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Schnitte
04-07-2002, 07:09 AM
You know, those weird supershort storiers with people dying or committing suicide for no apparent cause, and you have to ask questions (to which I'll answer with yes or no) in order to find out the reasons behind.
Anyone interested?

Rilchiam
04-07-2002, 07:14 AM
Sure, what the hey. I can contribute some, or take a shot at answering.

Schnitte
04-07-2002, 07:19 AM
Here's a classic:

A man is sitting in an express train. During the ride, the man suddenly gets up and jumps out of the door, and dies, willingly. If he hadn't been sitting in a no smoking car, he wouldn't have committed that suicide. Yourt turn.

Skerri
04-07-2002, 10:14 AM
Was he a smoker?

Anahita
04-07-2002, 11:55 AM
Was there a fire in the smoking car?

JaxBeachBoy
04-07-2002, 12:38 PM
He smells smoke, knows that it must be a fire, and would rather die from falling than by incineration?

Schnitte
04-07-2002, 12:41 PM
1. Doens't matter whether he himself smokes or not.
2. There was no fire on the train (apart from the burning cigarettes, of course); nobody else on the train would have noticed anything special.

Biotop
04-07-2002, 12:49 PM
Was the man up to no good on the train...a villain, a terrorist, or the like?

Schnitte
04-07-2002, 12:55 PM
No, he was a law-abiding citizen, but his personal antecedents are important.

Biotop
04-07-2002, 01:05 PM
OK...

The only differences I can see between a smoking car and a non-smoking car are:

1. Lights from a lit match or cigarette that cause the man to see something that he would otherwise not see in a dark train car.
2. Something in an ashtray.
3. Some historical aversion to smoke or cigarettes that cause the man to rethink some past episode in his life and therefore commit suicide. example: "I remember now...I fell asleep with a cigarette in my hand and that's why the deadly housefire started. I just realize this now and can't live with myself...AAAAhhhheeiiiii!!!"
4. Something on a matchbook.
5. Tobacco litigation settlements.

Any of these get me somewhere?

Schnitte
04-07-2002, 01:08 PM
Originally posted by Biotop
Any of these get me somewhere?

Yeeeeeees....

Biotop
04-07-2002, 01:19 PM
Okay, I think I can eliminate the tobacco settlement.

My choice is the matchbook. Does he find something written (or an image) on a matchbook that leads him to realize something in his past or present is not as it appeared or appears to be?

Gregor Samsa
04-07-2002, 01:33 PM
How about this: the guy fell asleep on the train, dreamed he had gone blind, woke up when the train was in a tunnel, figured he'd gone blind in real life, freaked out and killed himself. In a smoking car, he might have seen the lit cherries of the cigarettes or the matches and figured it out.

Close?

donkeyoatey
04-07-2002, 01:37 PM
Originally posted by Schnitte
If he hadn't been sitting in a no smoking car, he wouldn't have committed that suicide.

I don't follow everyone's reasoning, is this supposed to be "If he [b]had[/] been sitting in a no smoking car..." ?

donkeyoatey
04-07-2002, 01:40 PM
Sorry about the coding. Make that everyone except Pipeliner, his makes sense.

Biotop
04-07-2002, 01:42 PM
Ah, I've been reading this wrong. OK...back to the drawing board.

Biotop
04-07-2002, 01:45 PM
But if the guy thinks he's blind, how does he find his way out of the car to jump?

Gregor Samsa
04-07-2002, 01:59 PM
Good point, Biotop. Let me reconsider this.

Barking Spider
04-07-2002, 02:07 PM
Was the train going through a tunnel at the time the man got up and jumped out?

BTW, I like these kind of puzzles. When we've solved this one, I've got one of my own.

Schnitte
04-07-2002, 02:24 PM
Pipeliner got it. Congratulations!

And I admit Biotop has a point here...one could, of course argue, he was groping his way, or more easily, one could chnage the story (he happens to have a gun in his pocket...naa, that's crap), but I admit it's a weak excuse. Anyway, you got it.

Who's taking the next one?

Gregor Samsa
04-07-2002, 02:28 PM
Actually, it was Biotop's point #1 above that solved it.

Someone smarter than I will have to come up with the next one.

Biotop
04-07-2002, 03:14 PM
Here's a favorite of mine:

A man on horseback is passing through some private gardens. It's OK though, he knows the owner and has been here many times. He does, however, notice a greenhouse he has never seen in the gardens before. But he neither goes inside nor messes with the greenhouse in any way. A dog stands by the greenhouse, but it doesn't bark and the man pays it no attention.

