# A man with legs puzzle [closed]

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.

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• Isn't it 4-2-3 in the Oedipus version? Commented Jan 7, 2016 at 3:44
• @MarchHo; it might be, but this isn't that one
– JMP
Commented Jan 7, 2016 at 3:45
• I always believe that men have 3 legs. Always.
– S.C.
Commented Jan 7, 2016 at 7:27
• Something to do with the positioning of the sun, and shadows?
– sch
Commented Jan 7, 2016 at 14:17
• @SeraphCheng: I think there might be a "unique" exception to that rule...
– user9278
Commented Jan 7, 2016 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.

• 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 Commented Jan 7, 2016 at 9:05
• That third leg is in his stomach then (if he had it) :P Commented Jan 7, 2016 at 10:06
• good, but not exactly mine. i've added an edit to remove similar
– JMP
Commented Jan 7, 2016 at 13:39
• @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. Commented Jan 7, 2016 at 14:19
• Now I'm hungry. Otherwise, great answer. Commented Jan 7, 2016 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`

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.

• 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
Commented Jan 7, 2016 at 10:42
• that's good, but not what i had thought of
– JMP
Commented Jan 7, 2016 at 13:36
• could be playing darts, but you'd be wrong
– JMP
Commented Jan 7, 2016 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.

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

• Poor guy... That's what I call a bad day
– dmg
Commented Jan 7, 2016 at 10:43