220Views19Replies

Author Options:

Raven and Writing Desk Answered

Why is a raven like a writing desk?
I refuse to give up on an answer to this question
I need YOU to help me find this answer, may i go mad as a hatter.
Leave your answer here, please nothing offensive.

18 Replies

user
Lithium Rain (author)2011-01-12

Heeeeeeee.

Nice try, Carroll.

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
whiskrs (author)Lithium Rain2011-01-12
user
caitlinsdad (author)whiskrs2011-01-12

Nevermore, penned the author...

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user

So "Poe wrote on both" - Sam Loyd

As it turns out Carroll wrote as an afterthought on the nonsensical riddle...

"Enquiries have been so often addressed to me, as to whether any answer to the Hatter's Riddle can be imagined, that I may as well put on record here what seems to me to be a fairly appropriate answer, viz: 'Because it can produce a few notes, tho they are very flat; and it is nevar put with the wrong end in front!'"

See here for more ideas...

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
PKM (author)rocketsurgery2011-01-13

My favourite pithy response is "Both have inky quills", if you are old enough to know what a quill is :)

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
jeff-o (author)PKM2011-01-13

I like that answer, too! I'll remember it...

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
rocketsurgery (author)jeff-o2011-01-13

My favourite is... "There's a b in both and an n in neither"... fits the original vibe

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
PKM (author)rocketsurgery2011-01-13

... I don't get it? There's an 'n' in both and a 'b' in neither, unless that's the whole point.

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
dungeon runner (author)PKM2011-02-10


There is a "B" in "B"oth and an "N" in "N"either. Conceiveably, it could be used to answer any possible association riddle.

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
kelseymh (author)dungeon runner2011-02-10

Except that PKM is correct. See the original riddle, "How is a raven like a writing desk?" There is, in fact, an 'n' in both, and a 'b' in neither.

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
dungeon runner (author)kelseymh2011-02-10

Wait, but uniqueutopia (and others who speculate on the riddle) specifically wrote "there is a "b" in both and an "n" in neither", not the other way around. Yes, the reverse is actually true, but I think the point is that the answer is true regardless of the question.

-Y

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user

Yes... A nonsensical (or twisted) answer to fit the nonsensical riddle...

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
jeff-o (author)rocketsurgery2011-01-13

Oh! I like that one, too.

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
whiskrs (author)rocketsurgery2011-01-13

Thanks for the link! My life is almost complete now.........

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
Lithium Rain (author)whiskrs2011-01-12

The riddle comes, of course, from Alice in Wonderland - the answer being, the Mad Hatter doesn't know!

(Heeeeeee being a form of laughter, in this case gently derisive laughter)

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
kelseymh (author)Lithium Rain2011-01-12

Read the related -- the troll knew that already.

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
Lithium Rain (author)kelseymh2011-01-13

Ah, silly me...I must remember to forget Hanlon's razor when online...

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer

user
kelseymh (author)2011-01-12

There is no raven, there is no desk. There is only the dharma.

Select as Best AnswerUndo Best Answer