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* ''Series/{{House}}'': At the end of the episode "Failure to Communicate", House realizes the patient's illness causes him to say the word "bear" when he wants to say "polar". He then tells his subordinates this riddle to guide them towards this realization.

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* ''Series/{{House}}'': At the end of the episode "Failure to Communicate", House realizes the patient's illness causes him to say the word "bear" when he wants to say "polar". He then tells his subordinates this riddle to guide them towards this realization.realization.
* The ''Mensa Puzzle Book'' has a puzzle that starts out like this, then says "I have no interest in the colour of the bear he shot, because there are no bears for miles", then says two other people, each some distance away, were doing the same thing, and asks how ''that'' is possible, pointing to the [[spoiler: "somewhere near the South Pole" answer above]]. The answers page also says "The real mystery, of course, is what the devil they thought they were doing. For that there is no answer."



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** this riddle is sometimes used as a SecretTestOfCharacter to test someones implicit sexism or the like. Unfortunately, many people (women and feminists included) fail.

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* Don't forget that, just because the speaker met the man (and possibly wives, sacks, cats, kits, and mitts as well) on his (the speaker's) way to St. Ives, this doesn't ''necessarily'' mean that everyone except the speaker was travelling ''away'' from St. Ives; it's perfectly possible to meet someone who's travelling in the same direction as you are if you're travelling at different speeds.

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* ''VideoGame/MystIVRevelation'' has a variant in Tomahna, where you have to reroute the Age's backup power from several buildings to the dam via this puzzle.


** On an episode of ''TheSimpsons'' Bart is dropped a grade and Lisa bumped up, leaving them both in the same class. This question stumps Lisa, but Bart gets it because he heard it the last time he was in that grade.

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** On an episode of ''TheSimpsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' Bart is dropped a grade and Lisa bumped up, leaving them both in the same class. This question stumps Lisa, but Bart gets it because he heard it the last time he was in that grade.



** Also commonly done with Florida and Miami, or with New Orleans, Louisiana. For an international city, Calcutta, India is used often. The capital of India is not pronounced "Cal-CUT-uh" or "CAL-ee-CUT" but rather [[spoiler:New Dehli]].


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** Also commonly done with Florida and Miami, or with New Orleans, Louisiana. For an international city, Calcutta, India is used often. The capital of India is not pronounced "Cal-CUT-uh" or "CAL-ee-CUT" but rather [[spoiler:New Dehli]].

Delhi]].



* A bat and ball cost $1.10 in total. The bat costs 1 dollar more than the ball. How much does the ball cost [[spoiler: .05 for the ball, 1.05 for the bat]]

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* A bat and ball cost $1.10 in total. The bat costs 1 dollar more than the ball. How much does the ball cost [[spoiler: .05 for the ball, 1.05 for the bat]]
bat]] For what ever reason most people answer "10 cents" even though that is clearly wrong.



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* A bat and ball cost $1.10 in total. The bat costs 1 dollar more than the ball. How much does the ball cost [[spoiler: .05 for the ball, 1.05 for the bat]]

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** This question (without the bear - just asking where you started) used to be a part of interviews at ''UsefulNotes/SpaceX''. Most engineers could figure out the [[spoiler:North Pole]] answer easily, but there are actually infinitely many answers. [[spoiler: You could start somewhere near the South pole such that going south would lead you to the latitude where going a mile east takes you around the South pole, then you go north back to where you started. Since you could also get around the pole twice if you started closer to it (or three times, etc.), there are infinitely many solutions.]]


* '''If you have a cube, each edge two inches long, how many total square inches are there among all eight faces?''' Answer: [[spoiler: Hard to say, since cubes have six faces, not eight.[[note]]Unless of course you're referring to a 4-cube, a.k.a. tesseract or octochoron.[[/note]]]]

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* '''If you have a cube, each edge two inches long, how many total square inches are there among all eight faces?''' Answer: [[spoiler: Hard to say, since cubes have six faces, not eight.[[note]]Unless of course you're referring to a 4-cube, a.k.a. tesseract or octochoron.[[/note]]]]]]


* [[spoiler:Or fill the 5 gallon jug, empty it into the 3 gallon jug and throw the 3 away, you now have 2 gallons in the 5 gallon jug. Put those 2 gallons in the 3 gallon jug, then fill the 5 gallon jug again; now you have 2 gallons in the 3 gallon jug and 5 in the 5. Fill the 3 gallon jug with the water from the 5 gallon and throw the water from the 3 gallon jug away, you have exactly 4 gallons in the 5 gallon jug.]]

