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Old 10-09-2002, 11:43 PM
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Famous riddle I've never understood! Help!

I've often seen this riddle referred to as a classic, supposedly instrumental in the death of Homer (from pique):

Q: What we caught we threw away, what we could not catch we kept.




Huh? And I say again, HUH? How does that answer make ANY sense? Ever since I first heard of it, I've been trying to understand it, but failed. Someone help me see what I'm obviously missing!
Old 10-09-2002, 11:57 PM
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You have fleas. They're driving you crazy, but the little buggers are hard to catch. The ones you catch, you throw away (albeit after you crush they little heads); but most of them are too fast, so you still have 'em.

Here's another:

Q. What does no man want to get, yet no man wants to lose?
Old 10-10-2002, 12:02 AM
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It's a joke. Here, I'll explain it to you.
The fleas that we picked off ourselves and out of our clothes, that we "caught", we crushed between our fingernails and killed--"threw away"--and the fleas that we couldn't catch, i.e. that were too fast for us, we kept--in other words, we were stuck with them.

It helps if you know that people used to get fleas, which lived in their clothing and in their body hair.

Old 10-10-2002, 12:06 AM
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Q. What does no man want to get, yet no man wants to lose?

I know this one---but I don't know how to do the Spoiler thing.

So the answer is: Una cabeza despelada

Next riddle: How do you do the Spoiler thing?
Old 10-10-2002, 12:10 AM
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Type {spoiler}text{spoiler} replaceing the { and } with [ and ]. For more information, click on the link at the bottom of this page that says "vB code is On".
'Never say "no" to adventure. Always say "yes". Otherwise you'll lead a very dull life.' -- Commander Caractacus Pott, R.N. (Retired)

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Old 10-10-2002, 12:12 AM
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Correction: [/spoiler].

What's a "despelada"?
Old 10-10-2002, 12:43 AM
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Well, try "depilada" or something in between...

Attempting spoiler now:
a bald head
Old 10-10-2002, 02:20 AM
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Ok, I've been suspecting this for awhile but now I'm convinced. I don't trust the spoiler tags. That spoiler in the OP obviously says something (noting the first reply, it probably says "fleas"), but with all my uber mouse skills, I can't see it. I've noticed this about alot of spoilers lately but for awhile I thought it was just a new (and annoying) SDMB trend of having a blank spoiler.
Old 10-10-2002, 02:32 AM
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Cisco, it has a single word at the lower left corner. I found it a little tricky getting it to show up. Try left-clicking over the whole post, that may help.
Old 10-10-2002, 03:56 AM
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Hit Ctrl-A (or your equivalent of Select-All) to show spoilers.
Old 10-10-2002, 04:26 AM
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Hey, nice trick, Guano!
Old 10-10-2002, 06:33 AM
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Here's the answer to the above:


The next row is
Starting with the second line, every line describes the line before it. In writing, it is:
One One
Two Ones
One Two One One
Old 10-10-2002, 06:34 AM
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Sorry, that should have been in the other riddle thread. The instructions were here, and I forgot to switch back!
Old 10-10-2002, 01:33 PM
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If you're having trouble highlighting the spoilers, just double-click (or triple-click) the spoiler box, and everything in it will be highlighted.
Old 10-10-2002, 02:08 PM
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What browser are you using? In Opera (and maybe a few others) highlighting spoilers won't let you view them. You have to highlight it, push ctrl-c (for copy) then open notepad and paste it there.

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