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Warm up with some little ones below ...

What do you do with dead elements?

Reveal Answer

Barium!

Where do fish keep their money?

Reveal Answer

In a riverbank, of course!

What do you get when you cross an automobile with a household animal?

Reveal Answer

A carpet!

Mary's father has 4 children; three are named Nana, Nene, and Nini. So what is is the 4th child's name?

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If you said "Nono", then you are wrong. If Mary's father had 4 children, with three named Nana, Nene, and Nini, then the last child's name would have to be Mary!

From what heavy seven-letter word can you take away two letters and have eight left?

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There are at least two possibilities: Freight or weights!

What three numbers have the same answer when added together and multiplied together?

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1, 2, 3

What bone has a sense of humor?

Reveal Answer

Humorous

What did the leg bone say to the foot?

Reveal Answer

Stick with me and you'll go places.

What did the rib cage say to the heart?

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Got ya covered!

What force and strength
can not get through,
I with a gentle touch can do,
and many in the streets would stand,
were I not as a friend in hand.

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A key!

What walks all day on its head?

Reveal Answer

A nail in a horseshoe

What is round as a dishpan and no matter the size, all the water in the ocean can't fill it up?

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A sieve

I have many eyes but cannot see.
I have no mouth or nose, but always smell.
Do not eat my tree or you will be,
a very rare FATALITY!

Reveal Answer

A potato

The more of them you take, the more you leave behind. What are they?

Reveal Answer

Footsteps

He who has it doesn't tell about it. He who takes it doesn't know about it. He who knows what it is doesn't want it. What is it?

Reveal Answer

Counterfeit money

It lives without a body, hears without ears, speaks without a mouth, and is born in air. What is it?

Reveal Answer

An echo

I fasten it and it walks. I unfasten it and it stops. What is it?

Reveal Answer

A sandal

What goes around and around the wood but never goes into the wood?

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The bark of a tree

I have a little house in which I live all alone. My house has no doors or windows, and if I want to go out I must break through the wall. What am I?

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A chicken in an egg

Poke your fingers in my eyes and I will open wide my jaws. Linen cloth, quills, or paper, I am greedy and devour them all. Who am I?

Reveal Answer

A pair of scissors

It stands on one leg with its heart in its head. What is it?

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A cabbage

What is is that you will break every time you name it?

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Silence

What fastens two people yet touches only one?

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A wedding ring.

I am the beginning of sorrow, and the end of sickness. You cannot express happiness without me, yet I am in the midst of crosses. I am always in risk, yet never in danger. You may find me in the sun, but I am never seen out of darkness.

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The letter S

What is put on a table and cut, but never eaten?

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A pack of cards

I am taken from a mine, and shut up in a wooden case, from which I am never released, and yet I am used by almost everybody. What am I?

Reveal Answer

Pencil graphite (sometimes referred to as pencil "lead", although it is not made of lead!)

I am around long before dawn.
But by lunch I am usually gone.
You can see me summer, fall, and spring.
I like to get on everything.
But when winter winds start to blow;
Burr, then it's time for me to go!
What am I?

Reveal Answer

The dew!

What's full of holes but still holds water?

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A sponge

What has four fingers and one thumb, but is not alive?

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A glove

How many letters are in the alphabet?

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11 (count them: the alphabet)

What grows in winter, dies in summer, and grows roots upward?

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An icicle

What flies without wings?

Reveal Answer

Time

What is bigger when new and grows smaller with use?

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Soap (or a pencil, crayon, chalk, etc.)

You can draw me, fire me or fill me in. What am I?

Reveal Answer

A "blank"

Name three keys that unlock no doors.

Reveal Answer

MONkey, DONkey, TURkey

What turns everything around, but does not move?

Reveal Answer

A mirror.

While walking across a bridge I saw a boat full of people. Yet on the boat there wasn't a single person. Why?

Reveal Answer

Every one on the boat is married.

What has four legs, a head, and leaves?

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A dining room table

What has wheels and flies, but is not an aircraft?

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A garbage truck

What happens when you throw a white rock into the Red Sea?
(Speaking of throwing things, take a minute now to learn more about how to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle)

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It sinks

What do you have when twenty rabbits step backwards?

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A receding hare-line

What am I? I am the only thing that always tells the truth. I show off everything that I see. I come in all shapes and sizes. So tell me what I must be!

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A mirror.

What happens twice in a week, and once in a year, but never in a day?

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The appearance of the letter "e"!

Where do you find roads without vehicles, forests without trees, and cities without houses?

