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# Two Statues and Two Doors.

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Two Statues and Two Doors.

Ok you have passed away and found yourself in the afterlife, just one problem you have come across two doors guarded by two statues. You must chose a door, one door leads strait to hell the other to heaven, the only way to tell them apart is to ask the statues, you may only ask ONE question. One of the statues will only tell you the truth the other only a lie, but there is no way to tell which is which.

What is the question to ask to reveal the door to heaven or hell?

Good Luck,
RH.
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You may ask either statue, "If I were to ask the other statue which door is the door to heaven, what would he say?"  Simply choose the opposite door the statue tells you.

Why this works:
If you ask the truth-telling statue which door the lying statue would point you towards to go to heaven, it will answer truthfully and point you towards hell.  However, if you ask the lying statue which door the truth-telling statue will say is the way to heaven, it will lie to you and point you towards hell.  So either way, you should choose the other door.

Eric
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Did you happen to pull this riddle from the Film "The Labyrinth"?  Exact Same question was in this filem
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no i didn't remember where i got this one, but now that you mention it.
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Surely it's as simple as asking

"Are you a statue"?

The liar will say no, and the good guy will say yeah.
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But that would be your only question.  You still need to determine which door to take.

Eric
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Ah ha, sorry, I thought you meant that the statues were guarding a door each, the good guy to the heaven door and the lying scum the door to hell.

But in your answer, you're assuming that the good statue knows of the lieing tendancies of the bad one.
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