Category: Riddles and Brain Teasers

This section has over 1000 riddles and brainteasers, from easy to difficult.

Riddles 50

1000 Bucks

A man told his son that he would give him $1000 if he could accomplish the following task. The father gave his son ten envelopes and a thousand dollars, all in one dollar bills. He told his son, “Place the money in the envelopes in such a manner that no matter what number of dollars I ask for, you can give me one or more of the envelopes, containing the exact amount I asked for without having to open any of the envelopes. If you can do this, you will keep the $1000.”When the father asked for a sum of money, the son was able to give him envelopes containing the exact amount of money asked for. How did the son distribute the money among the ten envelopes?

The contents or the ten envelopes (in dollar bills) should be as follows: $1, 2,4, 8, 16, 32,64, 128,256, 489. The first nine numbers are in geometrical progression, and their sum, deducted from 1,000, gives the contents of the tenth envelope.

Flying South

Why do birds fly south?

Because it’s too far to walk.


Where were English kings usually crowned?

On their heads.

Which Path?

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?

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!


Of all vegetables, only two can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons. All other vegetables must be replanted every year. What are the only two perennial vegetables?

Asparagus and rhubarb.

Seeds on Outside

What fruit has its seeds on the outside?

A strawberry!

Fresh Vegetable!

It’s the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form but fresh. What is it?


What’s the Score?

There’s one “sport” in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends. What is it?


Defense’s Ball

Name the only sport in which the ball is always in possession of the team on defense, and the offensive team can score without touching the ball?


L.A. Lakers

Where are the lakes that are referred to in the “Los Angeles Lakers?”

In Minnesota. The team was originally known as the Minneapolis Lakers and kept the name when they moved west.

Two Pitchers

Start with two pitchers, each half full of water. Can you put all of this water into one large pail, and be able to tell which came from which pitcher? You cannot use dividers or the pitchers.

Just freeze the pitchers, and drop the water into the pail as a blocks of ice!

Proven Love

There was a man who wanted to prove his love to his wife. So, he climbed the highest mountain, swam the deepest ocean and walked the biggest desert.
What do you think his wife said?

Nothing. She divorced him for never being at home.

Will Turn 10

The day before yesterday, Chris was 7 years old. Next year, she’ll turn 10. How is this possible?

Today is Jan. 1st. Yesterday, December 31, was Chris’s 8th birthday. On December 30, she was still 7. This year she will turn 9, and next year, she’ll turn 10.

Ice Cream Parlor

Two women and two doctors walk into an ice cream parlor. They each order an ice cream cone. When their ice creams come, there is only 1 strawberry,1 chocolate and 1 vanilla.
How come they didn’t complain?

One of the women was a doctor!

What Do You Do?!

Imagine you are in a room, no doors windows or anything,
how do you get out?

Stop imagining.


If a man is trapped in a room. There are no doors no windows how did he get out?

Through the door way, there are no doors but a door way!

Odd One

Which word is the odd one out:First Second Third Forth Fifth Sixth Seventh Eighth

Forth. It is incorrectly spelled.

Never in Day

What happens only in the middle of each month, in all of the seasons, except
summer and happens only in the night, never in the day?

The letter ‘N.’

Ten-Pound Notes

Why are 1999 ten pound notes worth more than 1993 ten pound notes?

Because there are more of them!


What ends in a ‘w’ but has no end?

A rainbow!

Riddles 49


What has endless makeovers,
Doesn’t know it has a different look,
And it can brighten up any dull room?

A wall.

Penguin’s Egg

Even if they are starving, natives living in the Arctic will never eat a penguin’s egg. Why not?

Penguins only live in Antartica.

After Tomorrow

If the day before yesterday is the 23rd, then what is the day after tomorrow.

The 27th.


A harvest sown and reaped on the same day
In an unplowed field,
Which increases without growing,
Remains whole though it is eaten
Within and without,
Is useless and yet
The staple of nations.



David 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?

David is BALD.

