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A cowboy rode into town on Friday, stayed three days, and rode out again on Friday....

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iwanttolearns... | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted November 9, 2010 at 6:50 AM via web

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A cowboy rode into town on Friday, stayed three days, and rode out again on Friday. How did he do that?

A cowboy rode into town on Friday, stayed three days, and rode out again on Friday. How did he do that?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 9, 2010 at 6:53 AM (Answer #2)

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As far as I am concerned, the only possible answer to this question is that the word "Friday" does not refer to the day of the week.  There is no way that you can have three days between one Friday and the next.

So you have to think about the fact that this guy is a cowboy.  If he rides into town, it's on a horse, not in a car.  And horses tend to have names given to them by their owners.  So it has to be that his horse was named Friday.  That way, he could ride in and out of town on Friday no matter how many days he stayed.

Here's a link to that same riddle:

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lrwilliams | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted November 10, 2010 at 3:34 PM (Answer #3)

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I would say pohnpei has hit upon the correct answer to this riddle. The cowboy has indeed rode into town on his horse Friday and also rode out on his horse Friday three days later.

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted November 30, 2010 at 1:27 PM (Answer #4)

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No doubt the answer to this aged riddle is the horse is named Friday. What about this riddle, "Brothers and sisters I have none, but this man's father is my father's son." Who am I? Or what about this one? Backward I am heavy, but forward I am not?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 30, 2011 at 7:49 AM (Answer #5)

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It's a fun riddle!  Obviously, the horse's name is Friday.  I love riddles like this.  My favorite one is the one where the animal has four legs in the morning, two in mid day and three in the evening.  It's a person!  Crawling, walking, then walking with a cane.

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