The Brain Is A Muscle And These 142 Trick Questions And Riddles Are The Best Exercise To Train It

Are you the clever one in your group of friends? Do you know how to solve puzzles, think outside the box, and even do hard math in your head at the speed of light? You’re awesome! But no matter how smart you are or how many books on logic and reasoning you read, some questions can give the most brilliant brains a run for their money!

When it comes to trick questions and riddles, it’s easy to get stumped. That’s because tricky questions don’t just test your knowledge — they examine your ability to think critically and quickly. They require you to make assumptions, be creative, and apply what you know in new ways. In other words, they test your brainpower.

The trick questions below will challenge your mind and your intellect. Some are easy, some are hard, but all of them are fun. If you can answer them all, you might be smarter than Albert Einstein! Get your mind blown by these confusing questions and riddles, or send them to your friends’ group chat to confirm who’s the real smartass among you!


If seven adults can eat seven cupcakes in seven minutes, how long would it take 30 adults to eat 30 cupcakes?

Seven minutes; one adult takes seven minutes to eat a cupcake.


What can one catch that is not thrown?

A cold.


How do you make the number one disappear?

Add a ‘G’ and it’s gone!


Is it legal for a man to marry his widow’s sister?

No, but since he is dead it would be hard to do so.


What runs, but never walks. Murmurs, but never talks. Has a bed, but never sleeps. And has a mouth, but never eats?

A river.


What gets sharper the more you use it?

Your brain.


I’m so fragile that if you say my name, you’ll break me. What am I?



I am an odd number. Take away one letter and I become even. What number am I?



What goes up and down, but always remains in the same place?



What has a head, a tail, but does not have a body?

A coin.


What goes up as soon as the rain comes down?

An umbrella.


Which room has no walls?

A mushroom.


What’s something that has a lot of problems not many people are eager to solve?

A math book.


Thanks to me, you can see straight through the wall. What am I?

A window.


What bird can lift the most weight?

A crane.


The more you take, the more you leave behind. What am I?



What travels the world while stuck in one spot?

A stamp.


What has a spine but no bones?

A book.


What are two things you can never eat for breakfast?

Lunch and Dinner.


What goes up but never ever comes down?

Your age.


What has a face and two hands, but no arms or legs?

A clock.


Everyone in the world needs it, but they usually give it without taking it. What is it?



What can you hold without touching it at all?

A conversation.


If a monkey, a squirrel, and a bird are racing to the top of a coconut tree, who will get the banana first?

None, coconut trees don’t grow bananas.


How can you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor and not crack it?

No problem, because concrete floors are very hard to crack.


What moves faster: heat or cold?

Heat because you can always catch a cold.


What is always coming but never arrives?



What can be broken but never held?

A promise.


If you have one, you want to share it. But once you share it, you do not have it. What is it?

A secret.


Which weighs more, a pound of feathers or a pound of bricks?

Neither. They both weigh exactly one pound.


Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday?

Yesterday, today, and tomorrow.


What belongs to you but gets used by everyone else more than you?

Your name.


What two words, when combined, hold the most letters?

Post Office.


What’s as big as an elephant but weighs absolutely nothing?

Its shadow.


If you were running a race and passed the person in second place, what place would you be in now?

Second place.


A woman pushes her car to a hotel and then proceeds to tell the owner that she is bankrupt. Why?

She is playing Monopoly.


What’s greater than God and more evil than the devil. Rich people want it, poor people have it. And if you eat it, you’ll die?



How was it possible that every single person in an airplane crash died, but two people survived?

The two survivors were married.


What breaks and never falls, and what falls and never breaks?

Day breaks and night falls.


What do you sit on, sleep on, and brush your teeth with?

A chair, a bed, and a toothbrush.


I’m light as a feather, but not even the strongest girl can hold me for more than 5 minutes. What am I?



What occurs once in a minute, twice in a moment, and never in one thousand years?

The letter M.


How many legs does an elephant have if you count his trunk as a leg?

Four, because calling the elephant’s trunk a leg does not make it one.


How many animals did Moses take into the ark?

None because it was Noah who built and loaded the ark.


What has a neck but no head?

A bottle.


Beth’s mother has three daughters. One is called Lara, the other one is Sara. What is the name of the third daughter?



A 10 foot rope ladder hangs over the side of a boat with the bottom rung on the surface of the water. The rungs are one foot apart, and the tide goes up at the rate of 6 inches per hour. How long will it be until three rungs are covered?

Never. The boat rises as the tide goes up.


If you build a fort, drive a Ford, and fill out a form, then what do you eat soup with?

A spoon.


I wave, even if you don’t say hello. What am I?

