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.
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What kind of ties can you never wear?
What 8 letter word can have a letter taken away and it still makes a word. Take another letter away and it still makes a word. Keep on doing that until you have one letter left. What is the word?
The word is starting! starting, staring, string, sting, sing, sin, in, i. cleanfunny
What is black and white and read all over?
A newspaper.animalcleanshortwhat am I
I have four legs and a long tail.
I eat oats and hay.
I love to run fast.
I let people ride on my back.
I am a...
What did the dog say when he sat on sandpaper?
How can you say that an ocean is so friendly to you?
Because it always waves.cleanshort
Say my name and I disappear.
Even if you give this to someone else, you still get to keep it. What is it?
Your word. clean
In a one-story pink house, there was a pink person, a pink cat, a pink fish, a pink computer, a pink chair, a pink table, a pink telephone, a pink shower– everything was pink! What color were the stairs?
There weren't any stairs, it was a one storey house.cleanlogicshort
If you have me, you want to share me. If you share me, you haven't got me. What am I?