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Old 10-09-2002, 10:43 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.

A:

SPOILER:

Fleas.


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!
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Old 10-09-2002, 10:57 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?
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Old 10-09-2002, 11:02 PM
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It's a joke. Here, I'll explain it to you.
SPOILER:
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.

Okay?
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Old 10-09-2002, 11:06 PM
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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?
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Old 10-09-2002, 11:10 PM
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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".
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Old 10-09-2002, 11:12 PM
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Correction: [/spoiler].

What's a "despelada"?
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Old 10-09-2002, 11:43 PM
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Well, try "depilada" or something in between...


Attempting spoiler now:
SPOILER:
a bald head
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Old 10-10-2002, 01:20 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.
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Old 10-10-2002, 01:32 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.
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Old 10-10-2002, 02:56 AM
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Hit Ctrl-A (or your equivalent of Select-All) to show spoilers.
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Old 10-10-2002, 03:26 AM
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Hey, nice trick, Guano!
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Old 10-10-2002, 05:33 AM
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Here's the answer to the above:

SPOILER

SPOILER:
The next row is
1113213211
Starting with the second line, every line describes the line before it. In writing, it is:
One One
Two Ones
One Two One One
etc.
etc.
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Old 10-10-2002, 05:34 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!
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Old 10-10-2002, 12:33 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.
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Old 10-10-2002, 01:08 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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