Running on bones,
I am shaking.

Who or what am I?


I am visiting the Philippines now, and this is the direct translation of a popular local riddle spoken in Cebuano.


It is a simple riddle and definitely solvable. The answer is not something scary or obscure. It is a common thing. It is not a living thing. It is manmade.

  • $\begingroup$ Robias? I doubt that is even a word $\endgroup$ – Anthony Pham Feb 19 '15 at 23:49
  • $\begingroup$ it is a simple riddle with an English answer. $\endgroup$ – Michael Rize Feb 20 '15 at 11:30
  • $\begingroup$ is it a wooden bridge? when you run on a wooden bridge it shakes!("bones" are the horizontal pieces of wood) $\endgroup$ – user9174 Feb 20 '15 at 12:27
  • $\begingroup$ If your riddle requires a hint to be uniquely solvable, I'd advise putting the hint into the riddle itself, because as-is, it's obviously a human runner with one of a number of medical disorders causing uncontrollable movement. $\endgroup$ – singletee Feb 27 '15 at 15:50
  • $\begingroup$ I didn't include the hint into the riddle because it is a local Cebuano riddle among the natives. I did not write this riddle, it is only a direct translation. $\endgroup$ – Michael Rize Mar 2 '15 at 5:21

Is it

a train? Train tracks could be considered bone-like and trains do tend to shake

  • $\begingroup$ That would have been my guess too. $\endgroup$ – Mashton Feb 20 '15 at 13:33
  • $\begingroup$ You are correct, congrats. +1 $\endgroup$ – Michael Rize Feb 20 '15 at 14:44

Interesting. What's the original text in the native tongue?

My guess:

A dog - a dog runs on/after bones, and shakes it's head to get them... hard to explain, more like playing fetch.

  • $\begingroup$ I updated the riddle with a hint. I do not know the original native text, this is the English translation of it. $\endgroup$ – Michael Rize Feb 20 '15 at 11:35

I almost want to say...

Dice, because you shake them to roll, and they are sometimes referred to as bones.

  • $\begingroup$ Good guess, but I run on bones, I am not bones. $\endgroup$ – Michael Rize Feb 20 '15 at 7:07

Could it be:

A couple of maracas. Filled with bones and shaken to produce sounds.


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