Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Who owns the fish?

I saw this riddle in someone's profile:

1. In a street there are five houses, painted five different colours.

2. In each house lives a person of different nationality.

3. These five homeowners each drink a different kind of beverage, smoke a different brand of cigar and keep a different pet.

THE QUESTION: WHO OWNS THE FISH?

HINTS:

1. The Brit lives in a red house.
2. The Swede keeps dogs as pets.
3. The Dane drinks tea.
4. The Green house is on the left of the White house.
5. The owner of the Green house drinks coffee.
6. The person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds.
7. The owner of the Yellow house smokes Dunhill.
8. The man living in the centre house drinks milk.
9. The Norwegian lives in the first house.
10. The man who smokes Blends lives next to the one who keeps cats.
11. The man who keeps horses lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill.
12. The man who smokes Blue Master drinks beer.
13. The German smokes Prince.
14. The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
15. The man who smokes Blends has a neighbour who drinks water.

ALBERT EINSTEIN WROTE THIS RIDDLE EARLY DURING THE 19th CENTURY. HE SAID THAT 98% OF THE WORLD POPULATION WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO SOLVE IT.

I think I just solved it. So I'm the world's 2%? Maybe in 1899 haha. You try to solve it. I'm not going to tell you the answer just yet. And oh, please don't Google for the answer. Google doesn't give you answers. Neko-chan does. (Damn generator)

20 comments:

joyfulchicken said...

Maybe 98% of the population have no patience to go through all the clues :-P

Lyn said...

When do I get to check my answer? :D

宝茹 said...

Haha~~ this is fun! You can add more variables to make it even more fun! :P :P

Happy New Year! :D

runawaycat said...

JC - You're right. And my guess is you're one of the 98% :)

lyn - You're answer will probably be right. You can't have an answer that's wrong in this case (I think) Anyway, here's mine: German

KM - If I add more variables I might only confuse everyone and myself :P
Happy 2008!

philos said...

well 2% of the world is roughly 120M people, not that few if you think about it.

Especially a large percentage of the 98% might not be stupid at all but just don't know English enough to understand this riddle, or just plain can't read because of poverty.

Suddenly, being part of the 2% doesn't mean much at all. Just like Mensa. I bet this is a German propaganda to make us all smoke like Hitler.

CY said...

I still think Cometh owns the fish! :P

runawaycat said...

philos - 120M people in the late 19th century or now? Hey wait...I just realized it said early 19th century. Einstein wasn't even born yet! Either the one who put this up in the internet made a mistake or this is really a propaganda after all, by god knows who.

Smoke like Hitler?

CY - Ok ok, a lot of people own fishes.

gianne said...

whoever had the fish, runawaycat has stolen it and er, ran away. (i'm in that 0.0005% of weirdos XD)

i've seen this countless times. and i could never ever solve it. on a brighter note, misery loves company and... 98%.... =DDDDDDD

Euri said...

I'm too lazy to do this. I'll skip. :D

runawaycat said...

gianne & euri - Lazy people are like cockroaches :p

kopi said...

german. and the malaysian owns a hamster. and it bloody matters a puny bit whether it's 2 percent or 20 percent or whatever =P happy new year, and will there be more riddles?

joyfulchicken said...

I'm like a cockroach? :-( You're hurting my feelings.

CY said...

Yeh, calling a chicken a cockroach is a calamity! (look, alliteration! :P)

And LOL at kopi's answer xD

gianne said...

i'm a super cockroach.
evading your shelltox.
hahahaha

CY said...

On the other hand, we have Gianne who's proud to be a cockroach xD

runawaycat said...

kopi - Are you starting to speak like a Swede?

JC & CY - Hey, that means I'm calling myself a cockroach too kay?

gianne - Super cockroaches don't have to evade shelltox :P

CY said...

Yahahaha! I beat your previous comment by a split-second!

Runawaycockroach... hmm, sounds nice too :P

runawaycat said...

Sheesh! I should have clicked faster!
No it doesn't sound nice...

sugarscamp said...

I'm really too lazy to think about it, plus it's 10am, it's too early to think...tell me the answer soon, will ya?

runawaycat said...

It's German :) It's like doing sudoku.