What Does Black, White, and Red Everything Mean?

A well-known puzzle with multiple solutions is what is black, white, and red everywhere. A newspaper is one response that changes the word “red” to signify “read” through a play on homophones.

Other suggested solutions to the puzzle include adding a red feature to something that is generally black and white. These responses include a sunburned penguin, an ashamed skunk, a red-painted zebra, a Communist nun, and a skunk.

These responses can be modified by switching the attribute and the object. Alternative answers to the query, for instance, include a humiliated nun or a burnt zebra.

Between 1917 and 1974, at least 21 collections of traditional riddles contained the humour.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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