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Deadly Horizon

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

 

Puzzle ID:#27378
Fun:*** (2.97)
Difficulty:** (1.67)
Category:Riddle
Submitted By:bookworm91******
Corrected By:BobbyKat

 

 

 



I hover out there in darkness unseen.
I will shred things to pieces 'till they're just smithereens.
I might serve as a gateway to places unspoken,
Yet I'm sealed off to man, forever unbroken.
I twist and distort, only darkness escapes,
I destroy all I find
Whatever I take.



Answer

A black hole.
Scientists theorize that black holes and wormholes might lead to other dimensions or different parts of the universe and so on. Thus a "gateway to places unspoken."
Man cannot (as yet) enter a black hole. The end is self-explanatory.
As for the hint, black holes have an event horizon, and if something is to pass it, there is no way of escaping. (At least none that we know of.)

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Comments

SunroseAus*
Dec 09, 2005

I thought it was fun. Very well written. Thanks for the great info in the answer. Very well done. Good Job and keep 'em coming.
bookworm91**
Dec 09, 2005

thanks, sunrose. also, thanks to whoever corrected this teaser, i noticed it was wrong whenver i submitted it lol
kjtoto28
Dec 09, 2005

Nice one. I was invisioning Dorothy's house flying around in a tornado! You taught me something. :O)
poopstain
Dec 09, 2005

Cool Teaser! I got it real quick, but it was nicely written. Thanks, it was fun!!
wolfmanh**
Dec 09, 2005

WONDERFUL TEASER, MORE?
redraptor50*us*
Dec 09, 2005

Great one book ....keep them coming
kimberlykayAus*
Dec 09, 2005

Very well done. Great riddle...great information. Loved it!
choptlivvaAus*
Dec 10, 2005

Loved it!!!! Good job bookworm!!
rkaalandAus*
Dec 10, 2005

Loved IT!!! Going in my Favs!
stacyAus*
Dec 11, 2005

You had me. I didn't get it.
precious1026Aus*
Dec 12, 2005

OK, OK, don't twist my Arm. The Teaser was pretty good. I couldn't imagine anything in creation that could render that type of destruction on solid ground. No, no animals were described. good teaser.
leinad88Aus*
Dec 13, 2005

I got it!! the darkness part kinda tipped me off and the hint proved my guess. good one
bookworm91**
Dec 17, 2005

Thanks everyone for your comments! I'm glad you liked it.
Unstumpable*us*
Dec 17, 2005

not to hard, but still kinda fun, but darkness can't be affected, because it is the LACK of light, and light is drawn into it, so darkness doesn't escape, is just not affected
bookworm91**
Dec 17, 2005

yes well i couldnt think of a better rhyming scheme lol scientifically its incorrect but o well thats why its not in science hehe.
sgtammoAus*
Dec 23, 2005

Well written and fun...I liked it!
jessjspieks*us*
Jan 10, 2006

Wow, just finished reading an article on Yahoo main page about black holes, then this teaser....too perfect. By the way, it takes 200,000 years to finish the one way trip to the end of a black hole.
mogur*
Jan 10, 2006

Standing applause. Clap, clap, clap. Nicely done, and my favorite type, too.
WJSMama**
Jan 10, 2006

That was good. You had me stumped. I thought it might be something in space, but I don't know much about black holes. Thanks for the great information you provided!
bluehawk*us*
Jan 10, 2006

My first thought was a BLACKHOLE, then I thought a TORNADO. cool...I was right with 1st. thought.
Good one, keep them coming!
vlermaAus*
Jan 10, 2006

Dont know why but I got this one first out. Did enjoy the rhyming too. Good job, bookworm. Keep them coming. I enjoy "thinking" I'm smart.
margarette
Jan 10, 2006

well, great fun...in this time ..i cant guess.....!
margarette
Jan 10, 2006

send me again...
shawneeo*us*
Jan 10, 2006

I got it right away, from "hover in darkness unseen", and then the crushing to smithereens. I thought that might have made it too easy, but then again, I think about black holes alllll the time (no sarcasm here, I really do!), so maybe it was only easy for black hole devotees. Good poem and good subject for a riddle, thanks!
ragethe3rd**
Jan 10, 2006

Ohh very nice. I didnt get it but it was fun.
Ergo*
Jan 10, 2006

Great poem. I was thinking of an earth based storm system of some kind, but the part where only darkness escapes put it all together for me
Aarghonautsus*
Jan 10, 2006

I guessed a tornado but thought of a black hole briefly Does that count? There was a fun sci-fi book written decades ago called "Gateway" about space explorers who travel through black holes. It's a fun read
smee*
Jan 10, 2006

This was a really great teaser, bookworm!! Did you make that one up yourself, or did you find that somewhere else? It's very well written, poetically speaking, and it had me stumped for awhile. My first inclination was a black hole, but then I thought, nah... too obvious, so I looked up the answer and... voila!

