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What Can Fill a Bedroom But Fits in Your Pocket

A father gathered his three sons and told them he would die soon and needed to decide which son would inherit his land. He gave them the following test.

“Go to the market and purchase something that is large enough to fill my bedroom, but small enough to fit in your pocket. Based on what you bring I will decide which of you is wisest.”

All three sons went to the market in search of something to satisfy their father’s demands. When they returned the father gathered them in his bedroom.

The first son put down pieces of cloth that he had bought and laid them end to end across the room, but it barely covered any of the floor.

The second son laid down hay but there was only enough to cover part of the floor.

The third son showed his father what he had purchased and the father announced, “You are truly the wisest and will inherit my land.”

What did the third son bring?

A match.

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9 Comments on "What Can Fill a Bedroom But Fits in Your Pocket"

Janet Vitiello says
December 20, 2019 @ 10:56

That was a good one and I didn’t get it. But I did come up with a couple of “also rans.”

A spigot

Mark W says
December 22, 2019 @ 19:59

Straight away I thought of ‘Light’ & ‘Smoke’, however a match box would have been far more effective!

A match is just a blunt toothpick until it can be struck?

Ani says
December 28, 2019 @ 05:00

OK so I thought it was light but honestly did not think of a match!

Lara says
January 2, 2020 @ 15:53

I thought it would be perfume

No says
June 15, 2021 @ 13:06

I thought it was a light bulb or a candel.

Jackie says
June 26, 2021 @ 11:23

I thought a flashlight

Nicole says
July 22, 2021 @ 23:35

This one has a few possible good answers. Not crazy about the ‘right’ answer. It’ll only fill the room with heat or light if we assume there’s a fireplace or stove with fuel or an oil/gas lamp.
Bees, flashlight/candle/light bulb, and perfume are all good answers. My guess was something that could produce sound – a small instrument like a harmonica or a mini cassette player.

Ellie says
November 13, 2021 @ 20:25

I honestly didn’t think it would be this but it makes sense now!!

Frank says
June 27, 2022 @ 19:12

I had said a box of incense sticks. Because the smoke and aroma will fill a bedroom.

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