Riddle 21


I’m sharing another riddle from “Way Down Yonder on Troublesome Creek Appalachian Riddles & Rusties” by James Still.

“It’ll bite you. But if you know its name, you’ll understand what to do the next occasion you meet.”


The last riddle I shared was from “Way Down Yonder on Troublesome Creek Appalachian Riddles & Rusties” by James Still. Most all of you got it. The answer was a turtle’s shell.

“A house without a mouse; No cat, no rat, No griddle, no fiddle, No plunder, no thunder; A house without sleepers, Crickets or neepers, Yet!

A house with a roof, And I have proof; A house that will travel—And for you to unravel.”


canning jars full of food

Come cook with me!

Location: John C. Campbell Folk School – Brasstown, NC
Date: Sunday, August 23 – Saturday, August 29, 2020
Instructors: Carolyn Anderson, Tipper Pressley

Experience the traditional Appalachian method of cooking, putting up, and preserving the bounty from nature’s garden. Receive hands-on training to make and process a variety of jellies, jams, and pickles for winter eating. You’ll also learn the importance of dessert in Appalachian culture and discover how to easily make the fanciest of traditional cakes. Completing this week of cultural foods, a day of bread making will produce biscuits and cornbread. All levels welcome.

Along with all that goodness Carolyn and I have planned a couple of field trips to allow students to see how local folks produce food for their families. The Folk School offers scholarships you can go here to find out more about them. For the rest of the class details go here.

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    Linnie Knight
    February 15, 2021 at 9:51 am


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    Pete Babacheck
    February 13, 2021 at 11:02 am

    Just took a look. My library can get this book on loan from another. On it’s way. Thanks.

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    Stoney's Land & Cattle
    February 24, 2020 at 1:36 pm


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    Ron Stephens
    February 22, 2020 at 2:16 pm

    I think of touch-me-not but it doesn’t really bite. It just is startling when the seed pod curls up in your hand. Can’t think of other ‘leave it alone’ names.

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    Terry Stites
    February 22, 2020 at 12:01 pm


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    February 22, 2020 at 10:52 am

    I am thinking along the lines of Poison Ivy but probably this is wrong. It des not bite, but it sure does make you itch. The thing is once you can identify it “know its name” you will steer clear. Now it could be a snapping turtle who sure will get you, but once you identify it from a tortoise you can stay away. Think I am just getting silly, and maybe another pot of coffee will make my thinkin’ apparatus work better!

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    Ed Ammons
    February 22, 2020 at 10:19 am

    Black racer?

    I thought about a turtle shell for Riddle 20 but the “no thunder” threw me. Don’t you know that if a snapping turtle bites you it will not turn you loose until it thunders. If “no thunder” applies you are pretty much bit for life.

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    Miss Cindy
    February 22, 2020 at 7:15 am

    As usual, not a clue what the answer is!

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