Brain Teasers Optical Illusions Puzzle Hunts Codes & Ciphers Mechanical Puzzles
Personal Links
Browse Teasers
Search Teasers

The Heron and the Fish

Trick brain teasers appear difficult at first, but they have a trick that makes them really easy.


Puzzle ID:#15105
Fun:*** (2.93)
Difficulty:** (1.8)
Submitted By:LungTungBeng****
Corrected By:fishmed




A heron caught a fish in his bill and was carrying it alive back to his nest. Worried about his own life, the fish was thinking hard to find a way to free himself. Coming up with a bright idea, he then said to the heron,

"Birdie, I've learned that you're a smart bird, and I'm dying to know if it's true. Can you do me a favor before I die? I will ask you one question. If your answer is right, take me to your home and feed your chicks. If it's wrong, just eat me right now. But if it's too hard for you to answer, then please set me free. Will you accept the bet?"

The heron thought it was a sure win because even if he couldn't find the answer, he'd just simply say something wrong. Either way the fish would die. So he agreed immediately.

The fish then asked a simple question. The heron then realized that he would lose for sure. So he had to drop the smart fish back to the waters, having learned a good lesson.

What was the question that saved the fish's life?


The fish simply asked any non-yes/no question he wished. Remember, the fish was carried in the heron's bill. Whatever answer the bird might give, he would have to open his bill and thus free the fish.

You might ask how then did the heron agree to the bet in the first place? He simply nodded his head.


What Next?


See another brain teaser just like this one...

Or, just get a random brain teaser

If you become a registered user you can vote on this brain teaser, keep track of
which ones you have seen, and even make your own.


Back to Top

Online Now
6 users and 609 guests

Users In Chat
Follow Braingle!
Fold 'N Fly Paper Airplanes
Easy to follow folding instructions and videos.
Copyright © 1999-2017 | FAQ | Widgets | Links | Green | Subscribe | Contact | Privacy | Conditions | Advertise | Braingle Time: 10:39 pm
Sign In Create a free account