A flag.


How many times can you cut a cake in half?

Technically, only once.


What was the president’s name in 1990?

The same as it is today.


How many sides does a house have?

Two: an inside and an outside.


What gets wetter the more it dries?

A towel.


What word is spelled incorrectly in every single dictionary?



What is it that lives if it is fed, and dies if you give it a drink?



What never asks a question but gets answered all the time?

Your cellphone.


A girl fell off a 50-foot ladder but didn’t get hurt. How come?

She fell off the bottom step.


If it takes eight men ten hours to build a wall, how long would it take four men?

No time, because the wall is already built.


If you spell “sit in the tub” s-o-a-k, and you spell “a funny story” j-o-k-e, how do you spell “the white of an egg”?



A cowboy rode into town on Friday. He stayed in town for three days and rode out on Friday. How is that possible?

His horse is named Friday.


If Mrs. John’s one-story house is decorated completely in pink, with the walls, carpet, and furniture all shades of pink, what color are the stairs?

There are no stairs.


How could a man go outside in the pouring rain without protection, and not have a hair on his head get wet?

He is bald.


If an electric train is moving north at 100mph and a wind is blowing to the west at 10mph, which way does the smoke blow?

An electric train has no smoke.


I start out tall, but the longer I stand, the shorter I grow. What am I?

A candle.


What can run but not walk?

Rain drops.


How can the pocket of your pants be empty, but still have something in it?

When the something is a hole.


What do you call a woman who knows where her husband is all the time?

A widow.


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

A glove.


What happened when the wheel was invented?

It caused a revolution.


Two mothers and two daughters went out to eat, everyone ate one slice of pizza, yet only three slices were eaten. How’s that possible?

The group included a grandmother, her daughter and her daughter’s daughter.


What 5-letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?



Robert, my neighbor, a forty-five-year-old blacksmith is seven feet tall, and eats all day long. What does he weigh?



What’s full of holes but can still hold liquid?

A sponge.


First you throw away my outside and cook the inside. Then you eat my outside and throw away my inside. What am I?

Corn on the cob. Because you throw away the husk, cook the corn. Then you eat the kernels, and throw away the cob.


What has 4 wheels and flies?

A garbage truck.


Why did the woman run around her bed at night?

To catch up on her sleep.


I have all the knowledge you have. But I’m so small, you can hold me in your fist. What am I?

Your brain.


If two’s company and three’s a crowd, what do four and five make?



How can you lift an elephant with one hand?

You cannot, because you will never find an elephant with one hand.


What has four eyes but can’t see?



Where is an ocean with no water?

A map.


How can a door be not a door?

When it’s a jar.


What has one eye but can’t see anything at all?

A needle.


What kind of tree can you carry in your hand?

A palm.


Name the most recent year in which New Year’s came before Christmas.

This year. New Year’s always comes before Christmas of the same year.


Before Mount Everest was discovered, what was the tallest mountain on Earth?

Mount Everest.


If there are eight oranges in a bag and you take away two, how many do you have?



What’s something that gets wetter the more it dries?

A paper towel.


What’s something that copies your looks but not your sounds?

A mirror.


Every single person at a restaurant got sick, except for two people who were completely fine. How is that possible?

The two people were a couple and, therefore, not single.


What word would you use to describe a man who does not have all his fingers on one hand?

Normal, because people usually have half their fingers on one hand.


What starts with “e” and ends with “e” but only has one letter in it?

An envelope.


If a plane crashes on the border between the United States and Canada, where do they bury the survivors?

Survivors aren’t buried!


You spot a boat full of people but there isn’t a single person on board. How is that possible?

Everyone on board is married.


If you have a bowl with six apples and you take away four, how many do you have?

The four you took.


If you had only one match and entered a dark room containing an oil lamp, some kindling wood, and a newspaper, which would you light first?

The match.


What two keys can’t open any door?

A monkey and a donkey.


What will you actually find at the end of every rainbow?

The letter ‘W’.


How did the boy kick his soccer ball ten feet, and then have it come back to him on its own?

He kicked it up.


A young boy was rushed to the hospital emergency room, but the ER doctor saw the boy and refused to operate. “This boy is my son,” the doctor said. But the doctor wasn’t the boy’s father. How could this be?

The doctor was the boy’s mom.


How many seconds are there in a year?

Twelve. January 2nd, February 2nd, March 2nd, etc.


Some months have 31 days, others have 30 days, but how many have 28 days?

All 12.


“The attorney is my brother,” testified the accountant. But the attorney testified he did not have a brother. Who is lying?

Neither one, because the accountant was his sister.


