For a project I'm doing I need a "trick" riddle - one where the first answer most people would think of is wrong, and the true answer is something else entirely that isn't way too hard to come up with (bonus points if the true answer seems obvious after you know it).

I tried google but couldn't find anything like this. Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions!

  • $\begingroup$ Are you looking to make your own, or are you just looking for one you can reuse? $\endgroup$ Dec 2, 2018 at 1:12
  • $\begingroup$ Here's a recent riddle one of mine that I tried to make in that way: puzzling.stackexchange.com/q/69173/36023 $\endgroup$
    – Bass
    Dec 2, 2018 at 2:49
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    $\begingroup$ Maybe you are looking for something like the old standard: "What do men do standing up, women do sitting down, and dogs do on three legs?" The answer being: "Shake hands." $\endgroup$ Dec 3, 2018 at 15:49

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This is not quite fitting, but still:
All of my pets but two are cats,
All of my pets but two are hamsters,
All of my pets but two are dogs;
How many pets do I have?

  • $\begingroup$ Is it 3? Got a little curious now $\endgroup$
    – S. M.
    Dec 4, 2018 at 10:02
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    $\begingroup$ @S.M. No, actually I hold two snakes. $\endgroup$ Dec 5, 2018 at 8:57

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