Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Inspired by Mottel, I Riddle Y'all Some Riddles.

I met a man in the rain
He tipped his hat and drew his cane
In this poem I've mentioned his name.

What is it? (Don't google it, or you'll find out right away.)

Here's a question:
Ten people--five couples--(non-shomrei negiah) go to a party. One statistician among them asks everybody how many hands he or she shook. One person says he shook no hands. Another shook one hand. Another shook two, another three, another four, another five, another six, another seven, and another eight. The question is how many hands did the statistician shake?
Hint: you don't shake your own hand and you don't shake your spouse's hand.
Another hint: try to think who is married to whom.

Whoever answers these riddles gets thirty points. Ha! I'm outdoing mottel.

Here's a cute one, although not a riddle:
Translate into Yiddish, "The stars disturb Shtern's forehead."


  1. 1-Andrew?

    2-who says he shook any hands? He was gathering data...

    3-I don't know Yiddish :(

  2. 1. Bingo!

    2. He must have. It's impossible for the others to shake the amount of hands they did unless he shakes a specific number of hands.

    3. Wait. Someone else will get it.

  3. 1.It's Andrew - though Kain is also there and a far cooler name!

    3. Di Shtern Shtern Shetern's shtern . . .

  4. That last e should be me -Mottel. Not e.

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  6. Mottel: now you can have the 26 points that you gave me.

  7. Nu... How many hands did he shake?

  8. The answer is four. My psychology professor two semesters ago gave us this riddle for homework, except that in his version it was a social psychologist rather than a statistician. I wrote up the answer. (I needed to hand it in.)You can read it at

  9. Wow, that's intense.

    Do I get any points?

  10. There's a story about some guy who was son-in-law shopping. He would go to all the yeshivas and ask a super-hard question, promising his daughter to whoever could answer it. No bochur could answer his question, and the daughter remained single. Anyhow, once he was leaving a yeshiva, after making the bochurim learn their brains out with the hopes of winning the girl.

    As he was leaving the city he sees a guy running after the carriage. "Do you have the answer?" he asked.

    "Nope," said the bochur regretfully, "but I was hoping that you could tell it to me before you leave."

    Said the rich man, "Aha! He is the one!" And they got married and lived happily ever after. It could be that this story has some names of ostensibly historical gedolim attached to it.

    So, C, for your continued interest in this riddle, I hereby bestow upon you the bochur-running-after-the-carriage-award and 17 honorary points.

  11. Good story. Great mini farbrengan we got going on here. Thanks for the point... what are they good for? Do I also get to marry your daughter?

  12. Ok, ok. Point well taken.

    So can my son marry your daughter?

  13. Speaking about family generations... does yours come from Pittsburgh at all?

  14. yes it does. Do you know my last name?

  15. Apparently I do. Our families go way back...

  16. This world is small. And even smaller than we think it is :).

  17. please be so kind as to shoot an email to

  18. is this a recurrence of that split personality? and even if he meant Cain, it still doesn't work!

  19. 1. what split personality?

    2. It does work. The word "Cain" is mentioned in the poem.


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