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User currently offlinePihero From France, joined Jan 2005, 4389 posts, RR: 76
Posted (7 years 9 months 6 days ago) and read 1891 times:
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Does anyone have a meaning for this square:
S A T O R
A R E P O
T E N E T
O P E R A
R O T A S
which can be read horizontally or verically from right to left or from left to right...?


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User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 6 days ago) and read 1885 times:

It's a Sator-Rotas square, an ancient mystical charm.

In Rome during the Middle Ages this square was inscribed on a variety of common, everyday objects such as utensils and drinking vessels. It was also found above doorways. It was believed that the square had magical properties, and that making it visible would ward off evil spirits. The words on the square roughly translate to "The Creator (or Savior) holds the working of the spheres in his hands".


User currently offlinePihero From France, joined Jan 2005, 4389 posts, RR: 76
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 6 days ago) and read 1867 times:
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Any reference available, please ?


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User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 6 days ago) and read 1862 times:

Quoting Pihero (Reply 2):
Any reference available, please ?

Not really. I remember studying this in college.

Just google Sator-Rotas Square. You'll find plenty.


User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1987 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 6 days ago) and read 1852 times:

Reference available here.

Now, in American currency, how do you get 30 cents if one coin cannot be a nickel?

Coal



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User currently offlineMattRB From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1624 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 6 days ago) and read 1846 times:

Quoting Coal (Reply 4):
Now, in American currency, how do you get 30 cents if one coin cannot be a nickel?

Three dimes. Not one of those coins is a nickel  Wink



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User currently offlineFlyDeltaJets87 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1822 times:

Quoting Coal (Reply 4):
Now, in American currency, how do you get 30 cents if one coin cannot be a nickel?

One coin is a quarter, the other coin is the nickel.  Wink

Quoting MattRB (Reply 5):
Three dimes. Not one of those coins is a nickel

Well, the Riddle is supposed to be done using two coins.


User currently offlineFuturecaptain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1814 times:

Quoting Coal (Reply 4):
Now, in American currency, how do you get 30 cents if one coin cannot be a nickel?

30 pennies
1 quarter, 5 pennies
3 dimes
2 dimes, 10 pennies
1 dime, 20 pennies


User currently offlinePawsleykat From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1978 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1807 times:

Quoting Coal (Reply 4):
how do you get 30 cents if one coin cannot be a nickel?

I saw that in Scrubs the TV show!  Smile One coin is a quarter and one coin is a nickel. Only one coin is a nickel, the other cannot be one then. :0)

Quoting Pihero (Thread starter):
S A T O R
A R E P O
T E N E T
O P E R A
R O T A S

I have just realised that the SATOR is ROTAS backwards, the AREPO is OPERA backwards and TENET is a palindrome. Yay me!!  rotfl 

JG



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User currently offlineJamesbuk From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 3968 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1802 times:

Quoting Pawsleykat (Reply 8):
Pawsleykat

Gee who said scotland were slow  Wink


Very interesting square, but how did they think it was going to keep evil spirits away?

rgds --James--



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User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1987 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1786 times:

Ok, I effed up the riddle. You guys still get cookies!

Coal



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User currently offlineLegoguy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 3312 posts, RR: 40
Reply 11, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1776 times:

Ahhh riddles! Me and afew friends were sharing riddles today! Im well prepared.

Heres one......

There are 3 light switches outside of a room and one bulb inside of a room. How do you find out which is the correct switch which will turn the light on inside the room. Note that you can not see into the room in any way!



Can you say 'Beer Can' without sounding like a Jamaican saying 'Bacon'?
User currently offlineBraybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5633 posts, RR: 32
Reply 12, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1762 times:

Quoting Legoguy (Reply 11):
There are 3 light switches outside of a room and one bulb inside of a room. How do you find out which is the correct switch which will turn the light on inside the room. Note that you can not see into the room in any way!

Do tell, Legoguy. It's nearly half ten and my brain cells are winding down . . .


User currently offlineYYZflyer From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 3643 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1756 times:

Quoting Legoguy (Reply 11):

I've heard this and i think there is supposed to be more detail. I think you turn them on one at a time and go in to see which switch caused the bulb to get hot. Am I right?



