# Impossible Riddle!

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My math prof at University tells the class that if we can provide an acceptable explanation for this riddle, we get bonus marks. He also said that nobody has been able to solve it since he was in high school (a VERY long time ago). Have a go at it! I know there's no way I'll be able to solve it:

Question: Why is a mouse when it spins?

Answer: Because the higher the fewer.

And yes, that is the exact correct grammer.

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Jonny K.

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Patrick Nethercot, of Durham, offers a reasonable explanation: "This peculiar saying relates to a certain type of governor on steam engines, whereby revolutions of the engine are reduced if a spinning weight (mouse) is lifted up a shaft by its centrifugal force, releasing steam pressure and ensuring fewer revs: the higher, the fewer. Such systems were common on static engines like those found originally in cotton mills in the heyday of the steam revolution."

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God bless the Internet. I bet your math professor soon stops asking this question.

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Yeah, I agree! The internet rocks!

Jonny K.

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Could "why" be Y, as in a variable?

Y = Mouse WHEN Y = Spins

Or something.

And then you fill in some math-oriented symbols and terminology, figure out the riddle, win the Publisher's Sweepstakes, and there you go!

-j

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IMHO

Why is a mouse when it spins? - The higher the Fewer.

This "question" has been around for a very, very, very, very, very, very, very long time. Its found in all sorts of literature, of differing genres.

Its similar to "If a tree falls in the woods and your not there does it make any sound?" and "What is the sound of 1 hand clapping?"

both of these are very Zen type questions posed to people to make them start thinking "outside of the box"

There really is no real answer to philisophical statements such as these.

It's not a riddle as most of us would think of a riddle.

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Why is a mouse when it spins...
"Y" is a spinning mouse...
if you spin a mouse on it's nose the tail will fall slightly
to one side giving it the appearance of the letter "Y"

Because the higher the fewer...
F#@k if I know... maybe because the higher the mouse
is (think length of the mouse from nose to tail, standing
it on it's nose, that would be heighth) the fewer turns
it will make when you spin it, then it falls over and is
not a "Y" anymore.

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TimDoss:

The higher you try to stack the spinning mice, the fewer you'll have left standing.

--Anders

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Just an update...

My prof accepted the answer and I scored 100% on my lowest exam mark.

Thanks.

Jonny K.

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sheesh Jonny, that sounds a bit like the possibly apocryphal story going around in my uni that in a philosophy exam, the question "What is guts?" was met by a one-line answer "This is guts", or a blank sheet, depending on the version, and was awarded full marks.

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One word test: "Why?"

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"claps with one hand"

That's always what I think about when I hear that.

Jonny K.