Friday, June 24, 2011

Conundrum of the day

A man in a restaurant asked a waiter for a glass, a plate, water, a match, and a lemon wedge. The man poured enough water onto the plate to cover it.
"If you can get the water on the plate into this glass without touching or moving the plate, I will give you £100," the man said. "You can use the match and lemon to do this."
A few minutes later, the waiter walked away with £100 in his pocket. How did the waiter get the water into the glass?


Blogger Welshcakes Limoncello said...

No idea - I won't sleep now!

8:32 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Here's the answer WL (one for you to try in your local bar): First, the waiter stuck the match into the lemon wedge, so that it would stand straight. Then he lit the match, and put it in the middle of the plate with the lemon. Then, he placed the glass upside-down over the match. As the flame used up the oxygen in the glass, it created a small vacuum, which sucked in the water through the space between the glass and the plate. Thus, the waiter got the water into the glass without touching or moving the plate.

5:12 pm  
Blogger Eurodog said...

Now, why did I not think of that?

6:06 am  

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