23 surprisingly simple riddles and brain teasers that even smart people get wrong

ShutterstockSome riddles can trip up everyone.

Sometimes riddles and brainteasers are so simple they’re nearly impossible to solve.

Insider rounded up 23 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?

antb/ShutterstockBig Ben in London, England.

Answer: The letter “M.”

Source: Quora


What always ends everything?

InsiderThis one shouldn’t be too tricky.

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?

Shutterstock/Robert Brown StockThink hard, but not too hard.

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?

ShutterstockAerial view of Santa Maria beach in Sal Island Cape Verde.

Answer: A map.

Source: Riddles.com


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

Veles Studio/ShutterstockWhy is he shaving so much?

Answer: A barber.

Source: GRiN


What coat is best put on wet?

Courtesy of Stefan PabstMultiple bottles of paint.

Answer: A coat of paint.

Source: Riddles.fyi


A clerk in a butcher shop stands 5’10” inches tall and wears size 13 shoes. What does he weigh?

Frank Bean/Getty ImagesA butcher hard at work.

Answer: Meat.

Source: Quora


How much dirt is in a hole that measures 2 feet by 3 feet by 4 feet?

Scott Olson/Getty ImagesA huge mound of dirt.

Answer: None.

Source: RBT


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

ShutterstockAn egg sizzling on a pan.

Answer: Neither, egg yolks are yellow.

Source: Riddles.com


What disappears as soon as you say its name?

InsiderThis one is tough.

Answer: Silence.

Source: Riddles.com


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

Sony Picture ClassicsThe Timothée Chalamet in ‘Call Me by Your Name.’

Answer: Your name.

Source: Riddles.tips


How many letters are in the alphabet?

InsiderDon’t over think this one.

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

Source: Riddles.com


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

Tashi Sherpa/APDaring hikers make the trek up the mountain.

Answer: Mt. Everest.

Source: RBT


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

Elaine Thompson/APA man snaps a photo.

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?

f11photo/ShutterstockAre your eyes fooling you?

Answer: Everyone on the boat is married.

Source: Riddles.tips


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

Matt Stroshane/Disney Parks/Getty ImagesThe answer is in the photo.

Answer: A stamp.

Source: Riddles.com


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

ShutterstockThink, what would you wear over your hands?

Answer: A glove.

Source: GRiN


What gets bigger the more you take away?

ShutterstockThis is an easy one.

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?

Vadim Ghirda/APThis one is life or death.

Answer: A coffin.

Source: Riddles.tips


What can never be put into a saucepan?

Rachel Hosie/InsiderHint: it’s not food.

Answer: Its lid.

Source: Riddlesdb.com


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

Sergey Uryadnikov/ShutterstockA beautiful river flows through mountains.

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?

Sam Spicer/ShutterstockThink of what happens when you shout in a tunnel.

Answer: An echo.

Source: GRiN


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

Rawpixel/ShutterstockA loving couple holding hands.

Answer: Your right hand.

Source: Riddles.fyi

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