Yep, riddles can be real head-scratchers, but once you know the answer, the query makes sense. Some of these riddles are old standbys, while others you may have never heard of before. Either way, you'll have fun trying to solve them. Give it a go. Then challenge your friends. You may be surprised at how some people can instantly spot the logic within the riddle while others can't.
In ancient times, if you didn't get a riddle correct you might be thrown off a bridge by a troll, killed by a Spinx, or lose a princess's hand in marriage. Literature from across the ages and across the globe include riddles of all sorts. But one of the finest qualities of a riddle is that it can give us a new perspective.
Many times, it plays to our assumptions about the world as we know it. For instance, What has an eye but cannot see? The answer is a potato. It uses the less common definition of "eye" to broaden our thinking. Or how about riddles like this one that makes you examine and re-examine the question itself? Johnny’s mother had three children. The first was named April and the second was named May. What was the name of the third child? Answer: Johnny. Now you're catching on. See how many riddles you can guess correctly by taking the quiz.
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