## Calculations

For Google, obviously the ability to carry out quick, accurate calculations would be a highly prized trait in their employees. Our calculation needs at Cracked are a bit more straightforward.
Beyond that, the most complicated calculation we're likely to perform is ordering a list in descending order. Though we can also usually get our IT guys to do it for us in a pinch, or, ironically enough, just Google the answer. Google Question **What are the first 10 consecutive digits of**Any idiot can build a script to cycle over the digits of

*e*that form a prime number?*e*, running them through a basic primality test -- I think an episode of

*Entourage*hinged on such a plot point. In fact, this is so easy, I wonder if maybe Google is actually asking about

*e*the vowel. Cracked Question

**Calculate all the digits of 5.**Anyone who can look at the number 5 and get a real handle on it is all we need here at Cracked, given our low-cal calculation needs. Bonus points for anyone who can put the numbers 1 to 5 in descending order, or who knows why it's such a funny number (because it looks like an S with a massive German forehead).

## Puzzles

Presenting a puzzle during an interview is a classic way of determining if a candidate has seen that puzzle before.
Anyone who's seen *Rubik, the Amazing Cube* cartoon would immediately qualify for a position here as our Senior '80s Bullshit Researcher.

**You have eight balls, all of the same size, but one weighs slightly more than the rest. Find that ball by using a balance scale only twice.**This is a fairly straightforward mental puzzle that tests the candidate's ability at logical reasoning, and is not, presumably, related to any quality control problems at Google's sphere plant. Cracked Question

**Is it possible to have an odd number of testicles in a room, and if so, how would you determine that using a balance scale?**This is a two-part question designed to observe how people react to ideas about testicles. We used to have a different way of doing this that got us in a lot of trouble. Looking for an answer? For the first half, the correct answer is "Yes." Consider people who have suffered injuries, or people who are halfway through gender-reassignment surgery, or men entering a room while walking sideways when the door violently slammed shut. For the second half, to make such a determination using a balance scale, you'd ask everyone in the room who has only one testicle to get on the balance scale, and then count the number of people on the balance scale.

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