Riddles 14

Read My Lips
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?

A Book.
No One’s Son
A father’s child, a mother’s child, yet no one’s son.
Who am I.

I’m their daughter.
Beauty after the Storm
Violet, indigo, blue and green, yellow, orange and red; these are the colors you have seen after the storm has fled.

I am a Rainbow.
Changing and Changing
In spring I am gay in handsome array;
in summer more clothing I wear;
when colder it grows I fling off my clothes;
and in winter quite naked appear.

What am I?

A Tree.
Up Down Past Present
It goes up, but at the same time goes down. Up toward the sky, and down toward the ground. It’s present tense and past tense too, come for a ride, just me and you.

What is it?

A See-Saw.
A very pretty thing am I, fluttering in the pale-blue sky.
Delicate, fragile on the wing, indeed I am a pretty thing.

What am I?

A Butterfly, delicate and unique.
Eye and Tail
Old Mother Twitchett had but one eye, and a long tail which she let fly; and every time she went through a gap, a bit of her tail she left in a trap.

What is she?

A needle and thread.
Who are They?
Three mountain climbers paid a lot of money to be the first to scale a mountain. After several days of climbing they finally reached the pinnacle, and to their dismay, found a cabin and three frozen bodies. Since the mountain climbers were the first to ever climb
the summit, how could this be possible?

They found a cabin of an airplane that had crashed there with 3 bodies in it.
That Which Way
If you screw a light bulb into a socket by turning the bulb toward the right with your right hand, which way would you turn the socket with your left hand in order to unscrew it while holding the bulb stationary?

To the right. It’s always the same direction.
Crazy Bet
If someone says to you, “I’ll bet you $1 that if you give me $2, I will give you $3 in return”, would this be a good bet for you to accept?

No. This is a situation where you lose even if you win. Assuming the other person is being wise, they would take your $2 and say, “I lose”, and give you $1 in return. You win the bet, but you’re out $1.
Hot Rays
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?

Movie Time!
If you go to the movies and you’re paying, is it cheaper to take one friend to the movies twice, or two friends to the movies at the same time?

It’s cheaper to take two friends at the same time. In this case, you would only be buying three tickets, whereas if you take the same friend twice you are buying four tickets.
A tree doubled in height each year until it reached its maximum height over the course of ten years. How many years did it take for the tree to reach half its maximum height?

Nine Years.
Yearly Amount
Why are 1990 dollar bills worth more than 1989 dollar bills?

The same reason seven dollars is more than six. Because there is one more.
Pound is a Pound?
Which is heavier, a pound of feathers or a pound of gold?

A pound of feathers. Some would say a pound is a pound, but the fact is: Gold is a precious metal and is therefore weighed in the Troy system of measurement. This means that a pound of gold weighs only 12 oz and a pound of feathers weighs 16 oz.
Rungs on the Ship
You are on a ship, over the side hangs a rope ladder with half meter rungs. The tide rises a half meter per hour. At the end of five hours, how much of the ladder will remain above the water assuming that nine rungs were above the water when the tide began to rise?

Nine rungs will be above the water. As the tide rises, so will the ship and the ladder.
Share the Apples!
There are four girls, and four apples in a basket. Every girl takes an apple, yet one apple
remains in the basket? How is this possible?

The answer is that one girl took the basket. She took the last apple while it was in the basket.
Large in the Light
Different lights do make me strange, thus into different sizes I will change.

What am I?

The pupil of an eye.
Two Places at Once
What goes around the world and stays in a corner?

A stamp.
Simply Dangerous
Take one out and scratch my head, I am now black but once was red.

What am I?

A Match.

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