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Stand-Up Against Evil: A Puzzle Story, Part One

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You’re a stand-up comedian. (I know you aren’t really, or hell, you might be, I don’t know who you are, but for the purposes of this story you’re a stand-up comedian. Also, you’re a dude–sorry, ladies!)

You’re at The Laugh Machine, a dirty club miles and miles from civilization, and you’ve just finished your set–you killed! except for that joke about the polar bears going extinct, nobody likes to hear that kind of downer–but for the last fifteen minutes you’ve had to take a piss real bad–you probably shouldn’t have drunk a whole pitcher before going on stage!–and so now you’re desperately searching for the men’s bathroom (see, I told you that you’d be a man for this story).

You round a dark corner to find three doors. One of them is certainly the men’s bathroom, and you look for the familiar stick figure drawings of a dude and a lady, but they aren’t there! Instead, there’s a sign in between them that reads:

“SIGNS MAY BE EITHER TRUE OR FALSE. ALSO, WASH HANDS.”

Door #1 reads: I am the Men’s Bathroom.

Door #2 reads: Door #1 is the Women’s Bathroom. I’m the Men’s Bathroom.

And Door #3 reads: Only one of us is telling the truth.

You think about it for a second, and then choose…

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Written by Greg Karber

March 2, 2010 at 12:50 pm

5 Responses

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  1. Post your answers in the comments. First person to get it right wins…

    NOTHING!

    Okay, I lied. You’ll get a shout out on GregKarber.com and thus be enshrined on the Immutable Internet for All Time.

    Greg Karber

    March 1, 2010 at 11:44 pm

  2. Let’s hope they never put signs like this up in a real bathroom… Especially in a retirement home or places where more people with over-active bladder live…
    I think I peed my pants.
    No, actually, If door 1 is lying, then door 2 is telling the truth about door 1 lying, but still being dishonest about the mens bathroom behind it… So, in this case both door 1 and door 2 are lying. that seems like it would make door 3 the right choice… right? Or, is dor 3 suppose the the women’s restroom and completely fool me?

    John T

    March 2, 2010 at 5:51 pm

  3. I forgot to mention… I really want to start spelling the word “door” D O R, as in “dor”. It’s shorter, and still makes me wanna say the exact same thing as “door”. Who is with me?

    John T

    March 2, 2010 at 5:53 pm

  4. Hm. That’s an interesting point you made about Door Two, so I’ve changed it in the puzzle because–as is–the answer is ambiguous.

    Greg Karber

    March 2, 2010 at 6:39 pm

  5. So it looks like I’m going to give it to you, John T!

    Congratulations on winning …

    ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

    (Other than these congratulations.)

    Greg Karber

    March 3, 2010 at 11:24 am


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