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riddles

You can put any riddle that you like on here. Put some on that you cant figure out or one you dont think others can get, or just super simple ones.
There are more on the next pages that are still unanswered, actually there are a lot unanswered. So try to solve them or post a new one.

eulaliaaaa!4 years ago
I have a riddle from a movie about a bank robbery.

Which weighs more, the number of trains pass through Grand Central Station in a month, Or the number of trees cut down to make dollar bills in a year?

If you are from England or from a country other than America, you probably won't be able to figure it out unless you saw the movie...
No trees are cut to make dollar bills, they are made of fabric.

So, the trains...?

amiright?
No. You are wrong.

They both weigh the same.

Grand Central Station is a post office/just a huge room. Grand Central Terminal is the place where the trains are.
So, they both weigh the same, as in nothing at all.
Ahh. that's interesting.
monsterlego2 years ago
Why did the kid drop his ice cream?
He was hit by a bus
omg! how did you know?
Its an anti joke, I like anti jokes
Ahh...
ilpug2 years ago
1. Rocks in my belly
wings on my back
I am more akin to fish than bird


2. As soon as I am spoken, I am broken.

3. A man has a box full of everything he owns. What is the one thing that is missing from the inside of the box?

4. What did Della wear?

5. a group of riddles together:

How do you put an elephant in a refrigerator?

How do you put a giraffe in a refrigerator?

How do you put all the animals in the world in a refrigerator?

You need to cross a river that is shallow enough to wade across, but full of deadly snakes and crocodiles. You have a boat, but it has no oars. What is the fastest way to cross the river?
Get a really big refrigerator.
kelseymh4 years ago
What goes on four legs in the morning, two legs at noon, and three legs in the evening?
A sphinx!

No, wait, that's not right...
ilpug Kiteman2 years ago
The riddle was originally asked by a sphinx, in some random myth/story/legend, that i forget.
EncasedDeath (author)  kelseymh4 years ago
i thought kiteman was right, isnt it a sphinx?
No, it's not.
EncasedDeath (author)  kelseymh4 years ago
ok
man kind
Right!
/me does not get it
Wait, nevermind. :D
If I know the answer, do I just blurt it out here (like I usually do)?
EncasedDeath (author)  Molten Boron4 years ago
yes
People!
Babies (in the morning of life) go on all fours,
adolescents and adults (in the noon of life) walk on two feet,
and aged people (often) (in the evening of life) use a cane in addition to that, making three "feet!"
My aunt Peggie when she doesn't get her coffee.
EncasedDeath (author) 4 years ago
There is a bottomless container that holds flesh. What is it?
This planet.
EncasedDeath (author)  Molten Boron4 years ago
 nope
A hug!
EncasedDeath (author)  Molten Boron4 years ago
no
a garbage can upside down with a body underneath.
My stomach.
EncasedDeath (author)  Kryptonite4 years ago
 are you hinting cannibalism, holds flesh. 
i hope not.
Other animal flesh! Mostly beef.
EncasedDeath (author)  Molten Boron4 years ago
 lol, i was joking
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EncasedDeath (author)  Goodhart4 years ago
 yes
The Jamalam4 years ago
You're in a car, going around in circles. You can't stop. An elephant goes past you to your right. Scared, you jump off from your car, off the road, over a cliff. But you survive. Who and where are you?
Batman??
You are a guy in a parachute, on a circular road, next to a cliff, in a place with elephants.


duh.
godofal4 years ago
my colors are red, blue yellow, and all the other colors of the rainbow
i can eat a hundred sheep, and will still be hungry for more!
i often lie rolled up, or just on the floor.
what am i?
A rug?
and after a solid 2 years we finally have a winner!
I'm thinking of shearing, would this be close?
EncasedDeath (author)  godofal4 years ago
 dark?
EncasedDeath (author)  godofal4 years ago
thats like one that everybody always overthinks but idk
DJ Radio4 years ago
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FAIL
Well that was a bug.  So you fail.
Not like that...

