I am an irritating little snot. You have heard me say this a million time but once more won't hurt. That child who said "The Emperor Has No Clothes" ? That was me.
If I see something in front of me, and it looks like a duck, it quacks like a duck, and it waddles like a duck, I briefly (for the merest hint of a fleeting nanosecond) consider goose, but then I say DUCK.
Occam's razor, you see. When you hear hoofbeats it's more likely horses than zebras. In this house it could be coconuts, but no, it's usually horses.
I pay attention. I can't help it if others don't.
Take yesterday, for example. We had great mirth last night with a riddle, and most people got it "wrong" and posted a giraffe. I read it carefully and decided, no, I have the right answer. I'm not posting no steenking giraffe.
Here is the riddle: 3:00 am, the doorbell rings and you wake up. Unexpected visitors, It's your parents and they are there for breakfast. You have strawberry jam, honey, wine, bread and cheese. What is the first thing you open?
Most people, having been warned it's a riddle, stop, think and avoid choosing a food or beverage. So they jump on "door", and are told they are wrong, they are told it is eyes. Oh really?
It's 3.00am, and you wake up. So, by the time you are aware of anything your eyes are already open. Oh says the riddler, but I said "first".
It's not clear however what this word "first" refers to. At birth, your first opening is your mouth. No, says the riddler, first this day. Well, my husband often farts before he open his eyes...so the answer there would be sphincter. I yawn, so it would be mouth. And so on.
In other words, without a reference point as to what "first" means in this context, it could be anything. In fact, as many people pointed out, they often stumble to the bathroom before opening their eyes, so there are two potential doors.
All in all it's a crap riddle. Good riddles have an "AHA!" answer, unambiguous, unarguable. Except by really awkward people, like me, and we'll come back to that.
But first let's introduce the other issue here.
What is this compulsion people have to do as they are told? Don't ask any questions. Follow the crowd. If somebody says it's so, it must be so. If the answer to a riddle is supplied, then it must be right. So you must be wrong. And you then do as you're told and change your avatar to a giraffe. Me? Do as I'm told? Only if I choose to
And it's all riddles, isn't it?
The biggest riddle of all is "How did we get here". Here's a piece I wrote on another blog.