Penelope Wilson
Penelope Wilson
October 7, 2020 ·  3 min read

Only 0.1% Of People Can Figure Out The Exact Number Of Holes In This Shirt

Okay, I know what you’re thinking. This is probably one of those annoying tests where the answers are never what they seem, and even when you find out, it won’t make a bit of sense. No, not this one. This is actually a very simple puzzle and you should figure it out in 5 seconds [1].

How many holes are in the shirt in the picture above? Remember, five seconds.

The weird thing about brain teasers is how nostalgic they make most adults feel. These childhood puzzles either bring back sweet memories of a time when puzzles were the coolest thing ever, or they make you remember those awful days when you couldn’t get any brain teasers right. 

Nevertheless, they are still a great way to pass time productively and keep the brain active. You’d notice that after your education, depending on your line of work, your brain progressively becomes less active. You’d find yourself resetting your password whenever it’s time to log into a website or app online.  You simply cannot retain as much information as before or even separate all the data in your head to figure out the simplest things.

It’s a harsh reality and for some people, it starts as early as their thirties. It wouldn’t hurt to try a few rejuvenating mental activities regularly to keep your mind sharp and active, would it?

Have you figured out the answer yet?

If you haven’t, here’s a clue. To wear the shirt, you’d have to “pass it through” yourself, right?

Moving on.

Contrary to what some so-called experts believe, working regularly with puzzles, brainteasers, riddles, and crosswords can significantly improve your level of intelligence [2]. You may not become Einstein or Sherlock Holmes over time, but you’d certainly become more assertive, quicker at making firm decisions, and develop a faster processing speed. Working with crosswords helps you learn more words and improve your vocabulary. Working with riddles and puzzles would certainly improve your intuition and critical thinking. Brain teasers make you better at logical thinking because more often than not, the answer is always right in front of you. It’s just a bit tougher to find secrets hiding in plain sight.

If these improvements aren’t directly proportional to intelligence, then I don’t know what is.

Brain teasers should be recommended as a regular mental workout, especially for people exiting the youthful stage of mental alertness. It may help to delay or reduce the symptoms of brain degeneration such as dementia since the vital components of your brain are being worked out very often [3]. More medical research is needed to understand this theory, but it never hurts to try, and of course, they are always a lot of fun.

So, the answer to the question above is 8.

There are 8 holes in the shirt. The 2 hand holes, the neck hole, the body hole below, and the 4 in the middle. Four, because you can see through the shirt, which means it’s open in the front and back. 

A total of 8 holes.

Be sure to give yourself a proud pat on the back if you got it right at the first trial. If you didn’t, that’s not a problem at all. We learn every day!


  1. 7 Surprising Ways Puzzles Are Good for Your Brain.” Goodnet. Retrieved September 29, 2020.
  2. Brain Exercises and Dementia.” Web MD. Retrieved September 29, 2020.