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Two men enter a bar. They are served identical drinks with poison. One lives; the other dies. How is that possible?

HINT: I have not specified what _____ the poison is in

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  • $\begingroup$ Ouch. It was an iron bar. $\endgroup$ – David Richerby Sep 24 '18 at 17:13
  • $\begingroup$ I'm not seeing any reason for close votes on this. $\endgroup$ – Chris Cudmore Sep 24 '18 at 17:22
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    $\begingroup$ Possible duplicate of Poisoned Iced Tea $\endgroup$ – GOTO 0 Sep 24 '18 at 17:42
  • $\begingroup$ If your puzzles are coming from another source, be sure to cite from where they came. $\endgroup$ – Keeta Sep 24 '18 at 17:43
  • $\begingroup$ @GOTO0 sorry I didn't see that puzzle. It was asked way before I became a part of this community so I didn't know it was there $\endgroup$ – Quark-epoch Sep 27 '18 at 10:16
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This is because

They had ice in their drinks and the one who drank their's faster lived, because the ice did not mix with the water.

Also for the hint

The blank refers to the word 'state' as in state of matter

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    $\begingroup$ I think this should be the answer, although the problem seems to lack definition. +1 from me! $\endgroup$ – El-Guest Sep 24 '18 at 16:29
  • $\begingroup$ Correct! I will select this once six minutes have passed $\endgroup$ – Quark-epoch Sep 24 '18 at 16:29
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    $\begingroup$ Honestly, if the poison was concentrated, even a small trickle could have killed him $\endgroup$ – Quark-epoch Sep 24 '18 at 16:37
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If you want lateral thinking, it could also be because

They were served drinks with poison in them. It's quite possible that only one drank their drink and so he died but the other one lived.

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  • $\begingroup$ Had the same thought six seconds later. $\endgroup$ – hexomino Sep 24 '18 at 16:26
  • $\begingroup$ close, but quite off the mark $\endgroup$ – Quark-epoch Sep 24 '18 at 16:27
  • $\begingroup$ @hexomino great minds think alike..... ;) oh well, back to the drawing board $\endgroup$ – El-Guest Sep 24 '18 at 16:27
  • $\begingroup$ I could have selected this one, i liked the thinking but when they are served, they obviously have to drink it $\endgroup$ – Quark-epoch Sep 24 '18 at 16:33
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A possible reason is because:

One of the men accidentally dropped his glass on the ground, then went to clean it up, slipped, and landed in the broken glass.

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  • $\begingroup$ Hey! Well tried but it is not the answer, Nevertheless, a good try.+1 from me $\endgroup$ – Quark-epoch Sep 24 '18 at 16:31
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Taking a page out of Princess Bride:

One had built up an immunity to the poison and assassinated the other man.

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  • $\begingroup$ Well, this seems like a change in the story but nevermind, a good try +1 $\endgroup$ – Quark-epoch Sep 24 '18 at 16:34
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Is it possible that

The phrase is meant to be interpreted as "They are served identical drinks, with poison", meaning they were served 2 drinks, and also poison, which only one of them drank?

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  • $\begingroup$ That thought could have been right but the poison was mixed with the drinks in some form right, Still, a good try $\endgroup$ – Quark-epoch Sep 24 '18 at 16:28
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The drinks contain poisoned ice cubes; one man drinks slowly, giving them time to melt, while the other drinks quickly and thus doesn't get much of the poison.

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  • $\begingroup$ Sorry! this although is correct, another user has answered before you, nevertheless i will mark it as +1 so that you will gain some reputation for your answer $\endgroup$ – Quark-epoch Sep 24 '18 at 16:35
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I think that

One of them drank immediately, so he got poisoned, while the other waited for a long time such that the poison falls to the bottom, then had his drink!

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It was not the liquid in the drink that was poisoned, but the garnish - e.g. the orange slice on the side of an old fashioned glass, or an olive in a martini. One of the men ate or squeezed their garnish into the drink, the other did not.

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