Here’s a weekend puzzle for you. Do you know the answer? Post it below if you know.
A man buys 50 acres of land. He builds a modest house and a barn on the land.
A year later, he decides one dip in the land could be grated and filled with water to form a small pond. So he hires a crew to bring out tractors and dig out the pit into a nice pond. It’s late in the summer when they finish their digging and filling it with water.
The county extension office assures the man that even though the water is uninhabitable now, it will “settle” by spring, just in time for him to stock it with fish.
The man dreams of stocking the pond in the spring with bass and catfish for fishing in the next years. Ahhh.. the relaxing days of lazily fishing by the side of the new pond.
Winter comes and goes. The following spring, the man is walking along the edge of the pond when he sees what looks to be a small minnow darting in and out from under a leaf floating on the top of the water. The man rubbed his eyes wondering if he was seeing things.
He hadn’t had a chance to stock the pond. Nobody had wandered onto his land over the winter and dumped fish into the pond. There were no nearby creeks flowing into the pond since he had dug it himself, so he knew a fish could not have arrived via stream.
He thought he must have seen a frog or large tadpole because frogs seek out ponds, rivers and lakes.
Suddenly, he noticed not 1, but 4, then 5 minnows schooling near the edge. How could it be? He wondered how in the world those fish could have simply “grown” there.
Eventually, he talked with someone who knew how the fish mysteriously made their way to the new pond. Do you know the answer?