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Classic Riddles for Kids and Adults

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

Riddle: The more you take, the more you leave behind. "What am I?"
Answer: Footsteps.
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?
Riddle: What has a head, a tail, is brown, and has no legs?
Answer: A Penny.
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Riddle: Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday?
Answer: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.
Riddle: A doctor and a bus driver are both in love with the same woman, an attractive girl named Sarah. The bus driver had to go on a long bus trip that would last a week. Before he left, he gave Sarah seven apples. Why?
Answer: An apple a day keeps the doctor away!
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Riddle: You live in a one story house made entirely of redwood. What color would the stairs be?
Answer: What stairs? You live in a one-story house.
Riddle: A boy was at a carnival and went to a booth where a man said to the boy, "If I write your exact weight on this piece of paper then you have to give me $50, but if I cannot, I will pay you $50." The boy looked around and saw no scale so he agrees, thinking no matter what the carny writes he'll just say he weighs more or less. In the end the boy ended up paying the man $50. How did the man win the bet?
Answer: The man did exactly as he said he would and wrote "your exact weight" on the paper.
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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.
Riddle: What has many keys, but can't even open a single door?
Answer: A piano.
Riddle: What is more useful when it is broken?
Answer: An egg.

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, the Philippines, and Scandinavia are just some parts of the world that are steeped in the tradition of classic riddles and brain puzzles. In ancient Greece and Egypt, people 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.