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One day, while in a twenty-story building, Mary was holding her 2 month old baby. As Mary was playing with the baby, she accidentally dropped it out the window. The baby, though, survived. How?

(The baby was wearing normal clothes, not anything special to protect it from this sort of thing.)

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    $\begingroup$ Lol possibly too broad? Maybe edit it? $\endgroup$ – NL628 Apr 16 '18 at 3:12
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    $\begingroup$ I just added the lateral thinking tag. I want to see what types of answers people will come up with. $\endgroup$ – kraby15 Apr 16 '18 at 3:13
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Perhaps:

Mary was on the ground floor of the 20-story building.

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    $\begingroup$ You were first. $\endgroup$ – kraby15 Apr 16 '18 at 2:57
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    $\begingroup$ By 15 whole seconds, yep! :D $\endgroup$ – puzzledPig Apr 16 '18 at 2:58
  • $\begingroup$ Will you accept puzzledPig's answer? It's kind of scary realizing that my answer is first even though I know for a fact it's wrong... $\endgroup$ – NL628 Apr 16 '18 at 3:04
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The baby was a

Baby cat and cat's always land on their feet :P

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  • $\begingroup$ Creative answer, but not the one i was looking for. lol $\endgroup$ – kraby15 Apr 16 '18 at 2:57
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    $\begingroup$ I know lol I was just posting something different XD $\endgroup$ – NL628 Apr 16 '18 at 2:57
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    $\begingroup$ The only problem is that a two-month old kitten would most likely not survive a fall like that. $\endgroup$ – kraby15 Apr 16 '18 at 3:00
  • $\begingroup$ Lol true :P letsee...robotic kitten? $\endgroup$ – NL628 Apr 16 '18 at 3:01
  • $\begingroup$ Actually cats start at a very young age, and may have perfected it by 2 months old. Cats will always land on their feet, assuming they're dropped from at least a few feet off the ground. $\endgroup$ – Tas Apr 16 '18 at 5:54
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What about

The baby is a doll, Mary is a little kid (or just a little different)

Why:

You used the word It every time you refer to it (multiple times), not he/him/her/she/

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  • $\begingroup$ interesting theory... $\endgroup$ – kraby15 Apr 16 '18 at 3:06
  • $\begingroup$ (The baby was wearing normal clothes, not anything special to protect it from this sort of thing.)...when you take this too literally and you assume the baby does not have skin but rather plastic... LOL $\endgroup$ – NL628 Apr 16 '18 at 3:08
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What about

There is a balcony just below the window, perhaps even with a padded chair...

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The building is twenty stories but Mary lives on the first floor

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  • $\begingroup$ @puzzledPig posted the same answer before you :P $\endgroup$ – NL628 Apr 16 '18 at 2:56
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    $\begingroup$ @NL628 I see that now. Some of these riddles have 10 people get the answer instantly and it's a battle of typing it the fastest. $\endgroup$ – Riley Apr 16 '18 at 2:58
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    $\begingroup$ Yep :P check this one out: puzzling.stackexchange.com/questions/64049/so-many-anagrams $\endgroup$ – NL628 Apr 16 '18 at 2:58
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Even in tall buildings, not all windows are necessarily external windows (think glazing between a kitchen and breakfast room) ... and even among external windows, not all of them overlook a sheer drop... (think living room to balcony).

Update also not all windows are glazed house windows are they? (think of a child's playhouse / "wendy-house" with fabric walls and a lightweight frame, to play in, and the parent holding the child out of its "window" to make him/her giggle)

After all, you only said "the" window but never said what kind of window or where it overlooked......

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Oh, this one's obvious.

A tornado happened to be drifting by at the time, but it wasn't strong enough to carry the baby away, just strong enough to slow and soften the baby's landing. Obviously.

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  • $\begingroup$ That''s some next level lateral thinking here. $\endgroup$ – The random guy Apr 16 '18 at 8:21
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Maybe

Mary was holding a baby butterfly. Butterflies learn how to fly pretty quickly, and thus, the butterfly would survive.

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  • $\begingroup$ hmm... interesting. $\endgroup$ – kraby15 Apr 16 '18 at 3:10
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    $\begingroup$ Not an entomologist, but... can butterflies even be babies? I was under the impression that butterfly was the "adult" stage. $\endgroup$ – AlexanderJ93 Apr 16 '18 at 5:29
  • $\begingroup$ How a butterfly were wearing normal clothes? $\endgroup$ – Hola Soy Edu Feliz Navidad Apr 16 '18 at 8:25
  • $\begingroup$ @HolaSoyEduFelizNavidad Well, normal for a butterfly. $\endgroup$ – Acccumulation Apr 16 '18 at 22:22
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You think that their head would be split!

Good luck was with them that morning - they fell in a barrel of shaving cream

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Because she was holding the baby standing on the ground floor.

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  • $\begingroup$ Hello and welcome to PSE. Please hide your answers in spoilers. $\endgroup$ – rhsquared Apr 16 '18 at 7:34
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The baby fall inwards and not outwards of the window.

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to PSE. Please hide your answers in spoilers. $\endgroup$ – rhsquared Apr 16 '18 at 7:36
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There was a window cleaner at the 19th storey, who caught the baby.

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Since this is lateral thinking...

The world they are in is made of jelly. So the roads are made of jelly and the baby just bounced off with no injuries...

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