Last update on the 27th of August, 2002 with these New Riddles:
Should you want to contribute some new (no indecency, please!) riddles, you are very welcome to send them (with the correct answers) to my e-mail. Your name as the sender will be always mentioned. If you prefer, you can do it also directly online on the site by filling the special form.
Here are some riddles for those, who like to solve them. Collection is not very big - only about 100 riddles, most of them are classical and never out of fashion. Answers are here too, but give it a try and don't look for them right away (answers are typed in dark color font below each riddle - just highlight the space under each riddle with your mouse and you will see the answer).

Some kids funny riddles of "what-why-how" type for those who prefer
to combine riddling with laughing.
Sphinx riddles from Heroes of Might and Magic II
Last update on the 27th of August, 2002 with new riddles
Answers to the riddles you can find on the Message Board
Riddles
Here are some riddles for those, who like to solve them. Collection is not very big - only about 100 riddles, most of them are classical and never out of fashion. Answers are here too, but give it a try and don't look for them right away (answers are typed in dark color font below each riddle - just highlight the space under each riddle with your mouse and you will see the answer).

Some kids funny riddles of "what-why-how" type for those who prefer
to combine riddling with laughing.
Sphinx riddles from Heroes of Might and Magic II
Last update on the 27th of August, 2002 with new riddles
Should you want to contribute some new (no indecency, please!) riddles, you are very welcome to send them (with the correct answers) to my e-mail. Your name as the sender will be always mentioned. If you prefer, you can do it also directly online on the site by filling the special form.
For warming out something about one of the most ancient riddles...
The following passage was borrowed from the third volume of Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" series.
"Riddles are perhaps the oldest of all the games people still play today. The gods and goddesses of Greek myth teased each other with riddles and they were employed as teaching tools in Ancient Rome. The Bible contains several good riddles.
One of the most famous of these was told by Samson on the day he was married to Delilah.

Out of the eater come forth meat,
And out of the strong come forth sweetness.

He asked this riddle of several young men who attended his wedding, confident that they wouldn't be able to guess the answer. The young men, however, got Delilah aside and she whispered the answer to them. Samson was furious, and had the young men put to death for cheating - in the old days, you see, riddles were taken much more seriously than they are today."
Don't worry it is the 21st century outside, so nobody will kill you should you'd not be able to solve a riddle... Well, guys, the answer was in the following poem:


Samson and a lion got in attack,
And Samson climbed up on the lion's back.
Well, you'e read about lion killin' men with their paws,
But Samson put his hands round the lion's jaws!
He rode that lion 'till the beast fell dead,
And the bees made honey in the lion's head.


OK.  For those who still didn't get it yet.....(me included), the answers were..........

...........a lion and honey.
What can run but never walks,
Has a mouth but never talks,
Has a bed but never sleeps,
Has a head but never weeps?
a river
NOW THE RIDDLES...
Some are easy, some are tough, but
remember that you can always find the answer to each riddle below it - just try highlighting.
If a plane crashed on the border of the USA and Canada, where should the survivors be buried?
You don't bury survivors.
Two circles, two points and a nail in the middle. What is it?
scissors
Four brothers are standing under one hat.
What is it?
a table
A camper leaves her camp, hikes 1 mile south, thn 1 mile east where she sees a bear. Then she hikes 1 mile north to arrive at her camp. What colour is the bear?
The camp must be at the North pole, therefore the bear is white as it is the Polar Bear.
It doesn't bark, it doesn't bite but stil don't let you in a house. What is it?
A Lock
What is common between the girl's legs and the Eiffel Tower?
The higher you climb the more it took your breath away
There is a thing that nothing is,
And yet it has a name,
It's something tall and something short,
Joins our sport, and plays at every game.
a shadow
Dragon's riddles
KIDS FUNNY RIDDLES
These are some funny riddles. The fun is in the answers.
Perhaps, some of you remember them from your childhood, but some maybe not, then better ask your children about them :)  Also there are people who are not from the english-speaking countries for whom it could be the new experience in English language.
Anyway, I hope that you'll find something new for you here and might enjoy and even tease your friends and relatives with these riddles, but not to death! :) 
What's the best way to talk to a monster?
Long distance!

