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The Psychic Hobo

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:#49567
Fun:**** (3.22)
Difficulty:** (1.53)
Submitted By:dangerouspie101tus*****!
Corrected By:Gizzer




One day, I was waiting to get on the subway. I was eating the apple I always have for breakfast, and I decided to sit next to a homeless man on the bench. While waiting, we saw a fat man walk by us. The hobo then muttered, "Pig."
I didn't give it a second thought, except that the comment was rude. There were still a few minutes until the next subway train arrived, and another man walked past us. He was tall, wearing a business suit. As he walked past, the hobo said, "Human." I thought nothing of this remark, other than he was, obviously, a human. The subway finally arrived, and I left for work.

The next day, the hobo was still there at the subway station. Today I watched from a distance. Several people walked past him; a skinny woman, a muscular man, and an old lady. In turn he muttered, "Soup," "Pork," and "Cookie."
Odd labels, I thought, because obviously none of them was a cookie. I got on the subway again, and proceeded to work. I could not stop thinking about the odd man at the subway station.

I observed him for days to come, and he continued this odd behavior. He would call people bread, carrot, rabbit, milk, and other strange things.
The next day, I walked by the homeless man once again, and he silently muttered, "Apple."
At that point, I finally recognised what was going on. Then, remembering something, I was stricken with horror.

What was the hobo's ability, and why was I horrified?

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Aug 23, 2012

Good teaser! Figured it out, though. Now I want a cookie.
Aug 24, 2012

Too bad. No coookies for you. I can give you a virtual pancake though...would that be aceptable?
Aug 27, 2012

Hm... Wonder what the hobo would say bout himself.
Sep 03, 2012

Wow! A brilliant teaser with a hint of horror! Love it!
Sep 15, 2012

That's a pretty weird ability haha
Oct 14, 2012

You are amazing! I love this teaser! I added it too my watch list!
Oct 20, 2012

Why "physic"? Are you saying he was a doctor? Or were you trying for "psychic"?
Nov 02, 2012

OMG!!!!! What!?!
Jan 11, 2013

I really liked this one.
I started off wondering, why the hard rating, i'm not that brillaint and i was on the right path, then i read the answer to realzie it had to do with the second guys comment, that made the man feel horror, and i said woah, that's why it has sucha high rating.
Sweet teaser!
Feb 05, 2013

I liked this! Good job
May 07, 2013

Oh my gosh! Tricky but So easy, because they said at first the businessman was "human". When I concluded that the hobo had x ray food vision, I was still like "but it doesn't fit w/ "human"" But I was right!
May 18, 2013

I know this one because I read it on a scary stories website, but it's till creepy!
Jun 28, 2013

got it but this is sort of disturbing.... nice teaser though!
Jul 12, 2013

HAHA! I LOVE this one! Just the feeling you get when you realize it! Amazing teaser, it's one of my favorites! Great job!
Jul 21, 2013

This scared me so much at first
Jul 27, 2013

Good one I got it after a little bit of thought. Disturbing too (bonus points).
Dec 01, 2013

I got the answer and I didn't even think about the "Human" remark.. Great teaser!
Dec 22, 2013

Yummy yummy human flesh!!! Great teaser
Mar 03, 2014

Ha ha funny human nah I'm good
Mar 06, 2014

Nice teaser, DP! But sort of disturbing...I'M INNOCENT!
Jan 22, 2015

This one was great! "Human" threw me off...until he said "apple". Then I knew!

This would be a great premise for a detective show. The protag tracks down the cannibal businessman, and then ends up meeting other strange people and discovering and solving other crimes and mysteries...
Nov 01, 2015

I LOVE IT! The first time I read this was on The Scaryforkids site just 'cause I love creepy stuff XD More like this please?
Nov 11, 2016

I got the answer straight away. For the breakfast thing, it was easy. For the horror, I had been horrified too so I knew exactly why.

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