Yes/no Thinking Game

IronDuke

Ancient Mariner
A friend of mine uses this game as an ice-breaker when talking to groups of kids about the difference between "learning" and "thinking."
The exercise is designed to get you thinking about possibilities, rather than learning processes.

Here's how it works: I will give a scenario, and by asking yes-no questions, you have to figure out what the entire story is. (Because I'm nice, if the question has no relevance to the answer, I will tell you)

A blind man walked into a restaurant. He asked the waiter to bring him a plate of raw sea-gull meat. When it was brought to him, the man sampled the meat, paid his bill, and left the restaurant. He then committed suicide.

Why?

Remember, only yes-no questions!

(those who know the answer, please don't spoil it for those who want to play)
 

macunaima

Trooper
did the meat taste like chicken? [img src=\"style_emoticons/[#EMO_DIR#]/tongue.gif\" style=\"vertical-align:middle\" emoid=\":p\" border=\"0\" alt=\"tongue.gif\" /]
 
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Anonymous

Guest
I love those games [img src=\"style_emoticons/[#EMO_DIR#]/smile.gif\" style=\"vertical-align:middle\" emoid=\":)\" border=\"0\" alt=\"smile.gif\" /]
I don't know this particular one though, so I can participate.

Was it really sea gull meat?
 

SinisterMinisterX

Illuminatus
Staff member
The question "Why?" is too vague. Do you mean "Why did he commit suicide?" or "Why did he sample the meat?" or some other "Why?" ?
 
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Anonymous

Guest
[!--quoteo(post=130212:date=Mar 1 2006, 07:48 PM:name=SinisterMinisterX)--][div class=\'quotetop\']QUOTE(SinisterMinisterX @ Mar 1 2006, 07:48 PM) [snapback]130212[/snapback][/div][div class=\'quotemain\'][!--quotec--]
The question "Why?" is too vague. Do you mean "Why did he commit suicide?" or "Why did he sample the meat?" or some other "Why?" ?
[/quote]

The question "why" actually includes the whole setting.
 
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Anonymous

Guest
I think if we find out the answer to one "why", we'll get to the last one, that being "why did he commit suicide". [img src=\"style_emoticons/[#EMO_DIR#]/smile.gif\" style=\"vertical-align:middle\" emoid=\":)\" border=\"0\" alt=\"smile.gif\" /]

Did he want to verify something about seagulls?
 

IronDuke

Ancient Mariner
[!--quoteo--][div class=\'quotetop\']QUOTE[/div][div class=\'quotemain\'][!--quotec--] did the meat taste like chicken?[/quote]
Irrelevant [img src=\"style_emoticons/[#EMO_DIR#]/tongue.gif\" style=\"vertical-align:middle\" emoid=\":p\" border=\"0\" alt=\"tongue.gif\" /]

[!--quoteo--][div class=\'quotetop\']QUOTE[/div][div class=\'quotemain\'][!--quotec--]Did he leave the waiter a tip?[/quote]
Irrelevant

[!--quoteo--][div class=\'quotetop\']QUOTE[/div][div class=\'quotemain\'][!--quotec--]Was it really sea gull meat?[/quote]
Yes

[!--quoteo--][div class=\'quotetop\']QUOTE[/div][div class=\'quotemain\'][!--quotec--]Was he really blind?[/quote]
Yes

[!--quoteo--][div class=\'quotetop\']QUOTE[/div][div class=\'quotemain\'][!--quotec--]Did he want to verify something about seagulls?[/quote]
Yes
 

IronDuke

Ancient Mariner
[!--quoteo--][div class=\'quotetop\']QUOTE[/div][div class=\'quotemain\'][!--quotec--] Was he blind because of seagulls?[/quote]
No
 
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Anonymous

Guest
Did he taste the meat to find out if he has eaten it before?
 

IronDuke

Ancient Mariner
[!--quoteo--][div class=\'quotetop\']QUOTE[/div][div class=\'quotemain\'][!--quotec--] Did he taste the meat to find out if he has eaten it before?[/quote]
Yes. (Are you sure you don't already know the answer?)
 
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Anonymous

Guest
[!--quoteo(post=130231:date=Mar 1 2006, 09:25 PM:name=IronDuke)--][div class=\'quotetop\']QUOTE(IronDuke @ Mar 1 2006, 09:25 PM) [snapback]130231[/snapback][/div][div class=\'quotemain\'][!--quotec--]Are you sure you don't already know the answer?[/quote]Well, did he eat his seagull friend, or something?
 
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Anonymous

Guest
Because these are pretty much one-liners, shouldn't this topic be in the Madness forum?
 
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Anonymous

Guest
Was the sea-gull his guide bird and he was lost without it? (I'm really clutching at straws here)
 
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Anonymous

Guest
Did the man literally walk into the restaurunt? Like into the building?
 
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