Riddle of the Day

Riddle of the Day

Daybreak Riddle Archive

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Thursday, July 20

ON THIS DATE... in 1977... The C.I.A. Released documents under the Freedom of Information Act revealing what?

Answer: ?

Wednesday, July 19

ON THIS DATE... in 1799... One of the most visited objects in the British Museum was actually found. It was used to decipher ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. What is it?

Answer: The Rosetta Stone

Tuesday, July 18

ON THIS DATE... in 1976... Nadia Comaneci became the first person in Olympic Games history to do what in gymnastics?

Answer: Score a Perfect 10

Monday, July 17

ON THIS DATE... in 1838... Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan took off from Brooklyn, NY and flew to Ireland. Where was he actually supposed to fly to?

Answer: Long Beach, California 

Friday, July 14

ON THIS DATE... in 1969... Something very important happened regarding the United States' currency. What was it?

Answer: The $500, $1,000, $5,000 & $10,000 bills were officially withdrawn from circulation

Thursday, July 13

ON THIS DATE... in 1923... The Hollywood Sign is officially dedicated in the hills above Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. What did the sign actually say until a renovation in 1949?

Answer: Hollywoodland

Wednesday, July 12

ON THIS DATE... in 1962... What band performed its first concert at the Marquee Club in London, England?

Answer: The Rolling Stones

Tuesday, July 11

ON THIS DATE... in 1921... A former President of the United States was sworn in as the 10th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. He was the only person to ever hold both offices. Who was it?

Answer: William Howard Taft

Monday, July 10

ON THIS DATE... in 1913... What city hit 134°F, the highest temperature recorded in the United States?

Answer: Death Valley, CA

Tuesday, July 4

ON THIS DATE... in 1826... Two former presidents died. It also happened to be on the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the United States' Declaration of Independence. Who were the presidents?

Answer: Adams & Jefferson

Monday, July 3

ON THIS DATE... in 1852... Congress established the United States' 2nd mint. What city was this in?

Answer: San Francisco

Friday, June 30

ON THIS DATE... in 1953... The first of this kind of car rolled off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan.  What car was it?

Answer: Chevy Corvette

Thursday, June 29

ON THIS DATE... in 1998... A new movie channel debuted.  Mark likes to watch this channel  to feel empowered.  What channel is it?

Answer: Lifetime Movie Network

Wednesday, June 28

ON THIS DATE... in 1997... Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield fought each other in the ring.  Why was Mike Tyson disqualified in the 3rd round?

Answer: He bit Evander's ear

Tuesday, June 27

ON THIS DATE... in 1985... Something happened to the infamous U.S. Route 66.  What happened?

Answer: It was officially removed from the United States Highway System

Monday, June 26

ON THIS DATE... in 1974... The Universal Product Code was scanned for the first time to sell something.  It was at a supermarket in Troy, Ohio.  What was the product being purchased?

Answer: Wrigley's Chewing Gum

Friday, June 23

ON THIS DATE... in 1980... A popular late night talk show host debuted a DAYTIME show on NBC.  It was cancelled a few months later.  What show was it?

Answer: The David Letterman Show

Thursday, June 22

ON THIS DATE... in 1870... U.S. Congress created the U.S. Department of WHAT?

Answer: Justice

Wednesday, June 21

ON THIS DATE... in 1948... Columbia Records introduced the first ever WHAT during a public demonstration at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.

Answer: Long playing record album

Tuesday, June 20

ON THIS DATE... in 1782... Congress adopted the Great Seal of the United States.  It includes the Bald Eagle clutching an olive branch along with how many arrows?

Answer: 13

Monday, June 19

ON THIS DATE... in 1953... Two U.S. citizens were executed for spying for the Soviet Union.  They were convicted of committing espionage by trying to sell the U.S.'s top secret plans for building a nuclear bomb.  Who were the 2 people?

Answer: Julius & Ethel Rosenberg  

Friday, June 16

ON THIS DATE... in 1884... The first public roller coaster opened in New York's Coney Island amusement park.  What was the name of it?

Answer: Switchback Railway

Thursday, June 15

ON THIS DATE... in 2012... Who became the first person to successfully tightrope walk over Niagara Falls?

Answer: Nik Wallenda

Wednesday, June 14

ON THIS DATE... in 1775... The Continental Army was established by the Continental Congress, marking the birth of what?

