Can You Solve This Riddle Given To 1st Graders?

I am the beginning of everything, the end of everywhere.  I’m the beginning of eternity, the end of time & space.  What am I?

This is the Puzzle given to 1st graders.

When I first heard this, I immediately thought of Noah.

No not Trevor Noah.


Noah from Stranger Things would be a wrong guess also.

So, nope it’s not Noah Schnapp.


But the Apocalyptic scenes from Stranger Things 2 would make someone think “the end of everywhere.”

I was referring to the Noah from Noah’s Ark, the biblical flooding story.

Going back to the puzzle.

I am the beginning of everything, the end of everywhere.  I’m the beginning of eternity, the end of time & space.  What am I?

It sounded to me like it was something from the Bible.  Like it’s everywhere in the good book.  The beginning and the end, and all.


Creation of Adam by the Lord

But I would be wrong.   And it turns out one of the 1st graders had a good guess that fits too.  They had guessed it was “Death.”

With death, there is a rebirth.  Death can be the beginning of eternity.  So the smart kid was on to something.

But it was much more straightforward of an answer than that.

The letter “e” is what the teacher was looking for.

“The first guess from one of my 1st graders was “death,” and such an awed, somber, reflective hush fell over the class that I didn’t want to tell them that actually, the answer is the letter e, which just seemed so banal in the moment.”  Bret Turner

The students were unimpressed with the teacher’s answer though.

“Before I finally revealed the “correct” answer to the riddle, to a largely unimpressed audience, I fielded other guesses that continued along a similarly existential vein. There was “NOT everything,” “all stuff,” “the end,” and maybe my favorite, ‘nothingthing.'” wrote Turner.

Turner is thinking about telling the students his tweet about them went viral.  But did it go “SUPERviral?”

“I’m considering telling the kids tomorrow that a tweet about them went viral, and given their facility with the internets, I expect their response will be ‘sure but did it go SUPERviral’ and ‘just how many retweets are we talking about here’ and ‘can I go to the bathroom’.” Turner continued.

The tweet so far has gotten over a quarter million likes and nearly 90 thousand retweets.





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