D is a 57 year old man. He is a practicing cardiologist at a hospital in the northern suburbs of Illinois. He identifies as American as he grew up in Boston, but he strongly associates with his Scottish heritage as well. D completed his undergraduate studies at Dartmouth University and he attended Cornell University for his degree in medicine. During his studies, both undergraduate and med school, D studied abroad in France two times. While in medical school, D studied at the Faculté de Médecine et de Maïeutique de Lille in Lille, France. English is his primary language, yet he is also fluent in French.
Me: Do you have any riddles?
D: Well there was this riddle book that I used to love. “Big Book of Riddles” by Bennett Cerf. The book is probably 40 to 60 years old, and my parents still have it. I loved reading it with my kids when we visited them. The riddles were for children, but everyone always had a good laugh. My kids and my wife and I go though the book every time we visit. It has gotten to a point where we know every riddle in the book from memory.
Me: Can you tell me some of the riddles?
D: Sure. Why do firemen wear red suspenders?
D: To keep their pants up!
D: What did the pig say when the farmer caught him by the tail?
Me: I don’t know?
D: This is the end of me.
Me: That’s a good one.
D: What do you call something that’s big, red, and eat rocks?
D: A big, red, rock eater!
Me: They really gave these a lot of thought didn’t they.
D: Well the thing is, if you make it simple and put a small twist in it, it makes it a lot funnier.
D: What makes more noise than a cat stuck in a tree?
Me: Uh…I have no idea.
D: Two cats!
D: What time is it when there is an elephant sitting on your fence?
D: Time to build a new fence!
Me: Oh my god.
D talks about the book fondly and still gets a good laugh out of them. The are just stupid, dumb fun and he enjoy’s the feeling of being a kid again when reading them. The book still remains in his family after 40 to 60 years! His children will likely pass the book down to their kids as well, and if not the book then at least their favorite riddles. It’s funny how something so simple and childish and seemingly dumb can bring someone so much joy. It’s funny to think that reading a book of riddles can be a family tradition, but it is.
Here’s the link to the book: http://www.amazon.com/Book-riddles-Beginner-books-Bennett/dp/B0007DL5JU/ref=pd_sim_14_2?ie=UTF8&dpID=415%2BjVvyVCL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR115%2C160_&refRID=05WW8ZMV8F9E8CX6H72H