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These are the riddles that make the rounds. You may remember some of these classic riddles from your childhood and now you can stump and delight your kids with them! 

Riddle:

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?

Answer:

The word is starting! starting, staring, string, sting, sing, sin, in, I.  Cool,huh?

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Riddle:

The more you take, the more you leave behind. What am I?

Answer:

Footsteps.

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Riddle:

What comes once in a minute, twice in a moment, but never in a thousand years?

Answer:

The letter "m".

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Riddle:

What has many keys, but can't even open a single door?

Answer:

A piano.

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Riddle:

You live in a one storey house made entirely of redwood. What color would the stairs be?

Answer:

What stairs? You live in a one storey house.

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Riddle:

Re-arrange the letters, O O U S W T D N E J R, to spell just one word. What is it?

Answer:

'Just one word'.

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Riddle:

What is more useful when it is broken?

Answer:

An egg.

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Riddle:

What can point in every direction but can't reach the destination by itself.

Answer:

Your finger.

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Riddle:

What is black when you buy it, red when you use it, and gray when you throw it away?

Answer:

Charcoal.

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Riddle:

My life can be measured in hours, I serve by being devoured. Thin, I am quick. Fat, I am slow. Wind is my foe. What am I?

Answer:

I am a candle.

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Riddles throughout history have not been limited to any single place or culture but throughout the world riddles have been culturally significant. Mongolia, China, Russia, Mongolia, Persia, India, Hungary, Africa, Philippines and Scandinavia are just some parts of the word that are steeped in the tradition of classic riddles and brain puzzles. In ancient Greece and Egypt peoples who solved riddles were held in high esteem. Certain cultures used riddles as a means to continue traditions and folklore from one generation to the next.