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English Riddles

"She who laughs last,
laughs best!"

"Laughter is the
best medicine."

"Laugh and the world laughs with you, trip over a big bag of garbage and fall on the sidewalk breaking a bone or two and you fall alone!"

Riddle Twelve: How high can you jump?

Question: Can a kangaroo jump higher than the Empire State Building?
(The Empire State Building is one of the tallest buildings in New York City.)

Hint: This is another good children's riddle. Can you think like a child? After you think about it, look at the bottom of the page for the answer...

Answer: Yes, because the Empire State Building can't jump!

Explanation: Children often compare themselves with their friends or with their siblings (brothers and sisters). They say things such as "I'm taller than you are!" or "I can run faster than you can!". They might even start to use their imagination when talking about other things or people. For example, "My father is taller than a house!" At first, this riddle seems to be asking if a kangaroo can jump OVER a tall building. Actually, it is just comparing the jumping of a kangaroo with the jumping of a building. But buildings can't jump at all. So, you too can jump taller than any building!

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