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On a map!

How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

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As much wood as a woodchuck could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood.

What are two things you cannot eat for supper?

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Breakfast and lunch! (of course, some people love to eat breakfast foods for lunch or supper)

What is half of 2+2?

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3 (half of 2 is 1, and then 1 plus 2 is 3)

How many seconds are there in a year?

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12 (January second, February second and so on)

When asked what he does all day, a man answered that he sits and makes faces. What does he really mean?

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He makes the faces of clocks or watches

What time is it when 12 cats chase a mouse?

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12 after 1!

What has a tongue, cannot walk, but gets around a lot?

Reveal Answer

A shoe!

What is black and white and read all over?

Reveal Answer

A newspaper!

A man without eyes saw plums on a tree;
He neither took plums, nor left plums,
Now how can that be?

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The answer lies in the singular. The man doesn't have eyes, but he does have one eye. He saw plums, (2 plums). He didn't take plums (he only took one plum), so he didn't leave plums, he left one plum.

Twelve pears hanging high, twelve men passing by.
Each took a pear and left eleven hanging there.
How can this be?

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"Each" was the name of one of the men passing by.

There's a one story house that's all blue inside. The floor was blue, the lamps were blue,the walls were blue,everything was blue. So what color were the interior stairs?

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It's a one-story house, so there are no stairs.

What word looks the same upside down and backwards?

Reveal Answer

SWIMS

He has dust in his eye and a fan for a wing,
a leg akimbo on which he can sing,
and dye in his mouth instead of a sting
what is he?
[Note: This is actually a Robert Frost poem entitled "One Guess"]

Reveal Answer

A grasshopper!

Have you heard the saying what goes up must come down? Well what goes up and never goes down?

Reveal Answer

Your age!

What word in the English language is always spelled incorrectly?

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Incorrectly!

If an electric train is going east at 60 miles an hour and there is a strong westerly wind, which way does the smoke from the train drift.

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Electric trains don't produce smoke

What runs around a house but doesn't move?

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A fence!

What kind of fish chases a mouse?

Reveal Answer

A Catfish

What is a cat on Ice?

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A Cool Cat

Do you know why orange juice is so smart?

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It concentrates!

This thing devours all,
Birds, beasts, trees, flowers,
Gnaws iron, bites steel,
Grinds hard stones to meal, Slays kings, ruins towns,
And beats high mountains down.
(by J. R. R. Tolkein)

Reveal Answer

Time.

Two mothers and two daughters go to a pet store and buy three cats. Each female gets her own cat. How is this possible?

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There is a grandmother, a mother, and a daughter. The grandmother is also the mother's mother, so there are 2 daughters and 2 mothers, but only a total of 3 people.

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

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A chair, a bed, and a toothbrush!

If one child has 6 2/3 sand piles and another has 3 1/3, and you combine them, how many sand piles do you have?

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One (if they are all combined, there is just 1 sandpile)

While on Safari in the wild jungles of Africa, Professor Claudia woke one morning and felt something in the pocket of her pajamas. It had a head and a tail, but no legs. When Claudia got up she could feel it move inside of her pocket. However, Claudia showed little concern and went about her morning activities. Why wasn't she concerned?

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She knew it was only a coin.

I can sizzle like bacon,
I am made with an egg,
I have plenty of backbone, but lack a good leg,
I peel layers like onions, but still remain whole,
I can be long, like a flagpole, yet fit in a hole,
What am I?

Reveal Answer

A snake!

You are in a room with 3 monkeys. One has a banana, one has a stick, one has nothing. Which primate in the room is the smartest?

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You are the smartest! Humans are primates too.

What is gray, has a tail, and a trunk?

Reveal Answer

A mouse on vacation!

A horse is tied to a 20 foot long rope. The horse wants to get some water that is 30 feet away. The horse gets the water easily. How is this?

Reveal Answer

The other end of the rope isn't tied to anything!

Here on earth it is always true,
that a day follows a day.
But there is a place where yesterday
always follows today!
What am I?

Reveal Answer

The dictionary!

A boy goes and buys a fishing pole that is 6' 3" long. As he goes to get on the bus, the bus driver tells him that he can't take anything on the bus longer than 6'. The boy goes back to town, buys one more thing, and the bus driver allows him on the bus. What did he buy, and what did he do with it?

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The boy bought a 6' long box. He put the fishing pole in diagonally, and the entire package was only 6'!

What weighs more—a ton of feathers or a ton of gold?