How do fisherman make their nets?
They just take a lot of holes and sew them together.

What did the sea say to the sand?
Nothing, he just waved.

What's wet and says "how do you do?" sixteen times?
Two octopuses shaking hands.

What's the same size as an elephant but doesn't weigh anything?
An elephant's shadow.
What do you call an elephant with wings?
A Jumbo Jet

Why do elephants have trunks?
Because they'd look silly with handbags.

Why is Saturn like a jewellery box?
Because it has so many things.

Which insect eats the least?
A moth - it just eats holes.

What lies on the ground, a hundred feet in the air?
A dead centipede

What will happen if you cross a hedgehog and a snake?
Barbed wire
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Last update on the 27th of August, 2002 with these New Riddles:
A woman has 7 children, half of them are boys. How can this be possible?
They are all boys
What lies in bed, and stands in bed,
First white, then red.
The plumper it gets
The better the old woman likes it?
a strawberry
How many species of each animal did Moses take aboard the ark?
Moses didn't have an Ark, Noah did.
How many months have 28 days?
All twelve of them
How far can a bear walk into the woods?
Half way, then he is walking out of the woods.
What is the value of coin dated 24 B.C.?
Nothing, a coin could not be dated BC.
If a rooster lays an egg on the peak of a roof , will the egg roll to the left side or to the right side?
Roosters don't lay eggs, chickens do.
If a south bound electric train is travelling at a rate of 66 miles per hour and the wind is blowing to the north at 35 miles per hour, which way will the smoke blow?
Electric trains don't blow smoke.
On which side of a chicken are the most feathers?
The outside.
Are you tired after riddle solving?
How a little break with joke about riddling?
A lawyer and a blonde are sitting next to each other at the bar.
The lawyer leans over to her and asks if she would like to play a fun game. The blonde, drunk and dozing, just wants to take a nap, so she politely declines and rolls over to the window to catch a few winks. The lawyer persists and explains that the game is really easy and a lot of fun. 
He explains: "I ask you a question, and if you don't know the answer, you pay me $5, and visa-versa." Again, she politely declines and tries to get some sleep.
The lawyer, now somewhat agitated, says, "Okay, if you don't know the answer you pay me $5, and if I don't know the answer, I will pay you $50" figuring that since she is a blonde that he will easily win the match.  This catches the blonde's attention and, figuring that there will be no end to this torment unless she plays, she agrees to the game.
The lawyer asks the first question: "What's the distance from the earth to the moon?" The blonde doesn't say a word, reaches into her purse, pulls out a five-dollar bill  and hands it to the lawyer.
Now, it's the blonde's turn.  She asks the lawyer: "What goes up a hill with three legs, and comes down with four?"
The lawyer looks at her with a puzzled look. He takes out his laptop computer and searches all his references.  He taps into the digital cell phone via infra-red wireless connection to his modem port and searches the Net and the Library of Congress. Frustrated, he sends E-mail to all his co-workers, friends, clients, and  suppliers that he knows.  And then some.  All to no avail.
After over an hour, he wakes the blonde and hands her $50.  The blonde politely takes the $50 and turns away to get back to sleep. The lawyer, who is more than a little miffed, wakes the blonde and asks,
"Well, so what IS the answer?" Without a word, the blonde reaches into her  purse, hands the lawyer $5, and goes back to sleep.
MORE RIDDLES
These riddles were courtesly submitted by Lifetaker:
Lighter than what I am made of,
More of me is hidden than is seen,
I am the bane of the mariner,
A tooth within the sea.
Speak my name.
ICE
A spirited jig it dances bright,
Banishing all but darkest night.
Give it food and it will live;
Give it water and it will die.
FIRE
The man who invented it,
Doesn't want it for himself.
The man who bought it,
Doesn't need it for himself.
The man who needs it,
Doesn't know it when he needs it.
COFFIN
The life I lead is mere hours or less,
I serve all my time by being consumed.
I am quickest when thin, slowest when fat,
And wind is the bane of the gift that I bring.
CANDLE
The more that there is,
