The Border Collie Chronicles

Observations from (arguably) the World's Smartest Dogs;
(but, without question, the bestest friends!)
or, Life As We Understand It, as told from dad's shop.

Posted November 5, 2015


Mental Acuity



To test your mental acuity, answer the following questions (no peeking at the answers below!):


  1. Johnny’s mother had three children.  The first child was named April.  The second child was named May.  What was the third child’s name?

  2. A clerk at a butcher shop stands five feet ten inches tall and wears size 13 sneakers.  What does he weigh?

  3. Before Mt. Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world?

  4. How much dirt is there in a hole that measures two feet by three feet by four feet?

  5. What word in the English language is always spelled incorrectly?

  6. Billie was born on December 28th, yet her birthday always falls in the summer.  How is this possible?

  7. In British Columbia you cannot take a picture of a man with a wooden leg.  Why not?

  8. If you were running a race and you passed the person in 2nd place, what place would you be in now?

  9. Which is correct to say, “The yolk of the egg is white” or “The yolk of the egg are white?”

  10. A farmer has five haystacks in one field and four haystacks in another.  How many haystacks would he have if he combined them all in one field?








  1. Johnny.

  2. Meat.

  3. Mt. Everest. It just wasn’t discovered yet.

  4. There is no dirt in a hole.

  5. Incorrectly (except when it is spelled incorrecktly).

  6. Billie lives in the southern hemisphere.

  7. You can’t take a picture with a wooden leg. You need a camera (or iPad or cell phone) to take a picture.

  8. You would be in 2nd place. You passed the person in second place, not first.

  9. Neither. Egg yolks are yellow.

  10. One.  If he combines all his haystacks, they all become one big stack.





Hope you got most (if not all) of them right …

The BC’s did!




Sorry.  We are getting lazy and couldn't come up with a story ... we think that the event in August, and the September and October stories might've taken some steam out of us ...


We have one reader that has promised a story, but hasn't delivered yet!  Maybe we'll see it before too long!  Maybe some of the rest of you might want to contribute your thoughts!!  Maybe we will get off our lazy tails and get some new stories started and finish up some of the started stories (but we'll have to adjust to this danged time change first!)  In any event, here are some random quotes to wrap this one up ...



All that we are is the result of what we have thought.




Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life.

Eckhart Tolle



I always remember an epitaph which is in the cemetery at Tombstone, Arizona.

It says: 'Here lies Jack Williams. He done his damnedest.'

I think that is the greatest epitaph a man can have -

When he gives everything that is in him to do the job he has before him.

That is all you can ask of him and that is what I have tried to do.

Harry S Truman



The best lightning rod for your protection is your own spine.

Ralph Waldo Emerson



I don't want anyone as president who promises to take care of me.

I may be stupid, but I want a chance to try to be a grown-up and take care of my family.

Penn Jillette







Okay, some of these are a bit corny.  But they all illustrate several brain idiosyncrasies that affect how we make decisions in the world.  We “stoled” this (in it's entirety) from Forbes at





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