We all had that one toy growing up that we carried around with us everywhere we went.
My Scooby-Doo plush was with me every second. As a child I spent hours daydreaming about all the adventures that I would go on if my favorite toys were somehow able to come to life. Unfortunately, I was limited to my imagination.
But this pup was able to see his favorite toy come to life right before his very eyes. They say parents will do just about anything to make their kiddos happy, and this dog daddy is proof of that. The pooch absolutely loses it when his favorite Gumby doll comes walking into the living room.
While interviewing for jobs in the San Francisco Bay Area, I was confronted with a slew of quirky questions from companies that claimed to be doing things differently. Some were as trivial as "What's your spirit animal?" while others were more thoughtful though no less unusual, for example, "Describe the color yellow to someone who couldn't see."
These were, of course, planted in between more practical questions. The point is to see how you respond to curve balls. Do you panic? Do you assume? While they may seem random, they provide your prospective employers with a glimpse of your problem solving skills.
Now, Google is a company that has an actual record of doing things differently since their inception so we'll let them slide with their difficult interview questions. Some are old riddles while others are centered on your behavior.
Please note that the examples given below are listed as Google interview questions on many sites but a few sources have debunked them, arguing that they have never really been used (or have been and are now banned). These sources, however, did agree with the fact that the company's interview questions were usually "hard and often academic," more extreme than others. Other sources say that big companies are now abandoning these brain teasers because they aren't good indicators of job performance.
Memorizing the answers won't get you the job but you might want to prepare yourself for left field scenarios, ones you've never had to think about before, just in case.
"Why are manhole covers round?"
First of all, manholes are those small openings on city streets that lead to a sewer, and their covers are round so that they don’t fall into a manhole. If the covers were another shape, there’s a small chance it could fall in diagonally, which of course isn’t very safe.
"A man pushed his car to a hotel and lost his fortune. What happened?"
This is when playing games really pays off. In Monopoly, if you have a car and place it on someone else’s property, it will cost you some money, in some cases, everything you’ve got.
"How many piano tuners are the entire world?"
Familiar with Fermi questions? Fermi questions are estimation problems commonly used in physics or engineering. This question is a perfect example, and it has already been addressed on Wikipedia in the context of Chicago:
“For example, we might make the following assumptions:
1. There are approximately 9,000,000 people living in Chicago.
2. On average, there are two persons in each household in Chicago.
3, Roughly one household in twenty has a piano that is tuned regularly.
4. Pianos that are tuned regularly are tuned on average about once per year.
5. It takes a piano tuner about two hours to tune a piano, including travel time.
6. Each piano tuner works eight hours in a day, five days in a week, and 50 weeks in a year.
7. From these assumptions, we can compute that the number of piano tunings in a single year in Chicago is
(9,000,000 persons in Chicago) ÷ (2 persons/household) × (1 piano/20 households) × (1 piano tuning per piano per year) = 225,000 piano tunings per year in Chicago.
We can similarly calculate that the average piano tuner performs
(50 weeks/year) × (5 days/week) × (8 hours/day) ÷ (2 hours to tune a piano) = 1000 piano tunings per year.
(225,000 piano tunings per year in Chicago) ÷ (1000 piano tunings per year per piano tuner) = 225 piano tuners in Chicago.
The actual number of piano tuners in Chicago is about 290.”
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"You are shrunk down to the size of a pencil and dropped into a blender, what do you do?"
As stressful as these questions are, interviewers aren’t looking for a perfect answer. In this case, you might want to provide a few different strategies. They’re not just looking at what you say, but how you say it.
According to LinkedIn, the technically correct answer would be “I’d be able to jump out.” This would require you to know the relationship between mass and density. If you don’t, however, it isn’t a deal breaker. You can provide other answers as long as it shows you were trying to problem solve.
"Explain the significance of 'dead beef?'"
If you’re asked this question, they aren’t referring to dinner. Most computer engineers/coders will know that DEADBEEF is a hexadecimal value used for debugging in the past. The pattern was used to mark newly allocated areas of memory
"How many times a day do the hands on a clock overlap?"
