I'm a kind of room you'll find in most any building.

You've walked into me many times I'm sure.

But you have never walked out of me and you never will.

What am I?

To my knowledge I made this riddle up. But it's simple enough that I bet it's come up before. The goal here is 3 fold:

  1. answer it if you can
  2. tell me if this riddle exists elsewhere
  3. help me work on the wording to make it better.
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    $\begingroup$ It has a shade of the classic riddle "How far can a dog walk into a forest?" $\endgroup$
    – anthus
    Commented Jan 29, 2018 at 5:44
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    $\begingroup$ @anthus No matter the answer, they'll have lost their collar and be covered in mud by the time they get back out. $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 30, 2018 at 17:20

6 Answers 6


Well, firstly the answer is

an empty room

I feel like I have seen this before, not the exact clues obviously, but the general gist/answer. Can't remember where though, sorry.

For what its worth, I like your clues; not sure how you'd improve them (not the least because "improve" is subjective). Perhaps you could explain what you mean by that?

Otherwise, if it were me, I'd try to make the couplet follow some form of rhyme scheme, but thats just because i like rhyming riddles, so your milage may vary

Update (just to make it official advice):

@JMac has mentioned in the comments below that its entirely possible for buildings to exist that have no empty rooms, and some tightening up of the wording of the first line might help account for such.

Its kind of a edge case, sure, but that sort of technicality is sort of the heart of a riddle like this - after all, if it wasn't an unusual case, it would be obvious and not a riddle at all!

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    $\begingroup$ You may be thinking of the similar riddle that goes along the lines of "If you call my name I will no longer exist" $\endgroup$
    – Itai
    Commented Jan 29, 2018 at 7:36
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    $\begingroup$ He wasn't looking only for the answer of the riddle but also for advices. $\endgroup$
    – Untitpoi
    Commented Jan 29, 2018 at 8:35
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    $\begingroup$ @frarugi87 the act of walking in the empty room made it not being an empty room anymore, so you can't walk out of an empty room $\endgroup$
    – Mart10
    Commented Jan 29, 2018 at 15:01
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    $\begingroup$ I'm a bit skeptical of the first line "I'm a kind of room you find in any building." Plenty of buildings are pretty full. Maybe even adding "you could find" would make it a bit more clear. $\endgroup$
    – JMac
    Commented Jan 29, 2018 at 17:41
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    $\begingroup$ C'mon, if I walk into a room with $-1$ people inside and immediately leave, I will walk out of an empty room! $\endgroup$
    – yo'
    Commented Jan 29, 2018 at 19:10

I first thought of

a broom

I did walk into it many times I'm sure. But I am also not the smartest person.

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    $\begingroup$ Ha! That's certainly funny. $\endgroup$
    – JnBrymn
    Commented Jan 29, 2018 at 19:05
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    $\begingroup$ That means it's wrong, hm? :) $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 29, 2018 at 19:24

I'd go with



When you walk into a building it is the entrance but when you walk out it will be the exit. In any building there is some room that is the entrance even though it may just be the first room you enter.


I think

Mirror (Room in the mirror)

You walked into it many times but no one come out of that room.


A free room.

You can't walk out of

a free room, because once you are in it, it doesn't exist any more.


The attic. You climb into and climb out of it. You can't walk into it.

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    $\begingroup$ 1) You can use >! formatting to add spoilertags, so as not to spoil the answer for everyone who scrolls down. 2) THERE'S NO NEED TO SHOUT. $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 30, 2018 at 16:42
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    $\begingroup$ If you can't walk into it, how can you satisfy the condition "You've walked into me many times I'm sure." $\endgroup$
    – Will M.
    Commented Jan 30, 2018 at 21:08

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