Monday, February 2, 2009

Riddle #41: Two Pigs

This is something that really happened: A man had two pigs that were identical twins from the same litter. However, when he sold them, he got 100 times more for one pig than the other one. Why?

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18 comments:

  1. Was the other pig diseased when he
    sold it?

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  2. Were the two pigs exactly identical in every feature at the time they were sold?

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  3. I think it was marketing. He sold one pig, and then he advertised the other as an identical twin and so somebody bought it for a higher price. Stupid consumers :)

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  4. Ancient Greek Philosopher, they were identical twins, but at the time they were sold, there was something different about them.

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  5. Old Fashioned Liberal, interesting thought, but no.

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  6. Did one have piglets? Was it bigger
    at the time it was sold? Did it
    eat golden hay? :-)

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  7. Was one of the pigs a trained pig?

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  8. Ancient Greek Philosopher: No to all those ideas.

    Halfmask: Yes, one was trained, but what was it trained to do?

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  9. Circus Acts? Military Purpose?
    A Pet?

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  10. Nope on all those, Halfmask. Maybe this one will take some research.

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  11. Ems - I think he sold them by the pound, and sold one several weeks or months after the first one, which he sold while it weighed in at baby weight; selling the other at adult weight. - Sugar river

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  12. Just saw the trained reference. Was it trained to find truffles?

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  13. Sonja,

    Your first guess was good, but I don't think it would bring 100 times a much. Your second guess is correct! It was trained to hunt truffles. Good job!

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  14. In case people haven't heard of truffles, they are a special kind of mushroom found in France, and trained pigs can smell them out. Truffles are worth a great deal of money and therefore truffle-hunting pigs are worth a great deal of money.

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  15. Ems - sell that brand new 25 lb. baby at 40 cents/lb. - then sell the 500 lb. championship mama sow for 2.00/lb. $10 to $1000 = 100 times as much. Or 4 cents and 20 cents if the market is low!

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  16. Sonja -- OK, I stand corrected. But is it true that baby pigs are worth less per pound than a sow? I really should know this, since I live in farm country, but I'm a city girl.

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  17. Well, I was close :)

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