HUMOUR MOMENT: Riddles to Eat Your Mind

Vijay Shah


In a departure from our usual features and news-writing schedule on this incredibly warm Saturday evening, here is a selection of riddles that I originally copied from a volley of emails from my friend Sunny, who has also been an asset to the blog for many months in choosing newsworthy stories for inclusion on the Half-Eaten Mind. We had one of our long days at work, where I was beavering away on a massive data project, while he had contracted a case of major boredom. In spite of my insurmountable workload, I managed to rescue these beauties out of my permanently busy Outlook inbox and present them for all the world to see.

I had originally retweeted the riddles on my private Twitter account and they got a few people thinking, scratching their heads and reaching for the nearest double espresso. 


You can comment on the riddles and give your answers in the comments section directly underneath this humour moment. Feel free to share them with friends and short-circuit their mental states with my lethal ensemble of mind-numbing riddles. I may decide to be slightly co-operative and give out the answers if you are lucky. Rest be assured that the Half-Eaten Mind riddle collection is bona-fide guaranteed to get you clawing at your face desperately as you rack your brains.


Alright, get your thinking caps on….prepare to be flummoxed. If smoke starts seeping out of your ears, you are strongly advised to seek medical attention. Failing that, get away from the computer and see if there’s anything good in the fridge. Brain food is good.


Wondering again...
Wondering again… (Photo credit: erix!)


#1.  How long is the answer to this question?


#2. What do the letter ‘t’ and an island have in common?


#3. What ends everything always?


#4. What is as big as you are and yet does not weigh anything?


#5. A girl who was just learning to drive went down a one-way street in the wrong direction, but didn’t break the law. How come?


#6. Paul’s height is six feet, he’s an assistant at a butcher’s shop, and wears size 9 shoes. What does he weigh?


#7. Imagine you are in a dark room. How do you get out?


#8. What is at the end of a rainbow?


#9. What can you catch but not throw?


#10. What word describes a woman who does not have all her fingers on one hand?


#11. I am the beginning of the end, and the end of time & space. I am essential to creation, and I surround every place. What am I?


#12. 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?


#13. Glittering points


That downward thrust,


Sparkling spears


That never rust.


#14. If I say “Everything I tell you is a lie,” am I telling you the truth or a lie?


#15. What has a tongue, cannot walk, but gets around a lot?


#16. What has four legs in the morning, two legs in the afternoon, and three legs in the evening?


15 thoughts on “HUMOUR MOMENT: Riddles to Eat Your Mind

    1. Lols….well if there is any particular riddle you would like an answer to, I can answer it here in the comments section.
      It’s best to preserve the brain cells for all the amazing jewellery you design 🙂

      – HalfEatenMind


      1. (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ All 16 of them….(see the table flipping action??? LOL…

        Okay…okay…*calmer now*….I don’t really understand #13, can you explain? Thank you ヽ(´ー`)ノ(trying to attain inner peace at this moment)

        Aww…thank you for the lovely encouragement for my struggling acts of jewelry design…hehehe…



      2. *Puts table back in its place nonchalantly*
        Lols…ok…I’ll give you the answers to these synapse-snapping riddles…so as your inner peace won’t meet the same fate as the table hihihi 😀

        1. How long…the riddle states that the phrase “how long” is the answer you’re looking for.
        2. They are in the middle of water!
        3. Believe it or not, it is the word “always” (last word in this riddle).
        4. Your shadow.
        5. She wasn’t driving, she was walking!
        6. He weighs meat (remember he works at a butchers’)
        7. Stop imagining.
        8. The letter W!
        9. A cold.
        10. Normal.
        11. The letter E.
        12. The future (tomorrow)
        13. Icicles!
        14. I am lying my face off!
        15. A shoe.
        16. A man/woman. When they are a baby, they crawl around on all fours. When they’ve reached adulthood, they get about on two legs, and when they are elderly, they need a cane to help them walk. It’s said to be an Ancient Greek riddle. Legend had it that a Sphinx guarded a path in the mountains of Greece. This riddle was posed to any traveller that came across the sphinx. If they got it wrong, the sphinx would hurl them off the cliff face to their deaths. One day a Greek hero (can’t remember his name) got the answer right. The Sphinx was so exasperated it threw ITSELF off the cliff.

        Fortunately my riddles don’t have such a horrid booby prize.


      3. ( ゚Д゚)Gosh~ some answers are those hair-pulling ones after knowing them…no wonder people always say…The truth hurts…( ゚Д゚)

        Thank you for restoring my inner-peaceヽ(´ー`)ノ

        ( ^_^)o自自o(^_^ )


      4. I know, some of them are so frustratingly obvious…and some just make you go “heh”!
        I think this truth calls for a trip to the chemist/drugstore for a fmaily pack of paracetamols lol
        You are very welcome! 🙂

        – HalfEatenMind


      5. western med for me…hehe…for I am now at peace…

        So, let’s just ( ^_^)o自自o(^_^ )for the wonderful weekend that’s coming ahead!


      6. During my school days, my bio-medical lecturer once said that western med. cannot cure, they just prolong your illness…LOL…

        Have a healthy day ahead, always~ Cheers!! 😀


      7. Yeah…that’s the point I was trying to convey…glad you’ve caught it…

        Life itself is an irony…he lost his pre-mature child due to a medical malpractice and yet his job is to teach us all about those medical equipment and technology…

        He gave me this feeling that his soul was trapped in a world of his own….


      8. I couldn’t have found a better example of irony myself.
        But I feel sad that he had lost his child. If I had been in his shoes, I would have almost developed a lifelong hatred of the medical profession, so I have a lot of respect for him for still wanting to face that everyday, maybe he did lecturing so that his students would not repeat the mistake that cost him his baby. Probably found it cathartic…in a way.


      9. That’s probably the case…but thank God I managed to pass that module because his lectures consisted more complaints about all those medical issues rather than on the notes…so I had to work extra hard at the library…LOL…

        Cheers!! 😀


      10. Hahahahaha…thanks God for libraries and textbooks as well. At least the book doesn’t complain about being handled by sticky fingers or that it has a sore spine 😀
        How I miss my university days *reminisces*


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