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Old 10-17-2010   #1 (permalink)
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Question Death's Demise

Once upon a time there was a dad and 3 kids. When the kids were adults, the dad was old and Death came to take the dad. The first son, who became a lawyer, begged Death to let the dad live a few more years. Death agreed. When Death came back, the second son, who became a doctor begged Death to let his father live a few more days. Death agreed. When Death came back the third son, who became a priest begged Death to let the dad live till that candle wick burned out and he pointed to a candle. Death agreed. The third son knew Death wouldn't come back, and he didn't. Why not?


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Any guesses?
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Maybe the candle wasn't lit when the son pointed to it, or it was a picture of a candle. (But would death really be that stupid? Hmm...)
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eternal flame??
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The third son went over and blew out the candle after Death left because the son said "till the candle wick burns out", not "till the candle burns out".
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Old 10-24-2010   #6 (permalink)
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The Official Answer

The third son went over and blew out the candle after Death left because the son said "till the candle wick burns out", not "till the candle burns out".

(Well Googled, Rita.)
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