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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:

One day, the police found a man dead inside a hut. In his left hand, he's holding a gun. In his right hand, he has a recording. When the recording is played, the police hear the man talking about how horrible life is and how he wants it to end. The recording ends with a gunshot. The police are about to call it a suicide until you point out a very important clue. What is it?

Answer:

The recording played a gunshot inside it. If the man committed suicide, he wouldn't have been able to stop the recording after he pulled the trigger.

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Riddle:

How can you make seven even?

Answer:

Remove the letter s.

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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.