Case of the Story Telling Uncle

The family reunion was already well underway by the time Detective Nose arrived. He hadn’t intended to be late but these things happen when you work for the police force. His older sister’s house was near to bursting with all the relatives mulling around exchanging news and photos. He chatted with various relatives before seeking the quiet of his brother-in-law’s study.

He wasn’t all that surprised to discover that the study was already occupied by two of his nephews and his Uncle. His Uncle Albert was seated in the big armchair engaged in one of his favourite pastimes; telling stories about the good old days. His two nephews appeared totally engrossed in the story. They were so caught up that they failed to even notice the Detective enter. Not wanting to interrupt, the Detective quietly walked over to the big oak desk to look at the old family photos.

His sister had brought out numerous old photo albums for the reunion. He picked one up and began to leaf through it. The Detective chuckled quietly at a picture of his Aunt Martha and Uncle Albert. They must have been in their early teens. Aunt Martha was in a very small bikini and Uncle Albert looked like quite the bookworm, all skin and bones and wearing an extremely thick pair of horn rimmed glasses.

As the Detective stood there flipping through the photos he couldn’t help but over hear what his Uncle was saying.

“Boys, you wouldn’t believe how bright the sky is when you are soaring thousands of feet in the air. And the speed at which we flew. Believe me — our show was quite spectacular, full of really difficult precision moves. My favourite was when we’d fly in a star formation and then suddenly half of us would go into a sharp dive, and the other half would shoot straight up to over a thousand feet. Some days we were so close to one another that you could almost touch the other planes as they went by.” As he spoke Uncle Albert used his hands to show the boys exactly what each group of planes were doing. He moved so quickly that his glasses almost fell off his nose!

“Wow! Uncle, that must have been cool. Where did you guys fly?”

“Well, we did shows all over the world. One of our best shows was in Paris…..”

Just then the door to the study opened and Aunt Martha poked her head in, “Boys your mother is looking for you. She wants you to come and have something to eat.”

“Do we have to right now? Uncle was just about to tell us all about the cool air show in Paris.”

“Sorry boys, you can hear more later.”

After the boys had left the room Detective Nose grabbed a seat on the now empty couch and spoke to his Uncle.

“Well, Uncle Albert that was quite the interesting story you were telling the boys. You have a great imagination.”

Why didn’t Detective Nose believe his Uncle’s story?

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10 Responses to “Case of the Story Telling Uncle”

  1. sahithi on April 10th, 2010 10:10 pm

    really it is a good story and so intresting love 2 raed like this stories

  2. sahithi on April 10th, 2010 10:12 pm

    really it is a good story and so intresting.i love to read like this stories

  3. Gangsatdaddy on April 28th, 2010 3:24 am

    Great story plus good info about 20/20 vision..

  4. Past on June 24th, 2010 6:40 pm

    well i must say i’m quite impressed. Well done! Its really required a great thinking brain to actually come out with the simplest answer. Thanks for the case. I really interest in mystery things.

  5. LotusCalm on November 18th, 2010 8:39 pm

    Also, he said they were “soaring thousands of feet in the air” and then they would go up to “over a thousand feet in the air” when they were already there.

  6. Brainiac on January 8th, 2011 6:58 pm

    Why would the uncle kill his own wife!

    Ha ha


  7. Danielle Dudtschak on June 30th, 2012 8:22 pm

    These are just getting easier! :p

  8. Slimy Gamer on December 3rd, 2012 6:33 pm

    I liked the story but I don’t think very many people would know that you need 20/20 vision. If I had known that though, I would have been able to figure out the answer.

  9. david bumstead on December 26th, 2012 5:21 pm

    he said they flew in star formation, half went 1 way half went another. problem is stars are 5 point, half means an even number.

  10. anna on July 23rd, 2013 12:43 am

    he had big glasses in the photo at which time he was a pilot you must have 20/20 vision to fly thousands of feet above the groud

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