If you sit a cup on the table facing south while you are on the north side of the table, on which side is the cup’s handle?

No matter which way the cup is turned, the handle is always on the outside.


A man dressed in all black is walking down a country lane. Suddenly, a large black car with no lights on comes around the corner and screeches to a halt. How did the car’s driver know he was there?

It was day time.


There are three important rooms in a house. The first one is filled with money. The second one is filled with important papers. The third one is filled with jewelry. One day all of these rooms burst into fire. Which room did the policemen put out the fire in first?

None of them, because policemen do not put out fires; firemen do.


What can you make that no one—not even you—can see?



Why are 1968 pennies worth more than 1967 pennies?

Because there is one more penny in 1968 pennies than in 1967 pennies.


There are eight men sitting on a couch. Three legs break and six men leave. How many legs are remaining?

Five; the legs of the two remaining men and the remaining couch leg.


What is the maximum number of times a single page of a newspaper can be folded in half by hand?



On a Sunday morning, the oldest girl in a family was murdered. The father was reading the paper, the mother was in the kitchen cooking breakfast, and the girl’s brother was playing video games. Uncle George was visiting and was out getting the mail. Who murdered the girl?

Uncle George. Mail isn’t delivered on Sundays.


If ten birds are sitting in a tree and a hunter shoots one, how many birds are left in the tree?

None, because after one bird got shot, the rest flew away.


How much dirt is there in a hole that is 3 feet deep, 6 feet long, and 4 feet wide?

None, because a hole does not have any dirt inside.


What has three feet but can’t walk?

A yardstick.


If a rooster lays an egg on top of the barn roof, which way will it roll?

It will not roll, because roosters do not lay eggs.


Name four days of the week that start with the letter “t”?

Tuesday, Thursday, today, and tomorrow.


What is the coldest country in the world?



Forwards I’m heavy but backwards I’m not. What am I?

A ton.


A girl leaves home and turns left three times, only to return home facing two guys wearing masks. Who are the two guys?

The catcher and the umpire.


What gets bigger and bigger the more you take away from it?

A hole.


I have one head, one foot, and four legs. What am I?

Your bed.


If you threw a red rock into a green sea, what would it come back as?



The teacher asked the two girls who looked exactly like the following questions: a) Are you from the same family? b) Do you have the same parents? c) Were you born on the same day? They answered truthfully “yes” to those questions, and yet told the truth when they indicated they were not twins. How can this be?

They were triplets.


If Mr. Smith’s peacock lays an egg in Mr. Jones yard, who owns the egg?

Peacocks don’t lay eggs.


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

Because he was not driving! He’s walking on the sidewalk.


How many times can you subtract 10 from 100?

Once. Next time you would be subtracting 10 from 90.


Who’s buried in Grant’s tomb?

No one. Ulysses Grant is interred in Grant’s tomb but not buried.


How many letters are in the alphabet?



If the assistant captain of a sports team were to die, who would lead the team?

The captain.


Which word in the dictionary has an odd spelling?



What’s something that gets warmer the more it cools?

An air conditioner.


A group of ten ostriches are in a field. If four of them take off flying, how many are left in the field?

Ostriches can’t fly.


How can a girl go 25 days without sleep?

She sleeps at night.


Uncle Bill’s farm had a terrible storm and all but seven sheep were killed. How many sheep are still alive?



Imagine you’re in a room that’s filling up with water quickly. There are no windows or doors. How do you get out?

Stop imagining.


Who is bigger, Mr. Bigger, Mrs. Bigger, or their baby?

The baby, since he is a little Bigger.


A man lives on the 100th floor of an apartment building. On rainy days he rides the elevator all the way up. However, on sunny days, he goes half way and takes the stairs the rest of the way. Why?

The man is short and can only reach the button for the 50th floor on the elevator. On rainy days, he uses his umbrella handle.


You are driving a bus. When you begin your route, there is an old woman named Mrs. Smith and a young boy named Raymond are on the bus. At the first stop, the old woman leaves, and a salesman, named Ed, enters. At the next stop, Jack and his sister Jill get on, as well as three women with shopping bags. The bus travels fifteen minutes, then stops and Raymond gets off and a man and his wife get on. Next, a woman with a bird in a cage gets on the bus. What is the name of the bus driver?

It’s you!


I have teeth but can’t eat. What am I?

A comb.


What word starts with IS, ends with AND, and has LA in the middle?



If a doctor gives you 3 pills and tells you to take one pill every half hour, how long would it take before all the pills had been taken?

1 hour! Take the 1st pill right away, half an hour later take the 2nd and half an hour after that the 3rd.


If the vice president were to die, who is supposed to be president?

The President.