Riddles are a great way to pass your time all the while improving your cognitive skills, language and reasoning.
Our brain is surely the world's best trickster but did you know there are ways in which you can trick it too? Yes, you guessed it right, through puzzles, riddles, brain teasers.
According to Marcel Danesi, professor of semiotics and anthropology, “Puzzles like riddles and acrostics—are likely to stimulate the language areas of the brain, while those that deal with some aspect of logical thinking, such as placing symbols in a particular way in a grid, are likely to stimulate logic-processing areas," as per Reader's Digest.
So, all set to stimulate your brain with some tricky riddles? Here you go!
Question: In British Columbia, you cannot take a picture of a man with a wooden leg. Why not?
Did you think we'd give you the answer immediately? Not so fast! While you think about the answer we'd like to make it even more challenging for you with a few more riddles. Hope your brain is ready for the questions coming its way! We've given you some picture clues as well to make it easier.
1. What grows in winter, dies in summer, and grows roots upwards?
Answer: It's an icicle.
Ready for the next one? Alright!
2. I can fly but I have no wings. I can cry but I have no eyes. Wherever I go, darkness follows me. What am I?
Pretty difficult, right? No worries. The answer is...
Answer: The amazing clouds.
Since your brains are on a roll, let's go for a third riddle. Shall we?
3. Take away my first letter, then take away my second letter. Then take away the rest of my letters, yet I remain the same. What am I?
We agree, this one looks quite complicated but when you guess the answer, it's very simple. Moreover, we all have seen it at one point or the other.
Answer: A postman/postwoman
Okay, one more before we reveal the answer to the first riddle presented to you.
4. I have a bed but I never sleep. I have a mouth but I never speak.
What am I?
Think hard. What could be that thing that never sleeps or speaks? Is the picture helping? No? We'll tell you.
Answer: A river.
Alright, we're done with all the warm-up and now it's time for the big reveal to our first question.
Answer: Because you need a camera for that. You cannot take a picture with a wooden leg. Can you?
The answer was pretty straightforward but your mind must have gone to all the places it can to get the answer. Now you know, riddles are a great way to exercise your brain every now and then.