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The Man in the Picture

A man is looking at a picture of a man on the wall and states, “Brothers and sisters I have none, but this man’s father is my father’s son.”

Who is the man in the picture in relation to the man looking at the picture?

The man in the picture is his son. Since he doesn’t have any brothers or sisters, the statement my father’s son is himself. A shortened version would be this man’s father is myself, so he is the father of the man in the picture.


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50 Comments on "The Man in the Picture"


Gopika says
January 23, 2015 @ 05:44

the answer is son


hoova says
March 19, 2015 @ 18:05

Himself


GR says
April 20, 2015 @ 20:46

The answer is NOT the sun, but it is himself. The man is looking at a picture of himself.


Dan says
April 20, 2015 @ 22:02

Nope, it’s not himself.


francois says
April 28, 2015 @ 16:12

No he is talking about his brother. He is just saying he is poor. In other words he’s saying…. (Ladies and gentelmen I have non!) Then he talks about his father son… This mans father is my father’s son.
It’s like shake spear? Brothers and sisters! Or a black shake spear… Its like saying wuz up my brothers and sisters….


Dan says
April 28, 2015 @ 21:06

Even if he was saying he was poor, it still wouldn’t be himself. “This man’s father…”. Think about that who that is for a few minutes. Then about who your “father’s son” is if you don’t have any siblings. Then put the two together.


swathi says
June 15, 2015 @ 14:19

Himself


Dylan says
June 16, 2015 @ 04:03

If he was talking about himself. He would be saying his father is his fathers son.


Rob says
June 21, 2015 @ 14:11

Hes looking in a mirror


Rob says
June 21, 2015 @ 14:12

Its a photo of himself


Sheldon Burke says
June 24, 2015 @ 08:44

The term “and sisters” is extraneous. The answer would be the same if that term was omitted.


Dan says
June 24, 2015 @ 09:17

True, but it helps with the rhythm.


Sean says
June 29, 2015 @ 04:08

Simply put, he is talking about his half-brother. Same father, different mother; therefore, the man in the picture is his nephew.


Ciel says
July 3, 2015 @ 09:41

this is actually a good riddle :)


Jared says
July 3, 2015 @ 11:56

If I am a man with no brothers, then “my father’s son” is simply “me.”
So we can substitute that in, and we get, “That man’s father is (me).”
He’s looking at a picture of his son.


Ajeesh says
August 5, 2015 @ 08:24

He is looking at his son’s pic


Tyler says
August 14, 2015 @ 11:53

Jesus


marvelous!! says
August 16, 2015 @ 19:36

The answer to it is “”my son””……
according to d speaker,he had no siblings.
Pointing To his picture,
he said”but dis man’s father
(referring to me or which is myself)
is my father’s son” referring to himself…..therefore the speaker is “my Son”.


jah says
September 1, 2015 @ 06:41

Sister


Dan says
September 1, 2015 @ 10:54

“Brothers and sisters I have none”


Kyle says
September 26, 2015 @ 09:24

I know the answer says his son but that makes no sense….why would he refer to himself as my father …his fathers son minus another brother would be himself


Kyle says
September 26, 2015 @ 09:26

Ah never mind


jo says
September 27, 2015 @ 23:16

its is his son, put it this way,
” he is the son of my fathers son”


Tay says
November 1, 2015 @ 19:03

It’s himself
-No siblings
That mans father (HIMSELFs father)
Is my fathers son (HIS FATHER) SON which would be him

Thanks I’m right ?


Jacub says
November 7, 2015 @ 00:04

The man in the picture is his son,
It can also be himself as well its weird. But replace the man in the picture with a girl (which is how I always heard the riddle), then ask who is the girl in the picture to the man looking at the picture.

Brothers and sisters I have none but that girl’s father is my father’s son.


Dragon Bane says
December 18, 2015 @ 21:08

The man looking at the picture is certainly the man in the picture’s father, unless you believe the evangelical version, which should have a comma, colon, or even a semi-colon after “Brothers and Sisters”.
I think I first remember hearing it as:
“I am looking at a picture of a man. This man’s father is my father’s son.” Who is the man in the picture.
The answer to that one is either the riddler’s son, or his nephew, as ambiguated by the lack of mention of siblings.


Dave says
January 29, 2016 @ 07:07

He lookin in mirror


mary says
February 8, 2016 @ 22:42

Himself


mary says
February 8, 2016 @ 22:50

That Man’ is my father’s son.┬áIf I have no brothers and sisters then my father’s son can only be me.


Lance says
March 2, 2016 @ 18:59

How about his clone!


Sweet Stylin says
March 31, 2016 @ 13:01

it’s his son, right?


