I felt this was the place to discuss this question at length.

I have never fully got to the bottom of this riddle....

Lets assume, as the question states, that a woodchuck could chuck wood, and aforementioned woodchuck would (and will) chuck wood. The crux of the question remains - should a woodchuck chuck wood? What are the moral parameters of a woodchuck? Does the mere name of the woodchuck suggest that it would have grown up with a great deal of expectation placed upon it to chuck wood, thus creating a self-fullfilling prophecy? And if that's the case, should a woodchuck bow to this simple expectation, or defy the assumptions of others about his or her inclination to chuck wood?

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    $\begingroup$ recommend Puzzling SE as a better place to post this. $\endgroup$ Sep 1, 2015 at 13:15
  • $\begingroup$ Stack Exchange is not a forum, so discussion is right out. Worldbuilding is not a good fit for a question remotely related to this, discussion or not, because it appears to be asked purely in jest, and not as a serious question. $\endgroup$
    – HDE 226868
    Sep 1, 2015 at 13:19
  • $\begingroup$ @DJMethaneMan I disagree. Worldbuilding is the best fit for this question. Since it asks about how a physical fenomena would behave if paramaters of the world was slightly different. (This does not mean that I dissaprove of the closing, I would tend to agree with HDE226868 comment that OP is probably asking as a jest, and not out of any interest in knowing) $\endgroup$
    – Taemyr
    Sep 1, 2015 at 13:23
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    $\begingroup$ Wikipedia seems to have your answer: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… $\endgroup$ Sep 1, 2015 at 13:56
  • $\begingroup$ @Taemyr I agree that it is a jest and not too serious, but note that OP did say "I have never fully got to the bottom of this riddle...." $\endgroup$ Sep 1, 2015 at 14:36

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A woodchuck would chuck as much wood as a woodchuck could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood

This would be about 362 cubic centimeters per day acording to an article in Annals of Improbable Research, 1995.

  • $\begingroup$ Citation needed? $\endgroup$
    – o0'.
    Sep 1, 2015 at 14:24
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    $\begingroup$ @Lohoris Paskevich and Shea, Annals of Improbable Research, Volume 1, Issue 4, Jul/Aug 1995 $\endgroup$
    – Taemyr
    Sep 1, 2015 at 14:28

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