Riddle me this: who loves a brain workout? These 10 riddles will blow your mind and have you scratching your head. Some riddles bamboozle us by presenting situations that don’t fit into our normal experience of the world, like those that take advantage of cultural bias. And lots of riddles involve numbers, so we assume they’re testing our mental arithmetic, when all we actually have to do is pay close attention to the wording. These kinds of riddles work a bit like magic tricks. They distract our attention away from where the action is happening. And focus it on something else, which turns out to be irrelevant.
Here are some of the riddles that are included in our video, to whet your appetite. Ready? Let’s go. I’m tall when I’m young, and short when I’m old. What am I? This kind of riddle forces us to think outside of the usual order of things. As does this riddle: Tommy was born on December 28th, yet his birthday is always in the summer. How is this possible? If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, you’ll have to start thinking globally to get the answer. And you have to switch your thinking style to outside the box to be able to answer this one: I go all around the world, but I still stay in a corner. Who am I?
Lateral thinking is the key to solving many riddles. Like the father and son riddle. Two fathers and two sons walk into a store. They each buy a candy bar for 50 cents. But they only spend a dollar 50. How is this possible? Just simple math doesn’t solve this one; you have to view it creatively to come up with the correct answer. The same goes for the 10 fish in a tank riddle.
Certain riddles require quite a bit of time to work out, like the eight-letter word riddle. What eight-letter word can have a letter taken away and still makes a word? Take another letter away and it still makes a word. Keep on doing this until you have one letter left. What is the word? And there are other riddles that have a long set-up, like the poor and rich riddle, the jail break riddle and the elevator riddle. Then there are visual brain teasers, like the rainbow numbers riddle, where your eyes are drawn away from where they should really be focusing.
Have we got you suitably intrigued? Now watch our video and try to correctly answer these 10 riddles that will blow your mind, and let us know in comments which ones you managed to solve.