25 simple brainteasers that even smart people get wrong

Jean-Simon Asselin/FlickrThe brainteasers are almost too simple.

  • Solving riddles and brainteasers is a lot of fun and can even prove how smart you are.
  • But sometimes, the answers can be too simple to figure out.
  • INSIDER has found 25 riddles and brainteasers with simple answers that smart people sometimes get wrong.

It’s always a good feeling when you solve a riddle or a brainteaser.

But sometimes, the answer is almost too simple that people can’t figure it out. The riddle could go into a lot of details which can confuse you or distract you from the main point, especially if you’re prone to over-thinking.

Other times, the question in a riddle gives almost no details, which can make it equally difficult to solve.

INSIDER has found 25 riddles and brainteasers with simple answers that anyone could get wrong.

Scroll down to see if you can figure them out.

What comes once in a minute, twice in a moment, but never in a thousand years?


Answer: The letter M.

Source: Quora

What always ends everything?

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Answer: The letter G.

Source: Web Riddles

I have keys, but no locks. I have space, but no room. You can enter, but you can’t go outside. What am I?

Answer: A computer keyboard.

Source: Riddles.fyi

I have seas without water, coasts without sand, towns without people, and mountains without land. What am I?


Answer: A map.

Source: Riddle Ministry

A man shaves several times a day but still has a beard. Who is he?

Answer: A barber.

Source: GRiN

What coat is best put on wet?

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Answer: A coat of paint.

Source: Riddles.fyi

A clerk in a butcher shop stands five feet ten inches tall and wears size 13 shoes. What does he weigh?

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Answer: Meat.

Source: Quora

How much dirt is in a hole that measures two feet by three feet by four feet?

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Answer: None.

Source: RBT

Which is correct to say: “The yolk of the egg is white” or “the yolk of the egg are white?”


Answer: Neither, egg yolks are yellow.

Source: Riddles.com

What disappears as soon as you say its name?

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Answer: Silence.

Source: Riddles.com

This belongs to you, but everyone else uses it more.

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Answer: Your name.

Source: Riddles.tips

How many letters are in the alphabet?

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Answer: There are 11 letters in “the alphabet.”

Source: Riddles.com

Before Mt. Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world?

Answer: Mt. Everest.

Source: RBT

Why can’t you take a picture of a man with a wooden leg?

Answer: Because a wooden leg can’t take pictures, only a camera can.

Source: Riddles.com

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

Answer: Everyone on the boat is married.

Source: Riddles.tips

What goes all the way around the world, but stays in the corner?

Answer: A stamp.

Source: Riddles.com

What has four fingers and a thumb, but isn’t alive?


Answer: A glove.

Source: GRiN

What gets bigger the more you take away?


Answer: A hole.

Source: RBT

The man who built it doesn’t use it, the man who bought it doesn’t need it, and the man who uses it doesn’t know it. What is it?

Answer: A coffin.

Source: Riddles.tips

What can never be put into a saucepan?


Answer: Its lid.

Source: Riddlesdb.com

A woman shoots her husband, holds him underwater for five minutes then hangs him. Right after that, they enjoy a lovely dinner together. Explain.

Answer: She took a picture of him, developed it in her darkroom, and then had dinner with him.

Source: RBT

What runs but never walks, has a mouth but never talks, has a head but never weeps, has a bed but never sleeps?

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Answer: A river.

Source: Riddles.com

Many have heard me, but nobody has seen me. I will not speak until spoken to first. What am I?

Answer: An echo.

Source: GRiN

What is greater than God, more evil than the devil, the poor have it, the rich need it, and if you eat it, you’ll die?

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Answer: Nothing.

Source: RBT

What can you hold in your left hand, but never in your right?


Answer: Your right hand.

Source: Riddles.fyi

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