logicAs I was going to St. Ives
I met a man with seven wives
The seven wives had seven sacks
The seven sacks had seven cats
The seven cats had seven kits
Kits, cats, sacks and wives
How many were going to St. Ives?

One person is going to St. Ives (the narrator). Because the narrator "met" all of the others mentioned in the poem, this implies that they walked past each other in opposite directions, and thus none of the wives, sacks, cats, or kits was actually headed to St. Ives.
If you (like many) think this answer is a bit silly, you can assume that all the people, sacks, and animals mentioned were heading for St. Ives. In this case, we would have 1 narrator + 1 man + 7 wives + 49 sacks + 343 cats + 2401 kits = 2802 total going to St. Ives. However, this isn't the traditional answer.

## Similar riddles

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logicshortThere were two women, standing and facing the opposite ways. The first lady was facing south and the second lady was facing north. But, they could see each other. How is that possible?

They were holding the mirror.

cleanfunnylogicDuring what month do people sleep the least?

February because it's the shortest month.

cleanfunnylogicshortWhat can go up a chimney down but not down a chimney up?

An umbrella.

cleanfunnylogicA boy fell off a 30 meter ladder but did not get hurt. Why not?

He fell off the bottom step.

cleanlogicshortWhat word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?

Short.

logicmathEvery day, Jack arrives at the train station from work at 5 pm. His wife leaves home in her car to meet him there at exactly 5 pm, and drives him home. One day, Jack gets to the station an hour early, and starts walking home, until his wife meets him on the road. They get home 30 minutes earlier than usual. How long was he walking? Distances are unspecified. Speeds are unspecified, but constant. Give a number which represents the answer in minutes.

The best way to think about this problem is to consider it from the perspective of the wife. Her round trip was decreased by 30 minutes, which means each leg of her trip was decreased by 15 minutes. Jack must have been walking for 45 minutes.

logicshortWhat came first, the chicken or the egg?

Dinosaurs laid eggs long before there were chickens.

logicshort1
11
21
1211
111221
312211
What is the next number in the sequence?

The next number it: 13112221. Each number describes the previous number. Starting with 1, the second line describes it 11 (one 1). Then the third line describes 11 as 21 (two 1’s). Then the fourth line describes 21 as 1211 (one 2, one 1). This is the pattern.

logicmathshortCan you find four consecutive prime numbers that add up to 220?

47 + 53 + 59 + 61 = 220

logicmysteryscaryOn the first day of the school a young girl was found murdered. Police suspect four male teachers and question them. They were asked what they were doing at 8:00 am.
Mr. Walter: I was driving to school and I was late.
Mr. Thomas: I was checking English exam papers.
Mr. Benjamin: I was reading the newspaper.
Mr. Calvin: I was with my wife in my office.
The police arrested the killer. How did the police find the murderer?

Mr.Thomas as he cannot be checking exam papers on the first day of school.