4), (3)

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The hidden 'fish' were:

A) Feeling;

B) Shakespeare;

C) Spike;

D) Embassy;

E) Pray.

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Question 5/31

Phil & Bill share a drink on their common birthday. 'This is a very special birthday,' says Bill 'because, while we are together 63 years old, I am also twice as old as you were, when I was as old as you are now.' What are their current ages?

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The older is 36 and the younger is 27 making their combined age 63.

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Question 6/1

Get the number of that car! - A few years back Parade Magazine ran a contest on zany licence plates. Here are some of the winners. Can you translate?







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