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There is a story that a man and not a man,

did see and not see a bird and not a bird,

Perched on a branch and not a branch,

And hit him and did not hit him with a rock and not a rock.

How is this possible?

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    $\begingroup$ Were Schroedinger and Heisenberg involved in this somehow? $\endgroup$ – Xenocacia Jun 28 '17 at 2:04
  • $\begingroup$ No, Heisenberg is not involved in this riddle, good try though. $\endgroup$ – natural Jun 28 '17 at 2:05
  • $\begingroup$ Is it a dream? You dreamed about a man throwing a rock but in reality there were no actual physical objects. Just figments of your imagination. $\endgroup$ – stack reader Jun 28 '17 at 2:08
  • $\begingroup$ Nope, incorrect :), the answer is actually really quite simple, a story in itself. $\endgroup$ – natural Jun 28 '17 at 2:10
  • $\begingroup$ @natural ... Plato? Is that you? $\endgroup$ – Rubio Jun 28 '17 at 4:08
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A eunuch who did not see well saw a bat perched on a reed and threw a pumice stone at him which missed.

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    $\begingroup$ @natural Was this an unbelievably lucky guess? Or a very well known answer to a well known riddle? Or just that the question was too vague and pretty much anything would have been acceptable? $\endgroup$ – stack reader Jun 28 '17 at 4:22
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    $\begingroup$ This is an old riddle, apparently attributed to Plato, whose answer can be found online elsewhere pretty readily. $\endgroup$ – Rubio Jun 28 '17 at 6:49
  • $\begingroup$ I’ll concede/disclose that I have a dog in this fight, a horse in this race, a bird on this branch, a squirrel in this yard, a snake in the grass, etc., but … … … … … … … this whole answer seems a bit thin to me, and I especially don’t see how it even marginally satisfies the “And hit him” clause. $\endgroup$ – Peregrine Rook Jun 28 '17 at 17:29
  • $\begingroup$ @stackreader Have you never heard this riddle before? It's well known, yes, but this also seems to be the only answer that really fits properly. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jul 5 '17 at 11:32
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A man and a woman were somewhere near a tree.  The man saw a bird on a branch; he threw a rock at it and hit it.  The woman saw a squirrel on the ground and said, "Aww, isn't that cute?"

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Building on the accepted answer, which “can be found online elsewhere pretty readily” (for example, here),

A eunuch who did not see well saw a bat perched on a reed and threw a pumice stone which hit the bat.  However, the bat was transsexual, so the “And hit him” clause is only half true.

[Not that there’s anything wrong with that.  $:)$ ]

Meanwhile, in a nearby sandlot, kids with good vision were hitting a pumice stone with a bat.  $\large :)$

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