3 Riddles To Impress Your Friends

The next time you meet up with your friends, you can ask them these riddles. It will surely impress them!

Riddle Number 1

What belongs to you but others use it more than you do?

This is an interesting one indeed!

Let us think about this riddle for a moment!
The riddle’s first clue is that the thing you should be looking for belongs to you. So what belongs to you? Your options could be anything from your car, your house, your cellphone…

But the riddle goes and specifies that other people use this item more than you. If we look at our first answers, you will not let someone use your car, your house, or your cellphone more than yourself. So what should you need to consider?

The answer is Your name.

You might not think about this answer initially, but it is true that other people use your name more than yourself, except if you refer to yourself in the third person all the time.

If you refer to yourself in the third person and your name is George, then you would say something like: “George likes chocolates.” But you should say: “I like chocolates”.

Sometimes we use the third person when referring to ourselves in order to make a joke!

Next time when a friend asks you if you want coffee, you can say “Yes, George wants coffee”. Maybe you will not get a laugh, but it is light humour.

Riddle Number 2

The more you take, the more you leave behind. What are they?

Let us take a look at the riddle again by breaking it up into pieces. Usually, if a sentence is difficult to understand or you are trying to solve a riddle, it helps to break it up into different parts.

So, we start again by looking a the first part that mentions the more you take. What can you take… there are so many things that you can probably not name them all.

But the second part of the riddle says that you are leaving more behind. So what can you take but if you take it you leave more behind. It just doesn’t make sense. If you take something there should be less.

If I have five apples on the table and I take five apples away, there will be no apples left. It doesn’t matter how many apples I take; the apples left on the table will always be fewer. So you will have to look at something else to solve this riddle.

The answer is Footsteps.

Another very clever answer and that is the thing about riddles, the answer might seem obvious after hearing it, but not everyone will be able to come up with an answer themselves.

The more you walk around, the more footsteps you will leave behind you. You will continue to walk and leave numerous footprints behind you in your life. If you step on the sand, you can see your footprints, but you wouldn’t see any footprints on other surfaces such as concrete or tar. That doesn’t mean that it is not there.

Riddle Number 3

What has a head and a tail but no body?

Let us break the riddle up into parts again; what has a head and a tail? The answer that naturally jumps to your mind will be some sort of animal, right? But the second part of the riddle is where it gets interesting. The thing that we are looking for has no body… Well, is there then an animal that has no body? That doesn’t seem right!

There is no such animal that we know of; this is actually just a play on some English words. Do you know the English expression? No? We will explain it to you after this riddle.

The answer is A coin!

Yes, this one was difficult. So, now we are going to explain to you the meaning of the clue… In English, we use the term “to flip a coin” when choosing between two things. Say, for example, you need to decide between going to McDonald’s or KFC for lunch, but you and your friends are in two minds, then you can flip a coin to decide the answer.

A coin has a head (In England this is the head of the Queen) and a tail (the other side); you and your friend will both select a side of the coin and then throw the coin in the air. Whichever side of the coin lands face-up will be the winner of the coin flip and will be able to choose. If you don’t have a friend with you, you can select heads for McDonald’s and tails for KFC, and if the coin lands on heads, you get McDonald’s, and if it lands on tails, you will buy KFC.

After this explanation, you should be able to use the expression “to flip a coin” and now you can impress your friends with these riddles.

Let us do a quick lesson recap

In this lesson, you learn three riddles:

  • What belongs to you but others use it more than you do?
    With this riddle we explained how we sometimes make humorous comments.
  • The more you take, the more you leave behind. What are they?
    With this riddle you also learned to think outside of the box, you should look at riddles from other perspectives.
  • What has a head and a tail but no body?
    The last riddle taught you about an English expression.

You can now walk away from this quick course with more than just three riddles to impress your friends with!

To quickly test your memory try the quiz in the next section!