Classic riddles With Answers – Part 1

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The more of these you take, the more appear behind you.
What am I?
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Steps.

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You can't see me, but I can see you; To be more specific, I see through. What am I?
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An X-Ray.

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Tool of thief, toy of queen. Always used to be unseen. Sign of joy, sign of sorrow. Giving all likeness borrowed. What am I?
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A mask.

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I dig out tiny caves and store gold and silver in them. I also build bridges of silver and make crowns of gold. They are the smallest you could imagine. Sooner or later everybody needs my help, yet many people are afraid to let me help them. Who am I?
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I am a Dentist.

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My life can be measured in hours, I serve by being devoured. Thin, I am quick. Fat, I am slow. Wind is my foe. What am I?
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I am a candle.

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A murderer is condemned to death. He has to choose between three rooms. The first is full of raging fires, the second is full of assassins with loaded guns, and the third is full of lions that haven't eaten in 3 years. Which room is safest for him?
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The third. Lions that haven't eaten in three years are dead.

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You have three stoves: a gas stove, a wood stove, and a coal stove, but only one match. Which should you light first?
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The match!

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Flat as a leaf, round as a ring; Has two eyes, can't see a thing.
What is it?
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A button.

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I'm like a doll, But I'm not for playing;
I stand up straight, but if windy I may be laying;
I'm well-known and famous for having no brain;
I work outside both day and night in sunshine or in rain.
What am I?
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A Scarecrow.

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What has a head, a tail, is brown, and has no legs?
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A Penny.

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I'm tall when I'm young and I'm short when I'm old. What am I?
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Candle or Pencil.

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Romeo and Juliet are found dead on the floor in a bedroom. When they were discovered, there were pieces of glass and some water on the floor. The only furniture in the room is a shelf and a bed. The house is in a remote location, away from everything except for the nearby railroad track. What caused the death of Romeo and Juliet?
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Romeo and Juliet are fish. The rumble of the train knocked the tank off the shelf, it broke and Romeo and Juliet did not survive.

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The leaves are on the fruit, The fruits is on the leaves.
What is it?
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A pineapple.

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I am six letters. When you take one away I am twelve. What am I?
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The word Dozens.

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A pregnant lady named her children: Dominique, Regis, Michelle, Fawn, Sophie and Lara. What will she name her next child? Jessica, Katie, Abby or Tilly?
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Tilly. She seems to follow the scale Do, Re, Me, Fa, So, La, and then Ti.

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You can see it everyday, But cannot touch it at will. What is it?
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The sky.

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A magician was boasting one day at how long he could hold his breath under water. His record was 6 minutes. A kid that was listening said, "that's nothing, I can stay under water for 10 minutes using no types of equipment or air pockets!" The magician told the kid if he could do that, he'd give him $10,000. The kid did it and won the money. Can you figure out how?
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The kid filled a glass of water and held it over his head for 10 minutes.

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You live in a one story house made entirely of redwood. What color would the stairs be?
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What stairs? You live in a one-story house.

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Mountains will crumble and temples will fall, and no man can survive its endless call. What is it?
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Time.

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When can you add two to eleven and get one as the correct answer?
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When you add two hours to eleven o'clock, you get one o'clock.

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I never was, am always to be. No one ever saw me, nor ever will. And yet I am the confidence of all, To live and breathe on this terrestrial ball.
What am I?
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Tomorrow.

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A pet shop owner had a parrot with a sign on its cage that said "Parrot repeats everything it hears". Davey bought the parrot and for two weeks he spoke to it and it didn't say a word. He returned the parrot but the shopkeeper said he never lied about the parrot.
How can this be?
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The parrot was deaf.

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If a chicken says, "All chickens are liars". Is the chicken telling the truth?
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Answer: Chickens cannot talk.

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I look flat, but I am deep, Hidden realms I shelter. Lives I take, but food I offer. At times I am beautiful. I can be calm, angry and turbulent. I have no heart, but offer pleasure as well as death. No man can own me, yet I encompass what all men must have. What am I?
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An ocean.

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Tom and his younger sister were fighting. Their mother was tired of the fighting and decided to punish them by making them stand on the same piece of newspaper in such a way that they couldn't touch each other. How did she accomplish this?
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Tom's mother slid a newspaper under a door, each sibling standing on each side.

