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The GRY Riddle

 article about hard riddles
2005-01-09 21:59:19
At a friend's house over the weekend, I was presented with a riddle.
Normally, I am a fan of riddles and brain teasers. In the age of the
internet, a person can send out a fun riddle to all of their friends at
once. Over the years, a lot of my friends have felt the need to pass
these on to me, usually including the advice to "Work like you don't
need the money, love like you've never been hurt, and dance like you do
when nobody's watching." The only problem I have with this phrase is
that I wouldn't work very hard if I didn't need the money, and people
make fun of me every time I dance. I've been told that I look like a
drunk, spastic stripper looking for her pole and some self-esteem. What
can I say? I have really supportive and nonjudgmental friends.



So, my boyfriend and I were at a barbeque with his best friend. We were
all drinking, which should explain why brain teasers seemed like a
great idea. My boyfriend's friend gave us a riddle: "There are three
words that people use every day that end in GRY. The first two are
hungry and angry; what's the other word?" My boyfriend and I pondered
the riddle. We tried words like energy, synergy, anything we could
think of that sounded even close. We were unwilling to admit defeat
until we had exhausted our collective large vocabularies. We tried for
at least thirty seconds before asking him to please tell us the third
word.

He said, "I forgot the third word. I figured one of you
guys might know it." My boyfriend and I were angry that he did not have
the answer. What kind of a person would give you a riddle and not have
the answer? My boyfriend said that maybe his friend knew the answer and
was trying to have a little fun with us. I told him that only an
asshole would do that. We stayed up late into the night, trying words
like "stangry" and "wrongry." While my boyfriend drank enough to pass
out easily, I did not. I was unable to sleep wondering if "crungry" was
in fact a word.

Luckily, I have access to the Internet. Since I
haven't been invited out dancing in a while, I had the time to search
the Internet tirelessly to find the answer. It only took a minute using
google.com and the keywords "gry riddle." I was willing to search the
Internet tirelessly, just so you know.

For my asshole friend
Brian Lott who (allegedly) couldn't remember the answer to the riddle,
you told it to us wrong. The correct version should have been:

"Think
of words ending in -GRY. Angry and hungry are two of them. There are
only three words in the English language. What is the third word? The
word is something that everyone uses every day. If you have listened
carefully, I have already told you what it is."

I found this at the website: http://www.greece.k12.ny.us/taylor/topics/grypuzzle.htm.

And here is the answer:

"The key is the phrase "the English language." In this three-word phrase, the third word is simply the word "language."
Get it? "Language" is definitely something that "everyone uses every
day"! Without that quirky little twist, the puzzle would be just
another trivia question, not a riddle."

Thank heavens for the
Internet and the freedom that it gives you. No one can make you feel
like an idiot without your permission. I hope that you readers have
found this information to be helpful. Don't forget what a friend we
have in Google. And always, "Work like you don't need the money, love
like you've never been hurt, and dance like you do when nobody's
watching."

Source: "The Great GRY Riddle" http://www.greece.k12.ny.us/taylor/topics/grypuzzle.htm





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