Answer: United States Army

Tuesday, June 13

ON THIS DATE... in 1962... A controversial Stanley Kubrick movie, based on a book, was released in theaters.  What movie was it?

Answer: "Lolita"

Monday, June 12

ON THIS DATE... in 1939... What type of Hall of Fame opened in Cooperstown, New York?

Answer: Baseball

Friday, June 9

Can you tell me how to make an egg roll?

Answer: Just push it and it'll roll

Thursday, June 8

There was an airplane crash, every single person on board died, but yet two people survived. How is this possible?

Answer: They were married

Wednesday, June 7

What looks like half an apple?

Answer: The other half

Tuesday, June 6

It took 20,000 workers to build the Taj Mahal in 20 years. How many workers would be required to build it in 10 years?

Answer: Sorry, the Taj Mahal cannot be built again

Monday, June 5

Name all the numbers from 1 - 100, which have the letter 'A' in their spellings?

Answer: None

Friday, June 2

ON THIS DATE... in 1865... A Confederate General signed the surrender terms, offered by Union negotiators, to end the U.S. Civil War. Who was that General?

Answer: Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith

Thursday, June 1

ON THIS DATE... in 1967... Which Beatles album was released?

Answer: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Wednesday, May 31

ON THIS DATE... in 2000... What competition reality TV show premiered? There have now been 34 seasons of this show.

Answer: 'Survivor'

Tuesday, May 30

ON THIS DATE... in 1911... The inaugural Indianapolis 500 was run at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana.  Who won that first race?

Answer: Ray Harroun

Monday, May 29

ON THIS DATE... in 1790... Which state was the last of the orginal United States' colonies to ratify the Constitution and be admitted as the 13th U.S. state?

Answer: Rhode Island

Friday, May 26

ON THIS DATE... in 1896... Charles Dow published the first edition of the what?

Answer: The Dow Jones Industrial

Thursday, May 25

ON THIS DATE... in 1977... What movie opened on Memorial Day weekend, marking the biggest entertainment juggernaut in modern popular culture?

Answer: "Star Wars"

Wednesday, May 24

ON THIS DATE... in 1884... Samuel F.B. Morse sent the first public telegraph message through the Washington-to-Baltimore telegraph line.  What was that message?

Answer: "What Hath God Wrought?"

Tuesday, May 23

ON THIS DATE... in 2005... Tom Cruise famously jumped around on Oprah Winfrey's couch, proclaiming his love for who?

Answer: Katie Holmes

Monday, May 22

ON THIS DATE... in 1992... Johnny Carson hosted 'The Tonight Show' for the last time.  Who were his guests on that final show?

Answer: No one

Friday, May 19

ON MAY 20th... in 1873... What company patented copper-riveted jeans, designed to help prevent tears in the fabric?

Answer: Levi Strauss

Thursday, May 18

ON THIS DATE... in 2001... What movie was released in theaters that was based on William Steig's 1990 children's book?

Answer: 'Shrek'

Wednesday, May 17

ON THIS DATE... in 1965... The FBI Laboratory, after a formal investigation that began in 1964, declared the lyrics of what song to be officially "Unintelligible at any speed."

Answer: "Louie Louie"

Tuesday, May 16

ON THIS DATE... in 1983... The concert special 'Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever' was broadcast on TV.  Michael Jackson performed what dance move for the first time on television?

Answer: Moonwalk

Monday, May 15

ON THIS DATE... in 1800... President John Adams ordered the new U.S. federal government to leave what city and move to the nation's new capital in Washington D.C.

Answer: Philadelphia

Friday, May 12

ON THIS DATE... in 1993... What ABC TV show, set in the 60's, came to an end?

Answer: The Wonder Years

Thursday, May 11

ON THIS DATE... IN 1947... B.F. Goodrich Co. announced the development of what?

Answer: Tubeless Tire

Wednesday, May 10

ON THIS DATE... in 1877... U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes has the White House's first one installed.  What is it?

Answer: Telephone

Tuesday, May 9

ON THIS DATE... in 1914... Although referred to since the late 1800's, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first of this holiday on this date.

Answer: Mother's Day

Monday, May 8

ON THIS DATE... in 1963... a certain movie opened in theaters starring Sean Connery.  It was to be the first of 24 movies in this series.  What movie is it?

