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    A Riddle for You

    Here is a riddle for you.
    What do Gerald Posner, Charles Darwin, and Enrico Fermi all have in common?

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    Quote Originally Posted by William_Thompson
    Here is a riddle for you.
    What do Gerald Posner, Charles Darwin, and Enrico Fermi all have in common?
    Um ...

    They're ALL Dead?



    Edit: Nope, Posner, Is Still Alive ...

    They Were All Vilified, In their Own Time?

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    Gerald Posner or Richard Posner?

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    Quote Originally Posted by isferno
    Gerald Posner or Richard Posner?
    Gerald Posner, the lawyer and author who wrote Case Closed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZaphodBeeblebrox
    They Were All Vilified, In their Own Time?
    That is one. Good.
    #1 They were each vilified in their own time.

    what else?

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    Enrico Fermi won the Nobel Prize at the age of 37. Vilified?
    Charles Darwin published the 'Origin' in 1859, and won the Copley medal in 1864. Vilified?

    So we have two great scientists whose most important work brought them swift recognition of the scientific community (though as always you will be able to find dissenting voices), and a controversial journalist. I'm looking forward to the answer to the riddle!

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    Who are three people who have never been in my kitchen?
    Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn

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    They were each born with an odd number of dangly bits?
    "Words that make questions may not be questions at all."
    - Neil deGrasse Tyson, answering loaded question in ten words or less
    at a 2010 talk MCed by Stephen Colbert.

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    Re: A Riddle for You

    Quote Originally Posted by SeanF
    Who are three people who have never been in my kitchen?
    Back to your delivery route, Cliffie!

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    They all have one "r" in both forename and surname.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maksutov
    Back to your delivery route, Cliffie!
    Dang, you beat me to it!!

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    I'd forgotten about that episode.
    "Words that make questions may not be questions at all."
    - Neil deGrasse Tyson, answering loaded question in ten words or less
    at a 2010 talk MCed by Stephen Colbert.

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    They all saved a lot of money by switching their car insurance to Geico?

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    Other people who share the "one R in each name" property:
    Ronald Reagan
    Marie Curie
    ...

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    Roy Rogers
    Humphrey Bogart
    Rachel Ward
    Burt Ward
    Roger Moore
    Karl Marx
    Groucho Marx
    Carmen Miranda


    But not Celine Dion...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose
    They were each born with an odd number of dangly bits?
    That's gotta be it!

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    Enzp, Roger Moore is disqualified - he has two "R"s in his first name. Add Harpo Marx instead. Good list though.

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    Sorry. Didn't want to over-represent the Marx Brothers.

    Ruffin Ready?

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    They all wrote a book?

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    Since we've not yet had an answer, I'm wondering if the answer's the same as the famous Lewis Carroll riddle, "Why is a raven like a writing-desk?"
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    Gillian

    "Now everyone was giving her that kind of look UFOlogists get when they suddenly say, 'Hey, if you shade your eyes you can see it is just a flock of geese after all.'"

    "You can't erase icing."

    "I can't believe it doesn't work! I found it on the internet, man!"

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    Question

    Why is a raven like a writing-desk?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halcyon Dayz
    Why is a raven like a writing-desk?
    Because Poe wrote on both.

    - Maha "nevermore" Vailo

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    That's what I asked you. (For those who haven't read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the riddle has no answer, though fans have come up with several in the last century.)
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    Gillian

    "Now everyone was giving her that kind of look UFOlogists get when they suddenly say, 'Hey, if you shade your eyes you can see it is just a flock of geese after all.'"

    "You can't erase icing."

    "I can't believe it doesn't work! I found it on the internet, man!"

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    I think Maha Vailo's answer is quite good, actually!

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    In all my travels, this is the answer I found most fitting...and since there was never an actual answer to begin with, it's no less "correct" than any other. Hmmm

    "...one is a rest for pens, the other is a pest for wrens"

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    Quote Originally Posted by soylentgreen
    "...one is a rest for pens, the other is a pest for wrens"
    That may be the answer to, "What is the difference between...?"; but the question asked was, "Why is a raven like ...?"

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    i think we are deviating from the original riddle, is it that they all did something revolutionary....

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    Wild guess - each was secretly a martian planting great big fighting machines beneath our cities for the day they would take over the world HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH! ?

    Sorry, it's been a long day.

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    Dr N, I think that's: MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!



    Well, I liike my first answer (all have one R in each name), and William_Thompson seems to have lost interest, but anyway here's my "last resort" answer:

    They all feature in the OP for this thread.

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    They were all men?

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