Beach Day by Rodger Bliss
May 2024
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A Little Lost Boy Walks Through a Meadow

A little lost boy walks through a meadowA little lost boy walks through a meadow. He comes to a bridge. In front of the bridge is a troll carrying an axe. The troll says, “If you want to cross this bridge, you must tell me a statement. If I think the statement is true, you will be strangled to death. If I say the statement is false, your head will be chopped off.” A few minutes later, the boy walked over the bridge, while the troll stood pondering.

What was the statement the little lost boy had given?

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3 guesses to A Little Lost Boy Walks Through a Meadow


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  • Howard

    The kid said to the troll, “You’re going to chop my head off” If the troll agrees it’s true the troll must strangle the kid – but that was the fate he planned for a lie. However if the troll considers it a lie, the troll must chop off the head off – but that doesn’t work because if he does then the kid has told the truth. A bad day for the troll

  • Howard, you are today’s winner!
    The boy said, “My head will be chopped off.”

  • Crabman

    “Mom says that she’s fine if either you or I bring this soup to her needy, aging, talkative mother. Your call dad.”