Two men are facing each other and clock on the wall puzzle
Two men are facing each other alone in a large room. There is a clock on the wall.
One man, who thinks of himself as a prophet, says to the other, “In five minutes you’ll be stabbed in the back.”
The other man is very distraught and stares at the clock. After five minutes he is stabbed in the back.
The clock need not be behind the stabbed man. Further, as per the question, he “stares at the clock“. ‘Staring’ at something would be a tough task when the object is behind you.
So, he stared at the clock, kept staring, and, with every minute and every second passing by, he got more and more anxious and tense, and just as the 5-min deadline was reaching, he could no more suppress his anxiety and turned back to see whether someone is sneaking up behind him to stab him. At that very moment, the other man (who made the ‘prediction’) stabbed him.
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