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A man in a restaurant complains to the waiter
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Tue Nov 30, 2010 7:03 am  by tartle

A man in a restaurant complains to the waiter that there is a fly in his cup of coffee. The waiter takes the cup away and promises to bring fresh cup of coffee. The waiter returns few minutes later with a fresh cup of coffee. The man tastes the coffee and again complains that this is the original cup of coffee with fly removed. The man was correct but how did he manage to find out.
Thu Dec 16, 2010 10:55 pm  by kb216

It was sweeter from sugar he had put in it before hand.
Tue Jul 05, 2011 5:31 pm  by cat

Also, when he lifted the cup, he noticed a dead fly beneath it on the saucer.
Fri Feb 01, 2013 12:42 am  by Chrisam

It could have been possible that he added a substance to it for his preference that did not come from the kitchen or if it did it would have to be provided with the coffie not in the coffie. Having himself mixed and tasted the coffie prior to the fly he would have known it was not his, but lets say he had not tasted his cup prior to fly, it may have been that the walk to and from the kitchen would have made his tea cold thus a simple sip would have alerted him, even say it may have been that some residue of the fly could have been left behind, also it could be that he souled his cup and having met the cup to his nostrils, sensed the impurity?... the cup may have been stained with a mark visible up close that the man remebered prior to the cup being taken away... questions questions :?:

i feel like i have left something vital un-noted... :?: :?: :?:
Tue Apr 09, 2013 10:08 pm  by grace

it had cooled down? :)
Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:10 pm  by thepastbecomesapuzzle

the cup was empty before and the fly has been taken off it in front of him
Sun May 12, 2013 7:20 am  by ashwinsharma420

the coffee was not hot like a new cup of had become cool.
Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:28 am  by thejoanzone

The customer was a health inspector and he had placed the fly in his own coffee to see what response he would get. The fly was a listening device and he heard his waiter laughing about what he was going to do with other staff members.....
Alternatively, the fly was a pregnant female.....mmmm....won't go there!
Mon Aug 26, 2013 11:48 pm  by Delayinger

The man is a transvestite and noticed his lipstick on the cup :lol:
Thu Sep 12, 2013 5:21 am  by zozee

Mon Dec 30, 2013 11:01 pm  by buzzbot

the coffee is cold
Fri Jan 03, 2014 11:08 am  by abhijeet

he was actually having tea and he told the waiter i have a flyin my coffee. the waiter without checking whether its tea or coffee brought him back the same cup of tea. otherwise the waiter would have got a new cup of coffee, which wasn't the case..
Wed Feb 05, 2014 2:57 am  by Nsj

He salted the coffee before giving it back in order to be sure that he won't serve it again.
Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:32 pm  by smrao

while delivering first cup waiter might have mentioned that this is the last cup of the chosen flavor available in stock.
But when he tastes the same flavor in the second cup, came to know that this is not new but the same first cup of coffee.
Thu Jul 03, 2014 11:47 am  by krish

* The sweetener was already added

* the man was Sherlock Holmes, and was able to identify the smell and taste of insect in coffee.

* he was able to find an insect wing in the coffee.

* the cup was hot because the waiter had directly heated the cup to give the sensation that it was different cup the second
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