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A group of campers have been on vacation so long, that they've forgotten the day of the week. The following conversation ensues.
Darryl: What's the day? I don't think it is Thursday, Friday or Saturday.
Tracy: Well that doesn't narrow it down much. Yesterday was Sunday.
Melissa: Yesterday wasn't Sunday, tomorrow is Sunday.
Ben: The day after tomorrow is Saturday.
Adrienne: The day before yesterday was Thursday.
Susie: Tomorrow is Saturday.
David: I know that the day after tomorrow is not Friday.
If only one person's statement is true, what day of the week is it?
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It is Wednesday. If it was any other day of the week, more than one statement would be true. To solve the riddle, evaluate each person's statement and write down what day it could be according to the statement. David's statement indicates it could be any day of the week except for Wednesday. When you list the days that it could be according to everyone's statement, it turns out Wednesday is the day mentioned only one time. Darryl: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday Tracy: Monday Melissa: Saturday Ben: Thursday Adrienne: Saturday Susie: Friday David: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday

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A boy was at a carnival and went to a booth where a man said to the boy, "If I write your exact weight on this piece of paper then you have to give me $50, but if I cannot, I will pay you $50." The boy looked around and saw no scale so he agrees, thinking no matter what the carny writes he'll just say he weighs more or less. In the end the boy ended up paying the man $50. How did the man win the bet?
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The man did exactly as he said he would and wrote "your exact weight" on the paper.

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Pronounced as one letter, And written with three, Two letters there are, And two only in me. I'm double, I'm single, I'm black, blue, and gray, I'm read from both ends, And the same either way. What am I?
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An eye.

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How many seconds are there in one year?
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A: 12 of them: January 2nd, February 2nd, March 2nd, April 2nd, May 2nd, June 2nd, July 2nd, August 2nd, September 2nd, October 2nd, November 2nd, December 2nd.

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What has cities, but no houses; forests, but no trees; and water, but no fish?
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A map.

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There was a man who was born before his father, killed his mother, and married his sister. Yet, there was nothing wrong with what he had done. Why?
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His father was in front of him when he was born, therefore he was born before him. His mother died while giving birth to him. Finally, he grew up to be a minister and married his sister at her ceremony.

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What 8 letter word can have a letter taken away and it still makes a word. Take another letter away and it still makes a word. Keep on doing that until you have one letter left. What is the word?
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The word is starting! starting, staring, string, sting, sing, sin, in, I.� Cool,huh?

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I'm a god, a planet, and measurer of heat.
Who am I?
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Mercury.

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I run through hills; I veer around mountains. I leap over rivers and crawl through the forests. Step out your door to find me.
What am I?
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Roads.

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Pick a number from 1-10, multiply it by 2, add ten, divide it by 2, now subtract the number that you have from the number you picked. What is it?
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Do you have 5?

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The rungs of a 10 foot ladder attached to a ship are 1 foot apart. If the water is rising at the rate of one foot an hour, how long will it take until the water covers over the ladder?
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It will never cover the ladder because as the water rises, so will the floating ship.

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What starts with a T, ends with a T and has T in it?
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A teapot.

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Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday?
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Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.

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You walk up to a mountain that has two paths. One leads to the other side of the mountain, and the other will get you lost forever. Two twins know the path that leads to the other side. You can ask them only one question. Except! One lies and one tells the truth, and you don't know which is which. So, What do you ask?
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You ask each twin What would your brother say?. This works because.... Well let's say the correct path is on the left side. So say you asked the liar "What would your brother say?" Well, the liar would know his brother was honest and he would say the left side, but since the liar lies, he would say right. If you asked the honest twin the same question, he would say right, because he knows his brother will lie. Therefore, you would know that the correct path was the left!

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There is a dead man in the middle of a field, nothing is around him and there are no footprints of any sort. There is an unopened package next to him. How did he die? HINT: As he approached the field he knew he was going to die.
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Failed Parachute

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What is the end of everything?
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The letter "g".

