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The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Paul Harvey Riddle
Gary C. sent me this riddle which has been doing the rounds on email for quite a while, though I had never seen it before. As Gary pointed out, the interesting thing about this is not whether it really is a Paul Harvey riddle (I have no clue), or even the riddle itself. It's the claim that 80% of kindergarten kids got the answer while 83% of Stanford graduates were unable to. Instead of trying to track down whether or not a group of Stanford graduates ever has been tested with this riddle, I thought I'd do the next best thing. Take an unscientific poll of Museum of Hoaxes readers to see how many of you are able to figure out the answer right away vs. aren't able to. That'll give a rough approximation of the percentage of (presumably over-kindergarten age) people able to solve the riddle, assuming people answer the poll honestly.

I have to admit that I couldn't get the answer. I finally gave up and googled for the answer.

If you've seen the riddle before and already know the answer, then base your response to the poll on the first time you ever saw the riddle. Did you figure out the answer immediately? If you were in kindergarten when you first were given the riddle, then don't respond to the poll.

I put the answer in a link below for those people, like myself, unable to figure it out.

Paul Harvey RIDDLE:
When asked this riddle, 80% of kindergarten kids got the answer, compared to 17% of Stanford University seniors.

What is greater than God, More evil than the devil, The poor have it, The rich need it, And if you eat it, you'll die?

Send this to 10 people and then press shift and you will get the answer.
P.S. You won't believe this, but this really does give you the answer!!!!


The Answer
Categories: Psychology
Posted by The Curator on Sat Feb 12, 2005
Comments (214)
humility
Posted by ToniaK  in  New York  on  Wed Jul 29, 2009  at  12:24 AM
i got it right! but googled the answer to check!
Posted by Aura Kolnik  in  Cape Town  on  Mon Mar 15, 2010  at  03:19 AM
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