I finally solved it, but can you?

UPDATE: I posted this in 2010, about a poster I got before Y2K and it is now 2022 and I am STILL getting e-mails for the solution. This may be one of my most popular blog posts! I think I need to update the photo with a better image! LOL If you need the solution, comment and I will email you the answer.

I have had this framed poster hanging in my home or office for over TEN YEARS (I think much longer!) and have offered a cash reward for years to whoever was the first to “find the identical pen men” if only to solve it for me! I have starred at it and wasted much of my life wondering if it wasn’t a cruel joke.


And then tonight, I SOLVED IT!

I have used all kinds of systems. I have had post-it notes on it, going row by row. I have made photo copies and cut it up and tried sorting it. But I never finished any system. Then here, in my new house in Colorado, I hung it up in the restroom in the new Kidology office thinking there I might have more time to devote to this evil poster. (I know, TMI!) And today, I was in there patiently dealing with one of my Colorado bloody noses (I get those a lot here, part of my adapting to the altitude, and since I’m on blood thinning meds due to my heart episode, they take longer to stop… yeah, more TMI!) I was looking at this infernal poster and tried a new strategy…

If I was the artist, where would I put the two identical pen men?

and suddenly, I SAW THEM! Seriously! All these years of starring, and systems, and going row by row, and all I had to do was get into the mind of the artist, and voila! I solved it!

So…. can YOU find the two identical Pen Men? You can click on the photo for a larger view. Don’t put the answer in the comments (moron) but send me the answer (row and number from the left) via e-mail me or private message via FB or DM via twitter and the first person to tell me I will mail you a prize! Seriously, I will! I PROMISE, and it will be a GOOD PRIZE! I’m very generous.

UPDATE: Congratulations to Justin Brooks! Many tried, but he is the only person to send the correct answer, so he got his choice of a prize and chose a free copy of the Kidology Handbook! (A $60 value!) and it is IN THE MAIL!

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  1. Thanks for wanting to pass the madness off to us now, and it took you 10 years+.

  2. Well, several have contacted me with “solutions” but each have been wrong. A few have tried row 5, #7 and #8 but you’ll note that their pens are in opposite directions. Nice try, but it ain’t that easy. But don’t feel bad, it’s been driving me crazy for years. Guess I won’t be sending my REALLY NICE prize to anyone?????

  3. So far, I’ve had 5 different people contact me via FB, twitter DM and email, with different attempts. :o) Now I don’t feel so bad for having suffered so long all these years with this poster! And this is the LARGE penmen poster! I have another that is the same size with with LITTLE pen men… that one has like ten times more pen men!!! See, I’m being nice by posting the easy one!

  4. I sent you an email with THE answer! I really enjoyed that. I say send the one with 10x more men!

  5. Oh Karl, this is an awesome promo video! Sooo funny…it’s a classic..and no, I didn’t even try. It would give me a headache :O)

  6. I rlly rlly want you to tell me the answer because i have search and cannot find it. Can you post it on your website plz thank you


  8. Direct message me @Kidologist and I’ll DM you back the answer ;)

  9. hey dude i need help
    please tell me the answer

  10. Answer please to Penmen? My last kid will be 18 and we will no longer go to the pediatrician office after June. Would love to “act” like I figured it out. Promise to tell the truth after a week of bragging rights;)

  11. I emailed it to you ;)

  12. This same poster has been in my family for about 10 years and we still haven’t found the answer. Would love to finally know!

  13. Natacha E Barreno

    Please tell me the ANSWER

  14. Where did you find a large size of it? All I can find is the 11×17.

  15. Can you please give me the answer. This has been in my office for 12+ yrs. I need to know the answer.

  16. Shemar Rodriguez


  17. LOL, I’ll email you the answer. :)

  18. I’ve looked at this at my dental office for years would love to know the answer.

  19. please tell me the answer-

  20. Hi!

    We’ve had this poster on the wall in my parents house for as long as I can remember. I just put the photo into Google search and came across your blog post.

    Can you please share the answer?

  21. I’ll email you! :) Welcome to my blog!

  22. Can’t tell if I ever send you the answer, so I’ll email you today!

  23. This poster is in my doctor’s office and it drives me crazy every time I see it. I’d love to know the answer!

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