Upon leaving the gardens, however, the man is confronted by a policeman and sent to prison. Why?

JRootabega
04-07-2002, 03:20 PM
Is he playing Monopoly? That' one's not really fair, since a green house is not a green house.

JRootabega
04-07-2002, 03:21 PM
Remove whichever space you like from "green house"

Biotop
04-07-2002, 03:28 PM
Yep, that's it...with liberties taken with "green house".

donkeyoatey
04-07-2002, 03:31 PM
How about:

Joe wants to go home, but he can't because a man wearing a mask is waiting for him. What is the problem?

Schnitte
04-07-2002, 03:34 PM
Is Joe's profession (or, more general, the activity he earns his money with) important?

donkeyoatey
04-07-2002, 03:38 PM
Yes indeed Schnitte, I believe you have the answer.....

Lost In Reality
04-07-2002, 03:42 PM
Is Joe a baseball player, and the catcher is waiting for him at home plate? Although, the catcher is always waiting for you, so I'm probably wrong.

donkeyoatey
04-07-2002, 03:48 PM
That's it Lost In Reality. Joe is on third and sees the catcher waiting at home plate with the ball, and so decides to stay at third base to avoid being tagged out.

Schnitte
04-07-2002, 03:50 PM
Originally posted by donkeyoatey
Yes indeed Schnitte, I believe you have the answer.....

Actually no, I really was suspecting there some criminal acitvity behind it. Just a WAG.

donkeyoatey
04-07-2002, 04:02 PM
:o :D I guess that's why these can be tough.

Hamlet
04-07-2002, 04:41 PM
Originally posted by Biotop
Here's a favorite of mine:

A man on horseback is passing through some private gardens. It's OK though, he knows the owner and has been here many times. He does, however, notice a greenhouse he has never seen in the gardens before. But he neither goes inside nor messes with the greenhouse in any way. A dog stands by the greenhouse, but it doesn't bark and the man pays it no attention.

Upon leaving the gardens, however, the man is confronted by a policeman and sent to prison. Why?

O.K., I'm going by memory here, but isn't the go to jail spot only one away from the Marvin Gardens spot? How'd he roll a one with two dice in play? Of course, I'm probably overthinking it.

Biotop
04-07-2002, 04:46 PM
Nah...he was passing through the garden, probably having rolled a 6-4 from the free parking spot. The dog however, was situated on Marvin Gardens.

Hamlet
04-07-2002, 04:48 PM
Ahhhhh, thanks. Now I can sleep easier.

Miller
04-07-2002, 09:59 PM
There's a cabin in the mountains. The cabin is full of dead people. How did they die?

peepthis
04-07-2002, 10:14 PM
Originally posted by Miller
There's a cabin in the mountains. The cabin is full of dead people. How did they die?

Does it have to do with the chimney/fireplace in the cabin?

Orual
04-07-2002, 10:17 PM
--There's a cabin in the mountains. The cabin is full of dead people. How did they die?--

Plane Crash.

Enright3
04-07-2002, 10:17 PM
The cabin is an airline cabin. A plane crashed into a mountain.
E3

Miller
04-07-2002, 10:19 PM
arisu got it.

Orual
04-07-2002, 10:26 PM
Originally posted by Miller
arisu got it.

:D

A man is dead, surrounded by 53 bicycles. How/why did he die?

cykrider
04-07-2002, 10:29 PM
Was it an airplane cabin that crashed?

cykrider
04-07-2002, 10:31 PM
Originally posted by arisu


:D

A man is dead, surrounded by 53 bicycles. How/why did he die?

Sorry about posting so late on the other airplane one.
This one however, I'd say that he was in the tour and shooting up on EPO, died from overheating and caused a crash. But that's too plausible.

donkeyoatey
04-07-2002, 10:33 PM
Do the bicycles have two wheels and handlebars?

Orual
04-07-2002, 10:41 PM
Originally posted by donkeyoatey
Do the bicycles have two wheels and handlebars?

erm... no.

donkeyoatey
04-07-2002, 10:52 PM
Are they a deck of cards?

Check6
04-07-2002, 10:52 PM
More properly, Bicycles.

The scene: a sawdust tavern. Dark, armed men fill the room. Whiskey flows freely.

Four men sit around a table littered with gold coins. One, wearing a black hat, spits into a spittoon and slides three ten-dollar pieces into the pot. Two grunt and fold. The fourth looks warily into the first man's eyes and pushes three of his own coins to the middle of the table.

