February 24, 2008
Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the worlds only daily column wanting to be the riddler.
No, not the fictional super-villain from the DC Comic series. Don’t get us wrong, we love comics, super-heros/super-villains and costumes just as much as Jeff Albertson, from Springfield, but come on, green spandex with question marks. Just does not fit our style. We are a little more subtle when it comes to dressing up for a night out on the town, we would prefer the original dapper suit, hat and gloves of the Riddler who premiered back in 1948, gracing the Green Arrow cover.
The riddler we want to be comes in the form of wanting to be more schooled in the art of telling riddles. So we looked around the infinite world wide web to see if we could get some assistance in reaching our goal. 149,000 hits for “Become a riddler”! Way too many to look through them all, so we browsed a few pages and noticed a trend.
They were pretty much all references to the Riddler who we did not want to become.
So, we would just have to teach ourselves how to become a riddler.
To start, we should nail down what a riddle actually is. That would give us some important guidelines for understanding what it is we really want to be. Maybe we won’t want to be after all, but we are keeping our hope up.
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So, a riddle, we found, is defined by Merriam-Webster as:
1: a mystifying, misleading, or puzzling question posed as a problem to be solved or guessed: conundrum enigma;
2: something or someone difficult to understand. The word dates back to before the 12th century and we are shooting for being a master of the first definition, not the second. We can’t afford to be someone difficult to understand in our business.
The next step is to find some riddles. Our friend Google, helps a million on that task.
Can you recall the time a task like this would have taken a few days of research through the local library and microfiche? We do, and miss those hours of bugging the librarian for what we could not find by way of the Dewey Decimal System. Nowadays, it’s almost all right at our fingertips, as long as there is a keyboard under them.
R-i-d-d-l-e, we type into our browser. 17,800,000 results. Dang, guess we aren’t the only ones out there interested in a puzzle of words. Let’s see, looks like most are categorized by difficulty, so we’ll start simple and move up from there.
Here are a few of our favorites:
A logical one to start.
– What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries?
A little deeper.
– What happens twice in a week, never in a month, and once in a year?
This could take you half the day. We were stumped for a bit.
– A boy was at a carnival and went to a booth where a man said to the boy, “If I write your exact weight on this piece of paper then you have to give me $50, but if I cannot, I will pay you $50.”
The boy looked around and saw no scale so he agrees, thinking no matter what the carny writes he’ll just say he weighs more or less.
In the end the boy ended up paying the man $50. How did the man win the bet?
– What can run but never walks, has a mouth but never talks, has a head but never weeps, has a bed but never sleeps?
Got the solution to one or all? Tell us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll let you know if your on the right track or not. Tune in tomorrow for the answers.
Tonight, one of our field agents will be attending the Denver Nuggets vs. Detroit Pistons basketball game and are sorry to say, they will be rooting for the Pistons. Like most Summit County residents, they were not originally born here and though they love our new home state dearly, they could not bring themselves to cheer for Colorado teams ” especially when they are up against Michigan teams.
Of course, they rooted on the Rockies when the Rocks had a surprisingly similar season to their Tigers. However, they always have been and will continue to be die hard Red Wings and Pistons fans.
So, as we sit in the office and they sit in their navy and red tonight among all the yellow and blue, we hope they are not heckled too horribly, and don’t leave with diet Pepsi and popcorn spilled all over them. Wait. No we don’t.
Keeping with the Michigan theme, its seems that a restaurant in Southgate, Mich., has recently built what they hope has broken the record for the largest burger in the world.
The 134-pound burger was crafted at Mallie’s Sports Bar and Grill, required 12 hours of preparation and baking, was made with beef, bacon and cheese and was delivered on a 50-pound bun. Flipping the burger required three men and two steel sheets .
Authenticating the claim that this burger is the largest could take a few weeks. Mallies burger must prove to outweigh the 123-pound sandwich made last year by Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub of Clearfield, Pa.
Though we love our homestate of Michigan we can’t say that we’ll be making the trip home anytime soon to get a taste of this mammoth burger. Apparently it costs $350 and orders require 24 hours notice. We love burgers but can’t justify spending that much coin on one.
Way to go Michigan your never cease to amaze us!
We out scrapping together a few bucks to bribe the Comic Book Guy into selling us an original Riddler comic.