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Found this puzzle in an actual Russian kids book for the 2nd grade:

(my own server host failed as it run out of bandwidth, but now the image is nicely hosted on failblog)

This one is quite a mind twister. No matter how hard I thought about it, I could not come up with the defining characteristic for the last group of objects.

WFT brings them together?  They make sounds? Then why is a boot there?
Write what you think the answer is, in your comments.
The most hilarious/crazy/correct answer wins a feature.
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:iconkalany:
kalany Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
In English, a better answer could be that they're all compound nouns:
upright piano
grey whale
emperor penguin
cowboy boot
commuter train

Okay, it's a stretch. :-)
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Mizu05 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
they're all black/grey
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:iconproject-thirteen:
project-thirteen Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
I can't read Russian...and these pictures only brings to mind one thing: Hallucinations.

The only way to decript this is to get a drunken man to "think" out loud.

Okay, I'll try to decript it:

If you're gonna cut yourself in your living room, you'll end up in an ambulance...and the fairy will give you a nickel...with that, you might be able to buy some antiques...and a flood happens and you're either gonna get killed by a piano or a giant whale......Theeeeeeeeeeeeee end.
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Fats-T Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008
actually, it's probably so bloody simple that a grade 2 student would get it and it would blow our minds. anyone have the teacher's edition?
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Fats-T Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008
could it be the first/last letter in their name or a syllable or something along those lines? i don't speak russian so it's anyone's guess.
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:iconstarkhyel:
Starkhyel Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008
Whale, Penguin, Boot, Piano, Train... That's clearly about the Apocalypse :D
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:icondrlew:
drlew Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
They're all Right-side up.
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:iconjazuar:
Jazuar Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Student Digital Artist
well, if you're crap at fishing then you're likely to fish up any of those

they all pollute the ocean after all
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Falkonorder Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
Baleen (whalebone):

-the whale depicted isn't a toothed whale but a baleen whale
-piano springs are/were made out of baleen
-before plastic and flexible metals baleen was used, maybe also on that boot and the bus. It was used for many centuries up till the late 1900's.
-most penguins feed on krill, like the baleen whales (only the larger penguins eat fish and squids)

Maybe I'm completely wrong lol :) btw sorry for the shitty English.
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falling-stardust Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
Ahaha, nevermind, it's already been said.
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:iconfalling-stardust:
falling-stardust Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
They're all grey/black?
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:iconlana8ice:
lana8ice Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008   Traditional Artist
they consist of molecules
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:iconvarulvsnatt:
Varulvsnatt Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
They all move around;
Whales swim, penguins too. You walk with shoes, ride the train.

The piano? Oh, it's just there to confuse. Sure as hell worked. ;)
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:iconhikari-okami:
Hikari-Okami Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008   Photographer
They can all be burned in some way!
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:iconroytheboy:
roytheboy Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008   Photographer
They all have Joints.

-Penguin and Whale are obvious.
-Boot has a joint where the ankle and foot meet.
-Piano has a joint at the part that covers the keys (it lifts up)
-Train has joints in between the different cars.
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CMCarterArt Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
that metal one doesnt even make sense coz that car is made of other stuff too ... :hmm:
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:iconmendicant:
Mendicant Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Professional Artist
All of them contain carbon based components...? :confused:
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:iconthe-requiem:
The-Requiem Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008   Digital Artist
honorable mention + !!!

^_^
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:iconriakai:
Riakai Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
Maybe it's a twisted combonation of the other three categories.
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:iconmew-magic5:
mew-magic5 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Student General Artist
They're all black and white in the picture? Weapons used in a massive, hostile, alien takeover? Things you wouldn't give to your mother in law for Christmas?