Good job!!
luviasAus*
Jan 10, 2006

loved it! good job!!
kimberlykayAus*
Jan 10, 2006

Congrats on making it to Teaser of the Day!!!
ishouldntbehere*
Jan 10, 2006

DUDE! i so got that one! it was a little easy, but made me feel smart
pat56*us*
Jan 10, 2006

I didn't have a clue to what the answer was.The hint didn't help me either.I guess I haven't got woke up good.
boriqua*
Jan 10, 2006

Awsome
coachpisco*
Jan 10, 2006

I suprised myself and answered correctly.
wordlover
Jan 10, 2006

wordlover, this riddle was well written. i got i pretty quick and appreciate that i get to feel smart this morning. good work.
nathaliaAjm*
Jan 10, 2006

Good teaser, I enjoyed it
POPSca*
Jan 10, 2006

Did not get it But it was fun to try Well written.
bookworm91**
Jan 10, 2006

thanks all. ya, smee i did make it up myself hehe in a moment of inspiration (those dont come too often so...) well im glad to have so many comments! lol
mrticklesAus*
Jan 10, 2006

Good well written riddle, though very easy for anyone at all interested in science.
c_rae*us*
Jan 10, 2006

Fun and clever! Very well written.
lindquist_25Aus*
Jan 10, 2006

What exactly is a black hole???
jabdrAus*
Jan 10, 2006

Hey Book..I never had a clue. Will admit I know zipola about black holes and couldn't get past fog...even though it didn't fit the rhyme. Great job. It was fun!
puttaholic*au*
Jan 10, 2006

Hey, it was heaps good, a little easy, but none the less interesting
lindquist_25Aus*
Jan 10, 2006

What exactly is a black hole?
sccrclssc5*us**
Jan 10, 2006

Loved it! Awesome idea!
Lucasgal**
Jan 10, 2006

I thought it was a tornado
poison_ivy**
Jan 10, 2006

I loved it! Even though I couldn't solve it at ALL ( ), you still made it into a lovely riddle, also, a lot of great information in it! Thank you!
iteachkidsAus*
Jan 10, 2006

I'm with Lindquist. I don't know much about black holes either, so I didn't get the teaser. This piques my interest enough that maybe I will do some GOOGLE-ing and learn something. Thanx!
Trickster1992Aen*
Jan 10, 2006

I knew exactly what it was at a first glance. I guess you could say I'm a space fanatic, even though I don't know much about it. It is true that black holes destroy "All they find" (really, all that find them). However black holes are not a portal, and I'm pretty sure, although nobody really knows, that when you go through one, all your molecules are not only seperated, but also completely crushed, turning you into nothingness.

And did you know they now think the milky way has a ginormous black hole in the center of it? I wonder why we're still here... (at least that explains why the milky way is in a swirly shape... kind of like water going down a drain)
yardchicken2
Jan 10, 2006

very nice! I have to admit that black holes are one of things I find just cool!--so I got it pretty quickly. It was really well done and fun though.
urascalu
Jan 10, 2006

Good one. I thought it was a shredder, or maybe a tornado. Keep 'em coming.
OldChinaHand**
Jan 10, 2006

My ESL student had read the BH article, so used this teaser on them. Worked great! THANKS
OldChinaHand**
Jan 10, 2006

My ESL student had read the BH article, so used this teaser on them. Worked great! THANKS
(user deleted)
Jan 10, 2006

Sorry, but I got it in fifteen seconds (I'm totall serious). Am I that smart? I doubt it. Give me another one!

bookworm91**
Jan 11, 2006

well a black hole is a gravitational distortion that is caused by a large star collapsing in on itself. pm me for a better explaination lol
riddlelover**
Jan 16, 2006

Hey hey- very good. I like this- fun and educational
mitzimesserAil*
Jan 24, 2006

Nobody really knows what happens when you go into a blackhole, so I wasn't able to guess that answer. The details threw me off.
mitzimesserAil*
Jan 24, 2006

Who says it shreds things to pieces? We have no clue what will happen, do we?
bookworm91**
Jan 25, 2006

no but u could say black holes dont exist cuz we dont really KNOW, as we can see gravatational distortions but not the actuall black hole. so i guess i based this off of general theory. people say its possible to get shredded by a black hole, and there's tons of theories on black holes. lol too much to type rite now
aaks94Aus*
Feb 13, 2006

good one i got that and i dont get much.
scallioAus*
Jan 11, 2007

I was having a hard time fitting the darkness into the TORNADO that I was thinking of. They twist, distort and could be a gateway to the land of Oz!

I have always been facinated by black holes. What a phenomenal occurance... if only we knew more.