They throw down their cards. The first man has five spades. The other has the fives of hearts, diamonds and clubs and the aces of hearts and spades. All eyes shoot again to the first man's hand. The ace of spades is included. All four men jerk to their feet. Hands hover near revolvers. The man in the black hat overturns the table. Cards flutter through the air and coins roll across the floor. He draws and shoots the cheater dead.

--

Get it? Bicycle playing cards.

donkeyoatey
04-07-2002, 11:04 PM
You sure? I thought I saw a documentary on the nature channel about an elephant named "53 bicycles". That was gonna be my guess. :)

Mysphyt
04-07-2002, 11:18 PM
Ooo, fun fun. Inasmuch as Check6 got the last one, I'll make my entry into this thread the next question:

A man walks into a house. He turns on the light. He turns on the radio. He shoots himself. Why?

Orual
04-07-2002, 11:18 PM
Check6 is right. (Love the little backstory!)

donkeyoatey was probably on the right track, though.

04-07-2002, 11:23 PM
'cos he's making a nude dance video of himself and he needs light and music ???

Mysphyt
04-07-2002, 11:28 PM
Nope, nice guess, though. Prolly an omission in the telling. By "shoots himself" I did, in fact, mean suicide. Nothing tricky there.

04-07-2002, 11:35 PM
A man walks into a house. He turns on the light. He turns on the radio. He shoots himself. Why?

a. Man walks into house. So he's not in a wheelchair and therefore not terribly injured or anything else like that, so it's doesn't appear to be desparation.

b. He turns on the light. Depends on whether he has an affinity for 'turning on' the light? Unlikely, but maybe he's a bizzaro, weirdo, that likes fantasizing about lighting fixtures. Ahhh, but maybe the light is not working ???

c. He turns on the radio ... is he hearing the 'duck and cover' warning???

d. He shoots himself, 'cos there is no light, the radio is saying your arse is soon gonna be melted into your carpet, 'can't take the 100 year nuclear winter and takes the quick and dirty way out ???

Mysphyt
04-07-2002, 11:37 PM
Still nope. "Turn on" is meant in an entirely switch-flipping or dial-turning (or equivalent) manner.

04-07-2002, 11:45 PM
OK, let's try another tack.

He walks into a house (question over whether it is his or not, but nevertheless I press on). He is there to kill someone.

He turns on the light. Maybe to see whoever it is he wants to kill.

He turns on the radio. Maybe a little music will put him in a better mood.

He kills himself. He is actually the local radio DJ, he has put on a CD at work to cover his absence and the CD is skipping tracks. He realises that no-one will believe he was actually at work, and to take the easy way out he shoots himself.

Mysphyt
04-07-2002, 11:54 PM
Nope again. He has every right to be in the house, and he is alone.

Rilchiam
04-08-2002, 12:21 AM
Did he electrocute himself turning on the radio?

Mysphyt
04-08-2002, 12:25 AM
Nope. Light and radio work fine, no electrocution of any sort, our guy is perfectly dandy right up 'til he offs himself.

Speaker for the Dead
04-08-2002, 12:39 AM
He sees something horrible (murdered family?) when he turns on the light. Then he turns on the radio to confirm it. Upon finding out it's true, he kills himself.

MonkeyMensch
04-08-2002, 12:39 AM
Is he blind?

MonkeyMensch
04-08-2002, 12:42 AM
Is he deaf?

Mysphyt
04-08-2002, 12:51 AM
Ooo, Speaker's getting close. The radio does, in fact, reveal that something bad has happened. All senses are fully functional.

Points of interest: no questions have been asked about setting or about the nature of the objects in question.

Rilchiam
04-08-2002, 01:20 AM
Is he in a lighthouse?

Mysphyt
04-08-2002, 01:23 AM
Ding. He is, in fact, in a lighthouse. Keep goin'. :)

04-08-2002, 01:29 AM
So he turns on the light of the lighthouse, he turns on the radio (aka transceiver), hears the desparate pleas of the ships captain, realises that because he didn't have the light on earlier they are about to run aground and shoots himself for being a baaaaad light house keeper.

BraheSilver
04-08-2002, 01:29 AM
Ah.
He was the lighthouse-keeper, and had left the light off. While he was out, a boat crashed because of his error. When he came back, he turned on the light and the radio, heard the news of the crash, and comitted suicide from guilt.

BraheSilver
04-08-2002, 01:31 AM
Phooey, you beat me to it by mere seconds. Kudos.

Rilchiam
04-08-2002, 01:36 AM
A man lies dead in a field holding an unburnt match. Explain.

