Are you really smart?

 Some years ago, there was a Mensa convention in San Francisco. Mensa, as you know, is a national organization for people who have an IQ of 140 or higher.  

Several of the Mensa members went out for lunch at a local cafe. When they sat down, one of them discovered that the salt shaker contained pepper & the pepper shaker was full of salt. 

How could they swap the contents of the 2 bottles without spilling any & using only the implements at hand? Clearly this was a job for Mensa minds. 

The group debated the problem, presented ideas & finally came up with a brilliant solution involving a napkin, a straw & an empty saucer . . .

They called the waitress over, ready to dazzle her with their solution. “Miss”, they said, “We couldn’t help but notice that the pepper shaker contains salt & the salt shaker – “.  

But before they could finish, the waitress interrupted, “Oh! Sorry about that”. 

She leaned over the table, unscrewed the caps of both bottles & switched them. 

There was dead silence at the Mensa table. 



Author: pitputim

I've enjoyed being a computer science professor in Melbourne, Australia, as well as band leader/singer for the Schnapps Band. My high schooling was in Chabad and I continued at Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh in Israel and later in life at Machon L'Hora'ah, Yeshivas Halichos Olam.

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