Brainteaser: Princess Porcelain

A long time ago in a faraway land, there lived a queen called Bubbles and her gorgeous daughter, Princess Porcelain. The princess wished to be married, but Queen Bubbles would not allow it -she never wanted Porcelain to leave the throne room.

So Bubbles devised a scheme to rid the palace of suitors. All a suitor had to do to win Porcelain's hand was to draw a piece of paper from a golden bowl. But there was a catch: there were two pieces of paper in the bowl. One said, "My Child," resulting in marriage to the princess. The other said "The Snakes," which meant the suitor would be thrown into a pit of venomous snakes, never to be seen again. Somehow, the suitors always seemed to end up in the snake pit.

One day a handsome knight named Sir Flushalot came along and Porcelain fell head over heels for him. The princess pulled him aside and whispered, "I think my mother is a cheat. I believe both pieces of paper says 'The Snakes.'"

Flushalot assessed the situation and said, "Fear not -I've got a plan."

Aware that he cannot expose the queen as a cheater, how does Sir Flushalot win Princess Porcelain's hand in marriage?

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Ah! One of my favorites.

Its beauty lies is how it describes how most good investigation relies on what is seen rather than what is known.
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