In a plane crash somewhere, every single person died but two people survived.

How is this possible?

  • 1
    $\begingroup$ I'm pretty sure this is a very well known riddle... $\endgroup$
    – AJL
    Jul 7, 2016 at 20:58
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    $\begingroup$ xkcd.com/169 $\endgroup$
    – Aggie Kidd
    Jul 7, 2016 at 21:57

3 Answers 3


The 2 survivors were:

a couple, and the only two that were in a relationship. Every single (in the relationship sense) was killed.


In addition to the other answers, it's possible the two survivors were:

Siamese twins. Since their bodies are linked, they are one "person", but also not a "single person" since there are two of them.


Anyone who was married survived. "Every single person" can either be interpreted as "all of the people" or "every non-married person."

  • $\begingroup$ Wouldn't people who were dating survive as well? Since they wouldn't be considered single? $\endgroup$
    – Areeb
    Jul 7, 2016 at 22:47
  • $\begingroup$ In legal definitions for interpersonal status, a single person is someone who is not in a relationship or is unmarried. So, technically they wouldn't be single. $\endgroup$
    – Klyzx
    Jul 8, 2016 at 2:31
  • $\begingroup$ It is a political incorrect question. Possibly nowadays the most relevant is the status published on facebook :-) $\endgroup$
    – z100
    Jul 9, 2016 at 0:08

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