Simple twisting riddle

One of the riddles we used to have painted on the walls of one of our classrooms in secondary school (with the last part added in :+ ):

What runs but doesn't walk,
has a mouth yet still can't talk,
has a head but doesn't think,
has a bed but will not sleep
and twists yet is not a riddle?

Took us 12 year old students a couple of days to figure out back then (despite it being terribly obvious in hindsight of course). So just wondering how many minutes it will take here :P .

3 Answers

The answer is

A river. As you said, it is pretty obvious. They run, have heads, mouths, and beds, and they often twist.

• I think you are the one who answered first. Commented Nov 28, 2014 at 4:53
• @AeJey I did. I edited mine 53 minutes ago, he answered 52 minutes ago. I don't see why his is accepted over mine. Commented Nov 28, 2014 at 5:03
• Yes. I have noticed that too. May be a mistake by the OP. Hope he will correct it after seeing our conversation. Commented Nov 28, 2014 at 5:11

Is it a

river?

Because

A river runs, there is a river mouth, a river head, a riverbed, and there are rivers with twisting shapes.

• In our geography room indeed :D It was so obvious afterwards :P Commented Nov 28, 2014 at 4:19
• Ah, that makes sense! I was hesitant to answer that at first, rarely schools have the real one in hindsight! Commented Nov 28, 2014 at 4:26

Anyone with

young toddlers

knows that they:

• tend to run instead of walk
• have a mouth but don't talk
• certainly have a head but don't think all that well
• don't use their bed to sleep
• will twist if you try to hold them
• (+1): ha! I never thought of this! xD Commented Apr 8, 2019 at 0:13