Fortune recently put out an interesting piece listing “the most ridiculous” job interview questions. And, to be sure, they are ridiculous.

But are they completely out of left field?

At the outset, sure, they seem like insane questions (“What’s your fastball?”). Yet if you note the companies that are asking them, we think it makes sense. All the queries require clever – if not extremely intelligent – responses, answers that will no doubt exercise the candidate’s critical thinking skills. The questions also require the candidate to think on their feet, all while keeping their cool.

Consider that these could be the same people operating nuclear reactors, building the hardware, software and essential devices of tomorrow, and keeping our personal records secured. So, wacky as they may seem, there’s a method to the interviewers’ madness. Some of our faves, along with the answers that we found by a simple Google searc…er, I mean, we figured them out without any help.

From Apple: “You have three boxes. One contains only apples, one contains only oranges, and one contains both apples and oranges. The boxes have been incorrectly labeled so that no label accurately identifies the contents of any of the boxes. Opening just one box, and without looking inside, you take out one piece of fruit. By looking at the fruit, how can you immediately label all of the boxes correctly?” (Answer.)

From Facebook: “Given the numbers 1 to 1,000, what is the minimum number of guesses needed to find a specific number, if you are given the hint ‘higher’ or ‘lower’ for each guess you make?” (Answer.)

From Intel: “Explain quantum electrodynamics in two minutes, starting now.” (Answer.)

Goofy or good? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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