Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Riddle #6: Taking the Elevator

Here's a classic, that some of you may have already heard:

A man lives on the 20th floor of a building. Every morning he gets up and takes the elevator down to the first floor and goes to work. When he returns home from work, he takes the elevator only to the 10th floor and then walks the stairs the rest of the way. Except when it's raining. Then he takes the elevator all the way up to the 20th floor. Why?

NOTE: The correct answer to the riddle has been guessed. Please see the comments section for the answer.

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8 comments:

  1. Uhm....because the stairs are outside?

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  2. Could it be that he's a short man, so can not reach the upper-floor buttons unless he's got an umbrella with which to push them?

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  3. Gigi Lynn, you're correct! Of course, it makes you wonder why he doesn't bring an umbrella every day, but hey -- it's just a riddle!

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  4. he's too short and uses unbrella to push the button

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  5. yeah he uses the umbrella to reach the button 20 to get to the 20th floor but on sunny days he has no umbrella so he can only reach to the 10th floor

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  6. What if someone is in the lift with him

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