When I lived in Brevard County, FL, I was less than a half hour's drive away from the ocean. I arranged with someone I had talked to online to meet at the beach. I knew that she either went to my college, or that she attended a college online, but I couldn't remember which. I arrived, and after an awkward few seconds, we were able to identify each other. I was still in my regular clothes, and so was she, but she had a towel spread across the sand. I asked her whether she attended my college. Lying, on her back, she said, "Yes." Further, she stated, "I have been going to your college for about a year now." The puzzle is this: does she go to my college or doesn't she? (Yes, I really provided enough information!)


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I think that she

Does not attend the college


The phrase 'Lying, on her back, she said' has a comma after lying. She is lying.

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    $\begingroup$ You got it! This is adapted from a "monkey trick" Raymond Smullyan was fond of. I feared that the question might be too simplistic, but I might have Asperger Syndrome, so it's hard for me to understand how other people's brains work. $\endgroup$
    – Wafflebaby
    Apr 15, 2018 at 8:40
  • $\begingroup$ @Wafflebaby this was a good one. Don't worry, nobody really knows how others' brains work. $\endgroup$
    – Sentinel
    Apr 15, 2018 at 8:44
  • $\begingroup$ I'm just kind of freaking out because I thought I had a pretty good guess as to the answer of a puzzle, but when I answered, people got really hostile, telling me that my answer is not an answer, when it makes sense to me and I have sources I double-checked to make sure I wasn't misremembering anything. But I also have fear of imperfection and being judged. I'm sorry to go off topic, but I feel like if I don't get this off my chest, I'll have a panic attack or something. $\endgroup$
    – Wafflebaby
    Apr 15, 2018 at 8:51
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    $\begingroup$ @Wafflebaby Then welcome on puzzling.SE, this is the friendly place you need. You'll hardly meet hostile people on this site. $\endgroup$
    – xhienne
    Apr 15, 2018 at 8:58
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    $\begingroup$ This is a Raymond Smullyan Puzzle. Most probably from the book called "What is the Name of this Book ?"...Felt nice to see it again. @Wafflebaby. Haha =D. And needless to say, Welcome on Puzzling Stack Exchange, mate. :) $\endgroup$ Apr 15, 2018 at 17:38

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