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They weigh exactly the same, one ton each, when you use the same weight standard; however, gold is traditionally measured in Troy weight, which is 13 ounces to the pound instead of 16, so a ton of feathers, weighing 16 ounces, would actually be heavier!

Scientists have proven that cats have more hair on one side then their other side. Some people believe that this is because when cats lay on their side they need insulation from the cold on the floor or ground. Which side of a cat has more hair?

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The outside, of course!

A railroad crossing, look for the cars.
Can you spell all that without any R's?

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Yes, "all that"!

Your mother's brother's only brother-in-law is asleep on your couch. Who is asleep on your couch?

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Your father.

Why is it so easy to weigh fish?

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Because they have their own scales.

Why can't a man living in Winston Salem, NC, be buried west of the Mississippi?

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Because he is still alive.

Who can shave 25 times a day and still have a beard?

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A barber.

Which moves faster: heat or cold?

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Heat, everybody can catch a cold.

When young, I am sweet in the sun.
When middle-aged, I make you gay.
When old, I am valued more than ever.
What am I?

Reveal Answer

Wine.

To cover cows.

Reveal Answer

Wine.

What's the difference between here and there?

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The letter T.

What's colorless and weightless, but if you put it into a barrel, the barrel would become lighter?

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A hole

What is better than the best thing, and worse than the worst thing?

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Nothing

What won't break if you throw it off the highest building in the world, but will break if you place it in the ocean?

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A tissue.

What two things can you never eat for breakfast?

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Lunch and dinner.

What runs but cannot walk?

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Water -- also, your nose.

What one word has the most letters in it?

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Alphabet

What occurs once in a minute, twice in a moment, but never in an hour?

Reveal Answer

The letter M

What kind of rocks are on the bottom of the Mississippi River?

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Wet rocks.

What kind of room has no windows or doors?

Reveal Answer

Mushroom

What kind of nut has no shell?

Reveal Answer

A doughnut

What kind of coat can be put on only when wet?

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A coat of paint.

What is the moon worth?

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$1 -- because it has 4 quarters.

Want to learn more about space science?

What is the longest word in the English language?

Reveal Answer

Smiles (there's a mile between the first and last letter.

What is the center of gravity?

Reveal Answer

V.

An egg.

Reveal Answer

V.

What has no beginning, end or middle?

Reveal Answer

a doughnut

What is in the middle of nowhere?

Reveal Answer

H.

What has a foot on each side and one in the middle?

Reveal Answer

A yardstick.

A year like the year of 1961, which reads the same upside down. This will not happen again until the year 6009.

Reveal Answer

A yardstick.

What grows when it eats, but dies when it drinks?

Reveal Answer

Fire.

What grows up while growing down?

Reveal Answer

A goose..

What goes up and down without moving?

Reveal Answer

Stairs.

What gets whiter the dirtier it gets?

Reveal Answer

A blackboard or chalkboard.

What do you throw out when you want to use it, but take in when you don't want to use it?

Reveal Answer

An anchor.

What do you serve that you cannot eat?

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A tennis ball.

What do the numbers 11, 69, and 88 all have in common?

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They read the same right side up and upside down.

What can you catch but not throw?

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A cold.

What can pass before the sun without making a shadow?

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The wind.

What can go up a chimney down, but can't go down a chimney up?

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An umbrella.

What can burn the eyes, sting the mouth, yet be eaten?

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Salt.

What can be swallowed, but can also swallow you?

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Water.

What book was once owned by only the wealthy, but now nearly everyone can have it? You can't buy it in a bookstore or take it from a library?

Reveal Answer

A telephone book.

The more you take, the more you leave behind. What are they?

Reveal Answer

Footsteps.

The more you have of it, the less you see. What is it?

Reveal Answer

Darkness.

The capital of Turkey is a long word. Can you spell it?

Reveal Answer

I T.

Take off my skin and I won't cry, but you will, what am I?

Reveal Answer

An onion.

Is an old hundred dollar bill better than a new one?

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Yes, its $99 better than a one dollar bill.

In what year did Christmas Day and New Year's Day fall in the same year?

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It happens every year.

In Oklahoma, you cannot take a picture of a man with a sign. Why not?

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You can't take a picture with a sign!

If you were to take two apples from three apples, how many would you have?

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Two. You'd have the two that you took.

If you were standing directly on Antarctica's South Pole facing north, which direction would you travel if you took one step backward?

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North -- all directions from the South Pole are north.

If you were locked in a concrete room with no windows or doors, and all you have with you is a bed and a calendar, how would you eat and drink?

