Question: Three men were told by God, " If you step on a duck, you shall marry the ugliest woman. However, if you do not step on a duck, you shall marry the most beautiful woman in all the land." The three men accepted. The first man stepped on a duck from not paying attention. The second man accidentally stepped on a duck in his son's room. The third man never stepped on a duck and was then married to the most beautiful woman he's ever seen. But why was he really married to the beautiful woman?
Answer: The woman stepped on a duck.
Question: The police found a lost kid. He is too young to talk and can't say where his parents are. Three people came claiming they were the kid's parent. They were allowed to spend 2 minutes alone with the boy. The policemen were watching them through the window. Claiming parent 1: A woman with chocolate, a burger, and fries feeding the little kid. Claiming parent 2: "Where were you, I have been looking for you everywhere!?" Claiming parent 3: "Look it's your favorite car!" Who is the criminal?
Answer: 1. Who would give that many french fries and chocolate to a small kid who cannot talk? 3. This is typical of kidnappers to offer toys.
Question: A swan is in the center of a circular lake but he cannot take flight from the water, only on land. On the parameter of the lake there is a hunting dog that desperately wants the swan but cannot swim. So the swan must make it to the land before taking off and must do so before the dog makes it to him. The dog is almost 4 times faster than the swan and always runs to the point around the lake closest to the swan.
How can the swan get out of the lake and take flight before the dog gets him?
Answer: The swan can travel 1/4 of the way to land then swim in a circular path around the center of the lake (the swan will be moving slightly faster around than the dog in their circles). Once the swan is as far as he can get away from the dog in his circle he can swim the remaining 3/4 of the way to shore. The dog must travel the radius of the lake time pi (radius * π) while the swan only has to travel 3/4 the radius four times slower (3/4 * radius * 4). So the swan will make it to the shore and fly before the dog reaches it.
Question: In a certain society any time somebody commits a serious crime they must be shot at twice with a 6 bullet revolver. The revolver only has two bullets in it though, both of them right next to each other. They spin the revolver once and shoot the gun. If there was no bullet in that chamber they give the prisoner the option to either spin the chamber again or just shoot again. If the first shot is a blank, should the prisoner ask for the revolver to be spun or should they choose that it be shot again?
Answer: They should have them shoot again. If it is spun again there is a 2/6 chance they will get shot. There are four possible spots that don't have bullets and only one is followed by a bullet. This means that the chance is only 1/4 that they will be shot if they don't spin it.
Question: An old man wanted to leave all of his money to one of his three sons, but he didn't know which one he should give it to. He gave each of them a few coins and told them to buy something that would be able to fill their living room. The first man bought straws, but there was not enough to fill the room. The second bought some sticks, but they still did not fill the room. The third man bought two things that filled the room, so he obtained his father's fortune. What were the two things that the man bought?
Answer: The wise son bought a candle and a box of matches. After lighting the candle, the light filled the entire room
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