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This is a riddle that I know from back in high school. So here it goes:

Two sisters are we

One dark, one fair

We live in twin towers

And make quite a pair

One from land

And one from sea

The fairer sister

Which is she?

Simply, who or what is the fairer sister?

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The fairer sister is:

Salt

Two sisters are we
One dark, one fair

Salt is white, pepper is black

We live in twin towers
And make quite a pair

Salt & Pepper shakers

One from land

pepper comes from peppercorns, which are the dried fruit of the black pepper plant

And one from sea

Sea Salt

The fairer sister
Which is she?

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  • $\begingroup$ Correct. I knew pepper was from a plant but for some reason I hadn't thought of the peppercorn haha. $\endgroup$ – dcfyj May 19 '16 at 20:56
  • $\begingroup$ Salt, being white, must be the "fairer sister". $\endgroup$ – Richard Roe May 19 '16 at 22:54
  • $\begingroup$ why is it the fairer sister? $\endgroup$ – Vincent May 20 '16 at 14:12
  • $\begingroup$ @VincentAdvocaat Fair is also a term that means pale. As in "She was of fair skin.", so salt being white in nature is a pale color, as such, it is fair. $\endgroup$ – dcfyj May 20 '16 at 15:24

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