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User currently offlineLegoguy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 3312 posts, RR: 40
Reply 14, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1750 times:

Quoting YYZflyer (Reply 13):
I've heard this and i think there is supposed to be more detail. I think you turn them on one at a time and go in to see which switch caused the bulb to get hot. Am I right?

Whoppps yea my bad. You are only allowed into the room once. LOL! How could I forget that part!!!! That changes the entire thing. So let me say the riddle again...



There are 3 light switches outside of a room and one bulb inside of a room. How do you find out which is the correct switch which will turn the light on inside the room. Note that you can not see into the room in any way! ALSO you are only allowed into the room only ONCE.



Can you say 'Beer Can' without sounding like a Jamaican saying 'Bacon'?
User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3299 posts, RR: 13
Reply 15, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1742 times:
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Quoting Legoguy (Reply 14):

There are 3 light switches outside of a room and one bulb inside of a room. How do you find out which is the correct switch which will turn the light on inside the room. Note that you can not see into the room in any way! ALSO you are only allowed into the room only ONCE.

Hit the first switch and leave it on for a few minutes. Then turn it off. Wait until the bulb would have had sufficient time to cool. Turn on the second switch, leave it on for a few minutes. Turn it off, and turn on the third switch. Go into the room. If the bulb is cold, it was the first one, if it's warm it was the second one, and if it's on it was the third.

I think...right?

TIS



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User currently offlineLegoguy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 3312 posts, RR: 40
Reply 16, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1739 times:

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 15):

Yea nearly....... the real answer I was told is Turn on 1 switch and leave it for 5 minutes. Then turn it off and turn on a second switch, then go into the room. If the bulb is on then bingo, but if it's not on and it's warm then it's the first switch. If it is neither on or warm, then it is the last switch.

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 15):

Slightly easier method but welldone! I have more riddles but I have forgotten them all!!!!



Can you say 'Beer Can' without sounding like a Jamaican saying 'Bacon'?
User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1738 times:

Quoting Legoguy (Reply 11):
There are 3 light switches outside of a room and one bulb inside of a room. How do you find out which is the correct switch which will turn the light on inside the room. Note that you can not see into the room in any way!

I think this is right:

Turn on switch 1 for a few minutes (enough for a bulb to get hot). Then switch it off and hit switch 2. Immediately go in to the room. If the bulb is off but hot, it's switch 1. If the bulb is on, it's switch 2. If the bulb is neither on nor hot, then it's switch 3.


User currently offlineLegoguy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 3312 posts, RR: 40
Reply 18, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1732 times:

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 17):

Yup! I believe you hadn't seen my preious answer.lol Welldone if you didn't already know it. As it had me completely stumped. I was thinkin of knocking the wall down to follow the wires or get a friend to stand at the doorway and shout out when a light came on, but none of that was allowed.

I remember more riddles...

1) There is a carton with 6 eggs inside. There are 6 children and each one is instructed to take an egg. At the end, there is still one egg left in the carton. Why?

2) A man and a son are in a car crash. The father dies. At the hospital, the son is in the operating room, where the doctor says 'this is my son'!!! How is this possible?



Can you say 'Beer Can' without sounding like a Jamaican saying 'Bacon'?
User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3299 posts, RR: 13
Reply 19, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1729 times:
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Quoting Legoguy (Reply 18):
2) A man and a son are in a car crash. The father dies. At the hospital, the son is in the operating room, where the doctor says 'this is my son'!!! How is this possible?

The "man" was the grandfather, the son was the grandson, the doctor is the middle one (the son's father).

I have NO idea on the first one, but I'm too lazy to put any serious thought into it.

TIS



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User currently offlineLegoguy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 3312 posts, RR: 40
Reply 20, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1728 times:

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 19):
The "man" was the grandfather, the son was the grandson, the doctor is the middle one (the son's father).

Nope. LOL even though that's what I first thought but it aint that.



Can you say 'Beer Can' without sounding like a Jamaican saying 'Bacon'?
User currently offlineJamesbuk From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 3968 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1724 times:

Quoting Legoguy (Reply 18):
A man and a son are in a car crash. The father dies. At the hospital, the son is in the operating room, where the doctor says 'this is my son'!!! How is this possible?

Surgeons his mum (i was going to post this!)

Quoting Legoguy (Reply 18):
There is a carton with 6 eggs inside. There are 6 children and each one is instructed to take an egg. At the end, there is still one egg left in the carton. Why?

