Riddle of the Day: Answer Archive

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October 25, 2011 Updated Jul 30, 2015 at 3:52 AM CDT





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Thursday, July 30

A spectrum of light that appears when the sun shines onto water droplets in the air is called a what?

Answer: ?

Wednesday, July 29

At what temperature is Celsius equal to Fahrenheit?

Answer: -40 degrees

Tuesday, July 28

What is the driest desert on Earth: the Sahara, the Kalahari or the Atacama?

Answer: Atacama in Chili

Monday, July 27

What country experiences the most tornadoes?

Answer: United States

Friday, July 24

A man walked all day long but only moved 2 feet.  How is this possible?

Answer: Because he only has 2 feet

Thursday, July 23

If it takes six men one hour to dig six holes, how long does it take one man to dig half a hole?

Answer: There is no such thing as half a hole

Wednesday, July 22

To whom do all men take off their hats?

Answer: Their barbers

Tuesday, July 21

I am the black child of a white father, A wingless bird, flying even to the clouds of heaven.  I give birth to tears of mourning in pupils that meet me, Even though there is no cause for grief, And at once on my birth I am dissolved into air.  What am I?

Answer: Smoke

Monday, July 20

I have four wings, but cannot fly, I never laugh and never cry; On the same spot I'm always found, toiling away with little sound.  What am I?

Answer: Windmill

Friday, July 17

Using modified salivary glands along the sides of their mouth, caterpillars can produce what?

Answer: Silk. Caterpillars use silk when they pupate, either to suspend a chrysalis or to construct a cocoon.

Thursday, July 16

How many eyes does a caterpillar have?

Answer: 12. On each side of its head, a caterpillar has 6 tiny eyelets, called stemmata, arranged in a semi-circle.

Wednesday, July 15

About how many muscles does a caterpillar have in its body?

Answer: 4,000 By comparison, humans have just 629 muscles in a considerably larger body.

Tuesday, July 14

What is usually a caterpillar's first meal?

Answer: Its eggshell. In most cases, when a caterpillar hatches from its egg, it will consume the remainder of the shell. The outer layer of the egg, called the chorion, is rich in protein, and provides the new larva with a nutritious start.

Monday, July 13

What is palomino?

Answer: A golden coloring

Friday, July 10

When a horse is lame, it means what?

Answer: He has pains that impede his movement

Thursday, July 9

What does a rubber curry comb do?

Answer: It removes dried mud from the coat

Wednesday, July 8

What are girths used for?

Answer: To keep the saddle in place

Tuesday, July 7

When the farrier comes, it's time to have your horse's _______ checked.

Answer: Hooves & Shoes

Monday, July 6

When leading a horse in the USA, you usually stand ______ the horse.

-to the left of  -in front of  -to the right of  -behind

Answer: To the left of 

Friday, July 3

What event took place to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence?

Answer: The Liberty Bell was rung

Thursday, July 2

How many amendments, or changes, are there to the U.S. Constitution?

Answer: 27

Wednesday, July 1

Whose signature is the largest on the Declaration of Independence?

Answer: John Hancock's

Tuesday, June 30

What is the name of the National Anthem?

Answer: "Star Spangled Banner"

Monday, June 29

How many people signed the Declaration of Independence?

Answer: 56

Friday, June 26

Paint me up to look real good, Then take me to the shop to maintain under the hood.  Use a small brush to make no mistake, Or just replace me with something fake.  What am I?

Answer: Fingernails

Thursday, June 25

Travel a mile and I will change.  Travel a million and I will end as I started.  What am I?

Answer: An odometer

Wednesday, June 24

The more places I be, the less you can see.  What am I?

Answer: Darkness

Tuesday, June 23

Can you rearrange the letters in 'new door' to make one word?

Answer: Yes, it's an anagram.  'New door' and 'one word' contain the same letters.

Monday, June 22

You are a surgeon who has to perform 3 operations today, but you only have 2 pairs of gloves (a and b) to perform the operations.  Each of the people you are performing surgery on are infectious so you cannot touch any of them or their bodily fluids and they can't touch each other's bodily fluids.  How do you perform all 3 operations with only 2 pairs of gloves?

Answer: You put pair 'a' on and put pair 'b' on top of pair 'a' and perform 1 surgery.  You then remove pair 'b' and perform another surgery.  Finally, you take pair 'b' and put it over pair 'a' inside out and perform the final surgery.