04-08-2002, 01:38 AM
He smelled gas, he went out there intending on lighting the match to see where the gas leak was coming from and was asphixiated.

BraheSilver
04-08-2002, 01:38 AM
Is it a field of vegetation, or something else? More specifically, is he in a minefield?

Rilchiam
04-08-2002, 02:51 AM
It's not a minefield. It's not any particular kind of field. But he didn't get where he is by coming out of a house.

Bad Hat
04-08-2002, 04:00 AM
was he a skydiver tangled in his parachute trying to burn it free and open his reserve chute?








yeah i know...




i tried
CJ

Rilchiam
04-08-2002, 04:08 AM
Not quite, Bad Hat, but not completely off base.

Cougarfang
04-08-2002, 05:42 AM
He was in a hot air balloon with a few other companions and it sprung a leak, so they drew matches and the person with the unburnt match had to jump to save the rest from crashing?

Rilchiam
04-08-2002, 06:13 AM
Perfectly correct, Cougarfang!

Cougarfang
04-08-2002, 07:12 AM
:eek:

Wow, first time! :D

Uh... Very closely related to Rilch's, but then again it's the only short one I can think of currently.

A man lies dead in a field with a piece of string and cloth next to him. How did he die?

Schnitte
04-08-2002, 07:26 AM
Originally posted by Mysphyt
A man walks into a house. He turns on the light. He turns on the radio. He shoots himself. Why?

First guess: It's not an average ordinary house, but rather something special?

Schnitte
04-08-2002, 07:27 AM
Hell, how come I overlooked half of the thread and hit "reply" immediately?
Forget my post.

Mersavets
04-08-2002, 07:54 AM
Originally posted by Cougarfang
:eek:

Wow, first time! :D

Uh... Very closely related to Rilch's, but then again it's the only short one I can think of currently.

A man lies dead in a field with a piece of string and cloth next to him. How did he die?
A skydiver whose chute didn't open? The string is the ripchord that broke away and the cloth is the chute spilling out of the broken pack?

Cougarfang
04-08-2002, 07:57 AM
Sorry, Mersavets, but no. Good answer, though...

Schnitte
04-08-2002, 07:59 AM
The body with string and clothes - suicide? Accident? Murder?

(Three questions in one)

Cougarfang
04-08-2002, 08:08 AM
Accident.
*Thinks a moment*
If it helps, here's a hint: It was raining.

sirjamesp
04-08-2002, 08:17 AM
OOOOH! I think I've got it! (nice, nice, nice hint)

Was he flying a kite, and it was struck by lightening?

Mersavets
04-08-2002, 08:21 AM
Ohhhhhh! You mean that OTHER guy who died with the string and cloth lying next to him! I knew him too! He was flying his kite when it started raining, the string got wet and conducted the current that elctocuted him when he flew it into the high-tension lines. Tragic. Absolutely tragic.

Mersavets
04-08-2002, 08:29 AM
Damn you touch typers and broadband users! :D

Cougarfang
04-08-2002, 08:30 AM
Mersavets got the one I'm familiar with, but SirJamesp's answer is valid, too. Congrats!

ChoosyChipsAndCeilingWhacks
04-08-2002, 08:34 AM
Joe walks into a bar. He asks the bartender for a glass of water. Instead of giving him the water, the bartender reaches under the bar, pulls out a gun, and points it at Joe.

Joe says, 'Thanks!' And leaves the bar.

What just happened?

L

ShibbOleth
04-08-2002, 08:51 AM
Joe had hiccups. He asked for a glass of water for his hiccups, but the quick thinking bartender instead pulled a gun which frightened Joe's hiccups away.

ChoosyChipsAndCeilingWhacks
04-08-2002, 08:57 AM
Originally posted by ShibbOleth
Joe had hiccups. He asked for a glass of water for his hiccups, but the quick thinking bartender instead pulled a gun which frightened Joe's hiccups away.

Dang you got that fast! If I had a prize, I'd give it to you.

L

ShibbOleth
04-08-2002, 09:01 AM
My brain only moves laterally, when it moves at all. Only been stumped by a couple so far. Do you know some more, because I don't know any like these? Maybe I'll make up one later today while I'm supposed to be thinking for pay.

Mersavets
04-08-2002, 09:06 AM
I have an old one that will be quite difficult if nobody has heard it before. I guess the turn defaults back to SexyWriter, but if she wants to pass to me...

grimpixie
04-08-2002, 09:13 AM
Probably the first one I ever heard:

Romeo and Juliet lie dying in a puddle of water in front of an open window...

