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Brainteaser: Two Jugs

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You have two plastic jugs filled with water. How can you put all the water into a barrel, without using the jugs or any dividers, and still tell which water came from which jug?

When you are ready for the answer, continue reading.


Highlight here for the answer: Freeze them first. Take the ice blocks out of the jugs and put them in the barrel. You will be able to tell which (frozen) water came from which jug. 

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These are not so much fun with the answers available immediately. How about delaying them for a day or so and offering a t-shirt as a prize: one for the most correct and one for the most creative, but still functional.

If needed, I shall disqualify myself as a winner.
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I don't like this solution. First, how are you supposed to pour ice out of the jug? Second, I challenge anyone to examine two blocks of ice and identify which came from which jug. I suggest that you should pour one jug into the barrel, allow the barrel to freeze, and then pour the second jug's contents in.
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