What Is Black and White and Red All Over?

What Is Black and White and Red All Over?

What Is Black and White and Red All Over?

The question "what is black and white and red all over" is a classic riddle with several possible answers. One answer, using a play on the homophonic words to change the word "red" to mean "read," is a newspaper.

Other possible answers to the riddle add an attribute that is red in color to something that typically is black and white in coloration. These answers include a zebra painted red, an embarrassed skunk, a Communist nun and a sunburned penguin. Variations of these answers interchange the attribute and the object. For example, alternative responses to the question include an embarrassed nun or a sunburned zebra.

The joke appeared in at least 21 collections of folk riddles published between 1917 and 1974.