Friday, June 19

I'll bring out your bulls, And slow your roll.  I may even come out of your skull.  What am I?

Answer: Red

Thursday, June 18

Everyday I stalk you all day long, With every move you make, I never make one wrong.  I vanish twice a day with the sun's height and fall, I will follow you anywhere, even the bathroom stall.  What am I?

Answer: Shadow

Wednesday, June 17

A man built his house above a river between two trees.  He attaches his house to the middle of the two trees' trunks.  He does this because the river rises by 2 inches year year, but the trees grow 1 inch each year.  If his house is 4 inches above the river, how long will it take for water to hit his house?

Answer: 2 years; his house won't go up at all because trees grow from the top, not the bottom.

Tuesday, June 16

2 men catch 2 fish in 2 minutes.  At this rate, how many men could catch 500 fish in 500 minutes?

Answer: 2 men

Monday, June 15

Skinny I am fast, Fat I am slow, But I'll still delight you from your eyes to your nose. What am I?

Answer: Candle

Friday, June 12

It dances and skips, It's read in the eyes, but it cheats with the hips, It if meets its match, it's easily caught, But it's worth nothing, if it is bought.  What is it?

Answer: Heart

Thursday, June 11

Feathers, I am as light, But quite heavy if squeezed tight.  I'm seen as clean and pure, But often talked about with dirty terms. What am I?

Answer: Snow

Wednesday, June 10

A rooster lays an egg at 6:00am.  When does the farmer find it?

Answer: Never, roosters don't lay eggs

Tuesday, June 9

A shrimping boat is at the docks with a lifeboat hanging off the side 5 feet above the water.  If the tides rise at a rate of 1.5 feet per hour, how long would it take for the water to reach the lifeboat?

Answer: The entire shrimping boat would rise with the tides so the lifeboat would never be reached

Monday, June 8

There are 5 people at a table and a pie sliced into 5 pieces.  Each person has a piece of pie in front of them, yet the pie tin still has a piece of pie in it.  How is this possible?

Answer: One of the people at the table has the pie tin with a piece of pie in it in front of them.

Friday, June 5

Which word in the dictionary is spelled incorrectly?

Answer: Incorrectly

Thursday, June 4

It takes 10 minutes to fry one steak - 5 minutes for each side.  Two steaks can fit in a pan.  What is the shortest possible time to fry 3 steaks?

Answer: 15 minutes (After 5 minutes, you take one steak off and turn the other.  After 10 minutes, one steak is ready and the other 2 need to be finished on the 2nd side)

Wednesday, June 3

What month of the year do people sleep the least?

Answer: February

Tuesday, June 2

You answer me, although I never ask you questions.  What am I?

Answer: A telephone

Monday, June 1

What is the largest amount of money in U.S. coins you can have without being able to make change for a dollar?

Answer: $1.19 (3 quarters, 4 dimes & 4 pennies)

Friday, May 29

A man is sitting in his cabin in Michigan.  3 hours later he gets out of his cabin in Texas.  How is this possible?

Answer: He's a pilot in a plane cabin

Thursday, May 28

There are 3 stoves.  A gas stove, a brick stove, and a wood stove.  You only have 1 match.  Which do you light up first?

Answer: The match

Wednesday, May 27

Why can't Kevin, who is now living in Canada, not be buried in the USA?

Answer: Because he's not dead

Tuesday, May 26

On a clock, how many times a day do the minute and hour hand overlap?

Answer: 22 times: 12:00:00, 1:05:27, 2:10:55, 3:16:22, 4:21:49, 5:27:16, 6:32:44, 7:38:11, 8:43:38, 9:49:05, 10:54:33. Each twice a day

Monday, May 25

John put a coin in a bottle and put a cork on the bottle.  Later, he managed to get the coin out without taking out the cork or breaking the bottle.  How did he do it?

Answer: He pushed the cork into the bottle

Friday, May 22

How many original Air Jordan shoes were there?

Answer: 15

Thursday, May 21

Which team was the first to ever average more than 100 points in a game?

Answer: The Celtics were the first team to average more than 100 by averaging 101.3 in the 1954-1955 season.  This was the same year the shot clock was introduced.

