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#1 jackaroe7

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Posted 08 September 2007 - 06:33 PM

Ok, my teacher has recently given me a riddle that has stunped me.

A man is found dead in the middle on the desert with only a straw. He is 1 mile away from a mountain.
How did he get there?
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#2 bonanova

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Posted 08 September 2007 - 07:13 PM

The answer could be foul play, if there were deserts or mountains in Iowa:
Acclaimed Journalist Found Dead, Mars Iowa Straw Poll
Monday, August 13, 2007
AMES, Iowa (GPI) --
Sure to throw a pall over Mitt Romney's win of the Iowa Republican straw poll,
critically acclaimed investigative reporter, Ken Wolfson was found dead here early Sunday.
Area police suspect foul play.
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#3 rookie1ja

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Posted 08 September 2007 - 07:23 PM

should be one of the well known lateral thinking puzzles ... to be 100% sure, you should have a few more hints, or somebody to answer your questions with "yes/no/not important"

and now what the most often solution is (bear in mind that without hints it can be almost anything) ...

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But as I mentioned, the solution can be almost anything else.
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#4 normdeplume

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 05:34 PM

As rookie1ja says there could be a number of solutions

1. he could hve used a straw to measure the diameter of the desert (by laying it end over end) and he may be 'dead in the middle' meaning exactly in the centre (still alive and possibly even kicking)
2. He may have been trying to get to a dessert and dropped a letter (some deserts can be consumed with straws).
3. he may have drank all the water from a lake through the straw and died from something unplesant like a burst stomach!
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#5 jackaroe7

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 09:26 PM

thx for the answer. the second one was the one my teacher was thinking about.
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#6 unreality

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Posted 11 September 2007 - 12:43 AM

the play on words, ya mean?
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