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« on: Aug 4th, 2002, 7:42am »
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There's a man lying dead in a telephone booth beside a river. The phone is off the hook, and there is smashed glass on the floor of the phone booth. What happened?
 
anybody got less than 20 solutions to this one?  This type of riddle is fun if you can ask yes or no questions to someone who knows the answer and try to see how few questions you ask before you figure it out.  This one's killing me; I want some more information.
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« Reply #1 on: Aug 4th, 2002, 7:16pm »
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I've heard this one before. The answer I heard was:
 
He was fishing in the river. He caught a small fish and was so excited he ran to the telephone booth, called his mate, his mate asked "how big?" and the man in his excitement extended both arms to the side to indicate how big, forgetting, (a) he was talking on the phone, his mate can't see him, and (b) (more importantly!) he was in a glass phone booth - his arms smash through the glass, and he dies from the loss of blood.
 
It's supposed to be funny.
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« Reply #2 on: Aug 5th, 2002, 2:48am »
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An amusing alternative solution to this problem, which I received via e-mail:
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Daniel Filner
Sent: Monday, July 29, 2002 2:21 AM
To: wwu@OCF.Berkeley.EDU
Subject: Love the riddles.
 
Even though like you, I've always hated "What Happened" riddles, I want to suggest an alternate answer to "What Happened I" -
 
:: The guy got trapped in a Joel Schumacher movie (upcoming, presumed bad)  
- [url]http://www.hollywood.com/movies/detail/movie/415709 ...[/url]
 
Thanks for helping me kill time and strain the brain.
daniel filner
 
 
Phone Booth (2002)
 

 
Synopsis: Set entirely within and around the confines of a New York City phone booth, a media consultant decides to answer the ringing phone, at random, and is quickly plunged into a world of intrigue and suspense. He is told by the caller, a serial killer sniper, that he will be shot dead if he hangs up the phone.

 
 
sounds like an insanely horrible movie  Tongue
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« Reply #3 on: Aug 27th, 2002, 3:05pm »
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Hmmm. Wouldn't the glass in the "how big" scenario be outside the booth?
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« Reply #4 on: Aug 27th, 2002, 5:17pm »
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Oh no, don't debunk the "how big" scenario - I've held to it for years!  Wink
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« Reply #5 on: Apr 24th, 2003, 8:50pm »
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The man was in the process of making a call to a wrecker company, because his car was half sunk in the water, but superman in his brilliance doesn't see the man in the booth and flies into it like a bolt of lightning and changes into his costume, but in the process smashes the man and busts the glass out of the booth.... the man dies while calling his friend to tell him who superman really is,"Clarrrkkkk Keeennnn......". Cry
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« Reply #6 on: May 7th, 2003, 9:34am »
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OK.  I need a ruling on this.  We give points for getting these riddles correct.  This is the first time we picked a "What Happened".  The best solution presented to me so far is:
 
The river flooded and trapped the man in the booth under water.   He tried to get out by smashing the glass with the telephone but died anyway.  Then the river receded.  
 
What do you guys think?  Do I give him a point for this answer? Grin
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« Reply #7 on: May 8th, 2003, 12:07am »
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creative... give him some extra.  Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: May 8th, 2003, 7:38am »
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RRRRRRING!
 
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RRRRRRING!
 
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How long had the phone been ringing? She did not know. Somehow, in the fog of early-morning sleep, Montana's hand found the telephone and pulled the handset towards her ear.
 
"Hello? Montana?"
 
"Yeah ... What?" Montana replied groggily. She wasn't even awake enough to to bemoan the early hour.
 
"It's awesome! I caught this huge fish. It's sort-of funny-looking--it's got a swollen head and a weird-looking tail, but it's huge! See, I told you I could fish!"
 
"You wake me up at this time of the morning to tell me you caught a fish?"
 
"But it's a monster! I can barely hold it up. This is so ... what the ... what is that thing? ... oh no! Crap! Aaaaa..."
 
There was a horrendous cry and the sharply percussive sound of glass smashing. Then a very loud bang registered. Harvey had dropped the phone.
 
