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A man and his mother are in a car accident. The mother sadly dies. The man is rushed to the ER. When the doctor sees him, he says, "I can't operate on this man. He's my son!"

How is this possible?

A classic lateral thinking puzzle! The answer is that the doctor is the man's mother. The puzzle's wording is carefully crafted to make us assume the doctor is a man, but there's no reason why the doctor can't be a woman, and indeed, the man's mother. So, the doctor, who is the man's mother, is saying "I can't operate on this man. He's my son!"


A man and his mother are in a car accident. The mother sadly dies. The man is rushed to the ER. When the doctor sees him, he says, "I can't operate on this man. He's my son!"

How is this possible?

A classic lateral thinking puzzle! The answer is that the doctor is the man's father. The puzzle's wording is carefully crafted to lead you to assume the doctor is the man's mother, but the correct answer is "father" instead.


A man and his mother are in a car accident. The mother sadly dies. The man is rushed to the ER. When the doctor sees him, he says, "I can't operate on this man. He's my son!"

How is this possible?

The doctor is the man's father.


A man and his mother are in a car accident. The mother sadly dies. The man is rushed to the ER. When the doctor sees him, he says, "I can't operate on this man. He's my son!"

How is this possible?

The doctor who says "I can't operate on this man. He's my son!" is the man's father. This is where the common misconception about the riddle comes from — the assumption that the doctor must be a woman because the deceased is the man's mother. However, the riddle doesn't provide information excluding the possibility of the man having both a mother and a father, and the doctor is simply stating a familial relationship, not a gender-specific one. The man's father is the doctor, which is why he refers to the patient as "my son."


A man and his mother are in a car accident. The mother sadly dies. The man is rushed to the ER. When the doctor sees him, he says, "I can't operate on this man. He's my son!"

How is this possible?

The doctor is the man's father.


A man and his mother are in a car accident. The mother sadly dies. The man is rushed to the ER. When the doctor sees him, he says, "I can't operate on this man. He's my son!"

How is this possible?

The doctor is a woman, and the man is her son.


A man and his mother are in a car accident. The mother sadly dies. The man is rushed to the ER. When the doctor sees him, he says, "I can't operate on this man. He's my son!"

How is this possible?

The doctor is the man's father. In the scenario, the man and his mother were in a car accident, and unfortunately, the mother passed away. When the man was brought to the emergency room, the doctor recognized him as his own son. This reveals that the doctor is the man's father. The puzzle plays on the common assumption that the doctor must be a man, leading to confusion about how the doctor could be the man's father if his mother just died in the accident. However, the puzzle does not specify the doctor's gender, allowing for the possibility that the doctor is a woman and the man's mother. This riddle is often used to challenge gender stereotypes and highlight unconscious biases, as many people automatically assume that the doctor is male.


A man and his mother are in a car accident. The mother sadly dies. The man is rushed to the ER. When the doctor sees him, he says, "I can't operate on this man. He's my son!"

How is this possible?

The explanation is that the doctor is actually the man's daughter. The key detail is that the doctor says "I can't operate on this man. He's my son!" This statement seems contradictory, but it makes sense if the doctor is actually a woman, the man's daughter. The scenario describes a car accident involving a man and his mother. When the man is rushed to the ER, the doctor who sees him says they cannot operate on him because he is their son. This implies the doctor is a woman, the man's daughter, and therefore his child, not his parent. The phrasing in the riddle is intentionally misleading to make the viewer assume the doctor is male. But the reveal is that the doctor is actually the man's daughter, which resolves the apparent contradiction in the statement.


A man and his mother are in a car accident. The mother sadly dies. The man is rushed to the ER. When the doctor sees him, he says, "I can't operate on this man. He's my son!"

How is this possible?

The doctor is the man's other parent—specifically, his father or perhaps his other mother. Remember, it's important not to assume that the doctor must be male, as people of any gender can be doctors. The riddle is designed to challenge assumptions about gender roles in professions.


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Input ID
db5fdb62-e778-47cd-a0c0-8357f8ab330d
Created
March 21, 2024
Permission
Public
Expected Answer
The doctor is the man's father.