She-goat, Wolf and Cabbage

August 7, 2007 5:56pm CST
A farmer is returning from market, where he bought a she-goat, a wolf and a cabbage. On the way home he must cross a river. His boat is little, allowing him to take only one of the three things. He can't keep the she-goat the cabbage together (because the she-goat would eat it), nor the she-goat with the wolf (because the she-goat would be eaten). How shall the farmer get everything on the other side (without any harm)?
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@ninsensei (232)
7 Aug 07
Err, can't the wolf and cabbage occupy the boat together since cabbage is light and wouldn't add much weight? Oh, I dunno.
@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
8 Aug 07
You said how could the farmer get everything to the other side without any harm. The cabbage is not a living thing, could you call it harm if the she goat ate it?
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• United States
23 Dec 07
There is also another way, but it takes a lot longer. Here it is: First take the goat over and drop her off. Return for the cabbage. Get the cabbage and bring it to the other side, this time taking the goat back with you. When you get the other side, leave the goat and take the wolf. Bring the wolf to the other side and leave him there with the cabbage. Then return to the other side and get the goat. Brignthe goat to the other side and voila! You have all 3 items on the other side.
• United States
23 Dec 07
Well, wolves can swim. You would have to have a sort of leash on the wolf and a leash on the goat. Tie the goat to a tree or somethign beside the river, then take the cabbage and lead the wolf into the water. Once in the boat, paddle to the other side, leading the wolf with you in the river. When you get to the other side, tie the wolf to a tree or somethign beside that side of the river, leave the cabbage, and return for the goat.
@urbandekay (18308)
23 Dec 07
Now, what did the farmer want with a wolf? And why did he buy all three when he knew he couldn't fit them all in the boat, what an ijot all the best urban
@urbandekay (18308)
23 Dec 07
Take the long way home and cross the bridge all the best urban
@Lydia1901 (16353)
• United States
23 Sep 07
Well, that is a good one and I think leaving the wolf with the cabbage and take the she-goat first, then maybe he'll have room for the wolf and the cabbage the second trip.