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A man was found dead next to a 13 story building. The police say it was a suicide, but you say it was a homicide (someone killed him). To prove this, you go to each floor on the building, open the window, and toss a penny out. You do this to each floor until you reach the 13th floor, open the window, and toss a penny out. How does this prove it wasn't a suicide?
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If the man committed suicide, he would've left the window open and you wouldn't have had to open it.

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What can point in every direction but can't reach the destination by itself.
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Your finger.

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I have no voice and yet I speak to you, I tell of all things in the world that people do. I have leaves, but I am not a tree, I have pages, but I am not a bride or royalty. I have a spine and hinges, but I am not a man or a door, I have told you all, I cannot tell you more. What am I?
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A Book.

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Two fathers and two sons went fishing one day. They were there the whole day and only caught 3 fish. One father said, that is enough for all of us, we will have one each. How can this be possible?
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There was the father, his son, and his son's son. This equals 2 fathers and 2 sons for a total of 3!

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There are 2 cops parked along a one-way street looking for traffic violations. They spot a taxi driver going in the wrong direction, yet they do nothing.
Why?
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The taxi driver wasn't driving at the time, he was walking.

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I am�full of holes but I can still hold water. What am I?
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A sponge!

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Some will use me, while others will not, some have remembered, while others have forgot. For profit or gain, I'm used expertly, I can't be picked off the ground or tossed into the sea. Only gained from patience and time, can you unravel my rhyme? What am I?
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I'm Knowledge.

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A man went on a trip with a fox, a goose and a sack of corn. He came upon a stream which he had to cross and found a tiny boat to use to cross the stream. He could only take himself and one other - the fox, the goose, or the corn - one at a time. He could not leave the fox alone with the goose or the goose alone with the corn. How does he get all safely over the stream?
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Take the goose over first and come back. Then take the fox over and bring the goose back. Now take the corn over and come back alone to get the goose. Take the goose over and the job is done!

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I am two-faced but bare only one, I have no legs but travel widely. Men spill much blood over me, kings leave there imprint on me. I have greatest power when given away, yet lust for me keeps me locked away.
What am I?
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A Coin.

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A father's child, a mother's child, yet no one's son.
Who am I?
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The daughter.

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Five apples are in a basket. How do you divide them among five girls so that each girl gets an apple, but one apple remains in the basket?
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Give the fifth girl her apple in the basket.

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If a rooster laid a brown egg and a white egg, what kind of chicks would hatch?
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Roosters don't lay eggs.

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What falls down but never breaks?
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Nightfall.

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When may a man's coat pocket be empty, and yet have something in it?
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When it has a hole in it.

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What 7 letter word is spelled the same way backwards and forwards?
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Racecar.

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A plane crashed between the border of Canada and America. Where do you bury the survivors?
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They are survivors, you don't bury them.

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What runs without legs?
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Water.

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They fill me up and you empty me, almost everyday; if you raise my arm, I work the opposite way. What am I?
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A mailbox.

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What is it that given one, you'll have either two or none?
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A choice.

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What travels around the world but stays in one spot?
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A stamp.

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A man rode out of town on Sunday, he stayed a whole night at a hotel and rode back to town the next day on Sunday. How is this possible?
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His Horse was called Sunday!

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I'm not clothes but I cover your body;
The more I'm used, the thinner I grow.
What am I?
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Bar of soap.

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If you drop me, I'm sure to crack. Give me a smile, and I'll always smile back.
What am I?
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A mirror.

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Re-arrange the letters, O O U S W T D N E J R, to spell just one word. What is it?
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Just one word'.

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How can you make seven even?
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Remove the letter s.

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What is black when you buy it, red when you use it, and gray when you throw it away?
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Charcoal.

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A man was just doing his job when his suit was torn. Why did he die three minutes later?
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He was an astronaut on a space walk, doing repairs.

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There is a clerk at the butcher shop, he is five feet ten inches tall, and he wears size 13 sneakers. He has a wife and 2 kids. What does he weigh?
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Meat.

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What 5 letter word typed in all capital letters can be read the same upside down?
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SWIMS.

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When will water stop running downhill?
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When it reaches the bottom.

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There is a bus full of people travelling over San Francisco and no one gets off the bus throughout the journey. But when it gets to the other side there is not a single person left. How is this possible?
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They are all married.

