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My informant is Natalie Aroeste. Natalie is a 19-year-old female student at USC. She is half-Mexican, half-white, speaks fluent Spanish and English and grew up in San Diego.
Natalie: “So you are in a room with no windows and no doors, all that’s there is a piano and a mirror, how do you get out?”
Umm I’m not sure you teleport?
Natalie: “No. you’re not going to get it it doesn’t make sense”
Ok then tell me how do you get out?
Natalie: “To get out you look in the mirror, you see what you saw, you take the saw, you cut the piano in half, two halves make a whole, and you climb out the hole, I know it’s dumb”
Where did you first hear this riddle?
Natalie: “Just when I was younger from a friend, we used to think it was the funniest thing, probably around ten years-old”
Was this a well known riddle?
Natalie: “No no one I told knew it”
Is there any meaning to this riddle for you?
Natalie: “No it’s just a riddle but it makes me think of all the dumb stuff I thought was hilarious when I was younger”
To be honest I wasn’t sure whether to make this a riddle or a joke. Its posed in the form of a riddle where a problem is prompted and you have to figure out how to solve it. In this case there is a problem but the solution is a play on words more than a real answer. It’s funny but also frustrates those who spend time trying to solve