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Confounding the Cannibals

 
Junilu Lacar
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This one's kind of old but there still might some greenhorns out there who haven't run across it.
A missionary is captured by cannibals. The missionary pleads with the chief who, after some thought, decides to give him a chance. The chief says to the missionary, "Tell me something. If it is true, we will burn you at the stake. If it is not true, we will chop you up into a thousand pieces." How did the missionary escape certain death?
 
HS Thomas
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Is there only one answer ?
Historically, this one got several into trouble:
The World is Round (true) ___________ Spare Ribs
And this one kept one out of trouble:
The World is Flat (false) ___________ Chop Suey
The World is an "extremely large elongated ellipse" might have done the trick ?
I've never heard of this one before.

Or a rumour like :
Tenesseans/West Country folk are ....!
Best stick to folksy rumours, stay well away from politicians because the validity of any statement involving a politician is immediately invalid.
And when delivering the reply , the missionary should avoid dead give-aways like ing because that may allude to which rumour he is referring to.

Chief, you are a big-headed bigot without a soft spot.
A statement that's neither all true or all false.To prove it is true ,the chief has to agree that both parts of the statement are true, or both are false.
To prove it is false, any part of the statement can be false, the other has to be true. A: I can't see the Chief agreeing to being a big-headed bigot and B: he has already proved he has a soft spot.
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[ August 21, 2003: Message edited by: HS Thomas ]
 
Spike Spiegel
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A missionary is captured by cannibals. The missionary pleads with the chief who, after some thought, decides to give him a chance. The chief says to the missionary, "Tell me something. If it is true, we will burn you at the stake. If it is not true, we will chop you up into a thousand pieces." How did the missionary escape certain death?

Could the answer be: "You wil chop me up in a thousand pieces." ?
 
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Hans, I am lost in admiration ! :roll:
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Spike Spiegel
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Well, it takes a simple miond to find a simple answer...
 
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