"Harvey? Harvey? are you okay?"
 
There was no response.
 
Neither Montana nor the police ever learned what happened to Harvey that day. His body was found, lying battered on the ground inside the phone booth, the phone still off the hook, and with smashed glass lying around him. A strange slimy substance was found on the most bruised areas of his body. No eye-witnesses were available to provide clues.
 
Only Harvey knew for sure, and if he were alive to be asked, he would only have said "If you thought that fish was big, you shoulda' seen its momma!"
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« Reply #9 on: May 8th, 2003, 8:08am »
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Thanks for your replies.  I gave him the "creativity" point.  Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: Nov 8th, 2004, 10:41am »
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I heard this one in a similar fashion in that the whole thing happened inside a closed room...and the answer to it is out of imagination to any answers given here: the fact was that 'he' is a fish (male fish to be precise), and that the glass tank inside which 'he' is residing dropped on the floor for some reason, thus getting the details of the case - 'he' was found dead on the floor, broken glass around him, with some tiny drops of water...
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« Reply #11 on: Nov 9th, 2004, 8:28pm »
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While that riddle is similar to this one in having broken glass and a dead body, this is a different riddle, and the "fish story in the phone booth" is the intended answer (assuming mook's story is not  another variation on the same theme).
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« Reply #12 on: Nov 9th, 2004, 10:05pm »
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This one has been around, but as long as we are free associating about dead people surrounded by stuff:  
 
A man is found dead in an alley surrounded by 53 bicycles.  
 
What happened, why was he killed?
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« Reply #13 on: Nov 10th, 2004, 9:18am »
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I'd bet the last bicycle was another ace!
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« Reply #14 on: Nov 10th, 2004, 1:26pm »
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Can you elaborate your answer as I am still very busy trying to run and think outside the box?   Kiss
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« Reply #15 on: Nov 10th, 2004, 3:41pm »
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I went to Google and asked "define: bicycle".
 
I learned that a bicycle is the same as a barmaid.
 
How in the world can you end up with 53 barmaids piled up on top of you?
 
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« Reply #16 on: Nov 10th, 2004, 3:48pm »
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mfirmata seems to have drawn the right conclusion....
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« Reply #17 on: Nov 11th, 2004, 6:38pm »
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Who knew bicycles are barmaids? Are you sure about that, Grimbal?
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« Reply #18 on: Nov 12th, 2004, 6:06am »
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It is a bowling term.
 
A bicycle is a pin that's hidden behind another pin.
A barmaid is the same thing.
   
http://www.dictionaryofgambling.com/gambling_terms/bowling/b/
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« Reply #19 on: Nov 14th, 2004, 6:33am »
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on Nov 9th, 2004, 10:05pm, Speaker wrote:
A man is found dead in an alley surrounded by 53 bicycles.  
 
What happened, why was he killed?

He became the unfortunate victim of the another riddle: "a man is found dead in the field clutching a broken match" riddle. The usual answer is that a hot air balloon was losing altitude and in a desperate attempt to save their lives they decided to draw matches. The one who took the broken match would be sacrificed by being thrown overboard to save the others. What is not often told is that the people in the ballon were bicycle salesmen travelling to an exhibition with 53 bikes on board. Before they drew matches they first attempted to regain altitude by hurling the bicycles from the balloon. Our poor friend in Speaker's riddle was on his break having a quiet smoke in the alley when he fell victim to falling bicycles.
 
Either that or he was cheating at cards; "bicycle" is the trade name for a famous brand of playing cards.
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« Reply #20 on: Nov 14th, 2004, 2:27pm »
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Were the man and the 53 bicycles in a cabin?  Wink
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« Reply #21 on: Nov 14th, 2004, 4:30pm »
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Yes, Sir Col, it was a conflation of riddles, Grimbal is on the right track. The alley was in a cabin, and there was water on the floor and all the doors were locked.
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« Reply #22 on: Nov 24th, 2004, 6:41am »
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....how many cards are in a standard deck of "BICYCLE" playing card....52..... the man was found dead with 53.... he was cheating
 
 
 
 
 
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