When you want to challenge your brain, finding a riddle just might do the trick. To solve a riddle, you have to be clever, and think outside the box. The more challenging it is, the more satisfying it is if you get it right. Sure, The Riddler uses riddles as a way to torment people, but usually it's all in fun. There isn't really much at stake, except maybe your pride.
Here's one classic riddle that most people are probably familiar with. In Oedipus, The Sphinx asks this riddle, and anyone who doesn't know the answer is "Man" gets eaten. So there are some pretty high stakes for getting this answer wrong.
However, there is one riddle where there are high stakes not if you get it wrong, but if you get it right. The riddle is supposedly a test for psychopaths. If you can figure out the answer to the riddle, then the theory goes that you are, in fact a psychopath. Ready?
The riddle starts like this. "It is a story about a girl. While at the funeral of her own mother, she met a guy whom she did not know. She thought this guy was amazing, so much her dream guy she believed him to be, that she fell in love with him there and then."
Any guesses for what the answer might be? Sure, getting the answer right could mean that you're a psychopath, but we know that you're still going to try your best. What reason could she have for killing her sister?
Is it possible that she killed her sister because the sister started dating the guy she liked, so she was jealous? Or maybe the sister had something to do with the death of the mother, and now she was getting revenge? Sure, that solution has nothing to do with the guy, but maybe?
According to the riddle, the answer is, "She was hoping that the guy would appear at the funeral again." Apparently she thinks that if this guy cares enough to go to her mother's funeral, he will also go to her sister's funeral. It's the perfect psychotic plan.
The reason you got it right might not be because you're a psychopath, but because you're a fan of 30 Rock. In the episode titled "The Ones," Jenna wants to get in touch with a hot paramedic who came to the set earlier. When she tells Pete about her dilemma, he asks Jenna the same riddle.
Jenna's answer? "She kills her father hoping the guy will come to that funeral too." She then intentionally triggered Kenneth's strawberry allergy in the hopes that the guy she likes would come back. So if you saw this episode, you may have had an idea as to the answer to the riddle.
In addition, you should also know that this riddle is not an actual psychopath test after all. According to Snopes, the test became popular in an email that made the rounds in the early 2000s. It was supposedly "a test by a famous American psychologist," but that psychologist was never named. It's all fake.
Snopes pointed out that "just because someone is crazy doesn’t mean he’s also stupid." Killing someone in the hopes that one specific person would come to the funeral? That's generally not the best way to solve the problem, even if you are a psychopath.
"Psychopaths are intermingled with the general population and are not that easily identified," according to Snopes. In other words, you can't identify who is and who is not a psychopath just with one simple test. If you see a quiz like this, treat like you would treat a person wearing a suit covered in question marks, and don't take it too seriously.