In the exquisite words of renowned American entrepreneur and author Tim Ferriss, “The stars will never align, and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either.
Conditions are never perfect. ‘Someday’ is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it ‘eventually,’ just do it and correct course along the way.”
Tim was a firm believer in seizing the moment and launching your plans into fruition. He opined that the philosophy of “waiting for the right moment,” is just an excuse we give ourselves when we’re scared to put our work out into the public eye. He truly believes that “waiting for the stars to align” is a self-inflicted shackle that halts our progress and creativity and flushes us into the domain of fear and mediocrity.
In my opinion, a phenomenon that genuinely encapsulates the concept above is none other than riddles. Riddles provide you an opportunity to seize the moment and answer questions without much analysis. They reward unconventional thinking, as opposed to tedious critical analysis.
Riddles let us know that it’s okay to think of funny or creative solutions to problems without worrying about consequences. They provide us with an escape from the overwhelming seriousness of life. That, in its entirety, is utterly thrilling.
As such, we’ve curated 60 fantastic riddles that will truly knock your socks off. Enjoy!
- If you are running in a race and pass the person in second place, what place are you? Second place.
- During which month do people sleep the least? It’s the shortest month, with the fewest nights.
- What should you break before you use it? An egg.
- I have no doors, but I have keys. I have no rooms, but I have a space. You can enter, but you can never leave. What am I? A keyboard.
- What gets sharper the more you use it? Your brain.
- What can you hear but not touch or see? Your voice.
- I call the trees my home, yet I never go inside. If I ever fall off the tree, I will surely be dead. What am I?
- I am the sweetest and most romantic fruit. What am I? H
- What has a thumb but no fingers and isn’t alive? A mitten.
- What is full of holes but still holds water? A sponge.
- I have hands, yet I cannot shake your hand. I cannot give you a high five, and I have no fingers. What am I? A clock.
- Born in an instant, I tell all stories. I can be lost, but I never die. What am I?
- What do you find at the end of the line? The letter “e.”
- What is made of water but dies if it’s put into water?
- What word in the English language does the following: The first two letters signify a male, the first three letters signify a female, the first four letters signify greatness, while the entire world signifies a great woman?
- I live in the winter, but I die in the summer. My roots grow upward. What am I? An icicle.
- Name three consecutive days that aren’t the names of the days of the week. Yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
- What can go up a chimney down but cannot go down a chimney up? An umbrella.
- What fruit is always sad? The blueberry.
- I’m tall when I’m young, and I’m short when I’m old. What am I? A candle.
- People walk in and out of me. They push, and I follow. When they walk out on me, I close up. I wait for the next person to walk into my life, then I open up again. What am I? An elevator.
- What is lighter than a feather but can’t be held for a long time? Your breath.
- If an electric train is traveling south, which way is the smoke going? It’s electric. There is no smoke!
- They are many and one; they wave and drum. You take them with you everywhere. What are they? Your hands.
- How can a man go eight days without sleep? He sleeps at night.
- You walk into a room with a match, a kerosene lamp, a candle, and a fireplace. Which do you light first? The match.
- What has a bottom at the top of them? Your legs.
- What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries? A towel.
- What do teens say when they have trouble in their math class? “I can’t even.”
- The person who makes it does not need it. The person who buys it has no use for it. The person who uses it can neither see nor feel it. What is it? A coffin.
- What kind of room has no doors or windows? A mushroom.
- What kind of tree can you carry in your hand?
- What is so delicate that saying its name breaks it?
- What can’t you keep until you have given it? A promise.
- What has 13 hearts but no other organs? A deck of cards.
- There was a greenhouse, and inside the greenhouse, there was a white house. Inside the white house, there was a red house. Inside the red house, there were lots of babies. What is it? A watermelon.
- Two fathers and two sons went duck hunting. Each shot a duck, but they shot only three ducks in all. How come? The hunters were a man, his son, and his grandson.
- If you have me, you want to share me. If you share me, you haven’t got me. What am I? A secret.
- You can drop me from the tallest building, and I’ll be fine. But if you drop me in the water, I die. What am I?
- Alcohol makes me thrive and multiply, yet water will kill me. What am I?
- They come out at night without being called and are lost in the day without being stolen. What are they? The stars.
- People all over the world come again and again to see me. Most people spend years with me. I can make you smarter and wealthier too. What am I?
- A girl is sitting in a dark house at night. There aren’t any lamps or candles lit. Yet, she is reading. How? The woman is blind, and she is reading braille.
- I am a term used to confirm. But take away my front and face, I become known as human avarice. What am I?
- Tuesday, Sam and Peter went to a restaurant to eat lunch. After eating lunch, they paid the bill. But Sam and Peter did not pay the bill, so who did? Their friend, Tuesday.
- All five sisters are busy. Ann is reading a book, Rose is cooking, Katy is playing chess, and Mary is doing the laundry. What is the fifth sister doing? She’s playing chess, of course!
- A boy and an engineer were fishing. The boy is the engineer’s son, but the engineer is not the boy’s father. Then who is the engineer? The engineer is the boy’s mother.
- There are five houses. Blue, pink, yellow, red, and green. The blue house is made of blue bricks. The pink house is made of pink bricks. The yellow house is made of yellow bricks. The red house is made of red bricks. What is the green building made of? It’s a greenhouse.
- While a cat was outside, it began to rain. The cat couldn’t find any shelter and got utterly soaked. However, not a single hair was wet. How could this be? It was a hairless cat.
- What did the troubled math book say to the calculator, puzzle, and dictionary? “I have too many problems.” Why can’t you hear a pterodactyl in the bathroom? “Because it has a silent pee.”
- The past, present, and future walked into a bar. It was tense.
- Where does Christmas come before Thanksgiving? The dictionary.
- How can one be 16 years old but celebrating their fourth birthday? Someone who was born on February 29.
- I run, it runs. I stop; it still runs. What is it? A watch.
- I speak without a mouth and hear without ears. I don’t have a body, but I come alive with the wind. What am I? An echo.
- I have cities but no houses. I have mountains but no trees. I have water but no fish. What am I? A map.
- Why is Europe like a frying pan? It has Greece on the bottom.
- What five-letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?
- A girl fell off a 50-foot ladder but didn’t get hurt. How come? She fell off the bottom rung.
- What is it that you cannot hold even for ten minutes, even though it is lighter than a feather? Your breath.
Ultimately, riddles give teenagers not only something to think about but also something to laugh about. They remind us that being human is harnessing creativity and seeing the joy in unconventional things.
Be it a simple riddle or a challenging one, they teach us that there isn’t one definite way to solve a problem. Instead, there are millions of ways to solve various issues of society.
Why not find yours?