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Old 08-13-2015, 10:42 AM   #1
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Heard this a few days ago... didn't get it and thought it was dumb. That didn't keep me from telling others, though. Nobody got it, that made me feel better about not getting it. Then someone did, and I was shattered...... lol

This video makes it easy. I never heard anyone break it down and say it slowly like that.
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Could be any amount of cows - operative word is "ate" as in 20 "ate" chickens.

30 cows minus 20 that "ate" chickens =10.
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Could be any amount of cows - operative word is "ate" as in 20 "ate" chickens.

30 cows minus 20 that "ate" chickens =10.
Only took 4hrs+ after the answer was posted?
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Only took 4hrs+ after the answer was posted?

Just read it 20 minutes ago. And like most math problems,the teachers want you to show your work used in getting the answer - not just the answer.

Thought you were long gone.
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She was right, "how many didn't what?".

30 Cows in a field.
28 Chickens.
How many didn't? What????
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She was right, "how many didn't what?".

30 Cows in a field.
28 Chickens.
How many didn't? What????
That second line is wrong.
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She was right, "how many didn't what?".

30 Cows in a field.
28 Chickens.
How many didn't? What????
30 Cows in a field.
20 ate Chickens.
How many didn't? 10
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That second line is wrong.
Not true. It could be taken either way '28' or '20 ate'. Sort of like the cup is half empty thing.
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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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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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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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