Thanks for a great teaser!
coachpisco*
Jan 11, 2007

I do believe I got this one!! HA!!
katjojoAus*
Jan 11, 2007

Fun, but hard. I did not get it.
bradon182001*us*
Jan 11, 2007

Neither did I.
phyllisa*us*
Jan 11, 2007

Excellent teaser, and I learned something.
Pizzazz2uAus*
Jan 11, 2007

I didn't solve your teaser, today! Mainly, because ALL information is still just conjecture. But, your teaser is fantastic. If only we knew for certain!??!# Careful with crossing the boundary of imagination and known truths, though
Blondie116*us*
Jan 11, 2007

loved it
ciotogca*
Jan 11, 2007

Excellent teaser! I think the line "I'm sealed off to man, forever unbroken" deals nicely with the idea that black holes are still conjecture (although strong evidence exists for their existence, unlike, say, a deity).
Based on the known evidence, things are certainly pulled to shreds given the extreme gravitational forces present.
I_Write_Books*
Jan 11, 2007

Relatively easy, but still fun...Thanks!
nu_rob_roy*sx*
Jan 11, 2007

Where are some of these comments coming from? Too Strange.

Nicely written teaser. Let's see more.
cdz77
Jan 11, 2007


I didnt like it, seemed to make more sense that it was a tornado not a black hole!
tpkarth*
Jan 11, 2007

i don't know too much about black holes...good t know more about that... it wasn't the type of "riddle" or answer I expected... seemed to be too theoretical and a bit beyond the common science we think & see all the time.. may be a good idea to move it from "riddle" to "science" category...
kepi77
Jan 11, 2007

This was my first teaser.It was fun and challenging.
kman613**
Jan 11, 2007

Well worded. As a science junkie, extremely easy though.
speedqueenkmwAus*
Jan 11, 2007

Should have gotten it but didn't. Good job.
mmmcla01A*
Jan 11, 2007

Hmm...I thought paper shredder
vanoosha*ca
Jan 11, 2007

I'm not very good at teaser, but I got this one right away! Made me feel good!! Great teaser.
cuteandditzyAus*
Jan 11, 2007

Im with scallio. I was also thinking tornado and venturing into the Land of Oz and the sky usually gets dark whenever a tornado is coming.
QrystalAca*
Jan 11, 2007

Nice riddle! I love black holes, though I didn't expect one to crop up in here. Awesome!

And I think it's generally accepted that a person would get stretched like mad, not exactly shredded, but poetic license is a wonderful thing, isn't it?
lmurray*cn*
Jan 12, 2007

NOT BAD, HIGH SCHOOL GENERAL SCIENCE CLASS (I THINK).
morgoth1028*
Jan 12, 2007

hmm i liked it..it was easy though...maybe its cuz i just watched an episode of StarGate about black holes......lol
book_worm_77*us
Jan 20, 2007

I got it on the second line, it was really easy. Well written, but a little harder one might be nice next time.
bookworm91**
Apr 17, 2007

Thanks everyone for your comments and suggestions
I see that a few of you stated that this might fare better in the science category. I think the only problem with that is that my rhyme dances between theory and facts. In the science category, you pretty much have to have hard evidence for your answers, and since we still know so little about black holes, I'm not sure mine would stand up under scrutiny there. But, hey. If the editors choose to move it, I'm not going to argue.
Yes, my 'shred' line does kind of stretch it. (When I told this riddle to my mom, she said "Black holes don't shred things!" But that was the only synonym that would fit the rhyme and rhythm.)
Anway, thanks again for your comments! I'm always looking for ways to make my teasers better and more challenging.
Caleb_BAza*
Feb 15, 2009

Yes, I got it right!
Caleb_BAza*
Feb 15, 2009

I heard somewhere that a black hole is actually a star that died. It's black because the star doesn't give light anymore. It's gravitational pull is extremely powerful.
Stack1607A*
Jan 11, 2010

The best riddle ever . I just loved it.
doeheadAus*
Jan 11, 2010

AOO. NC.
UptheHillA*
Jan 11, 2010

avonmaAus*
Jan 11, 2010

I got stuck on tornado (which didn't really fit; and never did think of a black hole!
patiencewithaP*us*
Jan 11, 2010

Thought of black hole right off the bat, then changed my mind. Great teaser!
Babe*
Jan 11, 2013

Kinghal*au*
Jan 11, 2013

Tricky but good.
cutebugAus*
Jan 11, 2013

Some times my brain works. Today was one of those times. Got it easily. Good Morning GW.
gaylewolfAus*
Jan 11, 2013

Well written riddle! Hope you're doing well, Cutebug! Everyone have a great day and a wonderful weekend!
jeRussell
Jan 11, 2013

I came up with a garbage disposer.



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