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Dates from the calendar, and water from the bed springs.

If you have it, you want to share it, but if you share it, you don't have it. What is it?

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A secret.

If two's company, and three's a crowd, what are four and five?

Reveal Answer

Nine.

If a rooster laid a brown egg and a white egg, what kind of chicks would hatch?

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None, roosters can't lay eggs!

I know a word of letters three. Add two and fewer there will be. What is the word?

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Few.

How much dirt is in a hole 4 feet deep and 2 feet wide?

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There is no dirt in the "hole".

How many times can you subtract the number 5 from 25?

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Only once. After that, you will be subtracting 5 from 20, then 5 from 15, etc.

How many bricks does it take to complete a building made of brick?

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Only one, the last one!

Forward I am heavy, but backward I am not. What am I?

Reveal Answer

A "ton".

Even if they are starving, natives living in the Arctic will never eat a penguin's egg. Why not?

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There are no penguins in the Arctic; they are native to Antarctica.

Clara Clatter was born on December 27th, yet her birthday is always in the summer. How is this possible?

Reveal Answer

She lives in the southern hemisphere where the seasons are reversed from those in the U.S.

A skin have I, more eyes than one. I can be very nice when I am done. What am I?

Reveal Answer

A potato.

What is the tallest building in town?

Reveal Answer

The library -- it has a lot of stories!

You are pushing your car. You stop at a hotel. At that precise moment you realize that you are bankrupt. What is actually going on?

Reveal Answer

You are probably playing Monopoly!

As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with seven wives, the seven wives had seven sacks, the seven sacks had seven cats, the seven cats had seven kittens; kittens, cats, sacks and wives, how many were going to St. Ives?

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One! It doesn't say that the people he met along the way were going to St. Ives!

What doesn't get any wetter, no matter how much rain falls on it?

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Water.

The one who made it, didn't want it.
The one who bought it, didn't need it.
The one who used it, never saw it. What is it?

Reveal Answer

A coffin.

What sits in a corner while traveling all around the world?

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A stamp.

What question can a person ask all day long, getting a different answer each time, and yet all the answers were correct.

Reveal Answer

The question would be: What time is it?

What runs all day, but never walks
Often murmurs, never talks
Has a bed, but never sleeps
Has a mouth, but never eats?

Reveal Answer

A river!

If a father bull drinks 4 gallons of water a day and a baby bull drinks 2 gallons of water, how many gallons of water does a mother bull drink a day?

Reveal Answer

There's no such thing as a "mother" bull -- bulls are male, not female.

You come into a room with a table, chairs, and fifty-three Bicycles lying around. A man in the room is being accused of something. What is it?

Reveal Answer

Cheating at cards. "Bicycles" refers to a well-known brand of cards by that name. Someone must have been cheating since there are only 52 cards in a deck.

What three word phrase describes the following:
Einstein
Edison
Newton

Reveal Answer

Three wise men!

I have a face, two arms, and two hands, yet I can not move. I count to twelve, yet I can not speak. I can still tell you something everyday.

Reveal Answer

A clock.

You enter a dark room. You have only one match. There is an oil lamp, a furnace, and a stove in the room. Which would you light first?

Reveal Answer

The match!

What time is it when Sir Lancelot looks at his belly button?

Reveal Answer

The middle of the knight!

What do you call a boomerang that doesn't work?

Reveal Answer

A stick!

Buckets, barrels, baskets, cans; What must you fill with empty hands?

Reveal Answer

Gloves!

What do you get when you cross a banana peel with a computer?

Reveal Answer

A slipped disk!

A barrel of rainwater weighs twenty pounds. What must you add to make it weigh fifteen?

Reveal Answer

Holes!

Pull one out and scratch my head. What once was red is black instead. What am I?

Reveal Answer

A match!

What is round on both ends and HI in the middle?

Reveal Answer

Ohio!

Jack and Jill were found gasping for breath, lying in a puddle of water with broken glass all around. What happened?

Reveal Answer

They were goldfish and their bowl had been knocked over!

Hank is at work. He goes off to his right. Then he goes off to his left three times and passes a man in a mask. What is Hank's occupation?

Reveal Answer

Hank is a baseball player!

A man turned out all the lights and went to bed. He woke up, saw something on the news and became very upset with himself. Why?

Reveal Answer

He lived in a lighthouse. When he turned out "all" the lights it caused a shipwreck.

What did the ocean say to the sea?

Reveal Answer

Nothing...it just waved.

