Today I learned about a book called β€œThe Secret (treasure hunt)”. It contains 12 cryptic paintings associated with 12 cryptic riddles you must decipher in order to dig up a key to the loot buried around the U.S. and Canada. Only 3 have been discovered since 1982. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned about an polar balloon expedition in 1897. For 33 years the fate of the AndrΓ©e expedition remained one of the unsolved riddles of the Arctic. The chance discovery in 1930 of the expedition's last camp created a media sensation in Sweden, where the dead men had been mourned and idolized. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
A riddle from 1688 goes. "If a man born blind can feel the differences between shapes such as spheres and cubes, could he, if given the ability, distinguish those objects by sight alone?" In 2003 the riddle was solved when five people had their sight restored though surgery. They could not. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mol…
In Des Moines, IA, kids go trick or treating on October 30th which is called Beggars night. Kids have to tell a joke or riddle to get candy. whotv.com/2015/10/30/digg…
In Harry Potter, the character Tom Marvolo Riddle (whose name is an anagram of "I Am Lord Voldemort") is called Tom Elvis Jedusor in the book's French translation ("Je suis Lord Voldemort") and Romeo G Detlev Jr. in Danish ("Jeg er Voldemort") harrypotter.fandom.com/wi…
In an episode of the Batman series from the 60’s, The Riddler asks Commissioner Gordon the riddle "When is a jet stream like a daffodil?". The answer to this riddle is never given in the series. The answer that was written in the script and never aired is: β€œThey can both be yellow.” batman.fandom.com/wiki/Th…
Tom Marvolo Riddle's name had to be translated into 68 languages, while still being an anagram for "I am Lord Voldemort", or something of equal meaning. harrypotter.wikia.com/wik…
Judd Winick of The Real World: San Francisco became a very successful publisher and comic book writer, receiving various Awards for writing as well as being a successful creator of shows on Cartoon Network and currently PBS Kids with Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jud…
Christian Coulson gained worldwide attention and popularity for his role as 16 year old Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, even though Coulson was 24 years old. However, he couldn't return to play Riddle in Half-Blood Prince, since, at 29, he was now too old en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Today I learned of Heraclitus. A self taught philosopher with a superior tone that wrote his works in riddles due to people ridiculing his ideas. In his old age he sought a doctor to cure him of illness. The doctor could not understand him because he spoke in riddles so he covered himself in cow dung and died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
Uncooked spaghetti always break into more than two parts, a curious fact that already baffled Nobel-prize winning physicist Richard Feynman. The riddle was only solved last year by scientists who managed to make spaghetti snap into only two parts with a trick. npr.org/2018/08/16/639149…
A philosophy riddle from 1688 was recently solved. If a man born blind can feel the differences between shapes such as spheres and cubes, could he, if given the ability, distinguish those objects by sight alone? In 2003 five people had their sight restored though surgery, and, no they could not. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mol…
A book published in 1981 titled "The Secret: A Treasure Hunt" associates 12 riddles and 12 pictures to 12 real locations in the USA, where a ceramic bin buried in the ground houses a ~1000$ gem. Only 2 of them have been found to this day. vice.com/en_us/article/xd…
Nik Kershaw got the melody together for his first single in 20 minutes. The lyrical content is gibberish that was supposed to be temporary. When he couldn't think of any other good lyrics to fit, he left it in and called the song "The Riddle". songmeaningsandfacts.com/…
"The Hobbit" has been published in two editions: in the first edition, Gollum willingly bet on his ring in the riddle game. lotr.fandom.com/wiki/Ridd…
The actor who played 11 year-old Voldemort (a.k.a. Tom Riddle) in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" is the nephew of Ralph Fiennes, the actor who played the grown-up Voldemort in the final 5 films. businessinsider.in/HAPPY-…
The riddle "As I was going to St Ives", dates back to 1779. All potential answers to this riddle are based on its ambiguity because the riddle only tells us the group has been "met" on the journey to St. Ives and gives no further information about its intentions en.wikipedia.org/wiki/As_…
In the Harry Potter series, Tom Riddle has a different name depending on which language the book is in, in order to preserve the anagram in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. harrypotter.wikia.com/wik…
The actor of young Tom Riddles in Harry Potter, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, is the nephew of the actor of Lord Voldemort, Ralph Fiennes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
The nursery rhyme "Humpty Dumpty" probably originated as a riddle. The answer became so well known that we all just know Humpty is an egg now, even though he's never explicitly described as one in the rhyme. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum…
A Diamond studded golden Owl was buried somewhere in France in 1993. There's a book of riddles leading to its location, but it still hasn't been found. Oh, and there a 1,000,000 franc prize for the person who finds it. secretcityadventures.com/…
The RNA Tie Club was a scientific gentleman's club created to "solve the riddle of the RNA structure and... how it built proteins".The motto was "do or die; or don't try". The 20 members each had a designated amino acid and a tie. They would exchange ideas over cigars and alcohol. 8 won Nobels. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RNA…
