Riddles have been popular since the beginning of humanity. People love to challenge themselves to solve puzzles and figure out fun plays on words. But the riddle on this restaurant’s sandwich board, which was placed outside on the sidewalk, has people scratching their heads all over the internet. After an image of it was snapped and shared on social media, it quickly became the viral hit of the week. Now everyone is trying to figure it out – but most people give up and look at the answer before giving it all their effort. Lacey Read was the person who took the picture and posted it to Facebook – launching the internet on a quest to solve the riddle. While it might seem exceedingly difficult at first, it is much easier than you think. You just need to read it very, very carefully…

While this riddle can be tough to resolve without a hint, once you know the answer, you’ll be beating yourself up for not knowing it from the beginning. But don’t worry about that yet. Don’t get ahead of yourself. While only 1 out of 3 people can solve this without getting the hint, perhaps you’ll be among the best riddle solvers. Give it your best shot before you give up.

Here is the riddle that the internet is going crazy for…

“What has 4 letters, sometimes 9 letters, but never has 5 letters.”

Can you figure out this strange riddle? The answer lies in HOW you read it.

The history of riddles spans millennia. According to Innovateus.net, “riddles and puzzles can be traced back to thousands of years as found by archeologists. The walls of the ancient temples in Japan, China and Tibet have intriguing puzzles etched on them. Many of them reveal mathematical formulas while some of them were mainly used for games and fun and may have even led to the modern version of board games such as chess.”

Riddles are linked deeply in humanity’s passion for words and stories. The Innovateus post continues with, “One of the instances used in the Bible refers to riddle by Samson which he used to overpower the Philistines. Samson’s riddle was – “Out of the eater came something to eat, and out of the strong came something sweet.” Well, the mystery of the riddle was that Samson could lay hands on sweet honey that had for its hive, the carcass of a man-eater lion.”

HINT: Do you need a let up? Read the sandwich board riddle slowly – and not as a question.

Now try it again. And when you’re completely done, read the solution below.

SOLUTION: This riddle is all about how you read the words and sentence. “What” has 4 letters. “Sometimes” has 9 letters. And “never” has 5 letters. The solution is very literal.

Where you able to solve this riddle? Or did you need the hint to get going?

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