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25th Sep '17 11:09:45 PM Sikon
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* Parodied in an extra strip in the book edition of the fifth ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' arc, "Blood Runs in the Family". Not only does the sphinx speak in riddles, but to ask it a question, one needs to phrase it as a riddle as well, even a prosaic question like "which way is the restroom?". Elan, being a bard, is adept at it, but when Vaarsuvius tries it, his/her SesquipedalianLoquaciousness ends up confusing the sphinx... resulting in a shower of confetti and a reward of a free ice cream cone for managing such a feat.
17th Aug '17 11:57:02 AM DaibhidC
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-->'''Man:''' Well then get ready for round two! "As I was going to St. Ives, I--"\\

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-->'''Man:''' '''Man:''' Well then get ready for round two! "As I was going to St. Ives, I--"\\
17th Aug '17 11:51:34 AM DaibhidC
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* In Peter Dickinson's work of imaginary natural history ''Flight of Dragons'', he proposes that the sphinx was actually a dragon, and the "riddle" was the confusion caused by the dragon's hypnotic abilities (he also explains why he believes dragons had hypnotic abilities). "Solving" the riddle meant Oedipus snapping out of the trance and remembering who he was and what he was doing there; hence, the answer is "man".
12th Jul '17 4:18:02 PM Swankiliciousness
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* In ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'', T-Rex tries this riddle on his friends, who answer it easily and point out that it's the most well-known riddle of all time. It predates PAPER. At least Creator/PatrickStewart liked it.

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* In ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'', T-Rex tries this riddle on his friends, who answer it easily and point out that it's the most well-known riddle of all time. It predates PAPER. At least Creator/PatrickStewart liked it.it; it apparently spoke to him on a personal level.
12th Jul '17 3:58:43 PM Swankiliciousness
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* In ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'', T-Rex tries this riddle on his friends, who answer it easily and point out that it's the most well-known riddle of all time. It predates PAPER. At least Creator/PatrickStewart liked it.
19th Jun '17 10:37:24 AM Gosicrystal
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* ''{{Wrestling/GLOW}}'''s Little Egypt brags in her rap "Even though I may be little/I'm the answer to the Sphinx's riddle". [[AccidentallyAccurate Technically she's right since she is a human after all]].

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* ''{{Wrestling/GLOW}}'''s Little Egypt brags in her rap "Even though I may be little/I'm the answer to the Sphinx's riddle". [[AccidentallyAccurate Technically she's right since she is a human after all]].all.
14th Jun '17 7:37:28 PM YZQ
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* In ''[[VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns]]: Hong Kong'', the memory fragments of a character are guarded by passwords which reference this riddle. However, the "night" in the game refers to old age and not death, while "dusk" refers to middle age instead.

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* In ''[[VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns]]: ''VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns: Hong Kong'', the memory fragments of a character are guarded by passwords which reference this riddle. However, the "night" in the game refers to old age and not death, while "dusk" refers to middle age instead. [[spoiler:To revive said character, the memory fragments must be arranged in chronological order.]]
14th Jun '17 7:30:31 PM YZQ
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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' Module I3 ''Pharaoh''. Inside the tomb of Amun-re the {{PC}}s can encounter an androshpinx who offers to play a RiddleMeThis game with them. If they can answer one of his riddles he will answer a question from them about the tomb. One of the riddles he can ask is this standard riddle.

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' Module I3 ''Pharaoh''. Inside the tomb of Amun-re the {{PC}}s can encounter an androshpinx who offers to play a RiddleMeThis game with them. If they can answer one of his riddles riddles, he will answer a question from them about the tomb. One of the riddles he can ask is this standard riddle.


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* In ''[[VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns]]: Hong Kong'', the memory fragments of a character are guarded by passwords which reference this riddle. However, the "night" in the game refers to old age and not death, while "dusk" refers to middle age instead.
20th May '17 2:11:55 PM nombretomado
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* At the end of the Tombs of Amenti in ''ValkyrieProfile'', you are asked this riddle. The choices are "Humans", "Man", and "Homo Sapiens", so it's impossible to get it wrong.

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* At the end of the Tombs of Amenti in ''ValkyrieProfile'', ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile'', you are asked this riddle. The choices are "Humans", "Man", and "Homo Sapiens", so it's impossible to get it wrong.
1st May '17 7:55:48 PM PaulA
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* The riddle is the reason that the members of the Club in Creator/EstherFriesner's "The Wedding of Wylda Serene" accepted the sphinx that one of their members brought, figuring that everyone knew the answer, so no one would get eaten. Then she learned some new ones...
** In her novel ''Sphynxes Wild'', the sphinx--currently operating as a Greek heiress in Atlantic City--is the villain, and not until the hero finally answers her new riddle can she be defeated.

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* Creator/EstherFriesner's works:
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The riddle is the reason that the members of the Club in Creator/EstherFriesner's "The Wedding of Wylda Serene" accepted the sphinx that one of their members brought, figuring that everyone knew the answer, so no one would get eaten. Then she learned some new ones...
** In her novel ''Sphynxes Wild'', the sphinx--currently operating as a Greek heiress in Atlantic City--is the villain, and not until the hero finally answers her new riddle can she be defeated.
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