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Explaining it ruins the joke.
I love a good paradox.
I love a good pair of socks.
I think this is when his nose just falls off.
the story never says that pinocchio's nose will grow if, and only if, he tells a lie. it simply states that his nose grows when he lies. thus, it is fully possible that pinocchio's nose will grow when he says it will, and none of the premises will be violated.
i instantly thought the same thing
.... Brain Implosion
grows a split second later. problem solved.
He's not lying, he's just wrong.