Was Einstein's Riddle a Political Commentary or a Personal Metaphor?

In summary, there is a riddle that has been attributed to Albert Einstein, but there is speculation about whether he actually wrote it. Some believe that the riddle is a metaphor or commentary on European cultures, while others argue that it is simply a brainteaser and not meant to be read into too deeply. The original thread discussing the riddle has been closed, but the conversation continues with theories about the riddle's origins and possible solutions.
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Tifinchi
The original thread was closed << Mentor's Note -- the previous thread was closed because of age, not a rules issue >>, but I am really interested in hearing your opinions on a couple of theories I had.
I am baffled at the idea that someone, with the ability to understand the math language to it's utmost capacity, could so royally be mistaken on the population numbers who could solve the riddle.
It is said he claimed only 2% of the world would figure out the riddle. Some claim he didn't write the riddle. Some claim he was too young to understand the population percentage. Some claim it cannot be answered because of the way the question does not prove the information of fish. Some claim that the riddle was more of a guesstimate on the population portion.
The original thread was posted at https://www.physicsforums.com/threads/Albert-einsteins-riddle.149083I have two theories, but first I would like to add that even at a young age, it seems highly unlikely that a mathematician would fail so badly at an estimate. It is very likely that he didn't write it; however, I am going to err on the side that he did write it and follow the so-called rabbit hole.

Important Note: I believe the answer is in the question. If you read the question carefully, even though it is simple, the question is not "what nationality" but "who." I believe this should be more identifying than the information provided in the riddle itself.

First: Could he have been alluding to politics? Swedish, Norwegian, German, British, and Danish? Perhaps the houses and choices of drinks, cigars, and animals are merely a commentary on their culture.

Second: Could he be alluding to himself? Is he the specific German that owns the fish? Is this a metaphorical fish or is it a literal fish? Did he actually have neighbors with these colors of houses?

Perhaps it wasn't that the riddle was too difficult to get, but the information would only be available to specific people who knew these inside references.

Please let me know your thoughts :)

~Tifinchi
 
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Well I think this riddle is more of a brainteaser than a view of European cultures or metaphorical fish. If the nationalities, cigars, et cetera, are replaced with letters , or symbols, let's say, then the riddle functions equally well. I think that this riddle is not really meant to be read into excesssively , or used as a metaphor. However, each to his own.
 
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According to Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zebra_Puzzle
this riddle has only been attributed to Einstein, among other persons, but most probably isn't by him.
 

1. What is Einstein's Riddle?

Einstein's Riddle, also known as the Zebra Puzzle, is a logic puzzle created by Albert Einstein. It involves a group of people with different nationalities, pets, and favorite drinks, and players must use deductive reasoning to determine the correct combinations based on a series of clues.

2. Is there any evidence that Einstein's Riddle was intended as a political commentary?

There is no evidence that Einstein's Riddle was intended as a political commentary. The puzzle was created by Einstein as a form of entertainment for his friends and was not meant to convey any political message.

3. What about the theory that Einstein's Riddle was a personal metaphor?

There is a popular theory that Einstein's Riddle was a personal metaphor for the struggles he faced as a Jewish scientist during the rise of Nazi Germany. However, there is no concrete evidence to support this theory, and it is purely speculative.

4. What is the purpose of the riddle if it is not a political commentary or a personal metaphor?

Einstein's Riddle was created for entertainment purposes and to challenge people's logical thinking abilities. It is a fun and challenging puzzle that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

5. Are there any other interpretations of Einstein's Riddle?

Aside from the political commentary and personal metaphor theories, there are no other widely accepted interpretations of Einstein's Riddle. Some people may have their own personal interpretations, but they are not based on any concrete evidence.

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