Riddles from the year 1901

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by rockgor, Jan 29, 2007.

  1. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    In 1901 one of the most famous and successful men in America wrote a letter to his daughter and enclosed some riddles and jokes. The daughter's name was Marian, but she was called Daisy Bell.

    Never take a 12:50 train, for it is ten to one if you'll catch it.

    Heat travels faster than cold. After all, you can easily catch cold.

    What is the longest word in the English language?
    "Smiles"; there is a mile between the first and last letter.

    Why is it impossible for a fisherman to be generous?
    His business makes him sell fish.

    By way of context, in 1901 the President was McKinley who was assinated. Theodore Roosevelt became President. He made his speech about carrying a big stick at the MINNESOTA State Fair.

    Queen Victoria died. The Victorian age was replaced by the Edwardian age. Giuseppe Verdi died, and Emperor Hirohito was born.

    The first Nobel prizes were awarded.

    Who was the letter writer? Hint: his company gave jobs to thousands of woman over the years including Lily Tomlin.
    [This Message was Edited on 01/30/2007]
  2. EllenComstock

    EllenComstock New Member

    Was it Henry Ford?

  3. sisland

    sisland New Member

  4. Rosiebud

    Rosiebud New Member

  5. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    But not a bullseye yet.

    Here's another riddle from the same letter.

    Why is an empty room like a room completely full of married people?

    Because there is not a single one in it.

    The letter, by the way, is in the Library of Congress.
  6. paulmack

    paulmack New Member

    Love the riddles but don't know who wrote the letter.
    Wasn't Daisy Bell the name of a song about " a bicycle built for 2".
    Loved that song.
    Will do a google on the Library of Congress to see if that shed's any light.
  7. paulmack

    paulmack New Member

    Was it Alexander Graham Bell??
  8. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    And once again Paulmack rings the bell! Good for you, Old Boy.

    In an earlier letter in the same book, Papa Bell writes to his two daughters Elsie and Daisy about a stingray he found on the beach at Martha's Vineyard.

    He even cut off the tail and sent it to them. (He assures them it is harmless.)
  9. paulmack

    paulmack New Member

    We should have got that answer earlier,the surname was in your first paragraph,lol.

  10. sisland

    sisland New Member

    I never think to go and do searches! that Paulmack is one smart Fella!,,lolol Got anymore riddles?,,,,S
  11. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    to hunt around for more riddles, Sis.

    Yes, Paul, the name Bell was in the first paragraph. But like many clues, it was ambiguous.

    The gay 90s song about the bike was

    Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer true.
    I'm half crazy, all for the love of you.
    It won't be a stylish marriage.
    I can't afford a carriage.

    But you'll look sweet, upon the seat,
    Of a bicycle built for two.

    At the bicentennial of the country, the Smithsonian put out dozens of phonogrph records documenting the history of the country in music. One record was about songs reflecting new machines and technology such as the above.

    Another was "In My Merry Oldsmobile". Another was "All Alone" about the telephone, written by Irving Berlin.