One child has no arms?

rgds --james--



You cant have your cake and eat it... What the hells the point in having it then!!!
User currently offlineCarmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4756 posts, RR: 31
Reply 22, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1724 times:

Quoting Legoguy (Reply 18):
1) There is a carton with 6 eggs inside. There are 6 children and each one is instructed to take an egg. At the end, there is still one egg left in the carton. Why?

The last kid took the carton with the egg still inside.

Quoting Legoguy (Reply 18):
2) A man and a son are in a car crash. The father dies. At the hospital, the son is in the operating room, where the doctor says 'this is my son'!!! How is this possible?

The doctor is the son's mother.

Where is my cookie? Big grin



What do I know, I'm just an 'immature troublemaker with only a passing interest in aviation' (or so they say)
User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 23, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1721 times:
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Quoting Legoguy (Reply 18):
2) A man and a son are in a car crash. The father dies. At the hospital, the son is in the operating room, where the doctor says 'this is my son'!!! How is this possible?

The doctor is his mother....



2H4

Edit - Crap....she beat me to it....  Smile




[Edited 2006-10-25 00:13:21]


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User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1721 times:

Quoting Legoguy (Reply 18):
1) There is a carton with 6 eggs inside. There are 6 children and each one is instructed to take an egg. At the end, there is still one egg left in the carton. Why?

The 6th child is holding the carton containing his egg.

Quoting Legoguy (Reply 18):
2) A man and a son are in a car crash. The father dies. At the hospital, the son is in the operating room, where the doctor says 'this is my son'!!! How is this possible?

The man is the son's father. The doctor is the son's mother.


