What is it that if a rich man had it he would usually put in his pocket, but if a poor man had it he would usually discard.

It is not something that only a rich man may have; a poor man may have it too.

There is no legal issue that would influence the behaviour of either man.

You may assume that poor men have pockets.

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    $\begingroup$ Given the accepted answer, I find this a very poor, low quality riddle. I don't even agree with the answer. This was (eventually) sandboxed? $\endgroup$ Aug 29, 2016 at 21:12

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And since I am experiencing this bad cold, the answer is:

Nasal mucus!


If rich man had it he would usually put in his pocket using a handkerchief.
But if a poor man had it he would usually discard it, picking up the nose and let it go! Both have nasal mucus, and the world doesn't care about what these polar opposites of society do with it unless they're spreading a contagious disease.

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    $\begingroup$ I was looking for "snot", but I got pwned. WD $\endgroup$
    – Bohemian
    Aug 29, 2016 at 1:44
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    $\begingroup$ It's just "pick", not "pick up" $\endgroup$ Apr 9, 2019 at 20:48

I bet this isn't the answer the questioner has in mind, but it seems to me to work tolerably well.

Anything that provides a substantial benefit to the holder but is only any use if you have money. For instance: a half-price voucher for some fantastically expensive musical production; a ticket entitling the bearer to attend the opening of a new shop selling (only) very fancy jewelry.

Now, arguably

if a poor person came into possession of one of these things they could sell it to a rich person. But if I imagine (say) that I am desperately poor, I pull a newspaper out of a roadside litter bin to stuff inside my clothes to keep me warm at night, and out falls a voucher offering 20% off a new Ferrari, I'm probably not going to go out in search of a rich gearhead to sell it to.

A possibly more cogent objection is that

most things in this category will be of interest to some rich men but not all. (I don't think there is any level of wealth at which I would be very interested in a 20%-off voucher for Ferraris. Though I might try to sell one if I had it.)


The answer is:

A receipt. Only the "rich man" with a more complex tax situation might usually keep a receipt.

I feel it's not a great answer, but the only one I can come up with that fits. The word "usually" in the question helps my answer a lot.

  • $\begingroup$ I think the exact opposite: A rich man may not bother returning a defective item because he could just buy a replacement, so he may not keep receipts especially for low cost items. A poor man could not afford to do be so frivolous - each purchased item would be precious, so he would be more likely to keep his receipts in case of problems. It could be argued that a found receipt has intrinsic value too: if a poor man found a receipt, he may be able to sell it to a person who bought the same item and wants to return it but lost their receipt. A rich man wouldn't bother keeping a found receipt. $\endgroup$
    – Bohemian
    Aug 29, 2016 at 22:41
  • $\begingroup$ Counter-examples are easy. I could say that your kleenex/handerchief answer does not correlate with wealth. I provided what I thought was a likely answer. I still maintain it is a poor riddle if there is no clear answer, and you're just choosing one among many. $\endgroup$ Aug 30, 2016 at 1:43
  • $\begingroup$ @PaulBeckingham Oof, that was a little... assertive. Nice answer though! :P $\endgroup$
    – Mr Pie
    Apr 8, 2019 at 15:36

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