What has 4 legs in the morning, two legs at noon, and 3 in the evening?
This is riddle told by Odin, a Norse God who was most fond of riddles:
I have 4 to hang, 4 to run,
2 to fight off dogs, 2 to point the way,
and 1 that dangles behind.
What am I?
I am my father's murderer, my mother's husband, my children's brother. Who am I?
I begin every day, disappear at noon, and finish at day's end. What am I?
Why is a raven like a writing desk?
This is the famous riddle of the Sphinx, solved by Oedipus. The answer is the stages of a man's life--crawling on four legs as a baby, walking on two legs as an adult, and aided with a stick as an old man.
The answer is a cow, with an udder (4 to hang), feet (4 to run), nostrils (2 to point the way), horns (2 to fight off dogs) and a tail to dangle behind.
This riddle takes us back to Oedipus. If you know the myth, he killed his father, married his mother, and raised children with her.
The letter d.
Although this riddle isn't answered in Alice In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll explained in a subsequent edition of the book that ravens and writing desks produce notes, both a bit flat!
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