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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:

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:

Poor people have it. Rich people need it. If you eat it you die. what is it?

Answer:

Nothing.

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Riddle:

A bus driver was heading down a street in Colorado. He went right past a stop sign without stopping, he turned left where there was a "no left turn" sign, and he went the wrong way on a one-way street. Then he went on the left side of the road past a cop car. Still - he didn't break any traffic laws.

Why not?

Answer:

He was walking...not driving.

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Riddle:

What 7 letter word is spelled the same way backwards and forewards?

Answer:

Racecar.

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Riddle:

How can you make seven even?

Answer:

Remove the letter s.

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Riddle:

How many seconds are there in one year?

Answer:

A: 12 of them: January 2nd, February 2nd, March 2nd, April 2nd, May 2nd, June 2nd, July 2nd, August 2nd, September 2nd, October 2nd, November 2nd, December 2nd.

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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.