First graders in Hong Kong can solve this problem in 20 seconds but most adults can’t figure it out. This simple question was on an entrance exam to a Hong Kong School and has since gone viral. How is it that a question that can be easily solved by children, pose such a problem for adults? Let’s see if you can see the answer as quickly and as easily as a child can!
Ready for the answer? It’s 87 of course! Now if you are wondering how that could possibly be the answer, or how a child could possibly figure this out, the best thing to do is to look at the parking spaces. Typically you pull into a parking space from the opening and the numbers are written for the driver to see, which means that the numbers are written upside down! Instead of the parking space to the car’s right being 98, that is actually number 86. From left to right (from the car’s perspective) the numbers go 86, ?, 88, 89, 90, 91. Now it only makes sense that the unknown spot has to be 87.
Now here is another one that can be easily answered by most first graders, but generally causes debate among adults. Which way is the bus driving? Left (A) or Right (B)? Remember to think how a child might think when seeing this bus!
Adults have a tendency to over think problems. Which often make problems harder than they should be. Sometimes you just have to have the simple mind of a child. Children don’t tend to complicate things any more than they are at face value. By the way, the answer to the bus question is A. How do we know? Because there is no door on this side of the bus, which means it has to be on the other side. And if the door is on the other side, then it would pull out to the left when driving!
How long did it take you to figure out? Let us know in the comments.