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We are siblings

We follow each other everywhere

But can never touch each other

Who are we?


CLUE : We live inside your home, good for the summer, bad in the winter

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Judging from the number of answers that seem to fit all the criteria, I suggest you amend the riddle so that the intended answer is more obviously correct. – Volatility Jan 31 at 0:33
I've added a closer clue to the answer :) @Volatility – Edtera Jan 31 at 0:37
I kind of want to reopen this, but it's only because I think I know the answer. – Daphne B Feb 1 at 3:19
up vote 3 down vote accepted

First Guess

The Sun and the Moon

We are siblings

There are several mythologies that show the sun and moon as siblings (wikipedia lists Apollo and Artemis & Kuat and Iae)

We follow each other everywhere

Though the moon does not technically follow the sun - it can appear that way to the naked eye and has many times been referenced as such in different mythologies.

But we can never touch each other

Physics.SE has some cool diagrams and explanations on the phases of the moon but the main point is even during a full eclipse the moon and the sun are far, far from each other.

Second Guess

Fan or Fan Blades more accurately

We are siblings

The blades could be described as parts of the whole which could be considered brothers or sisters

We follow each other everywhere

Fan blades typically rotate in a circular fashion (or follow each other)

But we can never touch

Barring malfunction the fan blades shouldn't touch


Fans are great in the summer but in the winter (unless you live in a tropical climate like me) just make you colder.

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This is what popped into my mind at first! – Quiquȅ Jan 30 at 23:57
no it's not. clue - They are things/people you can touch – Edtera Jan 31 at 0:08
yes, your second guess! fan/fan blades – Edtera Jan 31 at 0:48
Point of fact: The right fans are good in the winter. (Disclosure: I work for Big Ass Solutions) – Engineer Toast Jan 31 at 3:41
@EngineerToast it gets up to 80 here frequently during the winter so all fans are good all year round here – JGreenwell Jan 31 at 4:01

Could it be...

eyes or ears?

But then again, it can be a lot of things...

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no its not, clue --> it's not a body part – Edtera Jan 30 at 22:18

This should be it..

Blades of a fan

EDIT- Explanation

We are siblings

All the blades are alike and are connected

We follow each other everywhere

The move in the same circular path, apparently following each other

But can never touch each other

They obviously don't touch each other

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Welcome to Puzzling Stack Exchange! Could you edit an explanation for this solution into your answer? Thank you! – Emrakul Jan 31 at 10:48
Added, I didn't think that was necessary but thank you for letting me know. The answer seemed pretty obvious to me when I first saw the riddle. @Emrakul – Akash Aggarwal Jan 31 at 10:52
No worries, it happens! For future reference, explanations are required everywhere on Puzzling. Thanks for the speedy edits, and welcome to the site! – Emrakul Jan 31 at 11:13
@Emrakul Thanks for the information. :) – Akash Aggarwal Jan 31 at 11:14

Well if you are not

eyes or ears

then you can only be

Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump

siblings on opposite ends of the

american political spectrum

following each other around on the

neverending campaign trail

but you can't touch each other

or else you would mutually annihilate in a blast of bad hair that could flatten a whole city.

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xD lol, hilarious, but not the answer – Edtera Jan 31 at 0:02

Are they

Two opposite poles of a magnet.

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they can't be because they don't always follow each other everywhere. – Edtera Jan 31 at 0:21
Under what circumstance can you pick up one of my answer and not pick up the other one? – Greenstone Walker Jan 31 at 1:19

First guess

day and night (or light and darkness)?

Second guess (after given clue)

Me and my shadow

  • We are siblings:

Everyone has a shadow since the moment they're born.

  • Cannot touch each other:

Shadows are not material and then cannot touch nor be touched except if you are Peter Pan.

  • We follow each other everywhere.
  • Great for summer and not so great for winter.
  • Not a part of the body (clue given in another answer).
  • Closer to you than you think (clue given in comment below):

I have an air conditioner.

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They're not. You'd be surprised the answer is closer to you than you think – Edtera Jan 31 at 0:32
@elle ok, updated, it was my alternative. – FranMowinckel Jan 31 at 0:44

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