You might remember the last "viral" riddle that circulated Facebook, Your Parents are at the Door. If you got the answer wrong, you had to post an embarrassing photo of yourself, and then post the riddle yourself. Well, now we have a new one flying around. It's not particularly new, the riddle has been around for quite some time and has a few variations of the wording.

Here is the most common phrasing of the riddle that I found being shared.

Someone's mother has four sons. North, South, and East. What is the name of the fourth son. Private message me the name of the fourth son. If you lose, you have to repost.

The obvious answer would be the name of the fourth son is, West. Right? Well, you would be incredibly wrong and suffering the social media consequences. Another popular answer is that the name of the poor forgotten son is actually named, Someone. Although a solid guess, it is still incorrect.


Let's take a peek at that punctuation in the riddle itself. Yes, for once, we can go on decent punctuation in social media world. The line we need to focus on is,

What is the name of the fourth son.

Notice that line does not contain a question mark? That line is a statement, and also the answer to our little social media riddle. It actually states the name of the fourth son, and therefore contains the answer. I know I spoiled it for you, but I just want to make the world a better place and have what my father calls a "teaching moment". Go forth and conquer your riddles, and let us all know if you have a better answer!

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