Juggling ice-breaker for meetings, training and teambuilding.

I’ve done this with great effect in the past – both with small groups as part of Managment Training, but also at conferences with groups of a couple of hundred people!! The beauty of juggling lies in the fact that we’ve all marvelled at the skill of jugglers since we were little, but few of us have ever managed to acquire the skills. We’ve tried – and I’m guessing we all got up to two balls – using...

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Bullet and ball

You’re standing on the edge of an ocean with a high powered rifle and a ball. The ocean is smooth and there is no wind. Holding the rifle level with the ground six feet high, you fire a bullet out to sea. The very instant the bullet leaves the barrel you drop the ball from the same height as the rifle. Which will hit the water first, the bullet or the ball? Answer: The ball will hit first. The curvature of the earth will cause the bullet...

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Polygons

A boy was told to identify a polygon. The teacher gave him 3 clues: 1. I have 4 equal sides. 2. All my angles add to 360 degrees 3. I’m not a square. What am I? Answer: A rhombus, because all the sides are the same length, all the angles add to 360 degrees and it isn’t a square.

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Coin and bottle trick

Take an empty beer bottle and a small coin which is wider than the mouth of the bottle but no wider than the rim (a British penny is ideal). How do you move the coin without moving the bottle, touching or blowing the coin, or using another object to contact the coin and move it? Solution: Drip some liquid onto the coin so that a seal is made between the coin edge and the mouth of the bottle. Clasp your hands around the bottle and wait a few...

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The farmer’s dilemma

A farmer has a dog, a sack of grain and a live chicken, all of which he must take across a river. The boat will only carry him and one of the things at a time or it will sink. Without the farmer, the dog would kill the chicken, and the chicken would eat the grain. How does he get all three across safely to continue his journey? Answer:  He takes the chicken and comes back; then he takes the grain and comes back with the chicken; then he...

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