I have been captured, then shot, framed and hung. But luckily, I am not dead.

How is it possible?

Disclaimer: this puzzle is inspired by real world observation, so no alien lifeforms, super heroes or undead involved. There is a perfectly normal logical explanation to it.

And please, no computers.

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    $\begingroup$ You are a bank robber that was captured by greed, shot in the leg during a failed heist, framed by your co-robbers, and then hung out to dry. $\endgroup$
    – Aggie Kidd
    Commented Jul 7, 2015 at 21:33
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    $\begingroup$ I think this would be much more interesting/challenging without the "framed" part. $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 0:40
  • $\begingroup$ At first I thought about a picture, however, I don't like the idea that "I am not dead". Also, in medieval times when a rope was broken and hangman survived, it was considered as a sign of God and he was set free. $\endgroup$
    – Voitcus
    Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 3:46
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    $\begingroup$ @Voitcus: [citation needed] $\endgroup$
    – ruakh
    Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 5:45
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    $\begingroup$ You say there are "no alien lifeforms, super heroes or undead involved", yet the solution involved a [spoiler] saying things about itself in the first person... $\endgroup$
    – xnor
    Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 5:49

3 Answers 3


You are a


You are captured

Captured on a camera

then shot,

Take a picture

framed and hung

Frame a picture and hang it.

I am not dead.

You are an object. You are whole and not broken, so you are not "dead".

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    $\begingroup$ Technically the answer isn't alive, so wouldn't it have to be dead? $\endgroup$
    – Aggie Kidd
    Commented Jul 7, 2015 at 21:28
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    $\begingroup$ @AggieKidd In the case of an object, "dead" might refer to being whole and not broken. $\endgroup$
    – mmking
    Commented Jul 7, 2015 at 21:30
  • $\begingroup$ And there's the perfectly logical explanation. Well done. $\endgroup$
    – Eli
    Commented Jul 7, 2015 at 23:15
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    $\begingroup$ How is a picture captured on camera and then shot? Those are synonyms for the same action, I believe. $\endgroup$
    – Bishop
    Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 13:24
  • $\begingroup$ @AggieKidd No, because things that aren't alive don't have to be dead. Not all things have all properties. Doesn't it sound funny to you to say that a picture is 'dead'? $\endgroup$
    – skaz
    Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 14:33

I saw mmking's answer and comes up with an alternative:

Is it:

You are a... moment?

You are captured

The moment is captured

then shot,

via camera

framed and hung

As a picture

I am not dead

The moment is 'alive' as a picture now

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    $\begingroup$ I suppose that will work too. +1. $\endgroup$
    – Eli
    Commented Jul 7, 2015 at 23:16

Another alternative:

you are an actor.


by the allure of the film industry,


in an action film,


in a detective film,

and hung

in a western film.

You're not dead:

you're rolling in money from all these films you've appeared in!


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