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EncasedDeath (author)  DJ Radio4 years ago
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am i correct, if so you may want to look at your riddle again.
V-Man7374 years ago
This isn't so much a riddle as it is a conundrum...
You're driving in the middle of nowhere, and suddenly your tire blows out.  You pull over to fix the flat (like the handy Instructabler you are) and, forgetting that you read somewhere to not ever do this, you put all five of the lug nuts in the hubcap to keep track of them. As you're rolling the spare over to the car, you accidentally kick the hubcap, and the nuts go flying down into a fathomless cave by the road. So now, here are your givens:
- the nearest civilization is 30 miles away, it's chilly, and the sun is setting
- you have no cell phone services
- those lug nuts are history

What would be the simplest solution to getting your car back on the road again?
Koosie V-Man7374 years ago
Easy, take one from each of the other three wheels.  You then have 3 x 4 lug nuts and 1 x 3 lug nuts.  Drive slowly for those 30 miles and you should be alright.
V-Man737 Koosie4 years ago
Wow, so quick. Have you heard this situation before?
Koosie V-Man7374 years ago
Kinda, I've seen lots of wierd things on the road, private and commercial.

A real conundrum is the drive-shaft between the axle and hub breaking.  The whole hub with the tyre comes off and rolls away. Not a nice situation  8-o
V-Man737 Koosie4 years ago
>_< That actually happens?? Yikes! Imagine being some poor fella down the road who sees this wheel approaching at 60 mph or so.
Koosie V-Man7374 years ago
I've seen it a few times. It's actually quite funny, if it doesn't hit you.

If it does, it's like: "Oh my, whats tha..."
LOLOLOL
EncasedDeath (author)  V-Man7374 years ago
is there anything in the car that could be used
EncasedDeath (author) 4 years ago
voiceless it cries,
wingless flutters,
toothless bites,
mouthless mutters.
And beany it breaks.
EncasedDeath (author)  kelseymh4 years ago
nope
Ah, so you're too young to know the phrase "breaking wind"?
EncasedDeath (author)  kelseymh4 years ago
i know its farting but thats still the answer
He was hinting at wind, since he said it beans help one break it ;-) <div id="refHTML"> </div>
EncasedDeath (author)  Goodhart4 years ago
 then  he would be correct
Wow I did not get that one.
voiceless it cries,<br /> wingless flutters,<br /> toothless bites,<br /> mouthless mutters.<br /> <br /> The wind, whistles (cries), makes leaves, flags, etc flutter, cold wind bites, and between the trees, mutters... <div id="refHTML"> </div>
Yeah I understand it now I have the answer, I'm just saying I couldn't work it out beforehand. Nice riddle.
Oh ok, sorry about that. <br /> <br /> That is yet another riddle from <em>The Hobbit</em> and Bilbo's encounter with Sméagol (Gollum). <div id="refHTML"> </div>
I haven't read that book in about a year and a half so I'm not on familiar terms with it. Have you read the Lord of the Rings trilogy? (even though it's 5 or so books I refer to it as a trilogy.)
It's a huge read but well worth it.
I have read the Trilogy. Afterward, I attempted to read The Silmarillion, and except for skipping through some of the lists of family names, I got through it fairly well. It explains where the wizards came from, and what they were, among other things. I hear rumors of <a href="http://www.moviesonline.ca/movienews_11758.html">a Silmarillion Movie</a> too :-) <div id="refHTML"> </div>
Cool. A friend of mine has The Silmarillion, isn't that the one where the elves have their gems stolen then have an oath to get them back and end up killing each other because of the result of a badly worded oath?



I appear to be having an error seeing pro formatting, instead of seeing a link, I see

<a href="http://www.moviesonline.ca/movienews_11758.html">a Silmarillion Movie</a>

in plain text. Any ideas? It started this morning.
I have little memory of the Silmarillion, except for the portion that describes where Gandalf came from and why he was in Middle Earth (I remember a little about the rise of Morgoth and Sauron, too)

As far as the formatting is concerned.....I can see it also !  *sigh*
 
 Wow, I've always wondered about Gandalf, does it have any thing about Tom Bombadill? I'm still not quite sure about him.
Tom?  I don't recall much mentioned about him, but he could be in one of the lineages listed that I just had to skip over (they were there for those that REALLY wanted to get into LOTR ancestry).  

