The Impossible Book Puzzle

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This is not a common type of puzzle,

I know it might not be good enough for the contest, but anyway:

Want a unique puzzle?

here it comes!

Step 1: You Will Need:

Two books

A pair of hands(attached to your arms!!)

Something to pass the time(you will find out why)

Step 2: How Do You Stick Two Books Together Without Anything?


First, find two books of similar size.

Then take the last page of one book and place it on top of the last page of the other book.

Do the same for all the pages in the book (second last page over second last page and so on)(I told you about the patience!)

Step 3: Midway

It should look like this when halfway done.

Step 4: Moment of Truth

Once it is done try to pull the books apart holding the spines.

It's impossible!

Try lifting up one book so that the spine faces the ceiling, the other book will not fall off!

Try fooling your friends with it!



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    6 Discussions


    3 months ago

    I don’t care what anyone else thinks, this is the greatest puzzle to stymie Boy Scouts from Tigers to Eagles, from den leaders te Scout masters.
    Sometimes the simplest is the best! Good luck?

    1 reply

    Reply 3 months ago

    Thanks, that is a lot of encouragement! It is so kind of you!!!!

    Kink Jarfold

    4 months ago on Step 4

    Is the ONLY way to take it apart to undo each of the overlapping pages? Or is there a simpler way? --Kink--

    3 replies
    Fred DoolieKink Jarfold

    Reply 4 months ago

    I recall The Mysthbusters doing a video on this concept using two phonebooks. They couldn't pull the books apart even with two pickup trucks.

    ArbormakesKink Jarfold

    Reply 4 months ago

    Just take the spines of the books and pull them downwards.
    The books I was using are from the library, so you can trust me.