The brain, like any other part of the human body, needs to be trained in order to stay in shape. A great way to train your grey matter is by doing brain-teasing quizzes and puzzles. Below is a quick test from Bright Side that can help keep you firing on all cylinders.
This one will require you to really think about the meaning of the words used in the question.
Here it is: A woman jumped from a plane without a parachute and survived, how is that possible?
If you need a tip, think about what the question tells you and the information that has been left out.
Scroll down to find out how the woman survived unscathed.
In this case, the plane hadn’t taken off, so when she jumped she only travelled a short distance to the ground when she jumped.
Tests like these are set up to give you a sense of your IQ, but what is an IQ?
Mensa defines IQ as “a type of standard score that indicates how far above, or how far below, his/her peer group an individual stands in mental ability”.
The phrase was coined by psychologist William Stern in 1912, in relation to the German word Intelligenzquotient.
According to the BBC, two-thirds of the population have an IQ between 85 and 115.
Approximately 33.3 per cent of Brits has an IQ of 115 or more.
According to research by the University of Exeter, the more regularly people aged over 50 complete puzzles, the better their brain function will be.
Two academic papers, published jointly by Exeter and King’s College London assessed 19,000 older people between the ages of 50 and 96 for their responses to different puzzles.
Those that regularly did Sudoku and other brain puzzles routinely had a brain function ten years younger than those that did not undertake frequent brain challenges.
Lead researcher Dr Anne Corbett, from the University of Exeter Medical School, said the more regularly people perform puzzles, the “sharper their performance is across a range of tasks assessing memory, attention and reasoning”.