1,509.7K Views

A crocodile snatches a young boy from a riverbank. His mother pleads with the crocodile to return him, to which the crocodile replies that he will only return the boy safely if the mother can guess correctly whether or not he will indeed return the boy. There is no problem if the mother guesses that the crocodile will return him—if she is right, he is returned; if she is wrong, the crocodile keeps him. If she answers that the crocodile will not return him, however, we end up with a paradox: if she is right and the crocodile never intended to return her child, then the crocodile has to return him, but in doing so breaks his word and contradicts the mother’s answer. On the other hand, if she is wrong and the crocodile actually did intend to return the boy, the crocodile must then keep him even though he intended not to, thereby also breaking his word.

The Crocodile Paradox is such an ancient and enduring logic problem that in the Middle Ages the word “crocodilite” came to be used to refer to any similarly brain-twisting dilemma where you admit something that is later used against you, while “crocodility” is an equally ancient word for captious or fallacious reasoning

John123 Expert Asked on 30th July 2015 in

There is no solution to the crocodile paradox.

If it keeps the child, it violates its rule, as the mother had predicted correctly.
If the crocodile returns the child, it still violates its rule as the mother’s prediction was wrong.

bhola99 Expert Answered on 3rd October 2020.

• ## More puzzles to try-

• ### Get wetter the more it dries riddle

What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries?Read More »
• ### Sum of Product is me

When I get multiplied by any number, the sum of the figures in the product is always me. What am ...Read More »

• ### Spy under blanket

What do you call a spy who sleeps with a blanket over his head?Read More »

• ### Who is murderer

A husband was called by the police telling him that his wife was killed, he should get to the crime ...Read More »
• ### Find the birthday puzzle

A correspondent informs us that on Armistice Day (November 11, 1928) he had lived as long in the twentieth century as ...Read More »
• ### Which coat would go on the second?

Mr. Hero Honda decided to give his bike 3 coats of paint. Which coat would go on the second?Read More »
• ### Stumps brain

It stumps and hurts people’s brains. But when people get it, when they understand it, they become happy. What is ...Read More »
• ### Who is married to whom?

A man died and leaves Rs.10,000 in his will. There are 6 beneficiaries- his 3 sons and their wives. The ...Read More »
• ### Common in mentioned animal

What do the following animals have in common ? 1. Cat 2. Fox 3. Raccoon 4. Squirrel 5. MouseRead More »
• ### What’s her name?

A smooth dance, a ball sport, a place to stay, an Asian country, and a girl’s name. What’s her name?Read More »
• ### Past-Present-Future

I control what once was, what is, and what is to come. Some know not to waste me, whilst others ...Read More »
• ### Hindi Riddle

Chhote se Chintu Miyan, Lambi si Pooch. Jahan Jaye Chintu Miyan, Wahan Jaye Pooch. छोटे से चींटू मियाँ, लंबी सी ...Read More »
• ### Akbar birbal puzzle

Akbar summoned Birbal out of anger. He told him that he will have to face death. He asked him to ...Read More »
• ### Pick the fresh Egg

A container contains 100 eggs. They can be either fresh or rotten. What is sure is the fact that there ...Read More »
• ### How is this possible?

Daniel, Claude and Lou are friends. Daniel is Claude’s brother. Claude is Lou’s brother. Lou is not Daniel’s brother. Question ...Read More »
• ### A non stop marathon Riddle

A non stop marathon is the shared favorite sport of three brothers. The oldest one is fat and short and ...Read More »
• ### Count the Square Puzzle

Can you count the number of squares in the figure below?Read More »