40 Stupid Riddles

We all know those riddles – the ones so simple, so silly, they make you laugh and roll your eyes at the same time. But hey, who doesn’t love a good groan-worthy riddle? 

They’re the perfect icebreaker, party trick, or just a way to add a little silliness to your day.

So, buckle up, folks, because this blog post is about to unleash a barrage of the most delightfully dumb riddles you’ve ever heard. 

Let the madness commence!

Stupid Riddles

  1. Imagine a clock that is quite peculiar. It’s broken, but twice a day, it tells the time correctly. How is this possible?

  2. A bookworm eats from page 1 of a 300-page book to the last page. The worm eats in a straight line. How many pages does the bookworm eat through?

  3. A farmer has 17 sheep, all but 9 die. How many sheep does the farmer have left?

  4. In a bizarre architectural feat, a house has 4 southern exposures. A bear walks by the house. What color is the bear?

  5. It’s said that a certain cat can be both alive and dead, depending on an unobserved event. If this cat was placed inside a box with a vial of poison that could break at any moment, is the cat alive or dead, and why?

  6. A lily pad grows in a pond. Every day, the lily pad doubles in size. If it takes 48 days for the lily pad to cover the entire pond, how long does it take for the lily pad to cover half the pond?

  7. You walk into a room that contains a match, a kerosene lamp, a candle, and a fireplace. What would you light first?

  8. A man builds a rectangular house with all four sides facing south. A bear walks past the house. What color is the bear?

  9. An electric train is moving north at 100 mph and a wind is blowing to the west at 10 mph. Which way does the smoke blow?

  10. You see a boat filled with people. It has not sunk, but when you look again you don’t see a single person on the boat. Why?

  11. A scientist is researching a new type of plant that can live forever. It doubles in size each day, and it takes 100 days to fill up the entire laboratory. How many days does it take to fill half the laboratory?

  12. You’re running a race, and you pass the person in second place. What place are you in now?

  13. A man tells you, “Everything I say is a lie.” Is he telling the truth or lying?

  14. There’s a one-story house where everything is purple: the walls, carpets, furniture, and TV. What color are the stairs?

  15. Imagine a world where a chicken says “moo,” a cow says “woof,” and a dog says “cluck.” What does a cat say?

  16. You throw a ball as hard as you can. It comes back to you, even though nothing and nobody touches it. How is this possible?

  17. A magician claims he can throw a ball of paper over a building and make it stop halfway, go back to him, and land in his hand without it touching anything. How does he do it?

  18. If there are three apples and you take away two, how many apples do you have?

  19. A room has no windows, doors, or any other way in or out. A man is found dead in the room. How did he die?

  20. You’re in a cabin, and it’s pitch black. You have one match and can choose to light a lantern, a wood stove, or a candle. Which do you light first?

  21. A rooster lays an egg at the top of a slanted roof. Which side does the egg roll down?

  22. It takes 8 men 10 hours to build a wall. How long does it take for four men to build it?

  23. You see a boat full of people. It hasn’t sunk, but when you look again, you don’t see a single person on the boat. Why?

  24. A truck driver is going down a one-way street the wrong way, and passes at least ten cops. Why is he not caught?

  25. A plane crashes on the border of the U.S. and Canada. Where do they bury the survivors?

  26. In the land of Truth, everyone tells the truth. In the land of Lies, everyone lies. You come to a fork in the road where one path leads to the land of Truth and the other to the land of Lies. There’s a man from one of these lands standing at the fork. What question can you ask him to find the way to the land of Truth?

  27. A scientist creates an invisible ink that disappears the moment it is written with and can never be seen again. What is the use of this ink?

  28. You have a coin that when flipped, lands heads up 99 times out of 100. It just landed tails. What are the chances it will land heads if you flip it again?

  29. A man lives on the 10th floor of a building. Every day, he takes the elevator down to the ground floor to go to work. When he returns, he takes the elevator to the 7th floor and walks the rest of the way up, unless it’s raining or there are other people in the elevator. Why does he do this?

  30. A town has only two barbers. One has a neat and tidy haircut, and the other has a messy haircut. Which barber should you go to for the best haircut?

