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What speaks with one voice, yet walks on four feet in the morning, . .

  1. Oct 17, 2007 #1
    What speaks with one voice, yet walks on four feet in the morning, two feet at noon and three feet in the evening?"

    I don't know the answer. This one had me stumped. Let me know if you get it.
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  3. Oct 17, 2007 #2
    Well it's actually more philosophy than puzzle.
    It's about a man's life.
    four feet in the morning: you walk on both arms and legs when you are a kid.(2legs+2 arms=4)
    two feet at noon: you walk on your legs only when you are young.(2legs only)
    three feet in the evening: You walk with a stick.(2legs+1stick=3)
  4. Oct 17, 2007 #3


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    Wasn't this by Plato?

    I'm sure it was a Greek philosopher. Anyway it's a very well-known one.
  5. Oct 17, 2007 #4
    this is traditionally known as the riddle of the Sphinx

    The Sphinx would not let a traveller pass unless he could answer the riddle. I don't remember who it was that first solved the riddle (according to the myth)
  6. Oct 17, 2007 #5
    I remember this from Oedipus the King back in grade 11 English.
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