What Part of If Don’t You Understand?
Posted by Neal on October 11, 2007
A few weeks ago I checked out a joke-and-riddle book from the library for Adam, and he read it cover to cover, learning classics like the original “Why did the chicken cross the road?” and “What’s black and white and re(a)d all over?” For several nights, he was reading me one riddle after another, and have me explain the answers when necessary. During one of these sessions, he arrived at:
If a rooster lays an egg, what kind of chick will hatch from it?
“‘If a rooster lays an egg, what kind of chick will hatch?'” I repeated. “If a rooster lays an egg. Well, of course we know roosters can’t lay eggs, but you’re asking me what would kind of chicks would hatch if they could. Wow, well, I guess it could be anything, huh? OK, I’ll say … black and white chicks.”
Did my carefully considered answer impress Adam? No. He just read right out of the book, “Wrong! Roosters don’t lay eggs!”
Hmp. I’ll have to see how Adam likes it when I ask him, “Adam, if I give you $10, what will you do with it?”, wait for his answer, and then say, “Wrong! I’m not going to give you $10, so that answer is incorrect!”