# The Crocodile Paradox is an Unsolvable Dilemma That Dates Back to Ancient Greece

Brilliance | Dec. 10, 2017

Paradoxes are fun for your brain to chew on for a bit, until they grow furiously frustrating. These statements, despite sounding simple, are self-contradictory or logically impossible, a.k.a. intellectual torture fuel. One such example is the crocodile paradox — a logic problem that was first discussed by ancient Greeks. And after all that time, that sucker is still unsolvable.

Between A Croc And A Hard Place

The crocodile paradox (or dilemma, whichever you want to call it) goes like this: A crocodile has captured a little boy. Being the reasonable crocodile that he is, the croc promises the little boy's father that he will release the kid only if the father can predict what the crocodile will do next. The father of the boy says, "You will not give my son back." Now the croc is in a bind. If the father was correct in his statement, the croc keeps the kid. But if the croc keeps the kid, the croc is not keeping his promise to return the boy. But once the croc returns the boy, the father's prediction is no longer correct. What should the crocodile do?

You can scroll around this page and Google search as much as you want, but you won't be able to dig up the correct answer. That's what makes this thing a paradox. Fun, right?