It was a fine summer day, Chris had left his friend’s house and began walking home. He decided to take a shortcut thru the nearby park. Kids were playing happily on the playground, some couples were having a picnic in the grass and overall everything was just so peaceful. A slight breeze was blowing, causing the trees to sway slightly in the wind. Chris continued walking as was soon approached by a stranger. “Hello there, would you be interested in taking a small pop quiz?” said the stranger. Chris continued to walk, “No thanks….not interested.” The stranger nodded. “I understand….the quiz was probably too hard for you anyway.” Chris stopped in his tracks and proceeded to turn around, “What do you mean it’s too hard for me?” “Oh no, it’s nothing to worry about, my quizzes are pretty difficult. Not many people can finish them.” The stranger explained. “I’ll take your stupid quiz!” Chris said confidently and walked toward the stranger. “But first you gotta tell me your name.” The stranger chuckled, “My name is Krow. Are you sure you want to do this? There’s no backing out once we start.” Chris thought for a moment, “Sure, I don’t see why not.” Krow nodded, “Alright, but you need to shake on it, but just letting you know in advanced should you fail to answer a question correctly….let’s just say your body will start to match your mind.” Krow chuckles to himself and offers Chris his hand, waiting for him to shake it. “What’s that supposed to mean? What is some mystical force going to make me a kid or something?” Chris laughs a bit. “Whatever, it’s not that magic or any of that stuff is real anyway so let’s do this!” Chris reaches out and shakes Krow’s hand. “Alright….” Krow smiles slightly, “This quiz has 3 questions, so let’s begin. First question, at a party, everyone shook hands with everybody else. There were 66 handshakes. How many people were at the party?” Chris thought for a bit, “11?” Krow shook his head. “Oh so close! The correct answer was 12.” Chris then felt strange feeling, almost as if he was younger somehow. “Since you answered that question incorrectly, you’re now half your normal age.” Krow explained to Chris. “Wait! I’m 12 years old now?!” Chris shouted, hearing his now higher pitched voice. Krow chuckled. “Well 12 and a half to be exact, but look on the bright side, at least your clothes shrink with you.” At this point a small crowd formed around the two, curious as to what was going on. “You ready for your second question?” Asked Krow. Chris just stood there for a little, still in shock, then nodded. “Alright, let’s make this question a little easier for you, seeing as you’re younger then when you started.” Krow thought little bit. “Alright, second question, a rectangular chalk board is 3 times as long as it is wide. If it were 3 meters shorter and 3 meters wider, it would be square. What are the dimensions of the chalk board? Chris once again thinks about the problem, knowing his age really is at stake. “Um…..4x4?” Chris once again felt himself getting younger. “Oh sorry, that is incorrect! And with that wrong answer you are now once again half your age, minus 2. So that now make you 4 years old.” Chris just stood in shock once again, some chuckles coming from the crowd. “Ready for your final question little guy? Get it right and you’ll just be a 4 year old, though get it wrong….and you’ll probably be back in diapers.” “NO!” Chris shouted, “I don’t want to do this anymore!” Chris then realized his underwear were now training pants, causing him to blush brightly. Krow shook his head, “Sorry little guy, you shook on it. I told you there was no going back after that, though seeing as you’re 4 years old the question shouldn’t be that hard….so at least there’s that.” Chris began to pout, “FINE!” Chris stood there, waiting for his final question. “Okay, final question, what is 12 times 10?” Krow asked. Chris’ mind drew a blank, when he was older this question wouldn’t be a problem, but now, being only 4 years old this math problem was way above his grade level. “I-I dunno…..22?” Chris waited, and soon felt the familiar feeling of getting younger. “Sorry kid, that’s incorrect.” Chris felt himself get younger, soon he was just 1 year old, his clothing soon vanished leaving him in just a diaper, his wallet remained next to him. Chris look himself over, still slightly in shock over the entire situation and blushing like crazy. A few people in the crowd began laughing at Chris’ situation. “Well, what can I say little guy, I told you my quizzes were difficult, better luck next time…..though next time might be quite some time away, anyway…..let’s get you home.” Krow picked Chris and his wallet up, and headed to Chris’ house.”
Sorry this took so long to finish, also sorry there's no little comic to go with this, it just wasn't coming out that great. So I hope the story makes up for that.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy it
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Also if you're interested here's the answers to the questions.
1. At a party, everyone shook hands with everybody else. There were 66 handshakes. How many people were at the party?