Here's another riddle:
A boy gets on a bus with a fishing rod he just bought at the store. The rod is 5 feet long.
The bus driver says, "I'm sorry, but you can't take that on the bus."
"Why?" the boy asks.
"There's a city ordinance stating that you can't carry packages on the bus that are longer than 4 feet."
"Well, what if I stand it on edge. Then it's five feet high, but not five feet long," the boy says.
"Very funny, fellow. That won't work either. It's still five feet one way, and so you can't take it on the bus."
The boy goes back to the store to return the fishing rod, but the clerk says all sales are final. So he thinks a while and then he finds a way that he can take the fishing rod on the bus legally. He does not alter it in any way. He does not break it, fold it or collapse it. How does he get it on the bus?
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