A farmer owed a local rich but very ugly and old man a lot of money. And the farmer had a beautiful young daughter that the old rich man favours. The latter proposed to the farmer to waive the debt in return for the hand of the beautiful daughter. Both the farmer and daughter were shocked at the proposal.
In any case, the shrewd old man wanted to make the proposal ”fairer” to the young lady. He said, ”I will put two pebbles into the bag and you pick one. Should you pick a black pebble, you are to marry me and I will extinguish your father’s debt. If you pick the white pebble, you do not have to marry me, yet I will still extinguish your father’s debt. If you picked neither, I shall have your father thrown into prison.”
With that said, the old man picked two pebbles from the ground which is full of pebbles and put them in a bag. The young girl’s sharp eyes caught the old man stuffing two black pebbles into the bag. He then asked the girl to pick a pebble from the bag.
The girl put her hand into the moneybag and drew out a pebble. Without looking at it, she fumbled and let it fall onto the pebble-strewn path where it immediately became lost among all the other pebbles.
”Oh, how clumsy of me,” she said. ”But never mind, if you look into the bag for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I picked.”
The moral of the story: Most complex problems do have a solution. It is only that we don’t attempt to think. Start your day with this thought provoking story and have a nice day.