Answer: Dr. No

Friday, May 5

ON THIS DATE... in 1961... the first American astronaut to travel into space was launched into space aboard the Freedom 7 space capsule.  Who was the astronaut?

Answer: Navy Commander Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr.

Thursday, May 4

Today is STAR WARS DAY... May the FOURTH be with you!
At the beginning of Episode IV: A New Hope, Princess Leia and her ship are carrying what?

Answer: The plans for the Death Star

Wednesday, May 3

ON THIS DATE... in 1991... The final episode of what TV show was broadcast on the CBS network? (It was resurrected 21 years later on TNT)

Answer: Dallas

Tuesday, May 2

ON THIS DATE... in 1982... What new cable TV channel, dedicated to one topic, began broadcasting in the U.S.?

Answer: The Weather Channel

Monday, May 1

ON THIS DATE... in 1941... What critically acclaimed movie, directed, produced, written and starring the same person, debuted at the RKO Palace Theater in New York City?

Answer: Citizen Kane

Friday, April 28

What do you call a woman who knows where her husband is every night?

Answer: A widow

Thursday, April 27

You draw a line. Without touching it, how do you make the line longer?

Answer: You draw a shorter line next to it, and it becomes the longer line

Wednesday, April 26

Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday?

Answer: Yesterday, today, and tomorrow

Tuesday, April 25

Who is bigger: Mr. Bigger, Mrs. Bigger, or their baby?

Answer: The baby, because he is a little bigger

Monday, April 24

My neighbor Bob is a blacksmith. He is 45 years old, 7 ft. tall, and eats all the time. Guess what he weighs?

Answer: Iron

Friday, April 21

ON THIS DATE... IN 1986... Geraldo Rivera hosted a live, highly promoted 2-hour syndicated TV special about what?

Answer: The Mystery of Al Capone's Vault. They found nothing.

Thursday, April 20

ON THIS DATE... in 1926... Western Electric and the Warner Brothers film studio officially introduced Vitaphone, a new process that would what?

Answer: Enable the addition of sound to film

Wednesday, April 19

ON THIS DATE... in 2009... What TV show about an Italian family owning a bakery premiered on TLC?

Answer: Cake Boss

Tuesday, April 18

ON THIS DATE... in 1924... Simon & Schuster published the first of this kind of book.

Answer: Crossword puzzle book

Monday, April 17

April was formerly the 2nd month in the ancient Roman year, when March began the calendar.  The real origin of its name has been lost.  The most common theory is that Aprillis is derived from the Latin verb Aperire... which means what?

Answer: To open, as the opening, or blossoming, of trees and flowers

Friday, April 14

The average American owns how many pairs of blue jeans?

Answer: 7

Thursday, April 13

The bikini was named after an island where the U.S. military was testing its bombs in World War II.  It was so named because its creator, Louis Reard, believed the revealing suit would create a shock like that of the atomic bomb.  Name the island.

Answer: Bikini Atoll

Wednesday, April 12

The difference between 2 nominal clothing sizes is about how many pounds?

Answer: 10-15 pounds

Tuesday, April 11

Can you name the four major fashion capitals of the world?

Answer: New York, Paris, Milan & London

Monday, April 10

It's Prom season!
Do you know what "Prom" is short for?

Answer: Promenade

Friday, April 7

Two planes take off at the same exact moment. They are flying across the Atlantic. One leaves New York and is flying to Paris at 500 miles per hour. The other leaves Paris and is flying to New York at just 450 miles per hour. Which one will be closer to Paris when they meet?

Answer: They'll both be the same distance away when they meet

Thursday, April 6

Fred owns a pet store. He puts one canary per cage, but has one bird too many. If he puts two canaries in each cage, he has one cage too many. How many cages and canaries does he have?

Answer: Fred has 3 cages and 4 canaries 

Wednesday, April 5

What is the best month for a parade?

Answer: March

Tuesday, April 4

Pronounced as one letter,
And written with three,
Two letters there are,
And two only in me.
I'm double, I'm single,
I'm black, blue, and gray,
I'm read from both ends,
And the same either way.
What am I?

Answer: EYE

Monday, April 3

What other letter fits in the following series:
B C D E I K O X?

Answer: The letter H. All the letters in the series flipped vertically remain the same.

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