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Feb 24th, 2012 at 02:43 GMT
Feb 25th, 2012 at 09:27 GMT
@trumpetchic94: only if you assume they were going in the opposite direction.
Feb 26th, 2012 at 11:48 GMT
Feb 26th, 2012 at 12:11 GMT
Great quiz! Triffid is right; all the books I've ever read with that nursery rhyme in say that the answer is one.
Feb 26th, 2012 at 12:13 GMT
Incidently, I've always wanted to go to St Ives. It's one of the most famous towns in Cornwall (UK), yet I've never been there, despite having gone on holiday to Cornwall several times.
Feb 26th, 2012 at 22:38 GMT
But how do you know they were going in the other direction? Maybe the person in the song just caught up with them. A person walking alone would likely be able to travel faster than a group that large.
Feb 26th, 2012 at 22:50 GMT
Die Hard with a Vengeance!
Feb 26th, 2012 at 22:52 GMT
Flick, that is pure genius. These rhymes seem so smart to us when we are younger, and then when we grow up we suddenly see the possible loopholes!
Feb 26th, 2012 at 23:24 GMT
Of course, the more pressing issues in this "children's" rhyme are polygamy and animal cruelty but nonetheless, 7 wives + 49 sacks + 343 cats + 2401 kits = 2800. Solved.
Feb 27th, 2012 at 14:24 GMT
In justification of the riddle, I'd say that "met" generally carries the implication of face-to-face meeting--that is, each party meets the other, rather than one coming up on the other from behind. In the latter case, I'd be more likely to say "I came upon a man with seven wives, etc."
Feb 27th, 2012 at 14:56 GMT
And of course, the man with his wives, cats, and kits may not even have been travelling. Or all travelling together, or... So, one or two men, up to seven wives, 343 cats and 2401 kits. Between 1 and 2746, plus any others the poet didn't happen to mention.
Feb 28th, 2012 at 07:40 GMT
Will always make me think of Die Hard 3.
Game published: Feb 29th, 2012 at 15:03 GMT
Feb 29th, 2012 at 15:16 GMT
The fact that every cat had seven kits does not necessarily imply that all the kits were also in the sacks. Come to that, the fact that the man had seven wives does not necessarily imply that all of them were travelling with him.
Feb 29th, 2012 at 15:22 GMT
A man with seven wives! See! This is what legalizing gay marriage leads to!
Also, PETA is calling for an investigation of multiple cats being transported in sacks. It's clearly an inhumane form of transport.
Feb 29th, 2012 at 15:26 GMT
I'd like to thank Die Hard: With A Vengeance for helping me with this quiz.
Feb 29th, 2012 at 15:35 GMT
Feb 29th, 2012 at 16:06 GMT
Cats haven't got opposable thumbs! How on earth are they going to put a plastic kit together? And they've got seven to get through! ...What do you mean, short for kittens?!
Feb 29th, 2012 at 16:45 GMT
Not clear which St Ives they were going to. There's a choice of two!!
Feb 29th, 2012 at 16:51 GMT
This quiz is too UK-centric.
Feb 29th, 2012 at 17:23 GMT
the guy. just the guy.
Feb 29th, 2012 at 17:53 GMT
But what about if the guy telling the riddle was just walking faster than the others and everyone was going to St. Ives?
Feb 29th, 2012 at 17:59 GMT
ZEUS: He said how many were going to St-Ives, right? The riddle begins as I was going to St-Ives, I meet a man with 7 wives. The guy and his wives aren't going anywhere. JOHN: What are they doing? ZEUS: Sitting on a ****ing road, waiting on the...how the hell should I know?!?!?!?
Mar 1st, 2012 at 02:20 GMT
Not to mention, for all we know the man the narrator met was also travelling alone and his wives and all their possessions were back at home. I mean after all, with seven wives and 2744 felines of various ages running around the house, wouldn't YOU yearn for a little getaway trip, even if it was just to the next town?
Mar 1st, 2012 at 07:58 GMT
I don't think it's too UK centric. I grew up in the US and I know the riddle/rhyme. BTW the answer is 1. The others were headed the other way.
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Mar 1st, 2012 at 10:38 GMT
The answer to this riddle is zero.
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Mar 1st, 2012 at 13:37 GMT
The answer to the riddle is 2,402 if you believe the sacks , cats and kits knew where they were going . But if like me you don't believe Congress knows where it is never mind where it's going and neither do cats , sacks or kits then the answer would be 8 . It's possible that the seven wives did'nt know where they were going either, given they were sharing the one husband unless they were latter day 14th century Mormons . But as Mormons did'nt exist back then the answer has to be 1 unless you suspect as I do that this guy was having a bad hangover after a soused up night in ye old tavern and had too many mushrooms with his breakfast . So full marks to Undead Chimp above who gave us the answer without showing his methodology and thus loses half his full marks .:)
Mar 2nd, 2012 at 23:52 GMT
I guess there are at least a couple of Sporclers without a sense of humour.
Mar 4th, 2012 at 03:58 GMT
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Feb 6th, 2013 at 00:07 GMT
Too easy. I had quite a bit of time left. It isn't UK centric, I'm a 16 year-old kid in the U.S. and I've know the rhyme for years (Admittedly I read a lot, and love both nursery rhymes and riddles)
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