Sure, online riddles are fun. They’re certainly great time-killers when you’re at work, but what makes this brain teaser, in particular, so much fun isn’t even the puzzle itself—it’s the reactions from other people online. The “Teresa’s Daughter” riddle that’s been circulating online has tons of people stumped, and their reactions are hilarious.
In case you’re unfamiliar the riddle that everyone and their mother is trying to solve, it goes a little something like this:
“If Teresa’s daughter is my daughter’s mother, what am I to Teresa?”
This week's #TuesdayTeaser…
If Teresa's daughter is my daughter's mother, what am I to Teresa? pic.twitter.com/SE2d67WB88
— ICS Accounting (@ICS_Accounting) April 5, 2016
OK, so take a minute to think about that.
Need a little help? These multiple choice answers may be just the thing to get those brain gears turning:
e) I am Teresa
So, which one is it?
Based on some of the reactions to this riddle, people either figured this out almost immediately or were left scratching their heads for quite some time.
People on Twitter were quick to voice their frustrations with this little brain teaser.
“No idea,” one person responded.
“I have no idea but it hurts my brain,” another wrote.
I have no idea but it hurts my brain 😫
— Sammy (@samhaineyy) October 2, 2017
Others resorted to making a joke of the entire thing and came up with some pretty ridiculous answers.
“You’re Teresa’s grandma’s sister’s cousin’s best friend’s goldfish’s god mother,” one Twitter user joked.
You’re Teresa’s grandma’s sister’s cousin’s best friend’s goldfish’s god mother.
— bcapps (@phattyyb) October 24, 2017
Hint: That’s not the answer!
So What’s The Right Answer?
Are you curious to see if you got the right answer?
Keep reading to find out.
The question one more time: “If Teresa’s daughter is my daughter’s mother, what am I to Teresa?”
Spending some time thinking on that one.
Need more time?
The correct answer is “c) Teresa’s daughter.”
If you think about it, the phrase “my daughter’s mother” could be substituted for the word “me.” So then it would read, “If Teresa’s daughter is me, what am I to Teresa.”
Because if you’re a female (which you are in this scenario), then the phrase “my daughter’s mother” could only apply to you. If you were a male, you’d be Teresa’s son-in-law.
Were you among the few who got it right?
Those who were able to figure out the answer were elated.
I know it pic.twitter.com/Vv1vnfFZUI
— Brooks Archer (@BrooksArcher_2) October 24, 2017
In some cases, the online polls showed the correct answer.
RIDDLE : If Teresa's daughter is my daughters mother, who am i to Teresa?
— *refer to my bio (@InBtwnNames) September 21, 2017
Some were able to figure out the answer without the multiple choice options, and therefore without even knowing that in this scenario the subject is female. Pretty impressive, huh?
If you’re a male, you’re the son in law. If you’re a female, you’re Teresa’s daughter.
— Bethaney (@bnikoled) October 26, 2017
So, there you have it. Another viral brain teaser solved. If you’d like to test yourself again, check out these viral puzzles that fooled the internet while you’re in the puzzle-solving mood!