Hey! So yeah, the riddles! A couple of people have figured out the “correct” answers. Ready? They were a Ferris Wheel and a cork. I got as much of a kick out of trying to think if the other guesses from people still fit. That’s one of the fun-slash-infuriating things about riddles. They often bend logic and have very mutable strictness in their justifications.
For example, the old “why is a raven like a writing desk” from Lewis Carroll. The apocryphal story is that the riddle wasn’t actually intended to have an answer, but he got so much correspondence that he had to come up with an “answer” and ended up creating a brilliant but somewhat stretched solution. You can look it up elsewhere but the gist of it is twofold: 1) They are both used to produce a few notes (ravens kind of sing a little, and writing desks are of course used to write notes) and 2) They are never turned around backwards. This second one makes more sense phonetically than written out. The desk’s deal is that you don’t turn a writing desk around backwards, because you wouldn’t be able to use it. The raven part is that raven spelled backwards is…kinda sorta…similar to the word “never” – raven : nevar. See? Close enough.
Pretty freaking brilliant if you ask me.
Speaking of ravens – Halloween’s coming up!
And yes, today’s comic leans a little towards the existential. Makes you think. Or not, whatever, I’m not your boss.