A Selection of Riddles
Riddles are a category of joke best suited for little kids. They are short, simple and actually test their intelligence, if not their senses of humor. The format is simply the asking of a question that doesn’t suggest its answer. The unexpected twist is the rub of the thing. Those presented here are ones I found in an old book from Australia. I hope they translate well.
What has eyes but cannot see?
What is there more of the less you see?
What can you hear but not see and only speaks when spoke to?
What device allows us to see through walls?
What has eyes but cannot see, a tongue that cannot taste and a soul that never dies?
Why did the boy sit on a clock?
He wanted to make sure he would be on time.
What can be heard and guessed but never seen?
A lousy riddle.
What can you hold without touching?
Why should you never tell secrets in a farmer’s field?
Corn has ears.
If a butcher is six feet tall, has blue eyes and wears six twelve shoes, what does he weigh?
What is the same size and shape as a truck but weighs nothing?
Which candle burns longer, a fat one or a skinny one?
Neither, they both burn shorter.
Which mountain was the highest in the world prior to the measuring of Mt. Everest?
How many baseballs can you put in an empty ten pound sack?
One because after that it is no longer empty.
What’s black and white and eats like a horse?
What are two things you can never eat for breakfast?
Lunch and dinner?
Why did the Invisible Man’s wife understand him so perfectly?
She could see right through him.
What cheese variety is made backwards?
What kind of a cup cannot hold water?
Two men where in a boat that capsized but only one’s hair got wet. Why?
One was bald.
What runs everywhere without legs?
A water spill.
What is always looked forward to but never arrives?
What has lots of holes but can hold water.
What is always behind the time?
The reverse side of a watch.
Where does Friday come before Thursday?
In the dictionary.
How man seconds are there in a year?
Twelve: 2nd of January; 2nd of February… .
Which month has twenty-eight days?
All twelve of them.
Why can’t it rain for two days in a row?
Because night comes between them.
What is easier to give than receive?
What belongs to you but is used by others more often?
What can you give away but at the same time also keep?
What breaks upon the mere utterance of a simple word like “Go?”
If a man is born is France, lives fifty years in Italy and dies in Poland, what is he?
What runs all day and all night but never goes anywhere?
What can be held everywhere but can never be touched?
What goes up and down every day, all day but never comes?
What goes up but never comes down?
What do kids get more of than adults?
What starts working only after being fired?
How are dentures like stars?
They only come out at night.
What can you draw without a pencil and paper?
What has a bottom at the top?
Where did the amorous walls agree to get together?
At the corner.
When is a chair like a wedding dress?
When it’s satin.
How is an island like the letter “T?”
It sits in the middle of water.
Why did the traffic light turn red?
You would too if you had to always change in the middle of the street.
Why are dinosaur bones always found in a museum?
Because they can’t find any new ones.
What’s the difference between a jeweler and a prison guard?
A jeweler sells watches and a prison guard watches cells.
Where can you find baby soldiers?
In the infantry.
What would you call Superman if he lost all his super powers?
Just a man.
What was a better idea than the invention of the first telephone?
The second telephone.
What is the worst time to call upon friends?
When they are not home.
What does an octopus wear when it gets cold?
A coat of arms.
Why should you never play poker with a group of big cats?
They might be cheetahs.
What kinds of music do fathers enjoy?
Yves Saint Laurent