The less that you see.
Squint all you wish when Surrounded by me.
DARKNESS
They come to witness the night Without being called,
A sailor's guide and a poet's tears.
They are lost to sight each day Without the hand of a thief.
STARS
They follow and lead, but only as you pass.
Dress yourself in darkest black,
And they are darker still.
Always they flee the light,
Though without the sun there would be none.
SHADOWS
I have holes throughout,
From back to front and top to bottom to core.
More nothing than something within,
And yet I still hold water.
SPONGE
I am free for the taking through all of your life,
Though given but once at birth.
I am less than nothing in weight,
But will fell the strongest of you if held.
BREATH
Alive as you but without breath,
As cold in my life as in my death;
Never a thirst though I always drink,
Dressed in a mail but never a clink.
FISH
Do you like riddle contests? Sometimes they could be really serious, and deadly serious when there is the life on stake. The most famous example is the Sphinx riddles of course.
Famous American writer Stephen King in his "Wizard and Glass" book used the same theme - the riddle contest of several people against the crazy super-train with maniacal phobia for self-destruction.
Here are the riddles from this book.
What is a difference between a grandmother and a granary?
One is one's born kin, the other is one's corn-bin
What is the difference between a cat and a complex sentence?
A cat has claws at the end of its paws, and a complex sentence has a pause at the end of its clause.
What has four wheels and flies?
the town garbage wagon
What has four legs in the morning, two legs in the afternoon, and three legs at night?
(by the way, this IS one of the original Sphinx riddles)
A human being
No sooner spoken than broken. What is it?
silence
Feed me and I live. Give me a drink and I die. What am I?
fire
I pass before the sun, yet make no shadow.
wind
This is a light as a feather, yet no man can hold it for long.
one's breath
If you break me, I'll not stop working. If you can touch me, my work is done. If you lose me, you must find me with a ring soon after.
the human heart
What may go up a chimney down but cannot go down a chimney up?
a parasol
We are very little creatures; all of us have different features. One of us in glass is set; one of us you'll find in jet. Another you may see in tin, and a fourth is boxed within. If the fifth you should pursue, it can never fly from you.
What are we?
(this is the riddle of the writer Jonathan Swift - the author of Gulliver)
a and e and I and o and u - the vowels
Where may you find roads without carts, forests without trees, cities without houses?
on a map
I have a hundred legs but cannot stand, a long neck but no head; I eat the maid's life.
a broom
Cannot be seen, cannot be felt, cannot be heard, cannot be smelt. It lies behind the stars and beneath the hills. Ends life and kills laughter.
the dark
This thing runs but cannot walk, sometimes sings but never talks. Lacks arms, has hands; lacks a head has a face.
a clock
What builds up castles, tears down mountains, makes some blind, helps others to see?
sand - and glasses (which are made technically speaking from sand)
What lives in winter, dies in summer, and grows with its roots upward?
an icicle
Man walks over; man walks under; in time of war he burns asunder?
a bridge
What has eyes yet cannot see?
four answers: needles, storms, potatoes, true lover
In a tunnel of darkness lies a beast of iron. It can only attack when pulled back.
a bullet
Walk on the living, they don't even mumble. Walk on the dead, they mutter and grumble.
leaves
With no wings, I fly. With no eyes, I see. With no arms, I climb. More frightening than any beast, stronger than any foe. I am cunning, ruthless and tall; in the end, I rule all.
imagination
Why do people go to bed?
because the bed won't come to them
Riddles from Stephen King's "Wizard and Glass" book
Sphinx's Riddles from Heroes of Might and Magic II
Heroes of Might and Magic II is the PC game created by New World Computing and one of the interesting feature of it is that there are pyramids in the game, and a hero could enter a pyramid and try to solve a riddle of the Sphinx. Here are the riddles of the Sphinx, who despite the fact that it lives not in the Ancient Egypt but in the world of Heroes of Migh and Magic II still asks some pretty tough riddles.
What ten letter word starts with G-A-S?
Automobile