Born in Fear

I am born in fear, raised in truth,
and I come to my own in deed.
When comes a time that I’m called forth,
I come to serve the cause of need.
What am I?



What word is always pronounced wrong?



Why is eating at a restaurant on the moon boring?

Because there is no atmosphere.

Lucky Clover

Why should you never iron a 4-leaf clover?

You don’t want to press your luck!

Middle of Paris

What is in the middle of Paris?

The letter ‘R!’

Never Touchs A Twig

What is it that goes through the wood and never touches a twig?


Fill A Barn

What is it that 20 will fill a pitcher, but one will fill a barn?



What is it that is full all-day and empty at night?


As Long As It Eats

What lives as long as it eats but dies when it drinks?


Tons of T’

I begin with T, end with T, and have T in myself.
What am I?

I am a teapot!!

Tom’s Mom

Tom’s mom had four kids: Nickel, Dime, Quarter, and?


Subtract One

A word I know, six letters it contains.
Subtract just one, and twelve is what remains.
What is the word?


Next Letter

What is the next letter?
W, I, T, N, ..?


Double Letters!

What English word starting with a “B”, has three consecutive double letters?

Bookkeeper. ( and bookkeeping )


What is the only common four-letter English word that ends in the suffix -eny?


Riddles 48

Life Disappears

You get many of me, but never enough.
After the last one, your life soon will snuff.
You may have one of me but one day a year,
When the last one is gone, your life disappears.What am I?

Your birthday.

Afraid To Go Home

He was afraid to go home because of the man in the mask.
Who is the man in the mask?

The man in the mask is the catcher.

Father’s Child

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

The daughter.

Wiggle At Will

I have four of these,
With matching extremities.
They can do many things,
And hardly ever bring me pain.
Unless I stick them with a pin,
Or burn them sometimes when…
What is it that I can wiggle at will?
And use in other means still?


Steady and Strong

Stronger than any beast,
Rougher than any sea.
Steadier than a favorable wind,
and of me none shall be free.
What am I?

I am Earth.

Twenty Houses

If you counted 20 houses going to school, and then 20 houses on the left, going home, how many houses have you counted?

20. They’re the same houses going back.

Cannot Be Worn

What dress does everyone have, but no one wears?

An address.

Heads and Tails

What has fifty heads and fifty tails?

Fifty pennies.

Sleeping Bull

What is a sleeping bull called?

A bull dozer.

Hiding Everywhere

I’m hiding in the air,
I’m hiding everywhere.
Under your bed,
In your cupboard,
I’m hiding everywhere.What am I?


All Freezes

I have three eyes, all in a line.
When the red one opens, all freezes.What am I?

Traffic light.

Autumnal Tone

Make me thy lyre, even as the forests are.
What if my leaves fell like its own —
The tumult of thy mighty harmonies
Will take from both a deep autumnal tone.

The west wind.

No License

A woman with no driver license goes the wrong way on a one-way street and turns left at a corner with a ‘no left’ turn sign. A policeman sees her but does nothing. Why?

She’s walking.

Cuts The Wind

The sharp slim blade, that cuts the wind.What is it?

A blade of grass.


Adored by few,
Feared and hated by many.
Mistress of the entire universal reason,
Master in the art of numbers.
Some may have solved many of your mysteries,
But there still much of them to find.
What are they?



Sir, I bear a rhyme excelling
In mystic force and magic spelling
Celestial sprites elucidate
All my own striving can’t relate.
What am I?


In Water

What can you see in water, but never gets wet?

A reflection.

Plane Crash

A plane crashed and every single person on board this flight were killed, yet, there were survivors. Explain how?

The married people lived; the singles died.


I’m always in charge,
I’m never in debt.
I’m known as the first amongst all my kind.
I’m found within cars,
But never in buses.
I’m not used in Mexico, I’m used in Palestine.What am I?

The letter ‘a.’


I can kill people, but without me there would be no people.
I was born long ago and will someday die.
I can cause fire and am a magician with water.
I have more brothers than any person.
There is very little that can stop me.What am I?

A celestial body.