Solve.

Gp

king of spain
04-08-2002, 09:18 AM
Romeo and Juliet are goldfish. The wind from the open window knocked their bowl over.

OneChance
04-08-2002, 09:27 AM
Two people are in a room. One looks out of the window and realizes he is about to die.

grimpixie
04-08-2002, 09:32 AM
Only the one?

Mersavets
04-08-2002, 09:35 AM
They are in the gas chamber and the condemned man sees the warden give the signal to the doctor to leave the chamber so the sentence can be carried out?

OneChance
04-08-2002, 09:36 AM
Yes, only one is about to die. Mers, very nice try. :)

grimpixie
04-08-2002, 09:46 AM
As he looks out of the window, he sees in the glass the reflection of the other man approaching him from behind with a gun pointed at his head.

OneChance
04-08-2002, 09:48 AM
grim, that's close. Here's a hint, when the man who is about to die looks out the window, the entire room can be seen in the reflection of the window.

Biotop
04-08-2002, 09:53 AM
He cannot see the witnesses to the execution because of the 1-way glass-- it's a mirror.

OneChance
04-08-2002, 09:58 AM
No, it's a regular window.

ShibbOleth
04-08-2002, 10:07 AM
They are in a spaceship. He looks out the window at the vastness of space, and notices in the reflection that the other person in the room is wearing his spacesuit and about to open the door which will decompress the room.

Okay, this is probably not correct, but I was just reading Rue's thread about the Bettie...

OneChance
04-08-2002, 10:09 AM
Nope. Give up? :)

OneChance
04-08-2002, 10:11 AM
Here's a hint: The other person is standing close to the guy that's about to die, and he's feeling thirsty.

Biotop
04-08-2002, 10:28 AM
Vampires don't reflect. The good news is that the man will only die for a short time.

Mersavets
04-08-2002, 10:35 AM
You're not suggesting he's a vampire are you? The whole thing with the reflection indicates you are but everybody knows they don't cast a reflection. Unless you are saying you can only see a vampires clothes in a mirror.

OneChance
04-08-2002, 10:38 AM
Bio got it. The man that is about to die sees only his reflection, not that of the other "guy."

ShibbOleth
04-08-2002, 10:39 AM
No, he looks out the window, and notices that everything is reflected in the window (which works better at night, anyway), except for his host, thus realising that the charming Count who invited him in for a drink didn't mean it quite the way he'd thought.

Mersavets
04-08-2002, 10:45 AM
Ooops. It appears I'm the only one here who didn't understand that the suckee was otherwise aware of the sucker's presence.

grimpixie
04-08-2002, 11:14 AM
Hmm - what others do I know - stop me if you haven't heard them:

Dead man in the telephone booth?

Man hanging in an empty barn?

Two pieces of coal in a empty field?

Man who lives on the 27th floor but only takes the elevator to the 21st floor?

Man eating a Seagull Sandwich?

Gp

ShibbOleth
04-08-2002, 11:19 AM
Originally posted by grimpixie
Hmm - what others do I know - stop me if you haven't heard them:

Dead man in the telephone booth?

Man hanging in an empty barn?

Two pieces of coal in a empty field?

Man who lives on the 27th floor but only takes the elevator to the 21st floor?

Man eating a Seagull Sandwich?

Gp

The only one of those I know that I know is the man on the 27th floor.

Mersavets
04-08-2002, 11:34 AM
I know the phone booth one.

grimpixie
04-08-2002, 11:37 AM
Originally posted by ShibbOleth
The only one of those I know that I know is the man on the 27th floor.

Which is the best of them...

Schnitte
04-08-2002, 11:40 AM
I've heard the last two ones, the man in the escalator and the seagull sandwich.

What about the girl whose parents told her NEVER to open the door of the stairway to the cellar, and one day, when her parents are out and forgot to lock the door, she does open it and sees something she's never seen before?

ShibbOleth
04-08-2002, 11:47 AM
Why don't you just throw them all out there and we have a civil agreement to not answer them if you already know the answers.

Especially since I am intrigued (and a tad disgusted) by the concept of a seagull sandwich.

Did the girl (re: the cellar) see the sky?

OneChance
04-08-2002, 11:51 AM
Originally posted by Schnitte
What about the girl whose parents told her NEVER to open the door of the stairway to the cellar...I've heard this one before. She was kept in the cellar. When she opened the door she saw the rest of the house.

grimpixie
04-08-2002, 11:54 AM
But be warned - I leave work in 15 min, so perhaps Schnitte will take over when I leave...