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Samuel was out for a walk when it started to rain. He did not have an umbrella and he wasn't wearing a hat. His clothes were soaked, yet not a single hair on his head got wet. How could this happen?
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This man is bald!

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You use a knife to slice my head and weep beside me when I am dead.
What am I?
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An onion.

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What has many keys, but can't even open a single door?
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A piano.

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The more you take, the more you leave behind. What am I?
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Footsteps.

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A horse is tied to a five-meter rope in front of an old saloon. Six meters behind the horse is a bale of hay. Without breaking his rope, the horse is able to eat the hay whenever he chooses.
How is this possible?
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The rope is not tied to anything else.

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Railroad Crossing, look out for the cars. Can you spell that, without any R's?
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That.

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You pick it, You peel the outside, You cook the inside, You eat the outside, And throw away the inside. What am I?
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Corn.

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I'm so fast you can't see me, though everyone else can see straight through me. I don't stop until the day you die. What am I?
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The blink of an eye.

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What can go up and come down without moving?
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The temperature.

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What comes once in a minute, twice in a moment, but never in a thousand years?
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The letter "m".

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What is more useful when it is broken?
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An egg.

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It runs and runs but can never flee. It is often watched, yet never sees. When long it brings boredom, When short it brings fear.
What is it?
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Time, which is often watched when you stare at a clock.

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Never resting, never still. Moving silently from hill to hill. It does not walk, run or trot, All is cool where it is not. What is it?
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Sunshine.

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I'm white, and used for cutting and grinding. When I'm damaged, humans usually remove me or fill me. For most animals I am a useful tool.
What am I?
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A tooth!

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One day, the police found a man dead inside a hut. In his left hand, he's holding a gun. In his right hand, he has a recording. When the recording is played, the police hear the man talking about how horrible life is and how he wants it to end. The recording ends with a gunshot. The police are about to call it a suicide until you point out a very important clue. What is it?
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The recording played a gunshot inside it. If the man committed suicide, he wouldn't have been able to stop the recording after he pulled the trigger.

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A beggar's brother died, but the man who died had no brother.
How could that be?
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The beggar was his sister!

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A doctor and a bus driver are both in love with the same woman, an attractive girl named Sarah. The bus driver had to go on a long bus trip that would last a week. Before he left, he gave Sarah seven apples. Why?
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An apple a day keeps the doctor away!

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There is a brother and a sister. The boy wants to visit his father in jail, and the sister wants to visit her mother in the hospital. But they both are not allowed in the jail or hospital. All they have is a gun. What do they do?
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The boy shoots the girl, and then the boy goes to jail for attempted murder and the girl goes to the hospital due to her injuries.

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What is the best key to a good dinner?
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A tur-key.

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You can carry it everywhere you go, and it does not get heavy. What is it?
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Your name.

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A horse was tied to a rope 5 meters long and the horses food was 15 meters away from the horse. How did the horse reach the food?
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The rope wasn't tied to anything so he could reach the food.

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I am white, black and read all over. What am I?
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Newspaper!

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A bus driver was heading down a street in Colorado. He went right past a stop sign without stopping, he turned left where there was a "no left turn" sign, and he went the wrong way on a one-way street. Then he went on the left side of the road past a cop car. Still - he didn't break any traffic laws.� Why not?
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He was walking...not driving.

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Until I am measured I am not known, Yet how you miss me when I have flown.� What Am I?
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Time.

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If it takes 5 microwaves 5 minutes to cook 5 chickens, how long does it take 100 microwaves to cook 100 chickens?
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5 minutes. We can assume that one chicken is placed in each microwave and that each chicken takes 5 minutes to cook.

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A man was found murdered on Sunday morning. His wife immediately called the police. The police questioned the wife and staff and got these alibis: The Wife said she was sleeping. The Cook was cooking breakfast. The Gardener was picking vegetables. The Maid was getting the mail. The Butler was cleaning the closet. The police instantly arrested the murderer. Who did it and how did they know?
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It was the Maid. She said she was getting the mail. There is no mail on Sunday!

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What can hold water even though it has holes?
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A Sponge.

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Poor people have it. Rich people need it. If you eat it you die. What is it?
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Nothing.