Einstein's Riddle

Gregory Jorgensen gregj at pobox.com
Mon Mar 12 20:36:35 CET 2001

I just looked at a bunch of web sites I turned up with Google searching for
"einstein riddle fish." All of them conclude that the German owns the fish. I
didn't find any confirmation that Einstein actually conceived the riddle or said
that only 2% of the population could solve it. Nor could I determine if the
original author wrote the riddle in English, German, or some other language.

Clearly my statement that the puzzle can't be solved puts me in a minority. If
you assume that SOMEONE keeps fish the puzzle can be solved with a little bit of
logic. Perhaps the intent of the riddle is to show how few people can devise a
useful and logical methodology.

Greg Jorgensen
Deschooling Society
Portland, Oregon, USA
gregj at pobox.com

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