Gandalf, mentioned as one of those that came from The West quotes a hint in LOTR, but you have to go to the Silmarillion to understand it....the quote is: 

Many are my names in many countries, he said. Mithrandir among the Elves, Tharkûn to the Dwarves; Olórin I was in my youth in the West that is forgotten, in the South Incánus, in the North Gandalf; to the East I go not.'

The line Olórin I was in my youth in the West that is forgotten is the mystery line.    Olórin was his name in Valinor and in very ancient times (the West, which is forgotten, to which he returns, at the very end of LOTR).
  
Other info:  Gandalf initially appears as an old man with a gray beard, a gray cloak and a large gray hat. Although some of the Wise know his true nature, others mistake him for a simple conjurer. After fighting the Balrog in the Mines of Moria, he reappears as a more imposing figure clad all in white. The change of color is significant, for he has come to replace the corrupted Saruman as the chief of the Wizards. In a sense he has become Saruman, or rather what Saruman should have been.  Thus Gandalf was one of the more popular of the Maiar of the people of Manwë and Varda.
 
EncasedDeath (author)  Goodhart4 years ago
i have maybe 8-10 J.R.R. Tolkien books, and i have the LOTR books in the one that is all of them together in one book, but some stupid kid at school ripped the back cover and some pages.
i am going to count exactly how many books of his i have at home when i get there.
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EncasedDeath (author)  Goodhart4 years ago
LOL your gollum speech is very funny and awesome
EncasedDeath (author) 4 years ago
how popular is this forum topic, i mean in comments. i know that the chatroom has more comments but i mean by people who don't work for the website.
is this the number one commented forum topic, if not is it close?
For now. :-P
a jailer has a large number of prisoners to gaurd and has to seat them at a number of tables at mealtimes.

The regulations state the following:
     each table is to seat the same number of prisoners.
     the number at each table is an odd number.
 
      The jailer finds that when he seats the prisoners :

                             3 per table,he has 2 prisoners left over;
                             5 per table,he has 4 prisoners left over;
                             7 per table,he has 6 prisoners left over;
                             9 per table he has 8 prisoners left over;
                      but when he seats them 11 per table there are none left over.
                            
                             how many prisoners are there?
By my workings,

It has to be a multiple of 11. (For obvious reasons.)
It has to end with 1, or 6. (For 4 to be left when 5 are seated per table.)

This leaves the numbers
11, 66, 121, 176, 231 or 286.

What's left is to cross each one off to comply with the other rules.

11 can't be it. The closest higher multiple of 3 is 12 which leaves 1.
66 can't be it. It's a multiple of 3 and leaves none left.
121 can't be it. The closest higher multiple of 9 is 126 which leaves 5.
176 can't be it. The  closest higher multiple of 3 is 177 which leaves 1.
231 can't be it. It's a multiple of 3 and leaves none left.
286 can't be it. The closest higher multiple of 7 is 287 which leaves 1.



From there I'm going to leave it to some one else because this question's pissing me off.
I think part of the problem is that you're trying to find the lowest number possible with this, when the riddle itself said "a large number." There's no reason it can't be a ridiculously large number!
I actually took notice of that, but would you do the whole thing?
If I were a bored mathematician (read: V-Man), I might try it.
Whew... Uh, yeah, I'll get right on that...
lol......................................................
What is full of holes but can hold lots of water?
EncasedDeath (author)  Molten Boron4 years ago
 a sponge
And what is full of water but cannot hold holes?
The... ocean?
DJ Radio4 years ago
There is a traveler, trying to get to truthville.  However, there is a fork in the road.  One path leads to truthville, the other to liarsburg.  People from truthville tell nothing but the truth, and people from liarsburg tell nothing but lies. There is a person from one of the villages in the middle.  The traveler does not know which path to take, and he does not know where to go. 

What does he ask the villager?
EncasedDeath (author)  DJ Radio4 years ago
 which town do i go to? which town are you from? 
?
That won't do any good.
EncasedDeath (author)  DJ Radio4 years ago
 why are you standing there?
No.
EncasedDeath (author)  DJ Radio4 years ago
 i give
"Will you please take me to your village?"

Explanation- If the villager is from Truthsville, the villager will tell the truth and take the traveler to truthsville.  However, if the villager is from Liarsburg, the villager will lie and then take the traveler to Truthsville.
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