Originally posted by chatterbox
That's great, i love misleading puzzles like this.
The fourth child was Gary, obviously
i saw this similar puzzle once, but it is difficult to explain without using props.
take a one-cent piece, a five-cent piece, and a 25-cent piece, hold them out in your palm, and say:
"johnny's mother had three children.
"she named thee first one penny and the second one nicholas.
"what is the name of the third child?"
keep repeating the question until someone gets it.
everyone will feel stupid!