Someone is about to be executed because he killed someone and he is asked how he wants to die by a strange question:

If you say something true now, you will be executed with electricity, if you say something false you will be executed with a gun.

Then our guy says something and they could not kill him.

What could he say?

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    $\begingroup$ Is it something troll like "The power just went out" $\endgroup$ – Quintec Sep 30 '17 at 19:44
  • $\begingroup$ @thecoder16 then I would add lateral-thinking tag for it :) $\endgroup$ – Oray Sep 30 '17 at 19:45
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    $\begingroup$ Have you ever noticed how similar the puzzling.se logo is to workplace.se? Especially when shrunk down for the HNQ sidebar. $\endgroup$ – user253751 Oct 1 '17 at 5:14
  • $\begingroup$ @immibis yep $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Oct 1 '17 at 9:23
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    $\begingroup$ @BeastlyGerbil And specifically what it looks like when you see a question from workplace.se about how to get away with murder... $\endgroup$ – user253751 Oct 2 '17 at 1:54

He says

"I will be killed with a gun"


If the statement is true he should be killed with electricity, making it false.

If it is false he will be killed with a gun, making it true.

Hence it is a paradox and they let him go as the statement can be neither true or false.

Alternatively as @sousben points out, he could say

'You will not kill me with electricity' - which is the logical reverse of the other statement and therefore does the same

  • $\begingroup$ oops i was overthinking it way too much $\endgroup$ – Quintec Sep 30 '17 at 20:05
  • $\begingroup$ @thecoder16 hehe I liked your answer though :P $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Sep 30 '17 at 20:06
  • $\begingroup$ it could have been "this sentence is a lie" or similar $\endgroup$ – ALinuxLover Sep 30 '17 at 21:05
  • $\begingroup$ @ALinuxLover that works too. $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Sep 30 '17 at 21:08
  • $\begingroup$ They might just throw him back in his cell rather than execute him. $\endgroup$ – jpmc26 Oct 1 '17 at 1:32

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