19 May 2005

Old Zen Puzzle

If you've seen this; tough!

If you haven't; hahahaha!


A man has to cross a river, taking with him a wolf, a sheep and a cabbage.
The wolf wants to eat the sheep and the sheep wants to eat the cabbage.
There is a boat which will carry the man and a single item, but he cannot leave the sheep alone with the cabbage or the wolf alone with the sheep.

How, exactly, does he get himself and all his items across the river in one piece?

There are two possible answers.

On the off chance that my jokes are so old that a whole new virgin generation has sprung up unawares, here are a couple of sillier ones:

  1. A plane crashes precisely on the border between Austria and Swtizerland. Where do they bury the survivors?
  2. Frogs can jump 1 metre. There is a pond with a diameter of 2 metres with a 3 metre plank on the bank and a 5 metre plank crossing one side of the pond. Dead in the middle is a frog on a lilypad. How does the frog reach the bank?
  3. Poem: Stow on the Wold, where the wind blows cold, and the old woman can't cook puddin'. Take the Wold from the old, then the old from the wold, and spell it with two letters.
  4. Quick as you can: I saw Esau sitting on a see-saw, I saw Esau and he saw me. I saw Esau sitting on a see-saw, how many 'S's in that?
  5. If a funny story is called a joke, and several people are called folk, what's the white of an egg called?

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