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Anonymous:
is it the grandfather?
Anonymous:
ok for that hole man riddle it could be either yourself or your son depending on how you look at it

are you asking who is the man thats speaking? or who is the man thats dead?

because if the man has no brothers

then well duh, his fathers son is himself because his ftahe ronly has one son

but he says that this mans father...is my fathers on...which leads back to him, so that makes him "this mans father" which also makes the dead man his son

so it could be either

but yeah when you say who is this man they should've been a little more specific, like who is the man talking, or who is the man thats dead

ya know?
Anonymous:
I still don't get why people are saying the picture is of himself. Simple grammar and putting the religious belief aside. Start at the end result. "My father's son" That would be "me" since "I" have no brothers or sisters. The part before that is "this man's father is" and you put that together with the translation of the last part to make "this man's father is me". If "I'm" the man's father, than that would make him "my" son.

Though I do find it funny that the people who say it's 'himself' can't give any more support like a break down other than repeating the riddle like that would make it any clearer than the first time it was posted.
Anonymous:
Its a wife..right?
Anonymous:
Okay, i know i'm anonymous and i don't come around very often but this is killing me. Guys, stop aruging. The answer has been said about a million times, there is no need to continue arguging.

This man's father is my father's son.

It is obvious that when he says "my father's son" he is refering to himself. Since the speaker clearly states that he has no brothers and sisters, he is the only one in the world who could be his own father's son. So if you understand that when he says "my father's son" he really means "me", the riddle reads like this:

This man's father is me.

That means that whoever he is looking at, he is the father of that person. And since he uses the word "man", it would mean that he is looking at a picture or whatever of his own son. I don't know how it can be more clear than that.
Anonymous:
its cocaine
Anonymous:
It appears to me that the problem here is that some of the people debating the answer do not know what the question is. People here apparently disagree on the objective of the riddle wihout knowing that they disagree. Basically, some people do not understand what the riddle is telling them to guess.

Perhaps the following quote will help:

"This riddle, one of the world's oldest, is still good for starting arguments. A man is looking at a portrait. 'Whose picture is that?' someone asks, and the man replies: 'Brothers and sisters have I none, but that man's father is my father's son.' At whose picture is the man looking?"

It is apparent to me that the objective is to find out who the speaker is referring to as "that man". Because the riddle that everyone is debating is in its incomplete form, several people apparently thought that the question is "who am I?" rather than "who am I talking about?" ("who is 'that man'?"; "who is the man in the portrait?")

So... who is "that man"?

We have two clues:
"Brothers and sisters have I none..."

"... That man's father is my father's son."

On this level, we have encountered another problem: The failure to organize the aspects of the clue correctly.

Please allow me to help, again.

To simplify the second clue, let us give a name for "that man".

Hmm...
How about... "Jesus"... since so many people seem to consider that to be the answer.

"The father of Jesus is my father's son".

Now, I shall assume the role of the speaker.
I shall explain my own riddle to the person who asked about the portrait.

"The father of Jesus is my father's son. I have no brothers or sisters, so I am my father's only son... I assure you, my good man, that my father was a faithful gentleman. The father of Jesus is my father's son, and because I am my father's only son... and my father's romantic interests never went astray... I must be the father of Jesus. Jesus is my son, and I am God... and you are going to hell if you question me!"

I apologize for getting carried away. One can insert any names and solve the riddle.

"Whose picture is that?"
"That is Manson."
"Who is Manson?"
"Brothers and sisters have I none, but Manson's father is Karl."
"Who is Karl?"
"Charles's son."
"Who is Charles?"
"My father."

Charles must have only one son, for he is the father of the speaker, who is an only child (let us rule out the idea of Charles marrying more than once or cheating, for it is not essential to solving the riddle).

Conclusions about Charles:
1. Charles is the father of Karl.
2. Charles is the father of the speaker.
3. Charles has only one child.


Because Karl is Charles's son, because the speaker is Charles's son, and because Charles has only one son, Karl must be the name of the speaker.

Take a breath now.

The speaker says that "Manson's father is Karl". So, since Karl is the speaker, Manson must be the speaker's son.

Manson is the man in the portrait. He is "that man".

The correct answer is "It's his son."

Ciao.

Dmentor
Anonymous:
AnonymousSeriously guys...you are ALL WRONG!!!! I happen to know for a fact that the answer is not his son...

The correct answer is that he is looking at a picture of himself! Brothers and Sisters I have none...but this man's father is my father's son. How can his father's son be his son? it can't...he is looking at a picture of himself...
The only one wrong here is you. You completely read it wrong:

"Brothers and sisters I have none, but this man's father is my father's son."

Change "my father's son" to the word "me."

"This man's father is me."

He is the father. Therefore, the person in the picture is the song. You're such a dolt.
Anonymous:
AnonymousSeriously guys...you are ALL WRONG!!!! I happen to know for a fact that the answer is not his son...

The correct answer is that he is looking at a picture of himself! Brothers and Sisters I have none...but this man's father is my father's son. How can his father's son be his son? it can't...he is looking at a picture of himself...
The only one wrong here is you. You completely read it wrong:

"Brothers and sisters I have none, but this man's father is my father's son."

Change "my father's son" to the word "me."

"This man's father is me."

He is the father. Therefore, the person in the picture is the song.
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