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A man has:

  • 2 legs in the morning
  • 3 legs in the afternoon
  • 4 legs in the evening.

Explain how this can be. The numbers are not completely at random - these is some logic to it.

HINT

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closed as too broad by BmyGuest, GentlePurpleRain, martin, Aggie Kidd, Deusovi Jan 7 at 14:54

There are either too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for this format. Please add details to narrow the answer set or to isolate an issue that can be answered in a few paragraphs.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

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Isn't it 4-2-3 in the Oedipus version? – March Ho Jan 7 at 3:44
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@MarchHo; it might be, but this isn't that one – Jon Mark Perry Jan 7 at 3:45
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I always believe that men have 3 legs. Always. – Seraph Cheng Jan 7 at 7:27
    
Something to do with the positioning of the sun, and shadows? – klskl Jan 7 at 14:17
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@SeraphCheng: I think there might be a "unique" exception to that rule... – Mark Bannister Jan 7 at 15:20

A lateral thinking


A man has:

2 legs in the morning

His own 2 legs

3 legs in the afternoon

He bought a fried drumstick chicken leg from the KFC in the noon. So he has 3 (his two + 1 chicken leg) legs in the afternoon.

4 legs in the evening.

On his way home in the evening, he bought another chicken leg from KFC for his wife. So, now he has 4 (his 2 + 2 chicken legs) legs in the evening.

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he didn't eat his own chicken leg in afternoon? If he wasn't hungry then why did he bought it in the first place?..:D – manshu Jan 7 at 9:05
    
That third leg is in his stomach then (if he had it) :P – AeJey Jan 7 at 10:06
    
good, but not exactly mine. i've added an edit to remove similar – Jon Mark Perry Jan 7 at 13:39
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@manshu because he became too busy to stop and eat the chicken leg, and figured he might as well wait until he was at home with his wife, at which point they could eat their chicken legs together. this is objectively the best possible answer to this question. – question_asker Jan 7 at 14:19
    
Now I'm hungry. Otherwise, great answer. – Todd Wilcox Jan 7 at 20:43

A man has:

2 legs in the morning:

(morning means his younger stage) His own 2 legs

3 legs in the afternoon

(afternoon means his aged stage, he can't walk without his walking stick) His own 2 legs and a walking stick`

4 legs in the evening.

(evening means he dies, now he lie in bed, bed has 4 legs) Legs of bed

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The man:

is a distance runner/cyclist, and has entered a competition with various stages, split up into "legs".

2 legs in the morning, 3 legs in the afternoon, 4 legs in the evening:

is simply his schedule for the race.

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It could be a Triathlon, 2 legs being running, 4 legs - swimming, but biking and 3 legs don't quite fit (his legs and "another thing") – dmg Jan 7 at 10:42
    
that's good, but not what i had thought of – Jon Mark Perry Jan 7 at 13:36
    
could be playing darts, but you'd be wrong – Jon Mark Perry Jan 7 at 14:16

2 legs in the morning

His own 2 legs, walking around, going to work, ...

3 legs in the afternoon

On the way home from work, he stops at the bar and has a few beers while sitting on a 3-legged bar stool.

4 legs in the evening

Now he's tired, and he goes to bed. The bed has 4 legs.

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A man has:

2 legs in the morning:

His own 2 legs

3 legs in the afternoon:

He broke a leg and now he is walking with a crutch

4 legs in the evening:

He broke another leg and now he is walking with two crutches

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Poor guy... That's what I call a bad day – dmg Jan 7 at 10:43

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