To be specific, we’re talking about the time between midnight today and midnight tomorrow. The minute hand will hit the hour hand 22 times due to relative speed, so that’s our answer.
"Design an evacuation plan for the city of San Francisco."
There’s probably a thorough answer to this from the city itself but that’s not what the interviewers are looking for. They want to see how comprehensive you can be. For example, are you thinking about how differently people will react and how to deal with them? How will you conduct traffic? What methods of transportation should be used to help the most people?
"You are the captain of a pirate ship and your pirates will vote on splitting the booty. You will make a recommendation and if fewer than half the pirates agree with you, you die. How do you split it up to ensure a good share while surviving the vote?"
There are some good answers floating around for this one, and perhaps you’ve come up with a few yourself.
On Quora, Ryan Lackey suggested to distribute the gold evenly without any for yourself, but only if there isn’t a hierarchy among the other pirates.
Another possibility is splitting the gold between the top 51 percent of the pirates if there is a hierarchy.
Not satisfied with those answers? Some suggest dividing the pirates in two groups so they could decide on their own solutions collectively. That way, half of them will have already agreed on one thing.
"How many golf balls can fit on a school bus?"
This is kind of like asking how many hairs are on your body, isn’t it? There will be some people who can provide eloquent and technically correct responses to this. Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t. Just be thoughtful creative.
For the record, some estimate the correct answer to be about 500,000-800,000+ golf balls. Remember that about 25% of the school bus is reserved for seating.
"How much would you charge to wash every window in Seattle?"
This question was rumored to be used not just at Google but at Facebook as well. If you have a math brain that computes at record breaking speeds or just love variables, that’s great! You can answer this question easily. If not, you can estimate the number of windows based on the population and produce a simple, sensible answer such as “$10 (or some other amount) per window).” It doesn’t even have to be close to the “right” answer. It matters how you present it and how you arrive to it.
It’s an argument that goes back and forth; do plants feel? They do not have a brain or nervous system that tells them they are being hurt. Still, from the smallest to the tallest plants and trees, they all know to instinctively moving towards sunlight.
According to the Institute for Applied Physics at the University of Bonn in Germany, plants release gases when they are being cut, the equivalent of crying out in pain. The university recorded the sounds the plants release in the form of gases using a laser-powered microphone.
“The more a plant is subjected to stress, the louder the signal we get on our microphone,” explains one of the researchers, Frank Kühnemann. In fact, the summer smell of freshly cut grass is actually a chemical released to warn other plants of danger, according researchers from the University of Georgia. One tree in Africa displays its hurt and pain in a very human way.
The pterocarpus angolensis or bloodwood tree can be found in various parts of Africa like Zimbabwe, Tanzania, South Africa, and Zaire, among others.
The tree can grow as high as 15 feet with its imposing stature and canopy like branches.
When the tree is cut down, it bleeds red sap wood.
The tree releases the red sap to heal the area where it was cut.
The timber is very popular as it gives off a beautiful reddish brown colour and is resistant to termites.
The material has been used for furniture and canoes.
Could you imagine living inside a silo? Hell no! Silos are for grains, not people! Right? Well, architect Christoph Kaiser and his wife Shauna Thibault felt way different. They didn't want the cliche two bedroom, two bathroom home with a white picket fence. So in the process of challenging the high costs of owning a home and accruing a huge debt from a mortgage, the couple turned a 190 square foot silo made of corrugated steel-walls from 1955 into a charming, albeit tiny home in Phoenix, Arizona. With a lot of time and a lot of money, he scrounged up enough resources and used design flourishings to make a minimalist lifestyle seem irresistible.
There aren't too many people who would willingly choose to live in a grain silo.
But Christoph Kaiser and his wife Shauna Thibault don’t mind micro-living in this urbanized home in Phoenix, Arizona.
The whole process took about 18 months to complete, but it was well worth it.
Naturally, all the modifications to turn this curved space into a home was quite costly, like adding plumbing for a fully working, albeit tiny bathroom with a shower. So they had to take breaks in between to recuperate financially.
Not everything about this silo style living was paradise.
During their first major storm, water came in through the front and radius doors. Kaiser recalls feeling upset because as an architect it was his job to think of every possible scenario and make the home actually work.
