A barber lives in and owns a barber shop in a town called Treefall. He has a sign on his window that reads:
"I shave all those in Treefall who do not shave themselves. NO EXCEPTIONS!"
What is the paradox?
Answer:Who shaves the barber? Does the man shave himself? Either way he breaks his own rule.
Comments on this teaser
|Posted by rayneeday||05/07/02|
|What if he doesn't shave at all, He may either be a native american (who doesn't grow facial or body hair) or he may look like ZZ top. But either way, He may not be the exception to the rule.|
|Posted by Mogmatt16||05/25/02|
|AHEM, that doesn't work. If he's not shaving, he's not shaving someone who doesn't shave themselves.|
|Posted by O_wise_one||06/01/02|
|Eaay, but if U think about, it can get confusing. Good one!|
|Posted by bmotts||07/29/02|
|It is an old paradox present in all paradox books :)|
|Posted by something||05/21/05|
|Mog... good point in your comment, but by that logic, as long as any one person isn't shaving themselves, the barber would be having to shave them. That means that he'd have to shave everyone in the town (who don't shave themselves) at once.|
|Posted by markmonnin||10/05/05|
|Ooo... I like this one. :)|
|Posted by Crazycriely||07/12/06|
|yeah what if he never shaves? what if he is a she? what if there are more then one barber?|
|Posted by paul726||08/22/06|
|It doesn't say that he ONLY shaves everyone in town that doesn't shave themselves. Therefore he can shave himself. The NO EXCEPTIONS can easily be seen to apply to anyone who does not shave themselves. Therefore he'd have to shave children, and any adult who does not shave. No paradox, just absurdity.|
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