Monday, August 25, 2008

Be a Monkeys Uncle

Carl Jones introduced Roger Smith to his friend as his ‘Uncle Roger'. Roger Smith introduced Carl Jones to his friend as his ‘Uncle Carl'.

"If you are uncles to each other," queried one of the friends, "you must also be nephews to each other."

"That's correct," replied Carl.

Since there has been no breach of marriage law, how can you explain such a relationship?


  1. Roger is the son of the sister of Carl's wife. Thus making him the nephew of Carl. Roger is also married to the sister of Carl's mother, making Carl Roger's nephew as well.

  2. Looks like you figured it out. I never would have thought the situation could happen (not that one of you would solve the problem!).


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