The DrowningSituation puzzles (sometimes called lateral thinking puzzles) are ones where you need to ask lots of yes or no questions to figure out what happened in the situation. These are good puzzles for groups where one person knows the puzzle and answers the questions.
A man and his wife were in a boat in the middle of a lake when suddenly the wife fell overboard and quickly sank. The man dove in and tried to find her, to no avail.
Two weeks after the funeral, the man decided to go to the lake to try to make peace with his situation. He wanted to be alone, but he soon found himself in a conversation with an old-timer who was fishing. As an act of politeness, he asked the old-timer how the fishing was, and the response was as follows:
"Well, son, I'm a big bass fisherman but I never seem to have any luck in this lake. I think that it's because I honed my fishing skills by fishing weed beds, and this lake has absolutely no weeds at all. I see other fisherman pull fish out of here using worms as bait, but as far as I'm concerned, worms are for amateurs. Any yahoo can catch a fish using live bait."
The man gave the old-timer a polite good-bye, and then went home and killed himself. Why?
HintHis wife was a real beauty: big brown eyes, long flowing hair, and a smile that would light up a room.
AnswerWhile the man was swimming around trying to find his wife, he touched what he thought was a patch of underwater weeds. After finding out that the lake was weedless, he came to the realization that what he actually had touched was his wife's hair. He couldn't live with the knowledge that he had actually found her in time to save her.
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