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781 days ago

Curiosity is inherent to mankind. It’s the reason we advanced from living in caves to living 200 miles above the earth in a spacestation. Curiosity causes questions to be asked that some may take as an attack on dogma, group or individual. We need to accept questions for what they are…nothing more than questions and the quest for knowledge. Conspiracy theories that questions asked under the guise of curiosity are nothing more than a backdoor attempt to attack or offend someone need to be discarded. I truly believe that the majority of questions are asked because it is part of human nature and the drive to better ourselves. Many are happy with the status quo, thankfully most are not. We no longer burn people at the stake for their belief that the earth circles the sun.

-- 2014 will be a different year...at least for me it will.


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#1 posted 781 days ago

.................................stolen from a MENSA quiz…......................................................................................

A man sits down at a Parisian cafe and orders a cup of coffee .

After receiving it, he notices a burnt match stick floating in his coffee .

He tells the waitress and she apologizes and brings him another coffee .

The man slams his fist on the table and yells at the waitress ,saying…........

” This is the same cup of coffee ! You just removed the matchstick and brought me the same coffee !! “

How did he know this ?

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#2 posted 781 days ago

Because he was a cross dresser, wearing metallic cerise lipstick. The cup still had traces of the lipstick on it?

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#3 posted 781 days ago

no ,not wearing lipstick . : )

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#4 posted 781 days ago

The coffee was cold??

-- Life is good.

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#5 posted 781 days ago

The coffee drinker presumably put sugar in the drink, but then balked at drinking it because a match was floating in it. When the hostess returned with a “fresh” cup of coffee, the coffee drinker would—presumably—again put in sugar before drinking it. He would NOT taste it before adding sugar. No one does that. Therefore, he could not possibly know that the hostess was returning the “old” coffee until after tasting the now too sweet coffee.

-- 2014 will be a different year...at least for me it will.

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#6 posted 781 days ago

The question is false. It clearly states,she “brings him another coffee.”

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#7 posted 781 days ago

Part of curiosity and asking questions is to do research to find the answers. I found an answer for your question. That of course does not presume to be the only answer.

-- 2014 will be a different year...at least for me it will.

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#8 posted 781 days ago

Sugar is correct , well done . Presumptions aside , it was the answer for that particular Q. on the quiz .

@ Gary , where does it state that ? ( just kidding ,edited ) nice catch .

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#9 posted 781 days ago

The obvious answer is that the customer is Superman. Using his X-Ray vision, he saw the waitress in the kitchen removing the matchstick and returning the same cup.

I suppose another possibility is that that the coffee pot was within sight of the customer, and he just observed her doing this. But, that might be too far-fetched.

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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#10 posted 781 days ago

It is unlikely that anyone would add sugar to a cup without noticing a floating matchstick in it, it is equally unlikely that a cross dressing lipstick wearing man would take a sip from a cup with a matchstick staring up at him.
A more likely scenario is that his was an unusual cup, say for instance, a novelty cup that came with an Easter Egg, decorated with an image of Darth Maul – whilst all the other cups were simply white. That is how he knew.
In any case, it doesn’t surprise me one little bit that this kind of thing would happen in France.

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#11 posted 781 days ago

Yeah, I don’t get why someone would add the sugar and not see the match – unless he was really useless before his first cup of coffee.

Maybe if the specific gravity of the match were greater than the pure coffee but less than the sugared coffee, the match was not visible until the sugar was added.

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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#12 posted 781 days ago

Or, the coffee was served in a large cup 3/4 full. If the match was floating in the coffee nearest the man the edge would then hide the match until he stirred it. Line of sight and all that muck… Of course he could have been reading a newspaper and added the sugar without really looking at the coffee and floating match. How often do we do rote tasks without really seeing what we are doing?

-- 2014 will be a different year...at least for me it will.

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#13 posted 781 days ago

School ended yesterday here, all the questions that needed to be asked have been asked and I was looking for some relief from my daughter and her friends favourite joke all year. Got any grapes?
No more questions please, the matchstick was made of inverted sugar.
gene

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#14 posted 781 days ago

Let’s get back to your thoughts on curiosity.

-- 2014 will be a different year...at least for me it will.

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#15 posted 781 days ago

I’m curious as to how you could post a comment about your curiosity (or fantasy) over whether Joseph had a ‘needle dick’ (which in your words, might explain a lot) and then change your comment to ‘Let’s get back to your thoughts on curiosity.’
See, you’re not the only one who can edit their posts.

I’m adding this for the benefit of anyone who now looks at Howie’s comment and is thinking why would Howie write such a thing? at (hash) 16

And my original reply to your ‘curious about Joseph’s endowment’ comment is still

DKV – that’s kind of like farting in an elevator…

oh, and incidentally, I’m not spoiling for a fight, I just wish people would ‘engage brain before opening mouth’ (or in this case, start typing).

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