Riddle of the Day: Answer Archive

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October 25, 2011 Updated Nov 27, 2015 at 4:57 AM CST





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Friday, November 27

The first Thanksgiving football game was started in 1934 by which team?

Answer: ?

Thursday, November 26

What state produces the most turkeys?

Answer: Minnesota

Wednesday, November 25

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade was started in 1924.  It was suspended for 3 years at one point.  When and why?

Answer: 1942-1944 because of WWII.  They needed the rubber and helium.

Tuesday, November 24

Gobble, gobble?  Not so fast.  Only male turkeys, called toms, gobble.  Females, which are called hens, do what?

Answer: Cackle

Monday, November 23

When Abe Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday, it was thanks to the tireless efforts of a magazine editor named Sarah Josepha Hale.  What was Hale's claim to fame?  

Answer: She wrote the nursery rhyme, "Mary Had a Little Lamb"

Friday, November 20

You can swallow me, but I can swallow you.  What am I?  

Answer: Water

Thursday, November 19

I stink when I'm alive, but I smell good when I'm dead.  What am I? 

Answer: A pig

Wednesday, November 18

I am a word with two meanings.  With one I can be broken, with the second I hold on.  What am I? 

Answer: Tie.  A tie score can be broken, but when you tie a knot (as in a necktie) it holds together.

Tuesday, November 17

This is what some people do, For a compliment or two, Anglers do it on a bank, Others keep theirs in a tank. What am I? 

Answer: Fish

Monday, November 16

I stretch as far as a football field, Yet I fit in the palm of your hand.  I will make you bleed if you don't use me often.  You put me in your moth, but don't eat me, Then you throw me away.  What am I?

Answer: Floss

Friday, November 13

What flower is a symbol of Veterans Day?

Answer: Poppy

Thursday, November 12

What has been the most deadly war in American history up to this point?

Answer: The U.S. Civil War (600,000 deaths)

Wednesday, November 11

Many people participate in this at 11am on Veterans Day.  -Barbecue  -Moment of Silence  -A Poppy Toss  -Parade

Answer: A moment of silence (The armistice ending the World War was signed on the 11th of the 11th day of the 11th month.)

Tuesday, November 10

What was supposed to have been the "war to end all wars"?

Answer: World War I

Monday, November 9

Veterans Day was known as Armistice Day prior to what year?

Answer: 1954

Friday, November 6

You use me from your head to your toes.  The more I work, the thinner I grow.  What am I?

Answer: A bar of soap

Thursday, November 5

I am a digit, but two of the ten.  Two of me make a promise.  What am I?

Answer: The pinky or little finger

Wednesday, November 4

I wear a red coat and have a stone in my throat.  What am I?

Answer: A cherry

Tuesday, November 3

Weight in my stomach, trees on my back, nails in my ribs, it's feet I lack. What am I? 

Answer: A ship

Monday, November 2

Mr. Niceguy donated one million dollars to help feed starving people.  After he donated the money he was a millionaire.  How did he become a millionaire?

Answer: He was a billionaire, spent a million dollars, and became a millionaire (dropping below a billion dollars)

Friday, October 30

Believe it or not, Candy Corn is the most purchased candy for Halloween (not sure everyone eats it, though).  What is the #1 chocolate candy at Halloween?

Answer: Snickers 

Thursday, October 29

Samhainophobia is an intense and persistent fear of Halloween that can cause panic attacks in sufferers. Other relevant phobias for this time of year:  Wiccaphobia (fear of witches), Phasmophobia (fear of ghosts), and Coimetrophobia.  What is Coimetrophobia a fear of? 

Answer: Cemeteries

Wednesday, October 28

25% of all the candy sold in a year is for Halloween night.  Which U.S. state has the most people looking for organic candy?

Answer: Colorado

Tuesday, October 27

People didn't always carve pumpkins for Halloween. The modern practice mutated from the Irish tradition of carving faces of the dead into what?

Answer: Gourds, Turnips, Beets & Potatoes

Monday, October 26

Halloween has its roots in an ancient harvest festival held at the end of the Celtic year.  The festival marked the end of summer and the beginning of the dark wintertime.  It was believed the spirits of the dead returned on this eve to damage crops and play tricks on the living.  What is the name of this festival? 

Answer: Samhain (pronounced SOW-in)

Friday, October 23

If Washington went to Washington, and Washington washed the clothes, how many w's are there in all?

Answer: There are NO w's in the word ALL

Thursday, October 22

Like a middle pillar, I stand among 6.  All 9 of my characters make me the largest to exist.  What am I?  

Answer: Wednesday

Wednesday, October 21

What dessert can you eat out of a cup without a spoon or fork? 

Answer: Cup Cakes

Tuesday, October 20

I can fill up the entire room and still not take up any space.  What am I?

Answer: Light/Air

Monday, October 19

He is a king who's good at measuring stuff. 

Answer: Ruler

Friday, October 16

In many parts of the United States, Columbus Day has evolved into different kinds of celebrations.  Some people use the day to honor Italian-American heritage, while others celebrate what?

Answer: Native Americans

Thursday, October 15

Christopher Columbus had a hard time raising money for his trip.  Who, eventually, provided him some money?

Answer: King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella (of Spain)

Wednesday, October 14

Christopher Columbus took 3 ships when he set sail.  What were the names of those ships?

Answer: Santa Maria, Nina & Pinta

Tuesday, October 13

Columbus Day is "officially" October 12th.  But it's not always celebrated on the 12th.  What day is it ALWAYS celebrated on and what year did they make that change?

