Mind-Bending Riddles You Can Use to Impress Your Friends

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Riddle me that, riddle me this…How many of these answers did you really miss?

That’s right. It’s time to warm up your brain and check out some of the best offerings from Propensity for Curiosity, gathered by Bored Panda, guaranteed to make you think, probably get frustrated when you see the answer, and then think, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

If nothing else, they’re great to share with your friends so you can sound super smart.

Ready? Let’s begin.

The first is full of raging fires; the second, assassins with loaded guns; and the third, lions who haven’t eaten in years. Which room is the safest?

Those poor things would have died of starvation long before the assassin even entered that room.

What number belongs where the ‘?’ is?

All of the numbers, when read upside down, are the numbers 86-91.

Can you figure out what it is?

Get it? ‘Short’ literally becomes ‘shorter’ when you add ‘e’ and ‘r’ to the end of it! Don’t worry. I didn’t get it either.

What am I? And no, it’s not that ex that you had a toxic relationship with.

It took me a LONG time to get this next one…

What am I?

This is a great riddle for mail carriers to use on their co-workers! …I’m assuming all they do is talk about the mail and mail-related accessories all day long.

Try to think outside the box for this one.

They might not sing, but they sure have that stony gaze down. It makes for an epic band picture.

And no, you don’t have to be a geography expert to get this one.

It was still there, just wasn’t discovered yet! Okay, so that was kind of a trick question…

…but not in your left?

I seriously cannot believe I missed this next one…

One girl drank them very fast and had finished five in the time it took the other to drink just one. The girl who drank one died while the other survived. All of the drinks were poisoned. How did the girl who drank the most survive?

As she slowly drank her one drink, the melting ice released the poison.

A little while later, they both go out and enjoy a wonderful dinner together. How can this be?

…and then developed the photo.

What am I?

You got that one, right? No? Try not to beat yourself up. You’ll get the next one for sure.

He has no safety equipment and nothing to soften his fall, and yet he is not hurt. How can this be?

I also would have accepted ‘The window cleaner was actually Spider-Man’ as an answer.

1 11 21 1211 111221 312211

Each number describes the previous number. Starting with 1, the second line describes it 1 (one 1). Then the third line describes 11 as 21 (two 1’s). Then the fourth line describes 21 as 1211 (one 2, one 1). That is the pattern.

I appear twice in a week though you can only see me once in a year. What am I?

See? These are actually pretty simple! The secret is not to overthink them.

How is this possible?

AKA, Leap Day. I’m guessing she looks pretty rough for a 16-year-old…

The wife says she was sleeping. The butler was cleaning the closet. The gardener was picking vegetables. The maid was getting the mail. The cook was preparing breakfast. Immediately, the police arrest the murderer. Who did it, and how did the police know?

There is no mail on Sundays. Plus, ‘getting the mail’ takes about five seconds. Pretty flimsy excuse, don’t you think?

The boat turned over and all four men sank to the bottom of the lake. And yet, not one single man got wet. How can this be?

Get it? Not one ‘single’ man got wet? Talk about clever wordplay!

If it’s pairs of letters you need, I have consecutively three. What am I?

Bookkeepers also do your taxes. That doesn’t have anything to do with this riddle, I’m just reminding you how helpful bookkeepers are. Let’s move on.

We poison without touching. We bear the truth and the lies. We are not to be judged by our size. What are we?

That’s it! Now you can try these riddles out on your friends and family members and feel smugly superior as they struggle to answer them. You’re welcome.