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Two men walk into a room. One looks around and realises he's about to die. Why?

 
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The riddle is in the title ... feel free to ask questions, post theories here.
 
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Is there anyone else in the room?
Is there some threat in the room?
 
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Is there anyone else in the room?


No just the two men


Is there some threat in the room?


Yes
 
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Is there a gun/weapon involved here?
 
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Is there a gun/weapon involved here?


no
 
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is it a morgue?
are they both real men (i.e. not grim reaper or so)?
is the threat an animal?
is the threat something concrete/physical?
is the other man going to die?
is the other man a threat?
 
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Is this Timothy McVeigh led into the execution chamber by a guard?
 
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wow...good one...
 
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is it a morgue?
No
are they both real men (i.e. not grim reaper or so)?
They are both human
is the threat an animal?
no
is the threat something concrete/physical?
Not sure what you mean.
is the other man going to die?
No
is the other man a threat?
Yes
Is this Timothy McVeigh led into the execution chamber by a guard?

No
 
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The room is in a night club and one of the men sees his wife and girl friend sitting at the same table
Yikes!!
 
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Originally posted by Bob Reardon:
The room is in a night club and one of the men sees his wife and girl friend sitting at the same table
Yikes!!


Nope. Come on guys think laterally, not literally.
 
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Are they walking into a room with giant watermelons for chairs and upon a table sits a harpoon gun made out of chocolate which has next to it a bowl full of raspberry jello that is sitting on top of a bible(but not the bible we know, but one for an alien race)??
 
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Originally posted by Andy Ceponis:
Are they walking into a room with giant watermelons for chairs and upon a table sits a harpoon gun made out of chocolate which has next to it a bowl full of raspberry jello that is sitting on top of a bible(but not the bible we know, but one for an alien race)??


no ... but nice try ... I will say there isn't any kind of trap in the room
 
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We're so morbid these days...
1. One of them is wearing an executioner's mask.
2. One of them is Dr. Kevorkian.
3. It's the live version of MTV's "Celebrity Death Match"
4. They're gladiators (is a coliseum a room?)
5. Groom and Best Man getting dressed for the wedding. (*groan*)
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Two men walk into a bar. Funny, you'd think the second one would have ducked.
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Maybe the room is the fuselage of a disabled airplane, and the other guy has already taken the last parachute, or maybe it's an airlock to a level 5 biohazard laboratory, and the other guy has the only working clean air supply, or some other situation like this where the man who will live has the singular available life support unit, and in that sense is a "threat" to the other man, who is doomed to die.
 
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Nope to all of the above!!
Some running along the right lines though.
 
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Is the man who will live intent on killing the other man?
 
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Originally posted by Peter Lyons:
Is the man who will live intent on killing the other man?


yes .. but need more detail.
One more clue. There is one object in the room.

[This message has been edited by Angela Poynton (edited May 03, 2001).]
 
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i thought Nanhesru had it right... is it a prison guard and a convict walking into a room with an electric chair?
i could swear i have heard this one before.
 
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nope
 
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Is the object a large banana shaped six foot tall toothbrush that keeps repeating "Bring me my yogurt so i wont miss the bus"?
 
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Andy... how many days in a row have you been awake???
 
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It would be interesting to do some "free association" with Andy.
What comes to mind when I say "walrus"?
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I guess since there is no weapon involved, the man who lives must kill the other man by denying him the object which he needs to survive.
Is that correct? (not the final answer, just working on it)
 
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No, the object is not directly instrumental in the man's death.
 
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The man who is going to die sees that the other man has a gun pointed at him.
 
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no weapons involved. The Object itself provides the clue to the man that he is about to die ... that is the last clue I'm giving you.
 
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Are you still answering yes/no questions?
Has the dying man already been poisoned?
 
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yes I'm stil answering yes / no ... just not volunteering anymore info.
And in answer to your question ... no he hasn't.
 
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OK going home now ... may not be back until tomorrow.
 
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Is this object a crystal ball through which the man sees his impending doom? Through the crystal ball the man sees Ralph Machio, Humphrey Bogart, and Hulk Hogan playing leapfrog. Hulk Hogan jumps over Ralph and at that same moment the girl from the pepsi commmercial runs across the crystal ball and hands Mr.Bogart a smoked salmon with which he takes the fish and plays it like a puppet and makes it say " You are going to die".
 
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is the object is a piece of paper (or other visual communication medium) which says something like "I poisoned your cornflakes this morning" ?
 
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beep..beep.. Oxygen Pressure Zero.. Back up supplies malfunctioning.. Base Station 2734323.33 miles away.. beep..beep.. We can�t save both you... better specimen Mr. X will be saved... And Mr. Y, Ur body will stop functioning in 6 minutes and 33 seconds from now.. beep..beep... ! SORRY.. Beep.. beep...
 
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J, are you suggesting that the object could be a gas mask if the room is a gas chamber?
So one man puts on the gas mask and the other dies?
 
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Or both men are lethally poisoned but the object is a single dose of antidote...
 
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There is about as much of a chance of someone answering this right(according to Angela) as people guessing:
What am i thinking of right now?
I think ill start a thread like that and see if anyone can guess correctly(another WA type game... )......jk......
 
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OK you guys are going way off course ... but the slightly unrealistic tone is just right
 
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The room is in an airplane that is crashing and the object is a single parachute.
 
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Originally posted by Angela Poynton:
the slightly unrealistic tone is just right


You mean, this is not practical/ can never happen in real life?
 
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is this a philosophical question like the sphynx... (what walks on 4 legs in the morning 2 in the afternoon and 3 at night...)
is it the same man walking into a room, looking at himself in the mirror and seeing something that foreshadows his demise?
 
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What the man sees is a half-eaten dead body of another human. The other man is a cannibal.
 
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