A man (why is it always a man) enters a restuarant and orders a Seagull Sanwich. The chef is a little bemused by the strange order, but after the man assures him that it is quite a pleasant meat, the chef catches one and prepares the sandwich. The man takes one bite, freezes, goes green at the gills and rushes to the bathroom for a session of uncontrolled projectile vomiting... (other versions have him committing suicide, but that is a little drastic for my tastes)

Why??

Gp

Schnitte
04-08-2002, 11:59 AM
Originally posted by ShibbOleth
Did the girl (re: the cellar) see the sky?

Hell, yes...nice example for truly lateral thinking.

abel
04-08-2002, 11:59 AM
Oh gosh, this one is looooong. I won't spoil it for you though, grimpixie. :-) To the rest of you, enjoy!

nineiron
04-08-2002, 12:02 PM
I LOVE the "Seagull Sandwich" story. I'll start by saying that the taste of the sandwich isn't quite what was expected....

king of spain
04-08-2002, 12:12 PM
Yeah, the Seagull Sandwich is a great one - have fun with it, I wouldn't dream of spoiling it for those who haven't heard it before. For those of us who have, though, here's a new one:

A dead man lies next to a rock. What happened?

Mersavets
04-08-2002, 12:15 PM
Is it because the sandwich is made from George SEGAL?

Sorry, I'm tired and trying to find ways to procrastinate with my Slavic Culture assignment.

nineiron
04-08-2002, 12:41 PM
Mersavets, you are not even close. Or are you? Hmmmm....

King of Spain: did the rock kill him? I'm thinking maybe it's a red herring and the rock is his tombstone. Close?

Mersavets
04-08-2002, 12:51 PM
So, it was because he actually ate a Slavic Culture assignment!
Or am I getting colder?

ShibbOleth
04-08-2002, 01:08 PM
The seagull one seems like it should that there was some sort of miscommunication between the chef and the customer.

But I can't come up with what that might have been.

Nothing springs to mind on the rock, unless it's someone else's tombstone and the man died of a broken heart. Or the man is Goliath.

Beastal
04-08-2002, 01:44 PM
Yeah, the Seagull sandwich one is long, but a gem.

When I heard it, it was "Albatross soup".

Schnitte
04-08-2002, 02:28 PM
Originally posted by ShibbOleth
The seagull one seems like it should that there was some sort of miscommunication between the chef and the customer.


A hint: The customer got exactly what he had ordered - they delivered an authentic, real, exquisite seagull sandwich.

E-Sabbath
04-08-2002, 02:30 PM
Albatross soup! That explains everything!

Clearly, the customer ate something in the past that he was told was seagull... and tasted pretty good.

This, however, was not it.

Where would you eat seagull? I'd say... homeless or shipwrecked.

So... lesse. Desert island story, someone else makes the food, and it's long pig?

He's sick because he realized what he ate in the past was eeeevile.

E-Sabbath
04-08-2002, 02:35 PM
Okay, my turn. Simple one.

There's adults, holding children, waiting their turn in line. At the head of the line is a woman who takes each child and holds them while a man shoots them. If the child is crying, the woman tries to stop the tears before the man shoots.

ShibbOleth
04-08-2002, 02:46 PM
Albatross, it's a freakin' seabird...
[/JohnCleese]


The kids in a line is for school pictures, right?

E-Sabbath
04-08-2002, 02:52 PM
Nnnnnnope.

Gannet on a stick.

FriendRob
04-08-2002, 02:58 PM
Originally posted by E-Sabbath
Okay, my turn. Simple one.

There's adults, holding children, waiting their turn in line. At the head of the line is a woman who takes each child and holds them while a man shoots them. If the child is crying, the woman tries to stop the tears before the man shoots.

I like this one. I have a big scar on my knee. When someone asks "What happened?" I always say "A man cut me with a knife."

Which is perfectly true.

E-Sabbath
04-08-2002, 03:00 PM
And Rob gets it in one.

ShibbOleth
04-08-2002, 03:27 PM
I initially thought the line with children was to get innoculations, but since they were trying to stop them from crying, if they were crying, beforehand I went with the photographer guess.

E-Sabbath
04-08-2002, 03:43 PM
That would be a nurse, ya?

moronmountain
04-08-2002, 04:39 PM
Well, I've been away from the boards for quite some time, and I haven't answered any questions, but here are a bunch o' my favorite lateral thinking questions:

1. It was a hot, muggy, overcast day in August. The detective was waiting on the lawn when the man came out of his house wearing a pair of shorts and a wrist watch.

