Riddle Time: What Has an Eye but Cannot See? This One Is Going to Prick Your Brain

August 1, 2019 Updated: August 1, 2019

Can you lift weights with your brain?

If you said “no,” then you need to think again! Solving a tricky brainteaser is pretty much on par with benching 130 pounds (approx. 59 kg) at the gym, and that’s impressive, right?

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We use our brains every single day, so it stands to reason that exercising them helps them to work better and more efficiently. Brainteasers are an incredible way to keep our cognitive functions limber and our wits quick.

Don’t say we never give you anything, because we’ve got a fiddly riddle right here for your delectation! It will keep you entertained and also help you flex those brain muscles in one fell swoop.

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Regular participation in puzzle-solving is also proven to help improve your concentration and memory, and will even help lower your risk of dementia later in life. That’s pretty awesome, you have to admit.

Are you ready?

Okay. Think about this: What has an eye, but cannot see?

If you are faced with a riddle, do not panic: just breathe and try to think it out.

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Have we got you stumped? If so, don’t worry; you are not alone! You just need to think outside the box. Maybe above, or a little below the box. You could try turning the box right over!

Before we reveal the answer, why not share this riddle around your house, your office, or even the grocery store queue (if you’re feeling brave and sociable)? The more brains you have on the case, the more likely you are to discover the answer!

It’s tricky, though. This sort of abstract thinking doesn’t come easily to everybody; it’s all about practice. So here goes, we’re going to give you that elusive answer.

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What has an eye, but cannot see? A needle of course!

A sewing needle has an “eye,” the loop at the end of the needle where the thread passes through. But this “eye” isn’t for seeing; it’s for sewing! Riddle solved.

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Other fabulous answers from Yahoo included “potatoes,” “hurricanes,” and “cameras.” Very impressive, everyone; consider us in awe of your outside-the-box thinking!

Bonus question: do you have kids in your family? If yes, then this riddle could serve an extra, added function. Children’s brains are developing at lightning speed, and it’s long been known among the experts that people who practice puzzles are usually very good decision makers and problem solvers.

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Riddles, in particular, can help to improve children’s comprehension skills. This could help young students to perform better in school, achieve the grades they need, get into an Ivy League university, and eventually become President of the United States of America.

Okay, perhaps we’re getting carried away with ourselves, but the equation remains the same. Kids plus puzzles equals bigger and better brains! So share this riddle with your siblings, nieces, nephews, or even your own children and see if they can solve it!

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Solving riddles also prompts our brains to secrete dopamine, otherwise known as the “happy hormone,” say the knowledgeable folk at USA Today. So if you’re having a glum day, the answer could very well lie in a riddle.

Needles to say, this particular riddle is bound to prick your interest!