  31. You find a book titled “How to Solve Any Riddle.” You open to a random page, and it is blank. Why?

  32. An archaeologist claims he found gold coins dated 46 B.C. in a Roman tomb. Why is he definitely wrong?

  33. You are in a race and overtake the second person. What position are you in now?

  34. What occurs once in a minute, twice in a moment, but never in a thousand years?

  35. A man pushes his car to a hotel and realizes he’s bankrupt. Why?

  36. How can a man go eight days without sleep?

  37. Without using a calculator, what is the sum of half of two plus two?
  38. If you divide 30 by half and add ten, what do you get?

  39. Imagine you are in a dark room that is completely empty with no windows or doors. How do you get out?

  40. A clock chimes 6 times at 6 o’clock. It takes 30 seconds for all 6 chimes to sound. How long will it take for the clock to chime 12 times at 12 o’clock?


  1. A broken clock is still correct twice a day because it will show the correct time at the moments it matches the actual time.

  2. The bookworm eats through 1 page. It starts on page 1 and ends on the last page; the bookworm eats straight from the first page to the last page, so it effectively only eats the pages’ borders.

  3. The farmer has 9 sheep left because all but 9 die.

  4. The bear is white because the only place you can have a house with all four sides facing south is at the North Pole, where only polar bears live.

  5. The cat is both alive and dead until observed, according to the Schrödinger’s cat thought experiment, illustrating quantum superposition.

  6. It takes 47 days for the lily pad to cover half the pond since it doubles in size each day.

  7. You would light the match first, regardless of which light source you choose to illuminate afterwards.

  8. The bear is white because, like in the previous similar riddle, a house where all sides face south must be at the North Pole, indicating a polar bear.

  9. An electric train does not produce smoke, so there is no smoke to blow in any direction.

  10. You don’t see a single person on the boat because all the people were married.

  11. It takes 99 days to fill half the laboratory since it doubles in size each day.

  12. You are in second place. Passing the person in second place makes you the new second place.

  13. He is lying because if everything he says is a lie, saying he lies would be a lie, creating a paradox.

  14. There are no stairs because it’s a one-story house.

  15. In this world, animals make unusual sounds, but a cat, unaffected by these changes, would still say “meow.”

  16. The ball comes back to you because you threw it straight up in the air.

  17. The magician throws the ball in the air on a very windy day.

  18. You have two apples because you took them away.

  19. The man died from natural causes, or it could be a fictional scenario like a locked room mystery.

  20. You light the match first before anything else can be lit.

  21. Roosters don’t lay eggs because they are male.

  22. The wall is already built by the 8 men; it doesn’t take any time for four men to build it because it’s already there.

  23. You don’t see a single person on the boat because all the people were married.

  24. The truck driver is walking, not driving.

  25. Survivors are not buried; they survived the crash.

  26. You ask him, “Which way would your fellow countryman say is the way to the land of Truth?” Take the opposite of what he says.

  27. The ink’s novelty is its concept rather than its utility; it’s a paradoxical question implying no practical use.

  28. The chances remain 50% for it to land heads up again because each flip is independent of the previous ones.

  29. The man is too short to reach the button for the 10th floor unless he has an umbrella (when it’s raining) or someone can press it for him.

  30. Go to the barber with the messy haircut, as he must be the one who gave the neat haircut to the other barber.

  31. The book demonstrates that not all riddles can be solved, suggesting the solution lies in understanding the riddle itself.

  32. There was no B.C. dating system in use during 46 B.C.; it’s a chronological impossibility to label something “B.C.” before the concept existed.

  33. You are now in second place because you overtook the person who was previously in second place.

  34. The letter ‘m’ occurs once in the word “minute,” twice in “moment,” and never in “thousand years.”

  35. It’s a reference to the game Monopoly. Pushing his car to a hotel and going bankrupt is part of the game’s mechanics.

  36. By sleeping at night. The statement doesn’t restrict sleep to the daytime.

  37. The sum is three. Half of two is one, plus two makes three.

  38. You get 70. Dividing 30 by half (which is the same as multiplying by 2) gives 60, plus ten equals 70.

  39. Stop imagining.

  40. It will take 66 seconds. The time between chimes is constant, so if it takes 30 seconds for 6 chimes, it takes 5 seconds per chime. For 12 chimes, it’s 11 intervals at 5 seconds each (since the first chime doesn’t count as an interval), totaling 55 seconds, plus the initial chime time.

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