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  1. #1 Brain teaser: Balloon on a bus! 
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    I know you all are smart enough to guess this, plus there is only 3 answers! Go for it!

    You're sitting on a bus. The kid next to you has a helium-filled balloon and it ends up against the ceiling, just about in the center of the bus. The driver suddenly hits the gas pedal and the bus lurches forward, throwing you back into your seat. What does the balloon do?

    a. It moves backwards.
    b. It moves forward.
    c. It stays where it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patriot45 View Post
    I know you all are smart enough to guess this, plus there is only 3 answers! Go for it!

    You're sitting on a bus. The kid next to you has a helium-filled balloon and it ends up against the ceiling, just about in the center of the bus. The driver suddenly hits the gas pedal and the bus lurches forward, throwing you back into your seat. What does the balloon do?

    a. It moves backwards.
    b. It moves forward.
    c. It stays where it is.
    Um ... all 3?

    Moves backwards when driver hits the gas pedal ... moves forward when it slows down ... rests where it is for a second and decides to get the heck out, and wait for the NEXT bus!

    Wouldn't you with such erratic driving?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ABC in Georgia View Post
    Um ... all 3?

    Moves backwards when driver hits the gas pedal ... moves forward when it slows down ... rests where it is for a second and decides to get the heck out, and wait for the NEXT bus!

    Wouldn't you with such erratic driving?
    All right!!! You got 1 right and 2 wrong! You get a -1!

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    Quote Originally Posted by patriot45 View Post
    All right!!! You got 1 right and 2 wrong! You get a -1!
    Ha! Ha! ...

    Wasn't even trying either! Have things on my mind at the moment pumpkin!
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  5. #5 Re: Brain teaser: Balloon on a bus! 
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    It appearsto move backwards relative to the motion of the bus. Inertia causes it to lag behind the bus' acceleration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Odysseus View Post
    It appearsto move backwards relative to the motion of the bus. Inertia causes it to lag behind the bus' acceleration.

    Sic hacer pace, para bellum.
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    I know you are smart, but you missed the bus on this one!

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    It moves forward with the bus........just like the kid who gets slammed against the back of the seat moves forward with the bus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marv View Post
    It moves forward with the bus........just like the kid who gets slammed against the back of the seat moves forward with the bus.
    Marv, you are right for all the wrong reasons! Behold:

    . It moves forward. When the bus moves forward, the heavier air moves to the back of the bus. The helium balloon is lighter than air, so it is pushed forward. Give it try yourself sometime!

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  9. #9 Brain teaser: Balloon on a bus! 
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    Quote Originally Posted by Articulate_Ape View Post
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