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* [[spoiler:Or fill the 5 gallon jug, empty it into the 3 gallon jug and throw the 3 away, you now have 2 gallons in the 5 gallon jug. Put those 2 gallons in the 3 gallon jug, then fill the 5 gallon jug again; now you have 2 gallons in the 3 gallon jug and 5 in the 5. Fill the 3 gallon jug with the water from the 5 gallon and throw the water from the 3 gallon jug away, you have exactly 4 gallons in the 5 gallon jug.]]



** Turns up in ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance.''
** One of the puzzles in ''VideoGame/ProfessorLayton''.
** ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'': In this example, the substance is gas pressure, but the method of solving it is exactly the same.
** One of a series of puzzles in ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}''.
** Also used in the 2006 version of ''VideoGame/{{Safecracker}}''.
** There's a similar puzzle with different volumes in ''[[VideoGame/{{Zork}} Zork Zero]].''
** VideoGame/TheCave features a variant in the Monk's story where 4 + 7 = 6.

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** * Turns up in ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance.''
** * One of the puzzles in ''VideoGame/ProfessorLayton''.
** * ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'': In this example, the substance is gas pressure, but the method of solving it is exactly the same.
** * One of a series of puzzles in ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}''.
** * Also used in the 2006 version of ''VideoGame/{{Safecracker}}''.
** * There's a similar puzzle with different volumes in ''[[VideoGame/{{Zork}} Zork Zero]].''
** * VideoGame/TheCave features a variant in the Monk's story where 4 + 7 = 6.


* ''TabletopGame/PerplexCity''

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** The other usual form is "A pound of lead or a pound of feathers." [[spoiler:For this one, the pounds are indeed the same unit, since lead is not a precious metal, and the single correct answer is they both weigh the same. The sucker answer is that the lead weighs more. The gold version above was invented to also trick people who knew the lead and feathers one, making "They are the same" the sucker answer.]]


** Actually, the correct way in proper English - written grammar ''is'' constant, after all - is "are". There is the implicit that you are saying all yolks of all eggs are one colour. Therefore, you are referring to multiple yolks, despite only saying "yolk" (though it would be better phrased to say yolks as well), and so must use the plural. It is 'less correct', but still correct, to say "yolk of eggs" because noun-noun agreements aren't necessary in English, unlike other languages. The best way to explain this is using the exemplification that in English the term 'United States' is used. The Spanish term? 'Estados Unidos'. Unido means United and Estado, State - in Spanish, because there are multiple States they have to be the Uniteds States, which sounds like nonsense.

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** Actually, "Yolk of eggs is yellow" is grammatically the more correct way of the two choices as yolk is a substance, and substances in proper English - written grammar ''is'' constant, after all - is "are". There is use a rare construction called a "mass noun" which always uses the implicit that you are saying all yolks singular - like "milk". For most mass nouns, plurals would be interepreted as meaning different types of all eggs are one colour. Therefore, you are referring to multiple yolks, despite only saying the substance, as in "the milks of different species of mammal". Now, "yolk" (though it would be better phrased to say yolks as well), and so must use can also mean the plural. It is 'less correct', but still correct, to say "yolk inner structure of eggs" because noun-noun agreements aren't necessary an egg, in English, unlike other languages. The best way to explain this is using the exemplification that in English the term 'United States' is used. The Spanish term? 'Estados Unidos'. Unido means United and Estado, State - in Spanish, because which sense there are multiple States they have to be such structures since there are multiple eggs - but in this case the Uniteds States, which sounds like nonsense.grammatically correct statement would be "the yolks of eggs are yellow".


Solution: [[spoiler: One: you are, everyone else is going the other way. For those interested, there is 1 man, 7 wives, 49 sacks, 343 Cats and 2401 kits, making a total of 2801 going ''away'' from St. Ives (2800, not counting the man). Some versions add "Each of the kits have 7 mitts" which would be an extra 16807 mitts for a total of 19608. Depending on the wording, this can be something of a cheat, as it's never specified what direction the others were going, if any.]]

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Solution: [[spoiler: One: you are, Zero: the speaker is going to St. Ives, but everyone else is going the other way.way - and the question only asks how many kits, cats, sacks, and wives are doing so (though if the speaker is a wife, then the answer is 'one'). For those interested, there is 1 man, 7 wives, 49 sacks, 343 Cats and 2401 kits, making a total of 2801 going ''away'' from St. Ives (2800, not counting the man). Some versions add "Each of the kits have 7 mitts" which would be an extra 16807 mitts for a total of 19608. Depending on the wording, this can be something of a cheat, as it's never specified what direction the others were going, if any.]]

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