Nebulous says
April 4, 2016 @ 08:53

The question’s wording contains too much noise. Solving this sort of problem requires identifying the signal within the noise. Like a talented stage magician, the many unnecessary words, uncommon sentence structures, and even the rhyming serve as misdirection from the answer.

If I restate the question using short sentences and only the necessary data, look how easy the answer comes:
1. If I don’t have any brothers, who is my father’s son?
2. Given the above, what man could claim my father’s son (me) as his father?


Damo says
April 17, 2016 @ 18:39

Had a massive argument about this riddle today (I lead a sad life!). A friend of mine told me the correct answer is that it’s a picture of himself. I say it makes no sense. If the man in the picture is himself and he says that mans father (his father), is my father’s son. So to that means, his father is his father’s son. Maybe I’m missing something? …


Sii says
April 24, 2016 @ 02:32

He’s talking about himself but simply put it doesn’t ask whom he is talking about, it asks who is the man, This man’s father is my father’s son…..the man is his son


Dan I says
May 1, 2016 @ 18:28

D man in d mirror is his son…


mark says
May 1, 2016 @ 21:09

the key is “my father’s son”, it can only be himself. He is looking at a photo of himself.


ToiletPolice says
May 15, 2016 @ 18:53

This riddle has 2 answers, both of which are correct in reference to “this man”:

1. Himself (if he’s looking at a picture of himself, then his father’s son would be himself)
2. His son (if he’s looking at a picture of his son, then his son’s father is the same person as “my father’s son”)

To remove the ambiguity, this riddle needs a huge disclaimer like: “it’s not himself”


Dan says
May 15, 2016 @ 19:57

@ToiletPolice There is no ambiguity. The man can never be looking at himself. He states, “This man’s father”. Are you suggesting he can be his own father?


Patrick says
August 19, 2016 @ 15:35

“My father’s son” is himself, obviously.
He has no brothers or sisters, so it has to be himself.
For the purposes of clarity, let’s have this guy call himself Andy.

So, substitute it.

“Brothers and sisters, I have none, but this man’s father is Andy.”

Under what circumstance would Andy, himself, be the person in the photograph’s father?

If, and only if, he was looking at a picture of his son.

Thanks, seeya


Kyser says
October 26, 2016 @ 22:07

Its his dads illegitimate son on his mother’s sidel.


Humility says
November 10, 2016 @ 04:37

He is looking at the picture of a man on the wall,then he said to himself,This mans father (the father of the man in the picture)is my father’s son(the man speaking is the only son of his own father,then ,the man in the picture is a son to the man speaking.)
to clear u well, the question says who is the man in the picture,and not who is the man speaking,
so therefore : The man in the picture is a son to th man speaking


Greg says
December 4, 2016 @ 05:47

There are 2 answers:
1) The direct approach. Take a selfie, look at it and repeat the riddle. Obviously the man speaking and the man in the pic are the same person.
2) Reverse engineering: start at the back. My fathers son is me. That mans father is me. That man is my son.
A perfect example of dilution through reverse engineering.


Timmy Chase says
January 12, 2017 @ 08:23

You guys are all idiots, it’s obviously his son…. you have to work backwards my “fathers son” if he has no brothers and sister must be himself, BUT WAIT there is another part. “That mans father” so that mans father is himself…. who could it be???? His son you morons. It’s his son.
Son.
Son.


shahin says
January 22, 2017 @ 19:30

the answer is his Son.
end of story.


Billy says
March 9, 2017 @ 19:19

This should be a standard test for operating any heavy machinery.

Does everyone saying “it’s clearly himself” not realise how wrong they are? Is this all some elaborate joke on me?

“That man’s father is my fathers son”

Imagine he just said

“That man is my father son”

Then is him obviously.

Now go read the line again

“That man’s father…. is my fathers son”

Come on. Don’t be so dumb.


Lockhart says
April 7, 2017 @ 17:42

The answer is the guy son. The Who is looking at the picture is looking at a photo of his son. Explanation- put yourself in the guy looking at the picture shoes. If I look at a photo and say I have no brothers or sisters obviously I’m the only child. So if I look at this photo of a man and say this man farther. I would be talking about myself. Then say his father is my father son. I’m talking about myself. So the guy in the phot can only be my son since I have no brother or sisters


Kevon says
May 15, 2017 @ 14:28

Only in some weird alternate reality where anything is possible would be this guys transgender second cousin. I’ve debated this for years with many people and every time they answer he is looking at himself

It seems I’ve been surrounded by idiots my whole life and. O one can see it’s his son, even argued it out with the wife for the last 30 mins before she agreed.

Reading all the comments provided amusement tho


Ioane papalii says
July 22, 2017 @ 23:45

A nephew, my brothers son.


Vaibhav says
April 14, 2018 @ 10:14

HIS SON is the answer


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