Q: I have a head and I have a tail, but I do not have a body. What am I?
A: A coin
Background: Y is a 20 year old who was born and raised in New Jersey. She now resides in Los Angeles, California.
Context: This riddle was told to me at a hangout among friends.
Analysis: I liked this riddle because of its simplicity. It relies on knowledge that everyone would have about coins and, perhaps, animals. The barrier to entry for understanding this joke is very low, which is what makes it so compelling. Like most riddles, the answer is not impossible, but just out of reach. It’s simple enough for the audience to have an “oh, of course!” moment when the answer is revealed. This shared moment among audience members and the performer of the riddle works well with the riddle’s wordplay.