Category Archives: Riddle


Elementary School Riddles

Background:  My informant, NK, is 19 years old and of South Korean descent from both her mother and father’s sides of the family. Her grandparents live close to her, so she spends a lot of time with them. She is very passionate about cooking. Even though she is majoring in biochemical engineering at UC Berkeley,… Continue Reading »

Mexican riddle

Main piece:  The following was transcribed from a riddle between the informant and interviewer.  Informant: De qué color es el caballo blanco de Napoleon?  Interviewer: el color? Uhhh haber…  Informant: Hay de veras? Esta no la tienes que pensar! Ya ni laces! Interviewer: Ahh blanco verdad?  Informant: Pues si. De qué otro color podría ser… Continue Reading »

English riddle

Main piece:  The following is transcribed from a riddle between the informant and interviewer. Informant: A red guy lives in a red house  Interviewer: A red guy lives in a red house. Ok.  Informant: A blue guy lives in a blue house. Interviewer: Blue guy in blue house. Informant: yes, uhhh a green guy lives… Continue Reading »

English riddle

Main piece:  The following is transcribed from a riddle the informant gave the interviewer.  Informant: A pine tree grows 10 pineapples.  Interviewer: Ok.  Informant: Two of the pineapples out of the 10 fall. How many pineapples are left on the tree? Interviewer: On the tree? Or are there?  Informant: Are there on the tree.  Interviewer:… Continue Reading »

What happens in a minute?

Main Piece: Informant: What hap– this is a riddle, what happens once in a minute, twice in a moment, but never in a thousand years? Interviewer: I don’t know. Informant: The letter ‘M’ Background: The informant is a nine-year-old Native American boy from the Choctaw, Blackfoot, and Lakota Nations. He was born and raised in… Continue Reading »