"What falls but never breaks and what breaks but never falls?" is a riddle, and the answer is "night and day," because "night" falls and "day" breaks. The riddle is meant to puzzle the reader.Continue Reading
Most riddles are made to mystify or confuse the reader, forcing them to think of an answer that may be totally logical but still very difficult to figure out. There are many examples of riddles that can be found on the Web. Another example of a riddle is, "What is an English word that refers to the burning of wood once the first letter is taken off?" The answer to this riddle would be the word "member" because when the first letter is taken off, the word becomes "ember."
Other riddles can ask a question from the point of view of the answer. "Feed me and I live, but give me a drink and I die. What am I?" is an example of such a riddle. The reader must then try to figure out what the answer is based on from this personified question. The answer to this riddle, of course, is fire. When "fed" combustible materials, fire will continue to burn, but when doused with water, the "drink," it will be extinguished. Many riddles are written in this manner.Learn more about Puzzles & Brainteasers
The answer to this riddle is "nothing." Nothing is greater than God, and nothing is more evil than the devil. The poor have nothing, while the rich need nothing. Finally, if you eat nothing, you will die.Full Answer >
While a vague answer to this question is given in the second verse of the Mother Goose nursery rhyme ("as much wood as a woodchuck would chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood"), a more precise answer — according to a 1995 study — is that woodchucks can chuck 361.9237001 cubic centimeters of wood per day. According to the Scientopia blog, a study focused on answering this question was published in the magazine "The Annals of Improbable Research" in 1995. Groundhogs, which, according to National Geographic, are also known as woodchucks, were used as the subjects of this study.Full Answer >
You can lead someone to a dictionary with the riddle, "The only place in the world where Saturday comes before Thursday," or to a table with "if you are able, add t." Another riddle to lead someone to the table is "it has four legs but does not run."Full Answer >
An example of a difficult riddle is, "When is 99 more than 100?" The answer is, "On a microwave," because when 99 is entered on a microwave, the microwave runs for one minute and 39 seconds, but when 100 is entered, it only runs for one minute.Full Answer >