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Why Are People Offended By A Second Grade Riddle?  
User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2835 times:

This riddle has been presented in numerous variants. In all of them, the question and answer is basically the same. Here it is:

Imagine you are holding two [American denomination] coins in your hand. The two coins total 30 (thirty) cents.

What are the two coins....keeping in mind that ONE of them *ISN'T* a nickel?


The answer?

A quarter and a nickel.

But didn't I just say that one of the coins wasn't a nickel?

Yes.

But that doesn't mean that the OTHER coin can't be a nickel....


Why do people get so offended when they can't answer this question...which is.....nearly everyone I've asked it to?

It's a simple yet brilliant brain exercise in thinking in more than one direction and dimension.

Perhaps the reason people get offended by it is because it reveals their inability to think in more than one way...

Just some food for thought.

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User currently offlineVikkyvik From United States of America, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 9799 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2823 times:
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Quoting Matt D (Thread starter):
Why do people get so offended when they can't answer this question...which is.....nearly everyone I've asked it to?

In what way do they get offended?

I've never seen anyone get offended by any riddle told by anyone. Hell, I can't solve the majority of the riddles that have been told to me, yet I never get offended.

I can't picture what you mean.

Now if it involved a penny, maybe I'd be offended.

~Vik



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User currently offlineIamcanadian From Canada, joined May 2001, 734 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2817 times:

It depends how you ask the riddle...

Say you ask.

What coins could you have if one of them ISN'T a nickle?

Then the connotation would be, none of them can be a nickle.

Or you could ask:

What coins could you have if ONE of them isn't a nickle?

Obviously, you would be saying that there just can't be TWO nickles.

It's all about interpretation.



Shut up and calculate.
User currently offlineCoz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2785 times:

Quoting Matt D (Thread starter):
What are the two coins....keeping in mind that ONE of them *ISN'T* a nickel?

I am deeply offended. How dare you ask me such a thing!



User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2774 times:

It's not the question that many people find toxic.

...It's their inability to answer it correctly that they find repulsive.


User currently offlineAerobalance From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 4681 posts, RR: 47
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2762 times:

People get offended easily in Placentia, not so in Brea.


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User currently offlineJpax From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1018 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2743 times:

Quoting Matt D (Reply 4):
It's not the question that many people find toxic.

It could just be me, but I'm getting the hint that you were once asked this, were stumped, and know that you know the answer, feel vastly superior to anyone who cannot solve it.

As for people being offended, it must just be where you live. Nobody around here got offended when asked it, they just laughed it off because it was such a simple answer.


User currently offlineFlyUSCG From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 656 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2735 times:

Quoting Aerobalance (Reply 5):
People get offended easily in Placentia, not so in Brea.

haha! WTF!? What about Irvine?  wink  (thats me)



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