"There was a robbery in town about two hours ago," said the detective. "Apparently the robber fits your description."

The man laughed as he laid back on the hood of his pickup truck. "This truck and I just returned from Pine Ridge about ten minutes ago. That's over 500 kilometers away, in case you didn't know. You can call the cousin I was visiting and he'll verify my story."

The detective looked at his watch and said, "It's 4 p.m. now. What time did you leave Pine Ridge?"

The man glanced at his watch and said, "I guess it must have been around 7 a.m."

"You're obviously lying," replied the detective. Why?




Since these are long, I'm only going to type out 2, and when you get both of them, I'll dispense some more.

2. A man was picking peaches for the boys and girls in his neighborhood. He picked enough peaches to fill a box labled "72 Peaches". He weighed the box on a scale and found that the box and peaches together weighed 10 kilograms. The man then decided to pick enough peaches for the kids in the next neighborhood, so he added another 32 peaches to the box. On the second weighing, the box and peaches weighed 14 kilograms. What, if anything, is wrong with this scenario?



Good luck...

E-Sabbath
04-08-2002, 04:43 PM
You know, I'd never sit on the hood of a car in jeans if I just went a few hundred miles in it. Shorts... ooooh, roasted flesh!



I dunno, the box was already full?

abel
04-08-2002, 04:53 PM
Originally posted by moronmountain

1. It was a hot, muggy, overcast day in August. The detective was waiting on the lawn when the man came out of his house wearing a pair of shorts and a wrist watch.

"There was a robbery in town about two hours ago," said the detective. "Apparently the robber fits your description."

The man laughed as he laid back on the hood of his pickup truck. "This truck and I just returned from Pine Ridge about ten minutes ago. That's over 500 kilometers away, in case you didn't know. You can call the cousin I was visiting and he'll verify my story."

The detective looked at his watch and said, "It's 4 p.m. now. What time did you leave Pine Ridge?"

The man glanced at his watch and said, "I guess it must have been around 7 a.m."

"You're obviously lying," replied the detective. Why?


That reminds me of an Encyclopedia Brown story I heard once! I loved those books! Anyway, just thought I'd share with the rest of the class. Carry on. :)

king of spain
04-08-2002, 07:05 PM
The rock is not a tombstone.

(abel, I remember that Encyclopedia Brown story too.)

Fang
04-08-2002, 09:11 PM
Originally posted by moronmountain

1. It was a hot, muggy, overcast day in August. The detective was waiting on the lawn when the man came out of his house wearing a pair of shorts and a wrist watch.

"There was a robbery in town about two hours ago," said the detective. "Apparently the robber fits your description."

The man laughed as he laid back on the hood of his pickup truck. "This truck and I just returned from Pine Ridge about ten minutes ago. That's over 500 kilometers away, in case you didn't know. You can call the cousin I was visiting and he'll verify my story."

The detective looked at his watch and said, "It's 4 p.m. now. What time did you leave Pine Ridge?"

The man glanced at his watch and said, "I guess it must have been around 7 a.m."

"You're obviously lying," replied the detective. Why?





The shorts and/or watch were what was stolen?

donkeyoatey
04-08-2002, 09:25 PM
Well if it's 4 PM, he left at 7 AM, its 500 kilometers from Pine Ridge, then he could've been back before noon and had lots of time to do the crime.

E-Sabbath
04-08-2002, 09:51 PM
No... He said he drove 500km and stopped about ten minutes ago.

Then sat on the hood of the car in shorts.

He was not observed to be screaming, "MY GOD, THE PAIN!" Nor were his eggs sizzling on the hood.

Therefore, he was lying.

The rock one's bad. It's green K.

Rilchiam
04-08-2002, 09:56 PM
Originally posted by grimpixie
Hmm - what others do I know - stop me if you haven't heard them:

Man hanging in an empty barn?

Two pieces of coal in a empty field?

I know those two. But in the second one, you forgot the carrot. And sometimes there's a scarf.

E-Sabbath
04-08-2002, 10:03 PM
Two pieces of coal in an empty field?

Snowman, of course, some animal ate the carrot.

donkeyoatey
04-08-2002, 10:11 PM
Okay, E-Sabbath, how about I put it this way:
the suspect is implying that it would be impossible for him to travel 500 KM., and have enough time to commit the crime. It isn't. His alibi would hold up, but he had more than enough time to do the robbery (and let the truck cool off).

easy e
04-08-2002, 11:45 PM
Here's one:

A man is walking down a flight of stairs. Suddenly, he realizes his wife has died. What happened?

