Pinocchio Paradox

Pinocchio’s Paradox. 

pinocchio paradox

Chances are you know whom Pinocchio is, at least you’ve read books about him. At the same time you possibly do not know what a paradox is(well, not everyone knows what a paradox is, so no issue here), but we’ll be talking about Pinocchio’s Paradox, so having a knowledge of whom Pinocchio is and the meaning of paradox will help out. A paradox is a seemingly absurd or contradictory statement or proposition which when investigated may prove to be well founded or true.

Going further assuming Pinocchio says “My nose will grow now” it will be seen as a Pinocchio paradox.

To explain…

If you have watched the animated musical, you will know that Pinocchio’s nose extends when he lies.

So, in the event, he says, “my nose will grow now,” if his nose grows, then he isn’t lying. However, if he wasn’t lying, his nose won’t grow.

This would make his statement to be a lie, which means his nose will grow. Then the statement will be true; therefore, his nose will not grow. I hope you got the idea?

In essence, the nose should grow to make Pinocchio’s statement true; nonetheless, it can’t grow because it will make the statement not to be a lie.

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Origin Of Pinocchio’s Paradox

In February 2001, an 11-year-old, Veronique Eldridge-Smith thought of the Pinocchio paradox. The person in question is the daughter of Peter Eldridge-Smith, a specialist in the philosophy of logic.

It was first released as a publication in the journal, Analysis, but the Pinocchio paradox spread across the Internet like wildfire.

Pinocchio can only cause a paradox by making the statement, “My nose will grow now.”

For instance, assuming he says, “I will sneeze now,” and it doesn’t happen, then he will be lying, and his nose will grow.

Hope you got the gist? If you have any other weird paradoxes, hit us up!

Now, we’re clear with the Pinocchio paradox, there are lots of frequently asked questions about the Pinocchio paradox which many have not been able to answer we’ll take this time to answer some of these questions about the Pinocchio paradox below;


  • What would happen if Pinocchio said my nose is about to grow?

If Pinocchio said my nose is about to grow a paradox will happen as we have explained already up above, because normally his nose only grows when he tells a lie.

  • What is the Pinocchio syndrome?

Pinocchio syndrome is lying because you can, it is basically regarded as a compulsion to lie which can become a habit.

  • What happens if Pinocchio?

If Pinocchio says his nose is about to grow or his nose will grow a Paradox will happen.

  • How does Pinocchio get his nose to shrink?

Pinocchio gets his nose to shrink by telling the truth to all his lies.

  • How does Pinocchio die?

Pinocchio died by hanging.

  • Why does Pinocchio lie?

Pinocchio lies because he is is worried and scared.

  • What is the Pinocchio Effect?

Pinocchio effect is increase in the temperature around the nose and in the orbital muscle in the inner corner of the eye. This happens when a person tells a lie.

  • What lies did Pinocchio tell?

Pinocchio told several lies, with a maximum of 13 lies, if Pionocchio was to tell more than 13 lies it’ll become lethal for him.