TeacherBret Turnerof Albany, California, decided to try and bamboozle his students with one of those annoyingly smug riddles, that despite its deep and existential wording actually has a boringly logical answer based on letter placement and spelling.
“It was a morning brain-teaser,” Mr. Turner explained toBored Panda.“It’s the first thing they see when they come into the classroom to get the gears churning before they start their work. We talk about philosophical themes on a first grade level all the time.”
“When the student said “death,” there was a subdued silence that fell over the room, and I said something to the effect of “wow, great answer,” Mr. Turner revealed. “Young kids talk about death all the time; grandparents, relatives, especially pets. It’s fascinating to them, and also normal.”