Matt D
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### Why Are People Offended By A Second Grade Riddle?

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?

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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### RE: Why Are People Offended By A Second Grade Riddle?

 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.

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### RE: Why Are People Offended By A Second Grade Riddle?

It depends how you ask the riddle...

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.
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### RE: Why Are People Offended By A Second Grade Riddle?

 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!

Matt D
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### RE: Why Are People Offended By A Second Grade Riddle?

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

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

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### RE: Why Are People Offended By A Second Grade Riddle?

People get offended easily in Placentia, not so in Brea.
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Jpax
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### RE: Why Are People Offended By A Second Grade Riddle?

 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.

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### RE: Why Are People Offended By A Second Grade Riddle?

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

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