Answer: 2nd Monday of October/1971

Monday, October 12

Columbus Day is a U.S. holiday that commemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World on October 12, 1492.

It was unofficially celebrated in a number of cities and states as early as the 18th century.  But what year did it officially become a federal holiday?

Answer: 1937

Friday, October 9

The United States produces how much of the world's corn? 

Answer: 40%

Thursday, October 8

Which type of corn is primarily used to feed animals and gets its name from its unique appearance? 

Answer: Dent Corn

Wednesday, October 7

In one of the 'Corn Belt States', there is a tourist attraction called The Corn Palace.  It has murals inside and outside totally made from corn.  Where is this palace located?

Answer: Mitchell, South Dakota

Tuesday, October 6

On an average ear of corn, how many kernels are there and in how many rows?

Answer: 800 kernels in 16 rows

Monday, October 5

Most corn stalks grow how many ears of corn?

Answer: One

Friday, October 2

I am shorter when I stand and taller when I sit.  Sometimes I'm even called a pit.  What am I? 

Answer: A dog

Thursday, October 1

I am a nice word composed of five letters, but the Romans would call me numbers.  What am I? 

Answer: CIVIL

Wednesday, September 30

Bill Engvall had a cameo role in a movie this year. What movie was it? 

Answer: 'Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!'

Tuesday, September 29

Bill Engvall is married to his wife, Gail.  They have 2 kids.  What are their kids' names? 

Answer: Emily & Travis

Monday, September 28

Bill Engvall created and starred in a TV sitcom in TBS from 2007-2009.  What was the name of the show?

Answer: "The Bill Engvall Show"

Friday, September 25

In 2011, Bill Engvall tried something new by hosting a game show on the Game Show Network. What was the name of the show he hosted? 

Answer: Lingo

Thursday, September 24

In 2013, Bill Engvall danced on the 17th season of  "Dancing with the Stars".  What place did he finish in?

Answer: 4th place

Wednesday, September 23

In 2000, Jeff Foxworthy and Bill Engvall launched the first of 6 Blue Collar Comedy Tours.  The tours also featured 2 other comedians.  Who were they?

Answer: Ron White & Larry the Cable Guy

Tuesday, September 22

Before going into comedy, Bill Engvall attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. What was he studying there? 

Answer: Was going for his Bachelor's degree to be a teacher

Monday, September 21

Bill Engvall is part of the Blue Collar Comedy group.  He is best known for his signature bit called what?

Answer: "Here's Your Sign"

Friday, September 18

How big was Tyrannosaurus Rex's longest tooth?

Answer: As big as a human hand

Thursday, September 17

True or False?  Birds evolved from dinosaurs.

Answer: True

Wednesday, September 16

About how long ago did dinosaurs become extinct?

Answer: 65 million years ago

Tuesday, September 15

What type of dinosaur is featured on the logo of the Toronto based NBA basketball team?

Answer: Raptor (Velociraptor)

Monday, September 14

What does the word "dinosaur" mean?

Answer: Terrible Lizard

Friday, September 11

Shania Twain's first husband, Robert John "Mutt" Lange, has been a producer for several bands.  Which of these bands did he NOT produce for?  -The Cars -The Connells -Def Leppard -AC/DC

Answer: The Connells

Thursday, September 10

Shania Twain's debut album "Shania Twain" only featured one of her own songs.  What song was it?

Answer: God Ain't Gonna Getcha for That

Wednesday, September 9

How many siblings does Shania Twain have?

Answer: 4

Tuesday, September 8

Shania Twain took a break from performing after doctors discoverd lesions on her vocal cords.  In 2012, Twain returned to the concert stage in her critically acclaimed show "Still the One".  Where did she perform this show for 2 years?

Answer: The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

Monday, September 7

What is Shania Twain's real birth name?

Answer: Eilleen Regina Edwards

Friday, September 4

Music: Flutes, clarinets, and oboes are all part of the _________ instrument family.

Answer: Woodwinds, Winds

Thursday, September 3

Science: A vertical column in a periodic table is called a _____?

Answer: Group/Family

Wednesday, September 2

History: Which of the following American Civil War battles was won by the Union? -Battle of Lookout Mountain  -1st Bull Run (1st Manassas)  -Battle of Chancellorsville  -2nd Bull Run (2nd Manassas)

Answer: Battle of Lookout Mountain

Tuesday, September 1

Geography: Lebanon gained independence from which country in 1943?

Answer: France

Monday, August 31

Mathematics: Which of the following numbers is prime? -91 -59 -46 -27 -57

Answer: 59

Friday, August 28

Language: Out of the following Spanish words, pick the one that, when translated to English, is NOT a color.  -Rojo -Blanco -Verde -Reloj

Answer: Reloj

Thursday, August 27

Science: Which of the following is the smallest?  -Electron -Atom -Proton -Neutron -Cell

Answer: Electron

Wednesday, August 26

History: World War II started in which year?

Answer: 1939

Tuesday, August 25

Math: If 2x + 10x - 4 = 20   What does x equal?

Answer: x=2

Monday, August 24

Language: "The pillow was as soft as a cloud as she rested her head upon it." is an example of what type of figurative language?

Answer: Simile

Friday, August 21

Sleepy, Happy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Dopey, Doc.  Who's missing?

Answer: Bashful

Thursday, August 20

Does a merry-go-round turn clockwise or counterclockwise?

Answer: Counterclockwise

Wednesday, August 19

Do books have even # pages on the right or left side?

Answer: Left

Tuesday, August 18

In which hand is the Statue of Liberty's torch?

Answer: Right

Monday, August 17

On a standard traffic light, is the green on the top of bottom?

Answer: Bottom

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