In classic mythology, there is the story of the Sphinx, a monster with the body of a lion and the upper part of a woman. The Sphinx lay crouched on the top of a rock along the highroad to the city of Thebes, and stopped all travellers passing by, proposing to them a riddle. Those who failed to answer the riddle correctly were killed. This is the riddle the Sphinx asked the travellers: "What animal walks on four legs in the morning, two legs during the day, and three legs in the evening?"
This is part of the story of Oedipus, who replied to the Sphinx, "Man, who in childhood creeps on hands and knees, in manhood walks erect, and in old age with the aid of a staff." Morning, day and night are representative of the stages of life. The Sphinx was so mortified at the solving of her riddle that she cast herself down from the rock and perished.
See also best riddles or new riddles.cleanlogicshort
Mr. Smith has 4 daughters. Each of his daughters has a brother. How many children does Mr. Smith have?
He has 5 children, all of the daughters have the same 1 brother.cleanshort
You write on me and secrets I can keep. In places never seen. I spin like a top. Though stiff as a board, I'm often described like a mop. What am I?
A Floppy Disk.cleanshort
What clothes does a house wear?
Address.cleanlogicwhat am I
I move very slowly at an imperceptible rate, although I take my time, I am never late. I accompany life, and survive past demise, I am viewed with esteem in many women's eyes. What am I?
I am your hair.cleanshortwhat am I
I am taken from a mine,
and shut up in a wooden case
from which I’m never released,
and yet I am used by many.
What am I?
Two sentries were on duty outside a barracks. One faced up the road to watch for anyone approaching from the North. The other looked down the road to see if anyone was approached from the South. Suddenly one of them said to the other, "Why are you smiling?" How did he know that his companion was smiling?
Although the guards were looking in opposite directions, they were not back to back. They were facing each other.animalcleanshortwhat am I
I am small and shy.
I have eight legs.
I eat bugs.
I catch them in my web.
I am a...
What has six faces, but does not wear makeup. It also has twenty-one eyes, but cannot see?
A die (dice).cleanshort
What kind of ties can you never wear?
What do computer programmers sing in the shower?