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Four Legs, Two Legs, Three Legs

Riddles are little poems or phrases that pose a question that needs answering. Riddles frequently rhyme, but this is not a requirement.

 

Puzzle ID:#221
Fun:*** (2.37)
Difficulty:** (1.29)
Category:Riddle
Submitted By:Mr. GAus*****
Corrected By:rose_rox

 

 

 



What walks on four legs in the morning, two legs in the afternoon, and three legs in the evening?





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Comments

mad-adeAhu*
May 19, 2002

wasn't this part of the Sphinx's great riddle?
tissueAus*
Oct 02, 2002

You're right mad-ade.
RashadAma*
Jul 23, 2004

yes mad-ade.
From the greek mythology.
I saw it on Animal Channel
(user deleted)
Jan 24, 2005

Clever
seteramike*
Feb 18, 2005

That's the oldest one in the book!!
I still like it though...
RLCowboy7
Mar 01, 2005

man that was soooooooooooo easy dude like that hasnt been used before
bigSWAFF_69_Aus*
Mar 25, 2005

HOW ORfreekinIGINAL!!!!!!!!!!!
darthforman*
May 26, 2005

troydunn*
May 27, 2005

No Riddle section would be complete without the classic 'Riddle of the Sphinx'.
deepseaAus*
Jul 29, 2005

ahh yes an oldie but a goodie- no riddle site would be complete with out it
hidentreasure**
Nov 28, 2005

ITS THE RIDDLE OF THE SPHIX!!
ITS SO DANG EASY!
mrbrainyboy*us*
Dec 09, 2005

Yup, heard it B4. Pretty good, though.
trickyone*ca*
Jan 07, 2006

Heard it before very easy
SPUTNIK2Aus*
Jan 24, 2006

good one, I've never heard it before, had me stumped
thanks
Crazycriely*
Mar 17, 2006

umm the time "afternoon, morning, and evening" threw me off. i thought it wasnt great
Vigo95Aus*
Mar 23, 2006

i thought maybe it was referring to my average day . crawling out of bed , going to work then too tired to hold myself up afterward !oh well
Mellew*us*
Apr 01, 2006

seen b4, classic o weel easy 4 me 2 rate
righteouschick2*
Apr 12, 2006

creative
lcp2*us
Apr 19, 2006

I've heard this classic riddle a 1000 times, still good though
alec5216us
May 05, 2006

but it doesnt take place over 1 day
spazzyjazzy93Aus*
May 07, 2006

i hear this one like every day (not literally) but i still like it
yeah-the whole "morning, afternoon, evening" thing doesn't work for me
it should say something like
what first walks on 4 legs, then 2, then walks on 3
or maybe i'm just crazy
i dont know. . . .i'm tired. . .
IMCUL4E*us*
Jun 04, 2006

heard it b4.
scr26*
Jun 16, 2006

how does morning afternoon and nite have 2 do w/ baby adult and old man?????
coleypoo*us*
Aug 01, 2006

This one is the oldest ever. The only joke/riddle that I can think of that's older is "knock knock" "who's there" "boo" "boo who" "aww you dont have to cry." Well boo you, that sucked.
(user deleted)
Aug 10, 2006

A Human
sabrefang
Aug 23, 2006

Heard it before.... Stumped me the first time I heard it though.
sayaah92*us*
Aug 25, 2006

I enjoyed it ! i've never heard it before.
ChristheGreat*us*
Nov 13, 2006

dude. where did the "walks i the morning sleeps at night" whatever go.
kristybubbaAus*
Dec 06, 2006

how am i supposed to guess that
people at school call me the smart goddess but im not that smart
kristybubbaAus*
Dec 06, 2006

how am i supposed to guess that
people at school call me the smart goddess but im not that smart
bgil7604Aus
Feb 27, 2007

I had no idea what the answer was, but my friend answered it with ease.
SubtoxAus*
Mar 14, 2007

If the morning/ afternoon/ evening thing is still eluding you, this is what is known as a "metaphor".

The nice people at Merriam-Webster tell us that a metaphor is "a figure of speech in which a word or phrase literally denoting one kind of object or idea is used in place of another to suggest a likeness or analogy between them."



So yeah, it's when one thing is used in place of another because they're alike in some way.



Picture the human life as a single day, where the morning represents infancy, the afternoon represents adulthood, and the evening represents old age.



cl..click...BANG!
(user deleted)
Mar 28, 2007

wouldn't the four leg answer part be wrong since humans only have 2 arms not 4
DorbeckL*us*
Apr 25, 2007

I never heard that, why isnt it under a catagory for metaphors.
GISTYAie*
May 09, 2007

What has that answer got to do with morning, afternoon or evening?
Malika123tph*
Sep 28, 2008

Hahaha. Very funny,
staticbrain
Jun 02, 2010

maybe it was all about time, like thew morning is early in life, evening is later
balisetAus*
Feb 03, 2011

I agree with troydunn and deepsea-this is a classic.

Special thanks to Subtox for explaining metaphor. Sad that is was needed.



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