Appalachia Riddles

Riddles 9


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

“Old John Snipp has two heads and a
dandy pair of legs, and as a cut-up he
has never met his match. He’s as strong
as iron; still you can handle him with two fingers. ”

The last riddle was a tricky one-the answer was sawdust.


Appalachian Cooking Class details

Come cook with me!

Location: John C. Campbell Folk School – Brasstown, NC
Date: Sunday, June 23 – Saturday, June 29, 2019
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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  • Reply
    March 31, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    I’m terrible at riddles, but I think this one MUST be scissors!

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    March 31, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    I guess Tipper i have to go with the rest of em and say scissors to. I love the riddles.

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    March 31, 2019 at 2:35 am


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    Tamela Baker
    March 30, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    Must be scissors!

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    Paula Rhodarmer
    March 30, 2019 at 10:42 am

    For some reason, maybe the way I think, riddles to not usually come easy for me. This one was an exception, surely it is scissors.

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    Norma Duvall
    March 30, 2019 at 10:18 am

    I believe the answer to the riddle is sawhorse not sawdust.

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    Ed Ammons
    March 30, 2019 at 9:58 am

    I thought about scissors but I can’t use them with two fingers. My thumb and one finger works with real small ones but not too well. With bigger scissors and tin snips and such, it takes my whole hand. Sometimes two hands. I give up!

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    Ron Stephens
    March 30, 2019 at 8:19 am


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    Miss Cindy
    March 30, 2019 at 7:34 am

    Could Old John be scissors?

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    Sherri Moore
    March 30, 2019 at 4:58 am

    I love your blog. I discovered it several months ago and read it every day.
    I’m guessing the answer to the riddle is sissors.

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