Homes aren't always palaces by the sea or little boxes in neighborhoods.
Nobody knows this better than Christoph Kaiser and Shauna and although they’ve had to downsize on a lot of their stuff, except for her, who has more shoes than he does, the couple did get their happily ever after.
Everyone has their own personal idea of what perfection is. Someone might find perfection in color coded and organized office supplies. Others might find perfection in shadows that align themselves with the pavement. Whatever it is you find perfection in, it usually brings you an odd feeling of satisfaction that nothing else can give you.
Whether you're a perfectionist or not, these photos will somehow visually satisfy you. There's just something about seeing something that looks absolute or complete that makes a person feel whole.
#1. The sun perfectly engulfed within a thumb and finger while its rays shine through.
These days, people are more nervous than ever when they’re approached by cops. The majority of the police force are good people who look out for our safety, but highly publicized hate crimes and murders have struck fear in many, particularly in the black community.
Recently, a few young, black men were hanging out with their kids on the street when they were stopped by a police cruiser. At first they were afraid, but once Officer Robert Howard introduced himself, it was clear that he had their best interest at heart. His explanation of a bad cop versus a good cop is one that everybody needs to hear, especially right now.
When the young men shared their encounter with the officer on Facebook, it quickly went viral. Local news in St. Louis, Missouri, reported on the incident below.
When parents send their kids to school, they know there’s always the possibility that they’ll be bullied.
It’s a sad thought, but it’s something we prepare kids for. We do our best to teach them not to bully others, not to touch another person without their consent, and that violence is never the answer. Unfortunately, when the adults they look to for protection exhibit this behavior, it’s a lot more hurtful and a lot harder to understand.
Seven-year-old John Mclean was in his school’s hallway when surveillance video caught another student’s parent walking up and punching him in the stomach out of the blue.
Mclean’s mother Lena hopes the police will arrest the parent, telling CNN, “You watched my son on the ground and you didn’t do nothing…and all you could say to me is you were playing.”
“You don’t bully a child, you don’t torment a child. I wouldn’t do that to you. I wouldn’t do that to none of your kids.” She concluded, “I’ll feel much better when he is locked up.” The school, KIPP D.C. Spring Academy in Washington D.C., responded with a letter saying that the safety of students is their number one priority.
Whether the gut punch was malicious or playful, it was clearly a bad idea and it sends the wrong message to young kids still trying to learn how to do the right thing. Go from zero to hero by standing up to bullying wherever you see it.
In the world of film, detail is everything. The bigger the production, the larger the budget for costume, art, set decorator, as well as hiring a team of researchers or experts in a particular field.
The job of each area is to be as accurate as possible so audience members can literally get lost and engrossed in the story. This is why it is surprising that for every film release there are goofs that film critics love to rip apart. One would think that these big budget films want to avoid the public embarrassment of getting something wrong.
Once, the film is playing in theatres and the mistake is noticed, it cannot be reversed. The cost to go back and get the actors and crew to return to re-shoot a scene, is a cost most studios cannot afford to take on. Here are the worst costume mistakes on films we have found. #8 is just embarrassing.
#1. Pride & Prejudice
The classic novel Pride and Prejudice, written by Jane Austen was published in 1813. In the Hollywood film version, Lizzie wears rubber Wellington boots. Except the rubber boot was not produced until 1853.
Pride & Prejudice
#2. Pearl Harbor
Prior to WWII no well-dressed woman would be caught without wearing nylon stockings. In the film which is set weeks prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the women are all seen with bare legs.
#3. Django Unchained
Jamie Foxx’s character wears sunglasses through most of the movie which is set during the days of slavery. Slavery officially ended in the United States on December 6, 1865. Sunglasses, however, did not come to be made until 1925.
#4. Dirty Dancing
In the film, Baby played by Jennifer Grey wears jean shorts. The story is set in 1963 but this style of shorts did not arrive on the fashion scene till the late 1960’s.
William Wallace was a Scottish knight who fought for Scotland’s independence from England in the late 1290’s. Mel Gibson who played Wallace in the film Braveheart dons a Scottish kilt. Except, the Scots did not start wearing kilts till 1720.
