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Riddle me this

January 21, 2009 12:27 pm

Last Christmas, my brothers gave me the 2008 Dragonology calendar, which I assure you has been a great help this year in learning to identify dragons, read dragon script, and evaluate dragon treasure. The June page is a lesson on “Elementary Riddle Work,” though I hadn’t really noticed until I took the calender down this month — with all my moving about last summer, I didn’t have the calendar up anywhere during the month of June.

Anyway, the page is covered in riddles, some of which I’d seen before and some that I hadn’t.  I know a bunch of you are riddle fans, so I thought I would share.  I’ll put the answer in white text below the riddle so you won’t see the answer unless you highlight it.

What does man love more than life,
Fear more than death or mortal strife,
What the poor have, the rich require,
And what contented men desire,
What misers spend, and spendthrifts save,
And all men carry to the grave?

Weight in my belly,
Trees on my back,
Nails in my ribs,
Feet I do lack.
A ship

The wave, over the wave, a weird thing I saw,
Through-wrought, and wonderful ornate:
A wonder on the waves, water become bone.

Oft I must strive with wind and wave, battle them both when under the sea.
I feel out the bottom, a foreign land. In lying still, I am strong in the strife;
If I fail in that, they are stronger than I, and wrenching me loose, soon put me to rout.
They wish to capture what I must keep. I master them both if my grip holds out.
If the rocks bring succor and lend support, strength in the struggle. Ask me my name!
An anchor

The part of the bird that is not in the sky,
which can swim in the ocean and always stay dry.
Its shadow

What gets wetter the more it dries?
A towel

The Riddle of the Sphinx: What goes on four legs in the morning, two in the afternoon, and three in the evening?
A person

Only one color, but not one size,
Stuck at the bottom, yet easily flies,
Present in sun, but not in rain,
Doing no harm and feeling no pain.
A shadow

What force and strength cannot get through
I with a gentle touch can do,
And many in the street would stand,
Were I not a friend at hand.
A key

Round like an apple, deep like a cup,
Yet all the king’s horses can’t pull it up.
A well

Old Mother Twitchet had one eye,
And a long tail that she let fly,
And every time she went through a gap
She left a bit of her tail in the trap.
A needle and thread

Long legs, bandy thighs,
A little head, and no eyes.
A pair of tongs

In marble walls as white as milk,
Lined with skin as soft as silk,
Within a fountain crystal clear,
A golden apple does appear.
No doors are there to this stronghold–
Yet thieves break in and steal the gold.
An egg

Black we are, and much admired,
Men seek for us if they’re tired.
We tire the horse, but comfort man,
Tell me this riddle if you can.

As I was going to St. Ives,
I met a man with seven wives,
Each wife had seven sacks,
Each sack had seven cats,
Each cat had seven kits,
Kits, cats, sacks, wives,
How many were going to St. Ives?

A hill-full, a hole-full,
You cannot catch a bowl-full.
Mist or fog

Little Nancy Etticoat,
In a white petticoat,
With a red nose,
The longer she stands,
The shorter she grows.
A candle

Black within and red without,
With four corners round about.
A chimney

Mad libs… a toy for all ages.

October 4, 2008 1:04 am

Amusingly, Carmen and I seem to be mutually breaking up.  I’m not sure who has the better blackmail, but I totally trump in the memorabilia category.

Dear Carmen:

I don’t really know how to tell you this, but our affair is over. I think I realized it when I threw up outside of Chicago and I saw you sit on the crazy monk. I’m sure you’re frostbitten enough to understand that Santa doesn’t exist. I’m returning your ring to you, but I’ll keep your left ear as a memory. You should also know that I was interviewed by the Times about your passionate interest in mice.

Good luck on your short-term leave from jail,


March 14, 2007 8:04 am

Happy Pi Day, folks!

I am full of stories that I will tell as soon as I stop scrambling to catch up from mostly ignoring school over spring break!

Think that’s in the dictionary?

February 3, 2007 5:49 pm

This was funny.

Odette  [noun]:

A poltergeist sent back in time to change the course of history forever.

‘How will you be defined in the dictionary?’ at

There needs to be a story about this.

Which reminds me! Liz, I saw The Ghost and Mrs. Muir last week, which was good fun! Thanks for the recommendation.

I need input

September 11, 2006 10:22 pm

If someone described a society as “Stone Age bourgeois,” what would you picture?

Work of the devil

August 19, 2006 12:35 pm

Something about this strikes me as inherently funny. And yes, it’s real.

An Amazon recommendation.

Time wasters

August 4, 2006 5:53 pm

Now you too can be Jackson Pollok! At least online. (Everyone’s ambition, I know.)

The cross-breed zoo. I know I’ve seen the duckigator picture before, but not the rest. They’re all amusing, though I’m especially fascinated by the gryphon, cardifox, and bunny-bird.

I’ve been going back and re-tagging some old entries, especially ones that (a) were “Uncategorized,” (b) needed my new “D&D” tag, or (c) needed my slightly less new “Mmm, London!” tag. Which took me to this entry, at which point I started feeling a little bit guilty because the site I made with foreign study stories was (a) never finished and (b) no longer online because of that little graduation thing. So it now has more blathering added to the end and a link to my pictures, which are not on Flickr, but are on Kodak’s “EasyShare Gallery,” through which I ordered all the gazillion prints that went into my scrapbooks. Mother had discovered that before I discovered Flickr.

And if you were curious like Tae…

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For the E

July 28, 2006 11:02 pm

I think your new theme song for your troll experience should be Blink 182’s “What’s My Age Again?” – casting your troll as the singer, of course. (I believe it’s on Consus if you don’t know it.) It just keeps going through my head and it seems appropriate! Other suggestions, gang?

Have you got the twit blocked yet?

Esoteric holidays, continued

March 25, 2006 1:04 am

Thanks to Carmen’s comment on my last post, I declare this to be a day of feasting and celebration! Hurrah for Rangers and Hobbits for Sauron has fallen!!!

Slipping into fangirl mode…

November 9, 2005 9:06 pm

Thanks to Tae for distracting us all…heeheehee!

1. Post a list of your 10 favorite fandoms.
2. Have your friends list guess your favorite character from each fandom
3. When guessed bold the line and write a sentence about why you like that character

1. LotR – Samwise & Galadriel
(bonus points if you get them both)
Aww, Sam. Where would we be without the trusty sidekick?

2. original series Star Trek – Spock

3. Enterprise – Malcolm Reid
(not sure any of you but Pug stuck with this one, but give it a shot)

4. Firefly/Serenity – Wash
(big pughug for getting Firefly to me!)
A close call, all told, but his adoration of Zoe reminds me of something. Must have read about it somewhere, I guess…

5. Harry Potter – Hermione

6. The Phantom of the Opera – the Phantom

7. Star Wars – Leia
This started at a point when the female lead of any show was automatically my favorite character (a bit weird, neh?), but later realized it was justified! Love it when things actually work out that way.

8. The Princess Bride – Miracle Max

9. Camelot/King Arthur – Merlin
(in general, no specific version)

10. The Enchanted Forest Chronicles – Kazul, King of the Dragons
(I know that nearly all of you have read these because nearly all of you borrowed them from me! So I expect you to put up a good guess.)

Now…to see if my favorite characters are as obvious as my favorite movies!