25 Post contains images Legoguy : Yup What are you smoking. LOL. See miss lu's answer. You only get half a cookie as James beat you to the second one. If you're so smart you must have
26 IFEMaster : Here's a couple of old ones... 1. On the way to St. Ives, I met a man with 7 wives. 7 wives had 7 sisters, 7 sisters had 7 mothers, 7 mothers had 7 br
27 Legoguy : I shall guess one as he met them on his way to St Ives It might get impaled on the spikey bit at the top... I have no idea.lol. Unless the steep has
28 AirTranTUS : Roosters don't lay eggs.
29 MDorBust : Roosters don't lay eggs. **Edit** drat[Edited 2006-10-25 00:23:39]
30 Jamesbuk : Erm arent roosters male in which case they wont lay eggs, either that or im failing biology. Rgds --James--
31 Post contains images IFEMaster : Correct. And correct. There's no getting anything passed you guys, is there. try this one... A man decides to quit his job, so he turns off the light
32 Jamesbuk : What has wheels and flies, but is not an aircraft? Rgds --James--
33 Carmenlu15 : Here's a silly one, but I know several people who fell for it: Just 'cause it's a.net... An airplane crashed right on the U.S. - Canada border. On wh
34 AirTranTUS : Well that depends. Were you going faster than they, which is possible since there are so many of them. If you were going faster, you would catch them
35 FlyDeltaJets87 : Two fathers, two sons go fishing. There are three fish caught, but everyone catches a fish. How is this possible?
36 Legoguy : Hehehe I think I have it but will just let people think over it and will send an IM instead
37 MDorBust : Garbage truck
38 MDorBust : You don't bury survivors.
39 Legoguy : One word gets me thinking. LOL father, son, grandson?
40 IFEMaster : Easy, there are only three men there - A Grandfather, a father, and a son. The father is the son of the grandfather, and the son is the son of the fa
41 AirTranTUS : He's a pilot? Grandfather, father/son of the grandfather, grandson/son of the father. Must you really ask?
42 Jamesbuk : Enjoy the cookie i just put in the post for you. How far can a dog run into the woods? Rgds --James--
43 Post contains images Carmenlu15 : Hmm... he was operating a lighthouse, and a ship crashed into the bay? Yet several of my friends fell for it...
44 AirTranTUS : Halfway, then he starts to run out of the woods.
45 IFEMaster : No, but you're along the right lines.
46 Legoguy : LOL Another riddle. A woman lives on the 12th floor in a block of flats. However when going up to her flat from the ground, she always takes the elev
47 Post contains images FlyDeltaJets87 : Yea, this one's pretty easy to get when it's in writing though. Part of the catch on this one is that the person isn't listening quite closely enough
48 AirTranTUS : ATC then. Yeah but Legoguy and IFEmaster were quicker.[Edited 2006-10-25 00:37:43]
49 Jamesbuk : Aircraft mechanic. Too short to reach the top buttons. Rgds --James--
50 Post contains images IFEMaster : Yes. The ATC quits and turns out the runway and approach lights. The plane crashes in to the ground. And please, no comments about ILS or CATIII airp
51 Legoguy : mmmm yea I'll give it too you. The woman was a dwarf.
52 IFEMaster : Here's something a bit different. The paragraph below is unusual. See if you can spot why... What is unusual about the above paragraph.
53 Post contains images FlyDeltaJets87 : If you know the story of Oedipus, keep quiet. What walks on four legs in the morning, two at noon, and three at night?
54 FlyDeltaJets87 : An acheologist finds a coin with the date "54 B.C." stamped on. What is wrong with this?
55 Legoguy : Im too dumb for that. Heres a cleverish one. I am the beginning of the end. You see me twice in a week, once in a year but never in a day. What am I?
56 AirTranTUS : I cheated to find the answer so I will keep quiet. Good one. I like that one, but I'm somewhat familiar with the story and know the answer because of
57 IFEMaster : Anyone living in 54 BC would not have KNOWN it was BC, as the distinction between BC and AD was not made until a few hundred years AD.
58 IFEMaster : The letter 'E'.
59 Carmenlu15 : *bites tongue* The letter E?
60 Legoguy : Yar you's be correct. Im away off to watch the snooker. Whoever start this thread... its a great thread!!!!
61 Post contains images FlyDeltaJets87 : Thanks. I'm trying to see if anyone can figure it out on their own like Oedipus had to while in front of the Sphinx.
62 Braybuddy : It doesn't contain the most common letter used in the Engish language. Reminds me of a quote from an old English film: "I'm off to fight in the hundr
63 AirTranTUS : It's also missing a common word. Is anyone gonna try this one? Abstract thinking required.
64 FlyDeltaJets87 : A man rides into town on Friday. Three days later he leaves on Friday. How is this possible?
65 AirTranTUS : His horse is named Friday.
66 Cabso1 : All the words contain vowels. ( It's been a long time since I posted!)
67 Braybuddy : Let's put it to bed. It's man. Baby on all fours in the morning of his life, on two at the noon, and with a stick in the evening of his life . .
68 Post contains images IFEMaster : No. There's nothing unusual about that. This sentence contains vowels in every word too. The letter 'E' is the most commonly used letter in the Engli
69 ANITIX87 : Why couldn't it be? haha. The joke never specified that a "father and HIS son" were in a car, haha. Ah, yes. I should have remembered this answer. I'
70 Post contains images Thom@s : Hmmm, that's a tough one... Signed
71 Post contains images Carmenlu15 : Haha... I tricked my 10-year-old sister last night with that one. She in turn posed the question to Mom, who also fell for it. Then Mom tried to just
72 Jamesbuk : Heartattack? Rgds --James--
73 IFEMaster : He's a skydiver, jumping over the desert, and his parachute (the unopened package) failed to open?
74 Legoguy : Yeaaaa easy. The unopened package is an unopened parachute
75 Jamesbuk : Right well as the above one is cracked ill give ya one. Imagine that your on a plane, at 10,000 feet. Your stalling because the planes overweight. You
76 Legoguy : A couple of guesses 1) pull a manourve to sto the stall 2) put throttle to full 3) reset the flight on MS flight sim and this time have less weight f
77 Jamesbuk : Gues thats close enough! Rgds --James--
78 Post contains images Carmenlu15 : Yup! You both got it right. I was going to suggest "jump off the plane" but you might end up as the gentleman from my previous riddle.
79 Jamesbuk : LOL!! Surely i was right, he couldve been carrying a package of like a present to someone, walking across the field and has a heart attack! Rgds --Ja
80 QFA380 : Ok, this is the only riddle I know, I couldn't even get it after about an hour. here it is. This will be much easier in text than in voice. I like swi
81 IFEMaster : You like words that have double letters in them...EE in TREES, OO in WOOD, etc.
82 Post contains images QFA380 : That's it. Here's your cookie.
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