BraheSilver
04-09-2002, 12:09 AM
Hmm. This is where the power goes out and the man realizes that his wife, on life support, kicked the bucket, right?


Here's one (changed the vehicle a little, but still works): A flying saucer moves in Earth's atmosphere and prepares to drop the ultramegabombs on the unsuspecting populace. Bombs ready... check. Bomb bay doors unobstructed... check. Bombs not fastened down... check. The bomb doors open. The bombs do not fall. Why not?

Protesilaus
04-09-2002, 12:19 AM
Are the bombs too large to fit out the doors?

04-09-2002, 12:24 AM
are they within the gravitational pull of the planet?
are they 'right side up'?

BraheSilver
04-09-2002, 12:30 AM
Bested me again, Caught; the bomb doors aren't on a side to let the bombs out.

(I originally heard this one with B-52s, but people complain: "bombers can't fly upside down!" Sheesh.)

Gregor Samsa
04-09-2002, 12:40 AM
Originally posted by E-Sabbath
The rock one's bad. It's green K.

Kryptonite, and he's Superman?

Rilchiam
04-09-2002, 02:39 AM
Originally posted by moronmountain
2. A man was picking peaches for the boys and girls in his neighborhood. He picked enough peaches to fill a box labled "72 Peaches". He weighed the box on a scale and found that the box and peaches together weighed 10 kilograms. The man then decided to pick enough peaches for the kids in the next neighborhood, so he added another 32 peaches to the box. On the second weighing, the box and peaches weighed 14 kilograms. What, if anything, is wrong with this scenario?


Is there nothing wrong with it?

sirjamesp
04-09-2002, 04:14 AM
He picked enough peaches to fill a box labled "72 Peaches".If he had filled the box, how did he get more in?

Rilchiam
04-09-2002, 06:38 AM
D'oh! I was picturing it. I saw a guy fill a box without a lid, just to the brim, then pile more peaches on top. I didn't take the use of the word "fill" into account.

Schnitte
04-09-2002, 08:18 AM
Maybe our Pine Ridge traveller got the picture or the wactch imprinted on his wrist by sun and sweat while driving during a hot, muggy, overcast day, I don't know.

Anyone here is in the fruit business and knows how much an average peach weighs?

E-Sabbath
04-09-2002, 08:49 AM
Apparently... hey! Colored smileys! Yay!

Apparently, they've never heard of the way a B-52 delivers a nuke. Over-the-shoulder, more or less, to gain maximum distance before... well... boom.

bouv
04-09-2002, 12:02 PM
Alright, I got one...hey! The smilies are back in full color! Yay!

Anyways...a man lies dead in the forest with a pack right next to him. He had plenty of food and water, and was in sight of civilization. How did he die?

Mysphyt
04-09-2002, 12:11 PM
Was the pack in question a parachute that failed to open?

bouv
04-09-2002, 12:13 PM
No, the pack is not a parachute.

Xema
04-09-2002, 12:17 PM
A detective walks into the large living room of an expensive apartment and sees John and Martha lying dead on the carpet. He immediately informs his assistant that they died of asphyxiation. How was he able to draw this (correct) conclusion?

bouv
04-09-2002, 12:20 PM
Originally posted by Xema
A detective walks into the large living room of an expensive apartment and sees John and Martha lying dead on the carpet. He immediately informs his assistant that they died of asphyxiation. How was he able to draw this (correct) conclusion?

John and Martha are fish. Something broke the bowl, they spilled onto the carpet, and, due to their gills, could not breath he oxygen in the air.

Xema
04-09-2002, 12:24 PM
Correct. And it had already been posted.

I looked through the thread and was surprised not to find it. Should have looked harder - it was on page 2, which I managed to skip.

Sorry 'bout dat.

racinchikki
04-09-2002, 12:24 PM
Originally posted by bouv
Alright, I got one...hey! The smilies are back in full color! Yay!

Anyways...a man lies dead in the forest with a pack right next to him. He had plenty of food and water, and was in sight of civilization. How did he die?
Is it a pack... of really hungry wolves (or coyotes)?

E-Sabbath
04-09-2002, 12:26 PM
Is it a SCUBA tank he's carrying? Was the forest on fire? Or did a tree fall in the forest, and there was someone to hear the sound?

bouv
04-09-2002, 01:54 PM
And racinchikki gets it! It is indeed a pack of wolves that have eaten our poor camper.

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