• The one who made it didn't want it
  • The one who bought it didn't need it
  • The one who received it didn't wish for it
  • The one who used it never saw it

What was it?

  • $\begingroup$ This one is a really well-known riddle... $\endgroup$
    – Jacob
    Commented Oct 19, 2017 at 17:18

2 Answers 2



A coffin/tombstone

Obviously the man who made it doesn't want it! Who would want a [answer]?

The man that bought it didn't use it, if he needed it, he wouldn't have been in a state in which he was capable of buying anything.

The man who received it obviously didn't wish for it, refer back to the man who made it.

The man who used it couldn't have seen it, as he does not have the ability to do so!

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    $\begingroup$ Also, an urn for holding remains. I suppose answer could be anything that is used only in conjunction with a dead body. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 15, 2014 at 19:52
  • $\begingroup$ Or a Coffin.... $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 23, 2015 at 13:25
  • $\begingroup$ Doesn't apply to #hindus becuase we don't bury but burn the corpse. $\endgroup$
    – nanosoft
    Commented Jul 19, 2023 at 13:07

A grave. The one who dug it didn't need it, the one who bought the spot didn't need to use it themself, the one who was put in the grave didn't want to be dead, the dead one never saw it (because they were dead)


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