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Riddle of the links

  1. Dec 13, 2008 #1
    What moves without feet in the morning, travels on four feet in the afternoon,
    and walks on two feet at night?

    Answer: Man - in evolution from swimming organism to quadrupedal animals to bipedal people.
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  3. Dec 14, 2008 #2
    Wait wasn't there a cane in there somewhere?
  4. Dec 14, 2008 #3
    That was the story of Cane and Able.
  5. Jan 23, 2009 #4
    You are thinking of:
    What walks on four feet in the morning, two at noon, and three in the afternoon.
  6. Jan 23, 2009 #5
    What makes you think it's nighttime? With any luck it could be half past 7 on a sunny morning, and we'll be back to no-feet soon.
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2009
  7. Jan 23, 2009 #6
    This riddle is in analogy to that of the Sphinx - however, here it describes not a lifetime, but evolution over the eons.
  8. Jan 23, 2009 #7


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    He's got a point. A man's lifetime is finite, like the day, but evolution over eons is not finite. Metaphorically, it could be only half past 7.

    Or merely 12:01AM... :wink:
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