An Egyptian princess was walking beside a pool, when suddenly a crocodile appeared in front of her. The princess knew she was lost, but to her astonishment the crocodile spoke in a human voice and said:
I will ask you a question. If you give the right answer i will let you live. If the answer is wrong, i will drag you to my nest and eat you.
Seeing no way way out, the Princess bowed and bade him to ask the question.
The crocodile said: ""The question is: Will i drag you to my nest and eat you?"
Which answer did the princess give the crocodile?
If the princess answers "yes, you will eat me", what will the crocodile do?
- If he eats her, the princess would have given the right answer, so he shouldnt eat her.
- If he doesn't kill her the princess would have given the wrong answer and the crocodile would have to kill/eat her.
With this answer there would be a standstill. Either action of the crocodile would be wrong, contrary to his vow.
If the princess answers "no, you will not eat me.# what must the crocodile do?
- he must let the princess go. she will have given the right answer.
- he must eat the princess, for then she would have given the wrong answer.
It is a very stupid crocodile. he should have eaten the princess in the first place, and there would have been no confusion.
Remark from the writer of this articleEdit
sorry, i bungled things up. i think i remembered the story wrong.