Give me a quick "off-the-top-of-your-head" answer to this:
How many second's are there in a calendar year?

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Twelve! January second, February second, March second, April second, May second, etc. Or one of our visitors said there are actually 24, if you count the twenty-SECONDS each month!

What did one math book say to the other math book?

Reveal Answer

I have a lot of problems!

Tommy's mom has three sons. The youngest son is named "Nickel". The middle son is named "Dime". What is the name of the oldest son?

Reveal Answer

Tommy!

Three people are standing under an umbrella looking at a hole in the center of it. Which one(s) is getting wet?

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No one -- it isn't raining.

What needs an answer, but doesn't ask a question?

Reveal Answer

A telephone!

Why did the farmer feed his cow money?

Reveal Answer

Because he wanted rich milk!

Why was 6 afraid of 7?

Reveal Answer

Because 7 ate 9 (7 8 9)

Why did the elephant cross the road?

Reveal Answer

Because it was the chicken's day off!

What goes up and down, but never moves?

Reveal Answer

The temperature! But Lauren, of Lawrenceville, NJ, told us her 8 year old son had another answer -- the stock market! So perhaps the "Y" generation thinks about stocks as much as the weather!

Why did the little boy name his dog "Computer"?

Reveal Answer

Because it came with lots of bytes.

What do you call a dog that is left-handed?

Reveal Answer

A south paw!

What vegetable goes in a cake that you bake for Lassie?

Reveal Answer

Collie flour....(cauliflower)!

What do you call a cat that sucks on lemons?

Reveal Answer

A sourpuss!

What do you call a cat that lives in the desert?

Reveal Answer

Sandy Claws.

What can be as big as a horse, but weighs nothing?

Reveal Answer

It's shadow.

What disease did the cowboy get after trying to break his horse?

Reveal Answer

Bronc-itis.

What do cats like to eat on a hot day?

Reveal Answer

Mice Cream.

jumping frog

What do you get when you cross a frog and a hare?

Reveal Answer

A bunny ribbit!

How did the mouse feel after the cat chased it through a screen door?

Reveal Answer

Strained.

two snakes kissing

How do snakes end a fight?

Reveal Answer

They hiss and make up.

Why did the hawk cross the road?

Reveal Answer

To prove it wasn't a chicken.

Three men were fishing. The boat flipped over and the three men fell into the water. Two of the men got their hair wet. Why didn't the third man's hair get wet?

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He was bald.

What do you get when you pour warm water down a rabbit hole?

Reveal Answer

Hot cross bunnies.

Why did the cow have a bad temper?

Reveal Answer

Because he was in a bad moooooood!

Why would a dog wear a clock around his neck?

Reveal Answer

Because he's a watch dog.

A father and a son got into a car accident. The father went home to rest. The son was taken to the hospital for minor surgery. The doctor came in and said: "I shouldn't do any surgery on this boy because he's my son." How can that be?

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The doctor was the boy's mother!

A man rode into town on Tuesday and stayed in a hotel and two nights later he rode home on Tuesday. How is this possible?

Reveal Answer

His horse's name is Tuesday!

What does a cat have that no other animals have?

Reveal Answer

Baby kittens.

Ten copy cats were sitting in a boat. One jumped out. How many were left?

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None! They were copy cats so they all jumped out!

What has two heads, four eyes, 6 legs and a tail?

Reveal Answer

A horse and his rider.

What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries?

Reveal Answer

A towel.

There is a box smashed on the sidewalk. There is a package next to it, unopened. The equipment was ruined because the package didn't open. What's in the package?

Reveal Answer

A parachute!

There was an accident on the border between Canada and the US. Where would they bury the survivors?

Reveal Answer

They wouldn't bury SURVIVORS!

Your Mom is in a room with you. Where is one place you can sit where your mom cannot sit?

Reveal Answer

In your mom's lap!

How can you put you left hand in your right pocket and put your right hand in your left pocket without crossing your arms?

Reveal Answer

First put the clothes on backwards.

"SIX KINGS" can be converted into what word which describes a band of Scandinavian mariners?

Reveal Answer

Six = VI; VI KINGS = VIKINGS

What starts out on 4 legs, then goes to 2, then 3?

Reveal Answer

A man starting out crawling as a baby, then walking, and finally walking with a cane!

How come anteaters never get sick?

Animated ants
Reveal Answer

Because of all the ant(i) bodies in their stomachs.

What goes up when the rain comes down?

Reveal Answer

An umbrella!

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