or Guardian Weekly, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU, UK, The Mad Hatter’s riddle; improper words and human conflict; supercilious strategies, Scene from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, 1865. “No, I give it up,” Alice replied. It is believed that should a person ever find out the answer to the question, Mr. Carrol will return from wherever he went and congratulate them and sign over a large factory to them like in the end of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory except without the molestation. Got your answer now? Alice sighed wearily. ". 'It couldn't be because a raven could be written on,' said Alice, 'although perhaps a scalpel could be used to do so. ", and other such tripe. Because it bodes ill for owed bills. An Historical Perspective, https://uncyclopedia.ca/w/index.php?title=Why%3F:Is_a_raven_like_a_writing_desk%3F&oldid=5998747. –- Francis Huxley, The Raven and the Writing Desk (1976) Because one has flapping fits and the other has fitting flaps. How none of what she had seen that day made any sense whatsoever. Aldous Huxley, 1928), Because it slopes with a flap. You will also find that a lot of people have tried with spectacular lack of success to say funny or intelligent things about it. The Hatter and the March Hare are referred to as "both mad" by the Cheshire Cat, in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in the sixth chapter titled "Pig and Pepper". Carroll's answer to why a raven is like a writing desk? Particularly if its name is Lewis Carroll.Jennifer Rathbone, Toronto, Canada, • The answer lies in the quill: both may be penned, but they can never truly be captive.Noel Bird, Boreen Point, Queensland, Australia, • Ravens and writing desks are both highly intelligent, found in a wide range of habitats, will eat almost anything and like playing tricks on humans.Stephen Saunders, Canberra, Australia, • Because outstanding bills are found on both of them.David Tucker, Halle, Germany, • Because in French all the letters in bureau are contained in corbeau.Gillian Shenfield, Sydney, Australia, • The Mad Hatter didn’t know, but perhaps The Raven came into Edgar Allan Poe’s mind while he was sitting at his writing desk.Joan Dawson, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, • They have quills in common – and black, if the desk is crafted from ebony. Believing they were on to something, a plethora of new answers were formed. In 2008 a mysterious version of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" appeared that appeared to have far more content in it that the original. Some experts believe that a fragmented passage on the Rosetta Stone which begins "Why is a rav..." before being cut off by ages of deterioration, may have originally stated the question. Alice was unable to answer the riddle because there was no answer. No. That’s why we employ diplomats. While she's here the delusional Hatter, after drinking enough of the special "tea" that he probably thought Alice was a nematode or something, asks Alice the question "Why is a raven like a writing desk?" This riddle is famous, although it’s the rarefied kind of fame that entails most people never having heard of it. One sighs wearily. ", "Because the universe is equally absurd. ', 'As a MADDER of fact I do!' Carrol immediately responded to these concerns by disappearing off the face of the Earth. Is there really a hilarious answer to this seemingly impossible riddle? After reading this question and finding no answer, millions of people sent angry letters to Carrol demanding an explanation. After remembering this, she understood the answer. This great question, which many have sought the answer to over countless millenia, is "Why is a raven like a writing desk? newsletter. But if you ask a little kid, "Why is a raven like a writing desk?