I won't lie, it almost hurts to think about. :/

:heart:
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:iconfrogeyedape:
frogeyedape Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
dva people said gray...maybe b/c it's right?
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:iconmegrh:
MegRH Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
MY BOOTS EVOLVED i dunno what your talking about!!!!!
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:iconkazumisangel:
kazumisangel Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
I think it's that they're all in danger of dissappearing off the face of the earth...
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:iconzevek:
ZeVeK Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
They are all equally blackholeable. To wit - each would even be crushed to the same singularity!
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EvaineEriol Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Uhm.
Either they're all endangered, they all have flashing lights or none of them can fly.
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skippydragon Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
Пингвин
Пианино
Кит
Загрузки
Поезд
thats them in russain
but i had a thought nouns thats what they are nouns *shakes head to agree with self*
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skippydragon Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
Пингвин -Penguin
Пианино -Piano
Кит -Whale
Загрузки -Boot
Поезд- Train
....
i thought i would see they were in russian
but while doing this
i thought about it They are nouns or things
yes thats my answer nouns XD
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:iconrevelatus:
Revelatus Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
They're all three dimensional objects trapped in a two dimensional existence :(
What a tragedy..
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:iconrevelatus:
Revelatus Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
I'm stumped, but I aint sleeping till I have it figured out..
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chouder33 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
maybe they're all thing that could be played with assuming the whale and penguin were stuffed animals, you can play the piano, play with a toy train and play with a boot (dress up?) soooo...

toys?
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:iconrevelatus:
Revelatus Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
Stuffed whale that can shoot water?
I want one.
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:iconchouder33:
chouder33 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
i think itd be pretty cool myself :D

maybe its one of those squirty whales that you fill with water.. like a bathtub toy lol
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:iconrevelatus:
Revelatus Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
According to the picture, they all have flaps of some sort.
The penguin and whale both have fins.
The train has doors that flap open.
The boot has that tab thing sticking out of it.
The piano has the flap that covers the keys when you're not playin it.
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vangelis-karamela Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think i might know what connects them,its about time.
The train is not like the ones we see in many places.
It looks like built in 1700s or something.
And the boot is an old looking boot.Noone wears that models anymore.
The piano is also an oldie,because no piano has 2 candle holders beside it nowadays.
What up are with the penguin and the whale is;
After the invention of the edurant ocean ships,which is also in 1700s,people started crazy whale hunt,the rush for the north pole,and also hunted penguins.The solid truth that comes with this is people saw the penguins in those days first.
I say people , not european people,but after all,europeans wrote the 'known' world history.
Noone can claim that chinees,japans,ottomans,egyptians,greeks,romans,aztecs,maians,and that guys in macha chichu knew about the goddamn north pole!

So the answer is : HISTORY! (or past time whatever you call it.)
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vangelis-karamela Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i meant 'endurant ocean ships' ,typed wrongly sorry.
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spermbank-tycoon Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
don't they give u the answer at the back of the book or something? haha. and if there is it probably says "u just lost the game"
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:iconrevelatus:
Revelatus Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
Tell me the answer or i'm jumpin out this damn window!
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:iconrevelatus:
Revelatus Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
They're all completely screwed.
The penguin is standing in front of a train.
The boot has no foot in it.
The train has no tracks.
The whale is stranded out of the water.
The piano has no bench (nobody wants to play a piano without a bench..)
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turq-dorian Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008  Professional Writer
THEY ARE ALL THINGS THE RUSSIAN ARMY DOESN'T HAVE IN WINTER?!
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:iconturq-dorian:
turq-dorian Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008  Professional Writer
THEY ARE ALL THINGS KHRUSHCHEV HAS BEATEN THE OPPOSING PARTY WITH!
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:iconturq-dorian:
turq-dorian Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008  Professional Writer
NONE OF THEM CAN FLY!
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step-a-knee Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
The one thing the last group has in common is that they are all the biggest of their kind...?

The whale is the biggest mammal, piano as the biggest instrument, train in land transportation, boots for the feet. But I doubt the penguin is the biggest bird not unless ostriches doesn't exist in Russia.
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:iconvangelis-karamela:
vangelis-karamela Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They propbably had ostriches and eagles(eagles are bigger than penguins) at least we know russians had zoos :p
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step-a-knee Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
True true.
But it'll be awesome if penguins are bigger. Think of all the possibilities. :-O
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The-Scarred-Angel Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
All are useful for transportation!
Boots to protect your feet, a train to travel long distances, a whale to traverse the ocean, a piano to go breakneck speeds downhill and who could forget about penguin surfing?
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Rinthe Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008  Student
they all look old and worn out?
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