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A prince named Oedipus was traveling through the Greek countryside when he approached the city of Thebes. The road to the city was blocked by a monster called the Sphinx. She had the body of a lion and the head of a woman. She lay crouched on top of a rock, stopping all travelers to ask them a riddle.

Any traveler who solved the riddle could pass; but those who answered incorrectly were killed. When Oedipus approached the Sphinx, no one had solved the puzzle.
Oedipus was ready for the challenge and The Sphinx was waiting for its next victim.
"What goes on four legs in the morning, two in the afternoon and three in the evening?" asked The Sphinx.

Oedipus thought a moment. Then he replied "The answer is Man. He crawls on all fours as a baby, then walks on two feet as an adult, and then walks with a cane in old age."

The Sphinx was so angry that Oedipus had solved her riddle that she threw herself off the rock and died.

The people of Thebes showed their appreciation Oedipus by making Oedipus king.
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