Today I learned of a Sesame Street special in 1983 in which Big Bird helps a cursed 4,000 year old Egyptian child prince defeat a demon by solving a riddle and weighing his heart en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
In the first edition of "The Hobbit," Gollum willingly bets his ring in the riddle game with Bilbo and the two part on good terms. Tolkien changed the story in the second edition to reflect the corruptive powers of the ring taking shape in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. tolkien.cro.net/tolkien/c…
Foreign language translations had to change Tom Marvolo Riddle's name so that an appropriate anagram could be formed from "I am Lord Voldemort." imdb.com/title/tt0295297/…
The translations of Harry Potter preserved the Tom Riddle/I Am Voldemort anagram. To do so, his first name in the Danish is "Romeo", his middle name in the French is "Elvis," and his name in Slovenia is "Mark Neelstein." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
'Miami Vice' star Don Johnson once asked Hunter S. Thompson the famous Zen riddle 'Whats the sound of one hand clapping?', Thompson's answer? β€œHe reached up and slapped me upside the head", says Johnson. mirror.co.uk/news/world-n…
In the original version of The Hobbit, Gollum surrenders the Ring to Bilbo as a reward for winning a Riddle Game. However, as Tolkien was conceiving the nature of the Ring, he realized that the Ring's grip on Gollum would never permit him to give it up willingly. lotr.wikia.com/wiki/One_R…
In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, to make the anagram of Tom Riddles name say I am Lord Voldemort in French, they had to change his name to Tom Elvis Jesudor harrypotter.wikia.com/wik…
An upper east side apartment was remodeled to include many puzzles, riddles, ciphers, and other hidden games. The owners had no prior knowledge of this and didn't discover the first clue until living there for four months. nytimes.com/2008/06/12/ga…
Riddles are a derivative of poetry and were used to teach wit, which was regarded as the ability to think while maintaining multiple perspectives on the topic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rid…
A Belgian man who was being evicted from his home when he cheated with his wife, rigged his house up with over 20 firearm traps. He even made a riddle for the next home owners but accidently shot himself with one of the traps. The Military anti-mining team took 3 weeks to disarm 19 traps. telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
Today I learned of Louis Dethy, a retired Belgian engineer who was being evicted from his home due to cheating on his wife. He rigged his house with 20 shotgun traps, keeping riddles and clues to their whereabouts. The 20th trap was either never found or never built. smh.com.au/articles/2002/…
Lewis Carroll eventually did answer the Mad Hatter's famous unanswered riddle, "Why is a raven like a writing desk?" In an 1896 edition, he wrote, "Because it can produce a few notes, tho they are very flat; and it is never put with the wrong end in front!" [pg.71(5.)] books.google.com/books?id…
There is a place in the Netherlands where you can get yourself and your friends locked up in a darkened room, and you get one hour to escape by solving riddles. escaperoom.nl/
A New York Fish and Wildlife Expert worked out the answer to the riddle/tongue-twister "How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood" to be roughly 700 pounds en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How…
In "Trials Evolution" there was a extremely cryptic set of riddles and puzzles that led to 4 Keys being discovered around the world, set to open a box in the year 2113 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
Today I learned of Koans, paradoxical anecdotes or riddles, used in Zen Buddhism to demonstrate the inadequacy of logical reasoning and to provoke enlightenments en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C…
In the original version of The Hobbit, Gollum willingly bets the ring on the outcome of the Riddle Game, and they part on friendly terms. It was later revised to it's current version to fit Tolkien's planned sequel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In the Harry Potter series, Tom Riddle has a different name depending on which language the book is in, in order to preserve the anagram in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. harrypotter.wikia.com/wik…
Winston Churchill coined the term β€œa riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma" in 1939 during a broadcast. churchill-society-london.…
Today I learned of the Golden Owl of France, which is a golden owl buried somewhere in France and the owner has left 20 riddles of its where abouts. All but one riddle has been solved and its owner, before he died, checked on the location saying it is still buried in its original location. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_…
In 1979 a British artist published a book containing riddles and puzzles about the location where he had buried an 18kt gold filigree and jeweled pendant, setting off a worldwide treasure hunt which lasted over two years, and ended in scandal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mas…
In the original print of The Hobbit, Gollum offered Bilbo the One Ring as a reward to winning the riddle game. J.R.R. Tolkien revised the scene in later editions of The Hobbit to fit the concept of the ruling ring while writing Lord Of The Rings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
In order to preserve the anagram, "I am Lord Voldemort", in other languages, Tom Marvolo Riddle is also known as Tom Elvis Jedusor, Tom Dredolo Venster, Anton Marvolo Hurt, and a variety of other names. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