Wednesday, May 20

Which of the following is NOT true concerning Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley?  -Both were drafted in the same year  -Both inducted into the Hall of Fame  -Both scored over 50 points in a game 4 times  -Both considered one of the 50 best players of the first 50 years

Answer: Both scored over 50 points in a game 4 times

Tuesday, May 19

Who was the first player in NBA playoffs history to score at least 35 points, pull at least 15 rebounds, and shoot at least 80% from the field in one game?

Answer: Jermaine O'Neal

Monday, May 18

I was the 7th player in NBA history to win three NBA championships in my first three NBA seasons of 1999-00, 2000-01, and 2001-02.  Who am I?

Answer: Devean George

Friday, May 15

Which NHL player scored at least 600 goals while playing for one team?

Answer: Bobby Hull (604 for Blackhawks)

Thursday, May 14

Which of these NHL team names was not used by the city of Detroit?  Cougars, Falcons, Red Wings, or Jaguars

Answer: Jaguars

Wednesday, May 13

Which NHL team was swept 4-0 in three consecutive years in the Stanley Cup Final?

Answer: St. Louis Blues

Tuesday, May 12

Most NHL franchise team names end with an 's'.  (Blackhawks, Blues...etc...)  But how many do not and can you name them?

Answer: Minnesota Wild, Tampa Bay Lightning & Colorado Avalanche

Monday, May 11

What food items were repurposed as early hockey pucks?

Answer: Potatoes, Apples

Friday, May 8

What are the fast marches called that circuses play at the beginning and end of shows?

Answer: Screamers

Thursday, May 7

How many rotations does the Wheel of Steel make durin the Built to Amaze! show?

Answer: Over 50, which measures out to about 10 football fields

Wednesday, May 6

There is a clown hierarchy in the circus.  Can you name the 3 different types of clowns in a circus?

Answer: Whiteface, Auguste (red clown) & Character

Tuesday, May 5

How much does an Asian elephant's tooth weigh?

Answer: 9 lbs.

Monday, May 4

When would a circus band play John Philip Sousa's famous march, "Stars and Stripes Forever"?

Answer: When there's an emergency, such as animals getting loose

Friday, May 1

I have numbers on my face, but can't find 13 any place.  What am I?

Answer: A clock

Thursday, April 30

I have a few points, but we're not competing.  And I'll help you win, when you're eating.  What am I?

Answer: A fork

Wednesday, April 29

1 is 3, 3 is 5, 5 is 4, 4 is perfect.  Why?

Answer: Because 4 is equal to its letters.  F-O-U-R

Tuesday, April 28

What is the best way to stop a dog from barking in, and digging up the front yard?

Answer: Put it in the backyard

Monday, April 27

What has a head, yet it never weeps.  Has a bed, but never sleeps.  Can run, but can not walk.  And has a bank, but not a cent to its name?

Answer: A river

Friday, April 24

How many marshmallows does Blue Man Group use in a week?

Answer: 640

Thursday, April 23

How many bananas does Blue Man Group use in a week?

Answer: 910 pounds

Wednesday, April 22

On how many continents has Blue Man Group performed?

Answer: 5 continents and in the ocean, too, thanks to a tailor-made Blue Man Grioup show on the Norwegian Cruise Lines ship The Epic

Tuesday, April 21

In what year did the first Blue Man Group show open in New York?

Answer: November 1991 at Astor Place Theatre, It was called Blue Man Group: Tubes

Monday, April 20

How much Cap'n Crunch cereal does Blue Man Group use in a week?

Answer: 15 pounds

Friday, April 17

Why would a hair stylist rather cut the hair of two brunettes than one red head?

Answer: Make more on 2 haircuts instead of 1

Thursday, April 16

John has 22 apples in a basket.  Gretchen and Mark both take 2 and you take 16.  How many apples do you have?

Answer: 16

Wednesday, April 15

What is 5,000 years old and still turning?

Answer: A wheel

Tuesday, April 14

What two letters can spell the word candy?

Answer: C and Y

Monday, April 13

How can you make 7 even?

Answer: Remove the 's' from 'seven' to make it 'even'

Friday, April 10

What was the first car fitted with an alternator, rather than a direct current dynamo?

Answer: The 1960 Plymouth Valiant

Thursday, April 9

What car was reportedly designed on the back of the Northwest Airlines airsickness bag and released on April Fool's Day, 1970?

