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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54 Comments on "The Man in the Picture"
Tyler says August 14, 2015 @ 11:53
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
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
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
mary says February 8, 2016 @ 22:50
That Man’ is my father’s son. If 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?
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