There is a riddle hidden in Pink Floyd's album The Division Bell, and it has remained unsolved for 18 years. pinkfloydonline.com/publi…
11-year-old Lord Voldemort (Tom Riddle) was portrayed by the nephew of Ralph Fiennes, the main actor for the character harrypotter.wikia.com/wik…
Even Though Lewis Carrol Didn't Intend to Have an Answer for the Hatter's Riddle from Alice in Wonderland, he Eventually Released One to Quell Demanding Fans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Due to "Red" and "Read" not being homophones in Italian, French and German, the answer to the riddle "What is black & white and red all over?" is answered with the name of a Communist newspaper. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
In the first edition of The Hobbit, Gollum freely bet the One Ring on the riddle contest with Bilbo Baggins. tolkiengateway.net/wiki/T…
The answer to a classic riddle, 'What is boiling & freezing at the same time?' can be a scientific answer......Cyclohexane at the Triple Point. youtube.com/watch?v=XEbMH…
There is no consensus on the origin of the phrase "the whole 9 yards", it has been described as "the most prominent etymological riddle of our time." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Tolkien re wrote the "Riddle in the Dark" chapter in The Hobbit to make Gollum more treacherous and pitiful. ringgame.net/riddles.html
The "number of the beast" 666 is possibly a riddle and anti-roman propaganda; in Hebrew letters represented numbers, and the Hebrew spelling of 'Nero Caesar' adds up to 666 penelope.uchicago.edu/~gr…
The creators of the game Trials Evolution created a riddle that led people on a search over continents to find keys buried in the ground that open a box in the year 2113 under the Eiffel Tower. kotaku.com.au/2015/06/the…
There is an answer to the "How much wood would a woodchuck..." riddle. wolframalpha.com/input/?i…
The answer to the Riddle of Steel in the 1982 Conan movie was far deeper than was outright stated, and provides the reasons why Conan lost and won at certain stages in the movie. conan.wikia.com/wiki/The_…
Today I learned of an ancient Babylon tablet containing riddles & jokes including the world's oldest "Yo mama" joke was written 3,500 years ago. huffingtonpost.com/2012/0…
Ancient Greek mathematician Diophantus left a math riddle on his gravestone to calculate his age mathworld.wolfram.com/Dio…
The meaning of the word Koan: a paradoxical anecdote or riddle, used in Zen Buddhism to demonstrate the inadequacy of logical reasoning and to provoke enlightenment. ashidakim.com/zenkoans/
The phrase "The whole nine yards" has been described as, "the most prominent etymological riddle of our time." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The Moreau painting Oedipus and the Sphinx dramatizes the moment Oedipus must correctly answer this riddle or die: "What walks on four feet in the morning, two in the afternoon and three at night" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oed…
The expression "The writing on the wall" comes from the book of Daniel, in which a disembodied hand writes a riddle on the wall. The riddle, when solved, foretold the falling of Babylon en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Jimmy Hoffa, whose mysterious disappearance has baffled investigators, middle name is, oddly enough, "Riddle". paperlessarchives.com/hof…
The Riddles in the Dark scene from the book The Hobbit was heavily modified to make Gollum's character and the nature of the Ring align with The Lord of the Rings. This site highlights the changes made. ringgame.net/riddles.html
Multimillionaire Forest Fenn has hidden a treasure worth in between 1 and 3 million in the Rocky Mountains. To find it you must solve a riddle, no one has found it so far. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/F…
:There is an unsolved riddle (the Publius Enigma) in the Pink Floyd album, The Division Bell. pinkfloydonline.com/the-p…
The phrase "the whole 9 yards" is not related to football or any sports. In fact, no one knows the actual origins, it is "the most prominent etymological riddle of our time." It is based on an earlier phrase of "whole 6 yds" traced to circa 1907. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Riddles can make my brain hurt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
In the original edition of The Hobbit, Gollum willingly bets his ring in the riddle game, and after he loses lets Bilbo go happily. The final version of the riddle game was only published 14 years later in the book's second edition. en.wikipedia.org/The_Hobb…
The Chinese have their own "buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo". "Lion-Eating Poet in the Stone Den" is a poem/riddle that consists of 92 characters all pronounced "shi". youtube.com/watch?v=vExjn…
Jimmy Hoffa's middle name is Riddle. biography.com/people/jimm…
The kid who played Tom Riddle in Half-Blood Prince is Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort's) nephew. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
Jimmy Hoffa's middle name was "Riddle". britannica.com/EBchecked/…
The actor who portrayed the 11 year old Tom Riddle in the 6th Harry Potter film was actually Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, nephew of Ralph Fiennes who plays the adult Voldemort. harrypotter.wikia.com/wik…
One definition for "conundrum" is a riddle whose answer involves a pun. Why is a queen's wand called a scepter? mw2.m-w.com/dictionary/co…
My favorite chapter (Riddles in the Dark) of my favorite book (The Hobbit) is actually heavily revised from the original print. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned about the riddle of Epicurus and the paradox of evil en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Oliver Stone wrote the screenplay for Conan the Barbarian. "The secret of steel has always carried with it a mystery. You must learn its riddle, Conan." imdb.com/name/nm0000231/

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