Riddle of the Day 4/28

TODAY’S RIDDLE:

A mesh with empty space beneath,
A cone inside is hidden.
I scream and shout but have no teeth,
At times I am forbidden.

YESTERDAY’S ANSWERS:

Yesterday’s riddle was as follows:

I stand with my twin,
A stone in our throats.
You behold us both
In our shiny red coats.

(courtesy of Reddit user u/nogudatmaff)

The correct answer was CHERRIES! (Often in pairs, pit in the middle, shiny red coats)! No one got that though– so we’ve got two incorrect answers to award. One goes to Ethan Goldblatt with kidneys, and the other goes to Jared Bulla with “Looking down at your red boots on the pavement.” Congratulations to you both!

Riddle of the Day 4/27

TODAY’S RIDDLE:

I stand with my twin,
A stone in our throats.
You behold us both
In our shiny red coats.

LAST WEEK’S WINNERS:

No one got the correct answer last week– so we’re going to have to award two creative ones! The correct answer was “the tongue.” (what tastes better than it smells?). We’re giving tokens to Bri Mirabile for “sweet victory” (with a delightful spongebob reference) and Cindy Y. with durian. Congratulations to you both!

Riddle of the Day, 4/22

TODAY’S RIDDLE IS:

Passed from parent to child,
Shared between siblings.
My importance is unquestioned,
though used more by others.
What am I?

YESTERDAY’S ANSWERS:

As a stone inside a tree,

I’ll help your words outlive thee.

But if you push me as I stand,

the more I move the less I am.

The correct answer was PENCIL and Jared got the first right answer. Cindy Y. wins best incorrect answer with a fossil! A Townhouse Token to you both!

Riddle of the Day 4/21

TODAY’S RIDDLE IS:

As a stone inside a tree,
I’ll help your words outlive thee.
But if you push me as I stand,
the more I move the less I am.

YESTERDAY’S ANSWERS:

I live for but a single breath.
Any touch could spell my death.
A rainbow spins within my eye.
Make me right, and I can fly.

The correct answer was bubble! Congratulations to Cindy Y once again on getting that right first. The most creative incorrect answer goes to Bri Mirabile with a fly born without an exoskeleton.

Weekly Contest 4/20: Art Recreation

THIS WEEK’S CONTEST:

Recreate a famous work of art, and nominate one for Professor Kung to do too! Folks all around the world have been recreating works of art using household items (see examples here and here), and you can too! Here’s what you’ll do:

  1. Find a work of art that you think you could recreate using household items
  2. Gather the household items you need
  3. Stage that photo and submit it below!

There will be two ways of earning tokens during this contest. First, you can do the re-creations yourself– the best recreation will earn TWO townhouse tokens. But you can also nominate a picture for Professor Kung to recreate! These submissions will be judged on a balance of do-ability and funniness, and the nomination we choose will be awarded with one townhouse token. Submit here: forms.gle/7e4tFzHvhNATJAzn8.

LAST WEEK’S WINNERS:

Last week’s contest was a short story contest, and the winner is Matthew Oberstaedt! Congratulations Matthew! His story was as follows:

One otherwise inconspicuous Wednesday, Jacky is cleaning out her childhood bedroom. She’s basically just throwing all her childhood memories into a big black trash bag, because, you know, who needs them anymore when you’re in college, right? So in go her beloved stuffed animals, her soccer trophies, her prom photos, and so on. But then, she comes across something really, really sentimental for her – a self-portrait her grandmother had painted just before her death. Jacky feels a tear come to her eye, then wipes it away, shrugs, and throws the painting out.

Ha! I bet you, the ignorant reader, thought that portrait was going to be the thing that changed Jacky’s life, right? Nope! I just totally subverted your expectations, and I feel pretty darn good about it, too!

Anyway, once she throws away the portrait, Jacky comes upon a portal to another dimension that she had made as a kid and forgotten about. Then she enters it and I guess some kind of life changing experience happens in there. Not sure what exactly; I didn’t come up with the specifics. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Anyway, it inspires her to become an animal rights activist or something else cool like that.

Riddle of the Day 4/20

TODAY’S RIDDLE IS:

I live for but a single breath.
Any touch could spell my death.
A rainbow spins within my eye.
Make me right, and I can fly.

YESTERDAY’S WINNERS:

Yesterday’s riddle was:

It’s been around for millions of years, but it is never more than a month old. What is it?

The answer was: the moon! Bri Mirabile was the first to get this, congratulations Bri! And the most creative incorrect answer goes to Sydni Nadler with “a month-old T-Rex fossil.” Congratulations to you both!

Riddle of the Day 4/15

TODAY’S RIDDLE:

Lose me once,
I’ll come back stronger.
Lose me twice,
I’ll leave forever.
What am I?

YESTERDAY’S WINNERS:

Yesterday’s riddle was:

When you need me, you throw me away.
When you don’t need me, you bring me back.
What am I?

The correct answer was ANCHOR, which was gotten by Cindy Y– congratulations Cindy! The most creative incorrect answer goes to Jared Bulla with “My Origins Assignments!” Congratulations to you both.

Riddle of the Day 4/14

TODAY’S RIDDLE:

When you need me, you throw me away.
When you don’t need me, you bring me back.
What am I?

YESTERDAY’S WINNERS:

Yesterday’s riddle was:

My life can be measured in hours,
I serve by being devoured.
I bring joy where e’er I go,
Yet wind is my foe.
What am I?

The first correct answer was Bri Mirabile with a candle! The most creative incorrect answer goes to Rachel Zemil with sand! Congratulations to you both!

Contest of the Week 4/13: Short Stories!

THIS WEEK’S CONTEST:

This week, we are hosting a VERY SHORT STORY contest! I would like you to write short stories of 200 words or less following the following prompt:

“While doing a quarantine cleaning of your childhood bedroom, you stumble upon something you had forgotten long ago, and it changes your life in ways you could not possibly have imagined.”

The genre on this can be literally anything– high fantasy, sci-fi, comedy, horror…(just keep things relatively PG, this is an official school platform after all!). You can comment it below or send one in to uhp@gwu.edu! Excited to see what you submit!

LAST WEEK’S WINNER:

Last week’s contest was a limerick contest, and the winner is ETHAN GOLDBLATT with the following limerick!

There once was a digger named Gary
who most people found quite scary
but if you’d go and check-in
he’d greet you with a grin
then you’d be the next one that he’d bury.

Congratulations Ethan!

Riddle of the Day 4/13

TODAY’S RIDDLE IS:

My life can be measured in hours,
I serve by being devoured.
I bring joy where e’er I go,
Yet wind is my foe.
What am I?

YESTERDAY’S WINNERS:

Yesterday’s riddle was:

I go around in circles,
but always straight ahead.
I never complain,
no matter where I am led.
What am I?

And the winners are…Bri Mirabile with “wheel” got the first correct answer! And as for the most creative incorrect answer, that goes to Claire Shelby with “A planet traveling in a straight line and only orbiting a star due to the curvature of space time.” Congratulations to you both!

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