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Old 08-14-2015, 11:25 AM   #11
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Not true. It could be taken either way '28' or '20 ate'. Sort of like the cup is half empty thing.
That's the point of the riddle though. When you say "twenty ate chickens" most people hear "28 chickens".

It's also why it only works as a spoken riddle. When it's written out you give the secret away.
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Old 08-14-2015, 11:29 AM   #12
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This reminds me of another riddle I heard a long time ago. It also works better when spoken. The guy that told it was holding a penny, a nickel and a dime his hand.

The riddle goes "Billy's mom has three kids. Penny (point to the penny), Nicholas (point to the nickel) so (point to the dime) what's the third kid's name?"

It's amazing how many people have no idea even after you repeat it 4 or 5 times.
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Old 08-14-2015, 12:05 PM   #13
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This reminds me of another riddle I heard a long time ago. It also works better when spoken. The guy that told it was holding a penny, a nickel and a dime his hand.

The riddle goes "Billy's mom has three kids. Penny (point to the penny), Nicholas (point to the nickel) so (point to the dime) what's the third kid's name?"

It's amazing how many people have no idea even after you repeat it 4 or 5 times.
I heard several versions of that riddle, but never with the coins as a visual. I just did it with my employees and a few customers....none of which got it.

I changed it to even lead them more. I pointed to the dime as dominic, the nickel as nicholas, and then left the penny as the third child. Everyone is saying penny.

Thanks for the fun this morning.
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