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Situation 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.

 

Puzzle ID:#4839
Fun:*** (2.87)
Difficulty:** (1.87)
Category:Situation
Submitted By:missie***
Corrected By:AndrewWalker

 

 

 



A man bet a store owner $500 that he could balance a [the store owner's] vase on his head and walk 200 meters. The store owner agreed because it was so completely obvious he could not. He grinned and walked only 1 foot before the vase fell. The store owner smiled and laughed as he accepted the money from the man. But, the man was grinning the biggest smile a person would ever see. Why?




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Comments

pinkrose209
Jun 28, 2002

That's a great one! But it's kinda hard to reach that conclusion with only so much information given.
emmm
Jul 01, 2002

hmmm. yes, any vulcan would agree.
Jasin*
Jul 08, 2002

not bad, but the conclusion isn't attainable without knowing anything else about the situation.
osgoodelaw
Jul 14, 2002

not bad.. but it should have been posted in a different category.. I figured the vase cost more than $500 and thats why the guy was grinning... oh well
sk8babe
Jul 17, 2002

i thought the same as osgoodelaw but its still good!!
=)
Dina_2002*
Jul 20, 2002

he bet his friends he'd brake the vase and the store owner would be happy about it, he didnt say he'd give him 500$ for it.
lizard450*
Jul 20, 2002

lame ver. of the quinten tarento or whatever joke from that movie~!
beth
Jul 20, 2002

Or the answer could of been that the guy was in a wheelchair or couldn't walk for some reason and he was happy that he walked as far as he did!
Zazzar
Jul 20, 2002

I think if he only would have walked another 656 more feet that he would have kept the $500. He had already balanced it on his head so the fact that he dropped it was irrelevant. He merely then needed to walk the remaining distance.
pizzahead
Jul 20, 2002

Nice, but it should be a Situation, not a Logic.
rahthree
Jul 20, 2002

This teaser comes from a joke told in the movie Desperado with Antonio Benderas and Selma Hayek. Only the joke had to do with a man behaving badly at a bar...
duckychic4u
Jul 20, 2002

Thats pretty good. I thought maybe the vase cost a lot more money and he was happy because he didn't have to pay the real cost of it...but the real answer is better!
lacemup_cc
Jul 20, 2002

ok, technically he just said he would put the vase on his head and walk 200 meters but didn't say anything about not letting it fall off his head. But it was still a good one.
O_wise_one*
Jul 20, 2002

I thought the vase was more than $500.
benebrain
Jul 20, 2002

cool but this was origanly a joke called the perfesionall gambler about some one pissing on the wall in the bar so i got it right.
(user deleted)
Jul 21, 2002

Another answer could have been that the vase was one of only two in the world, and the man had the other one. If he destroyed this one, his vase would be more valuble, because it would be unique. Good teaser though.
heavenlycupcake
Jul 22, 2002

i would have done the same thing
bmotts*
Jul 31, 2002

That's an old joke though
sillywilly
Aug 01, 2002

Equivalently:
The vase was worth more than $500, and it fell into his waiting hands.
angel11**
Oct 02, 2002

I thought the guy was happy because he had walked like his first steps or something, but this answer makes more sense. Very clever!
gooblah
Feb 25, 2003

Its an old Joke, how do you logic teasers get put in logic, they are always trick, seemingly.
Rowsdower*
Dec 30, 2003

Sorta like betting your buddy a quarter you can drink his can of coke without opening it. You get a 50cent drink and he gets a quarter.
Skybet*gb*
Dec 21, 2004

The guy was happy because he had no legs but he could walk! I think thats better
grungy49Aau*
Jan 19, 2007

I have to try this sometime!
precious1026Aus*
Feb 07, 2009

The Teaser is interesting, as all teasers are, but no one could ever surmise the ending or why the man would be foolish to just give away money, without something else being afoot.



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