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Why is a raven like a writing desk?

Postby I vivis tik » Mon Jun 22, 2009 2:25 pm

I think everybody of you know the popular answers for that riddle, but were your solutions when you thought about it?

i came up with:

A raven is like a writing desk because a writing desk is not like a raven.


Hope for your solutions...

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well..

Postby The investigator » Wed Aug 05, 2009 3:15 am

A raven is like a writing desk becaus they both inspire a sense of awed fear in small children. small children are innocent enough to detect the sinister air about them, and the writing desk simply means school and homework. which kids hate (who likes a whole year stuck inside when theyre 6?) DIS:-)

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A Raven is like a writing desk because...

Postby Afdhu » Wed Oct 14, 2009 2:57 am

I made up my own answer, and it is common sense to find this out, but a raven and a writing desk are alike because they both begin with the "r" sound!

I made up this answer :-) !

Also, they both contain the letter "e".

[edit by webmaster] I deleted your other two posts - no need to spam your answer in unrelated topics

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Postby Beautiful Soup » Wed Oct 14, 2009 4:13 am

Because one of its legs is both the same.

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Why are Ravens like Writing-desks?

Postby Sebaastian » Wed Dec 16, 2009 4:43 pm

Because they are not afraid of winging it.

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Postby I'm Such A Mad Hatterr =) » Sun Dec 20, 2009 1:36 pm

The riddle isn't meant to have an answer...Carroll only gave an answer for it because everyone kept asking...but i don't know...because ravens like shiny things like..pens? I know...that's a rubbish answer !! But i can't think of anything :)

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Postby R.J. Carter » Wed Dec 30, 2009 9:19 pm

Because Poe wrote on both. AIW(:-*

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Postby Malice in Wonderland » Mon Jan 11, 2010 5:29 pm

all i know is that the guy who actually came up with the right answer ("Edgar wrote on both."), Sam Loyd, is very brilliant. i won't even bother.

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Re: well..

Postby madaboutalice » Sun Feb 28, 2010 8:45 pm

A raven is like a writing desk becaus they both inspire a sense of awed fear in small children. small children are innocent enough to detect the sinister air about them, and the writing desk simply means school and homework. which kids hate (who likes a whole year stuck inside when theyre 6?) DIS:-)
"Why is a raven like a writing desk"... u got it spot on!!! nice one :)

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Postby ta-dah » Fri Mar 05, 2010 7:48 pm

Why is a raven like a writing desk you ask?

There isn't a real answer to this question what-so-ever, the reasons a raven is like a writing test are as infinetly many and imaginitive as you may be. The reason these two things are so wildly different and spoken by the mad hatter is to show that there isn't really anything, although it was thought that. There really is no answer, or at least nobody knows it.

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Postby Charlie (white knight) » Tue Mar 23, 2010 10:46 pm

a raven is like a writing desk bc its produces few notes and is VERY flat :D

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Postby Lael » Wed Mar 24, 2010 9:18 am

all i know is that the guy who actually came up with the right answer ("Edgar wrote on both."), Sam Loyd, is very brilliant. i won't even bother.
As there is no answer to the riddle, there is no "right" and "wrong". Finding an answer to a riddle with no answer is just fun.

Nice answer I heard was:
Because there's a b in both and an n in neither.

But Charlie (white knight) posted my new favourite. ^^

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Postby The Queen of Hearts » Wed Mar 24, 2010 3:28 pm

As there is no answer to the riddle, there is no "right" and "wrong". Finding an answer to a riddle with no answer is just fun.....But Charlie (white knight) posted my new favourite. ^^
Take a look at Lenny's resource section, Lael :-) :
In a new preface that Carroll wrote for the 1896 edition of Alice, he gave what he considered to be the best answer to the Mad Hatter's riddle. This is what he wrote:

"Enquiries have been so often addressed to me, as to whether any answer to the Hatter’s Riddle can be imagined, that I may as well put on record here what seems to me to be a fairly appropriate answer, viz: "Because it can produce a few notes, tho they are very flat; and it is nevar put with the wrong end in front!" This, however, is merely an afterthought; the Riddle as originally invented, had no answer at all."

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Postby Lael » Wed Mar 24, 2010 4:23 pm

*giggles* of course the best answer had to come from Carroll himself.
DIS:-/
Thanks for pointing that out Queen! *drops a courtesy*

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why is a raven like a writing desk?

Postby the precocious om » Wed Mar 24, 2010 4:48 pm

they both have inky quills.


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