The lead girl Vada played by Anna Chlumsky, wears a mood ring. The movie is set in 1972, mood rings were not invented till 1975.
#7. American Hustle
Louis C.K. plays FBI supervisor, Stoddard Thorsen in American Hustle. In one scene Thorsen is seen wearing a Rolex 116718 GMT Master II wristwatch. The film is set in the late 1970’s and early 80’s. This model watch was not manufactured till 2010.
The movie is set around the time of the life and death of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius who lived from April 26, 121 AD to March 17, 180 AD. In the big blockbuster, Russell Crowe can be seen wearing lycra shorts while fighting tigers.
#9. The Informant
The film takes place from 1992 to 1994. In one scene where the characters are golfing, they are wearing Nike golf spikes. Nike did not get into the golf sports field until 1996.
#10. Saving Private Ryan
In the movie, Saving Private Ryan some of the paratroopers wear black boots. During WWII, the colour of the boots issued was brown. It was not until 1950 that it was switched to black.
The film set in 1938 has Nazi officers donning various WWII combat medals even though the war didn’t actually start till September 1, 1939.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
#12. Catch Me If You Can
Amy Adams sports a pretty, metal smile full of braces in the movie set in the 1960’s. This type of braces were not introduced till the mid-1970’s.
Catch Me if You Can
#13. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Robin Hood has appeared in English folklore, both literature and ballads as early as 1377. In the movie with Kevin Costner and Morgan Freeman, Robin uses a telescope. This device was not invented till the 17th century.
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
#14. Schindler's List
European women in the 1930’s and 1940’s did not shave or trim their armpits, pubic, and legs. Still, in the Steven Spielberg film, all the women are trimmed.
Seabiscuit is based on the true story of a small horse by the same name during the Great Depression. In the movie, the jockeys like Tobey Maguire wear plastic lenses and chinstraps attach to their hats. The lenses began to be used after WWII and the straps were not introduced until 1956.
If you look around you, you'll realize the world is filled with empty canvases. Art can be created onto any platform. Every town is filled with empty walls that are often overlooked.
Fortunately for us, every society has a handful of artists who have the creative eye to transform all these blank boring walls into something exciting to look at. They're determined to turn the world into a public art gallery and so far it looks like they're succeeding.
Check out some of the amazing street art transformations below. We've provided a before photo for each one just so you can see how drastic the transformation was.
#1. The Kiss Mural, Chelsea, New York, USA
The infamous kiss recreated onto a blank wall with vibrant colors as the background.
Elvert Barnes / Mary Lane
#2. Renaissance, Le Puy en Velay, France
The side of what looks like an apartment complex building painted over to look like more windows and a center pathway.
#3. Lets Keep The Plants Alive, Bialystok, Poland
A plain wall and big tree transformed into a mural of a big girl watering a smaller tree.
Snapping a photo is sort of like farting in public. You have to look around before doing it. There are a lot of things that can get in the way of an otherwise perfect shot. Lighting, perverts, a breezy day, and even nude people can intentionally or unintentionally photobomb you. If you don't want to end up like these unfortunate souls, then check the background, and not just for people or animals. Clear up your dresser, night table or bathroom sink of anything you wouldn't want your own mother to see. Trust us, you could end up being immortalized on the web…FOREVER.
#1. It looks like a crime scene and romance was the victim.
The culprit? That big old dildo in the background right next to the Lysol can of all places.
#2. Want to know how to catch a pervert in the act? Take a selfie with your bestie.
It caught this guy trying to sneak a camera under this lady’s dress to take a snatch snap.
ImgurIt's difficult to keep your eyes focused solely on the 2011 Fight Hunger Bowl champion.
#3. It's difficult to keep your eyes focused solely on the 2011 Fight Hunger Bowl champion.
Especially when there’s so much naked man meat in the background.
#4. The mirror is giving you a rearview of this gal's awesome new hairdo.
But it’s also giving everyone a jaw dropping front view of her man too.
#5. What could have possibly ruined an otherwise Swimsuit style photo op?
Uh, that would be the not so flattering guy walking on the farthest edges of the shore.