Beach Day by Rodger Bliss
May 2024

O.B.G. part one

A man walks into a kingdom where lying is a crime. He stops by an inn, and gets drunk. While he is drunk he tells many lies and insults about the king. A worried villager told the king of this and the king demanded the man be sent to court for a sentence immediately. The man went to court, and the king told him “The punishment for lying is death, tell me your last words. If your last words are a lie you shall be burned and die a painful death, if it is the truth you shall die a painless death.” The man spoke 4 words, and after that the king had no choice but to set him free. What did the man say?

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7 guesses to O.B.G. part one

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  • Nanao Ise

    I will die painfully?

    Because if it is a lie, he will die painfully – this making the statement true. And if they see it as truth, he will die a painless death – stating that he spoke a falsehood. Creating a paradox.

    Unless, of course, they vouch to kill him painlessly, and then “kill” him again in a more painful manner.

  • Glenda Moses

    I will die painless

  • Dude

    No, no and no!

    This is an oldie but a goody. Keep trying.

    Nanao, you were very close.

  • Kayla

    I will be burned

  • Kevin

    “Everything I say is a lie”? It’s paradoxical because he can’t be lying or telling the truth really.

  • Dude

    Kayla, you nailed it.

    “I shall be burned,” is the correct answer. Nanao, you were right on the money.

    Kayla, you are today’s winner.