Beach Day by Rodger Bliss
July 2024

Bonus Unsolved Riddle

John Silverstein was jailed for poisoning his own brother for 10 years. Now, he is finally getting out. Detective Courtney Grimier and Police Officer James Copperfield were anxious. “All I wanted for now is to build a garden of my own. I have always wanted to be botanist, the main reason why I studied plants,” he told the detective and the officer. Detective Grimier and PO Copperfield went to John’s garden. There was a flower’s section with rows of marigolds, orchids, chrysanthemums and violets. There’s also the fruits section with pears, apples, grapes and oranges. Beside it was a vegetables section with broccoli, lettuce, cucumbers and celery. The two sat by a picnic table in the middle of the garden. Then, John came out carrying two plates of fresh green salad. “I believe that you doubt about my innocence. I’m proud to tell you that I have changed. As you can see, I have a beautiful garden here as my sanctuary and business. I’m a criminal no more.” The two just nodded. Going home, Detective Grimier told PO Copperfield, “He is not a criminal now, but he sure isn’t a botanist!” Why did Detective Grimier think that John is not a botanist?


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6 guesses to Bonus Unsolved Riddle

  • a botanist is the study of plants not a grower of plants.

  • Dude

    That’s not the answer we were looking for, Keep trying.

  • Jordan

    cucumbers are not vegetables
    as a botanist he should have known that.

  • Dude

    You are correct, Jordan!

    You’re today’s winner.

  • Faisal Khawaja

    One day, on a whim, I researched the scientific distinction between “vegetables” and other types of plant foods (e.g. “fruits”). I discovered that “vegetable” is not a scientific term at all. It is a term created and used by the grocery industry. Therefore, a cucumber is, in fact, a vegetable, because the grocery industry says it is.

  • Dude

    Interesting stuff, Faisal. Thanks for sharing.