Monday, June 4, 2007
You Think You're Smart Don't Cha? Prove It!
You'll never solve this riddle, but dammit, you can try.
...So you're in a house with two floors: an upstairs and a downstairs. Downstairs there is a light. Upstairs there are three switches. All are in the "off" position. One of those switches controls the light downstairs. The other two are dead switches that control nothing.
If you are allowed to go down stairs ONLY ONE TIME to check the status of the light bulb, what is an absolute way to determine which one of those switches controls the light downstairs?
No... you can not see the light from upstairs.
No... there's no need to turn into an electrical engineer and start re-wiring shit.
No... you can't scale the side of the house to look at the light.
No... there is no need to use mirrors.
Yes... the answer is EXTREMELY logical, and can absolutely be used in real life if you were really given this scenario. This is not a trick question riddle. There are no smoking mirrors involved.
Yes... you have to think outside the box. Imagine if you were really in this situation.
Yes... you have to go downstairs to figure out the answer
Yes... the answer actually involves manipulating the switches (i.e. flicking them in the "on/off" positions)
Yes... I really do hit the bottom.