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Riddle: Who am I?

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    Charles

    I have but one friend.
    We are always together.
    Sometimes I float.
    Sometimes I sink.
    Many keep my company.
    Who am I?

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    lukewa

    A barnacle on a whale.

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    Maurits

    Shell! (Company = Shell Oil) Wink

    No, shells don't float...

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    Charles

    lukewa wrote:

    A barnacle on a whale.



    Nope. Great try though!


    Charles

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    Loadsgood

    Is it Coral?

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    iStation

    Golf ball?

    Wink

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    Charles

    Not coral. Not a golf ball. Keep on trying!

    Note that I made this one up myself, so you won't be able to find the answer anywhere online Wink

    Charles

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    Manip

    Stupid but .. Water? Hydrogen? Oxygen?

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    Charles

    Stupid? Not quite. There is only one answer, Manip. Which one and why?

    Charles

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    Manip

    Oxygen because Hydrogen is too light to ever sink.. ?

    Edit: Although Hydrogen could more easily float in the air and therefore sink when it gets cold? I dunno..

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    Charles

    Way to go, Manip! It is indeed Hydrogen, but the reasons why are more than you thought, but Hydrogen can float, that's for sure!

    Here's what I was thinking:


    I have but one friend. 
    We are always together.
     

    Hydrogen has only one electron.

    Sometimes I float. 

    Hydrogen can exist as a gas.

    Sometimes I sink. 

    Hydrogen can exist in a metallic state, as it does in the center of gas planets like Jupiter and Saturn (where it also exists as solid(non-metallic) hydrogen as well as gaseous hydrogen)

    Many keep my company. 

    Hydrogen is the most prevelant atom in the universe and is a key ingredient of far too many molecules to list here!
     


    Great job.


    Charles

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    Loadsgood

    That was a pretty good riddle Charles Smiley Keep them coming!

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    Charles

    Thanks. I'll try. It's not easy to come up with riddles that don't already exist! I think it would be really cool if the riddlers out there amongst you submitted their very own riddles for us to try and solve. Smiley

    I will certainly continue to think some up to the best of my ability...


    Keep on riddling,

    Charles

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    iStation

    I come up with an idea, "Riddle Explorer"!

    RE ConOps
    1. A Scroll Maze on IE
    2. Must begin from "Start Gates"
    3. Many "Riddle Gates" - Need a correct answer to go thru
    4. The name of person who gives the right answer first is honorably shown
    5. Many "Dead-ends"
    6. Only forward scroll is possible

    The aim of the game is to remember the right routes and answer the riddles and reach to the Goal Gates!

    to be continued... 
    Smiley

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    Charles

    Interesting idea, IStation. Looking forward to hearing more on this. I like the idea of Riddle Gates.

    Charles

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    Greater Monster

    Maurits wrote:
    Shell! (Company = Shell Oil) Wink

    No, shells don't float...


    Oil floats on water Smiley or actually Sad

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    Sven Groot

    Maurits wrote:
    Shell! (Company = Shell Oil) Wink

    That company is actually called Shell Royal Dutch Petroleum. Smiley

    I remember I had a game on the MSX2 called "De grotten van Oberon" (the caves of Oberon). It was a Dutch language puzzle game. You flew in a flying saucer through a vast complex of caves, and had to fly around obstacles and find your way in the maze. The main problem was that you'd get across a door sometimes where you had to answer a question or solve a riddle to get through it. It was a very entertaining game.

    That kind of sounds like that "puzzle gates" idea, doesn't it?

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    Dr. Shim

    Your riddle was pretty good, but I suggest you target something more practical. For instance, the barnicle would have made a nice answer, IMHO. I find it amusing when a complicated riddle actually is describing a very simple, everyday object.

    However, this doesn't mean I didn't like your riddle! I did, very much so. Keep them comming! It makes C9 more lively. Smiley

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