Riddle Me This: What Has To Be Broken Before You Can Use It?

What Has To Be Broken Before You Can Use It?

This riddle is currently making its rounds around the ‘interwebz’. The way to find the answer to this and other riddles would normally be to think about it, especially to think outside the box and try to arrive at the answer. But of course the fact that you are here scrolling quickly down shows that the thoughts have been exhausted, the curiosity cannot be contained any longer and the answer must be found! So without further ado:

The Answer: …. Drumroll… EGG!!!

Ahh! An egg!

Yes! An egg! It has to be broken before it can be used, be it sunny-side up, omelet, scrambled eggs and let us not forget the little baby birds and only come out once the egg is broken or hatched per se.

Seems simple enough now, but there are plenty of very close and almost right answers for this riddle.

For instance one of the most commonly guessed answers were: Shoes, the reasoning behind this answer being that shoes need to be ‘broken in’ before they can be worn, this is almost right but not the correct answer as it does not apply for all shoes at any rate.

Among other popular answers were the answer: A Piggy Bank, which is another answer that is just almost right as once again not all piggy banks are meant to be broken!

In this vein there are plenty of other answers people have come up with, to state some of them: coconut, blister packs for medicines and plenty more food items. As close as they have gotten with getting into the food category, not many are able to pinpoint the exact answer.

Riddles are something that never cease to amaze, entertain or inflame curiosity. Riddles can be in the form of question, like the very one mentioned above, they can be just simple statements or phrases, they can even have hidden or double meanings. But the thing that is most amazing about riddles is the fact that it is absolutely universal. It belongs to nobody and it belongs to everybody. Every single culture and language to exist in this world can be said to have or have had riddles! Some riddles can be translated while some – it is impossible in any language other than that of its conception.

How does one find the answers without help?

It is not really that complicated, all one has to do is think with a little bit of ingenuity, a little touch of creativity and really just pay attention to the question.

While the riddle above ‘ What Has To Be Broken Before You Can Use It?’ is very simple and direct and is in question form and without a known origin, while at the same time anthropologists have found riddles that are from a long time in the past, some which have clear answers and many of which remain unanswered to this day. While one can hazard many guesses towards what may be the right answer, one can never know for sure.

As the riddle of What Has To Be Broken Before You Can Use it has been answered, it would only be right to leave the mind spinning with a few more riddles, go ahead and give these a try:

  1.  I’m tall when I’m young, and I’m short when I’m old. What am I?
  2. What is always in front of you but can’t be seen?
  3. There’s a one-story house in which everything is yellow. Yellow walls, yellow doors, yellow furniture. What color are the stairs?
  4. A man who was outside in the rain without an umbrella or hat didn’t get a single hair on his head wet. Why?

And a special one to reiterate a very important moral:

  1. What can you keep after giving to someone?