Answer: 1970 Gremlin

Wednesday, April 8

What autos were the first to use a standardized production key-start system?

Answer: The 1949 Chryslers

Tuesday, April 7

What was the Ford's answer to the Chevy Corvette, and other legal street racers of the 1960's?

Answer: Carrol Shelby's Mustang GT350

Monday, April 6

What was the first official White House car?

Answer: A 1909 White Steamer, ordered by President Taft

Friday, April 3

In Peter and the Starcatcher, what is it that Peter sees for the first time when he's shipwrecked on the island?

Answer: The Sun

Thursday, April 2

In Peter and the Starcatcher, the 12 actors portray how many different characters during the course of the show?

Answer: More than 100

Wednesday, April 1

In Peter and the Starcatcher, what is the name of the ship that is supposed to take Lord Aster and Molly to Rundoon?

Answer: The Neverland

Tuesday, March 31

In Peter and the Starcatcher, what is the profession of Black Stache, a man named for his foot-long mustache, and his crew?

Answer: Pirates

Monday, March 30

In Peter and the Starcatcher, what is the mystical substance that fulfills dreams and turns ordinary fish into mermaids?

Answer: Starstuff

Friday, March 27

Easter, the chief holiday of the spring season, is celebrated on the first Sunday following ________ after the start of spring.

Answer: The first full moon

Thursday, March 26

Name one of the more popular flowering plants that first bloom in spring.

Answer: Daffodils, Tulips, Lilies

Wednesday, March 25

What is the name of the Greek goddess whose return was believed to signal the start of spring?

Answer: Persephone

Tuesday, March 24

What is the term for a period of unseasonable cold weather during Spring?

Answer: Dogwood Winter

Monday, March 23

'Primavera' or 'Allegory of Spring' is a famous painting by which celebrated artist?

Answer: Sandro Botticelli

Friday, March 20

What kind of animal is the Springbok?

Answer: A medium-sized brown and white antelope-gazelle

Thursday, March 19

Which of America's Founding Fathers first conceived the idea of Daylight Saving Time?

Answer: Benjamin Franklin

Wednesday, March 18

Why does daylight increase in Spring?

Answer: Because the Earth's axis is increasing its tilt toward the sun

Tuesday, March 17

According to myth, what can you do with a raw egg on the first day of Spring?

Answer: Balance it on its end

Monday, March 16

What is the first day of Spring called? 

Answer: Vernal Equinox (Equinox= when daytime and night are of equal duration)

Friday, March 13

I can be cracked, I can be made.  I can be told, I can be played.  What am I?

Answer: A joke

Thursday, March 12

How do you fix a broken pizza?

Answer: With tomato paste

Wednesday, March 11

Tall as a tree, dressed in white, My bridal veil is shiny bright.  Up all night, never sleeping, If I rest, many are weeping.  Upon the shores since the days of old, My silent message.  What am I?

Answer: A lighthouse

Tuesday, March 10

Your parents have six sons including you.  And each son has one sister.  How many people are in the family?

Answer: 9; 2 parents, 6 sons, 1 daughter (All of them have 1 sister, not 6 sisters)

Monday, March 9

A man in tights is knocked out by a rock next to him.  The rock never touched him.  What happened to him?

Answer: The rock was Kryptonite and the man was Superman

Friday, March 6

I am a small room, But no life lives inside, No matter what weather looms, Very cold my residents reside.  What am I?

Answer: Refrigerator

Thursday, March 5

What 3 positive numbers give the same result when multiplied and added together?

Answer: 1, 2 & 3

Wednesday, March 4

In a pond there are some flowers with some bees hovering over the flowers.  How many flowers and bees are there if both the following statements are true:  1. If each bee lands on a flower, one bee doesn't get a flower.  2. If two bees share each flower, there is one flower left out.

Answer: 4 bees, 3 flowers

Tuesday, March 3

What jumps when it walks and sits when it stands?

Answer: A kangaroo

Monday, March 2

I'm teary-eyed but never cry.  Silver-tongued, but never lie.  Double-winged, but never fly.  Air-cooled, but never dry.  What am I?

Answer: Mercury (The element looks shiny, silver and is wet.  The god Mercury has two wings but only uses them to run.)

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