Anybody who likes to work out his/her brain cannot do without riddles. The joy of solving a riddle, particularly a really difficult one, is unbounded. In some people, solving riddles can even take the form of an addiction. According to scientists, solving riddles, or in fact doing anything that stimulates the brain releases dopamine, the chemical which produces a rewarding experience. Thus, a successful conclusion of a riddle is always a satisfactory experience. Riddles are also a very good way to exercise the brains. And at the same time, riddles can keep you occupied for a long time with fun and entertainment. Ancient people were quite fond of riddles and riddle duels would regularly be fought. Back then, it was not considered as simply a way to pass the time, it was a matter of life and death. For example, in Greek mythology Oedipus is said to have killed the Sphinx by correctly guessing the answer to the riddle that it posed. Even Plato mentioned that Greek children would spend their time playing riddles. So, start thinking laterally and enter the wonderful world of riddles. In time you will start to admire the complexity of the riddle and look for those that are more difficult to solve. Given below in the article are a few such difficult/hard riddles for people who have crossed the beginner’s stage.
A farmer was going to town with a fox, a goose and a sack of corn. When he came to a stream, he had to cross it in a tiny boat, and could only take across one thing at a time. However, if he left the fox alone with the goose, the fox would eat the goose, and if he left the goose alone with the corn, the goose would eat the corn. How does he get them all safely across the stream?
He takes the goose across first, and then comes back. Then he takes the fox across and brings the goose back. Then he takes the corn over and keeps the goose. Finally, he comes back alone and takes the goose across.
A frog fell into a hole that was 14 ½ feet deep. He could jump 3 feet, but he slid back a foot each time he jumped. How many jumps does it take him to get out of the hole?
The frog advances 2 feet with each jump, as he jumps 3 feet and slid back one foot. So, at the 7th jump, starting at 12 feet, the frog gets to 15 feet, which takes him out of the hole.
A horse is tied to a 15 feet rope and there is a bale of hay 25 feet away from it. Yet the horse is able to eat from the bale of hay. How is this possible?
The rope isn't tied to anything, so the horse can go freely to anywhere it pleases.
King Tut died 120 years after King Eros was born. Their combined ages when they died were 100 years. King Eros died in the year 40 B.C. In what year was King Tut born?
King Tut was born in 20 B.C. There were 120 years between the birth of King Eros and the death of King Tut, but since their ages amounted to only 100 years, there must have been 20 years when neither existed. This would be a period between the death of King Eros, 40 B.C., and the birth of King Tut, 20 B.C.
You need to measure one gallon of oil out of a barrel, but you only have a three-gallon container and a five-gallon container. How do you do it?
Start by filling the three-gallon container. Dump those three gallons into the five-gallon container. Refill the three-gallon container and pour as much of the contents as you can into the five-gallon container. That should leave one gallon of oil in the three-gallon container.