I have a Head. I have a Tail. But I haven't got a Body.
Coin
What has teeth but doesn't eat?
Comb
What is a bull called when it is sleeping?
Bulldozer
It's a part of Heaven, though it touches the Earth. Some say it's valuable, others say no worth.
Rainbow
I am so simple, that I can only point.
Yet I guide men all over the world.
Compass
What three letters make a man of a boy?
Age
What pine has the longest and sharpest needles?
Porcupine
What crosses the river but doesn't move?
Bridge
What runs smoother than any rhyme, loves to fall but cannot climb!
Water
What is made of wood but has never been cut?
A tree
What has roots as nobody sees, is taller than trees, up, up, it goes, and yet never grows?
Mountain
What can go all over the world when stuck in one corner?
a stamp
What gets heavier the more it dries?
a towel
Great as a house, strong as a giant, walking mountain, ears like sails.
Elephant
I am a box with no corner or side. I hold a golden treasure inside. What am I?
Egg
If all colors of light come together, what color light do you get?
White
What is always too late?
Regret
Sometimes I wave, sometimes I itch. I can grow very tall. I can be crossed with gold. What am I?
a palm
I am nothing, yet I have value. What am I?
Zero
You can play with me but... I can suck your blood!
the bat
Who has a hat but no head, a foot but no shoe?
a mushroom
Which fruit has seeds outside the flesh?
Strawberry
What do a trumpet and a car engine have in common?
Valves
I have many keys but usually only two or three locks. What am I?
Keyboard
I have legs but can't walk, and a top but no bottom. What am I?
a table
A human and a cave have me in common.
a mouth
What is usually placed on a wall, but also is found in one's mouth?
Plaque
What do humans and gears have in common?
Teeth
No matter where I go, I'm always close to home. Wherever I go, I always leave a silver trail behind me.
a snail
An untiring servant it is, carrying loads across the muddy earth. But one thing that cannot be forced is a return to the place of its birth.
River
This engulfing thing is strange indeed. The greater it grows, the less you see.
Darkness
I can be clean which isn't seen' I can be dirty and make you scurry. I can make you dead or alive!
Air
Who (or what) knows all languages?
Echo
I look down on you, but I do not notice if you look back. Though no embarrassment or shame befalls ones I gaze upon, still all become flushed eventually when I do so.
Sun
What got four wings, but cannot fly?
Windmill
I am used to "work" a circle, though some like to eat me. What am I?
Pi
I go round and round to eat my tail. I go real well with a wedding veil. What am I?
Ring
I am the only number who's spelling is in alphabetical order. What am I?
Forty
What is a door when it's not a door?
a jar
What is so bright in the day and very far away?
Sun
What is between the sea of night and the land of day?
Dawn
What turns everything around but does not move?
a mirror
Voiceless it cries, wingless it flutters, lifeless it dies, bodiless it shudders. What is it?
Wind
Glitters, but is not gold, harder then stone.
Diamond
You'll never touch it, but it will follow you, get ahead of you or be right next to you?
Shadow
What has ears but cannot hear?
Corn
What goes up and down but never moves?
Stairs
Turn us on our backs and open our stomachs, you will be the wisest of men, though at the start a lummox. What am I?
Book
What passes by and never stops?
Time
You peel away the outside, then cook the inside. Then you eat the outside, and throw away the inside. What is it?
A Corn cob
What has an eye open but never sees?
Needle
What cannot be seen but only heard, and will not speak until spoken to?
echo
What is always coming but never arrives?
Tomorrow
I once could see, but now I'm blind. I could speak, but I am silent. Now I'm just white and empty.
skull
Completely round is fairly rare.
Bright and shiny when I'm there.
When I'm not, they call me new.
But I'm old. Older than you.
Moon
There was a round green house.
Inside the green house there was a white house. Inside the white house there was a red house. Inside the red house there were lots of babies. What is it?
Watermelon
What is something that fades and go over time but some of its residue will always remain?
memories
A long snake with a stinging bite,
I stay coiled up unless I must fight.
Whip
What has no beginning and no end?
Circle
What Rooms can't you Enter?
Mushrooms
What is not enough for one, Just right for two, Too much for three?
Secret
What runs around the whole yard without moving?
A fence
What falls but never gets hurt?
Rain
It has a mouth but does not speak, has a bed but never sleeps.
River