A man walks in a hardware store and asks “How much are those?” the clerk says “three for a dollar.” The man takes one hundred, pays a dollar and walks out. What did he buy?
The Informant was a nineteen year old female friend that I had dinner with. I told her about the catch riddle we learned in class (what do virgins eat?) and she began telling me all of these riddles that she knew.
Collector: Wait, he bought one hundred of them for a dollar when only three are for a dollar? That makes no sense.
Informant: That’s why it’s a riddle, duh, but it does have an answer – in case you were wondering.
Collector: Did the man steal 97 items?
Informant: Nope. He paid for everything just fine and walked out.
(After several minutes of guessing and failing, she gave a pivotal hint)
Informant: You find these on the front of a house, and every house has this.
Answer via Informant: It’s the address on the house, the address is one hundred. Get it? One hundred has three numbers, three for a dollar? He bought a one and two zeros – for a dollar. Get it? He literally bought “100”. Three digits.
Collector: Did your high school friend tell you this one too?
This riddle wasn’t quite as exclusionary as other riddles that require the person to understand certain references. This one was pretty straight forward with objects that everyone is familiar with .