Originally Posted by capehorn
A 'red herring' is something that distracts your attention from something. I have to point out that Graham lifted this straight from Wizkid, that also had a red herring that served no point in the same.
I did like how it seemed logical to give it to the hungry man and the fisherman (or maybe not...) but they both dismissed it.
Monkey Island also features a red herring, although in perverse monkey island style it did serve a purpose.