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What’s inside the box?  
« on: Jan 12th, 2021, 10:32am »
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You are sitting in an armchair in your home, a bit frustrated because at the moment you’ve nothing to do. But then, you hear a doorbell; so you open the door. There is a closed box on your doormat. Somebody left it there. You shake the box only to conclude that it is empty. You take the box inside, and as you look at it, trying to figure out who left it there, you have an idea for a riddle.  
 
Without opening the box, name everything that could be considered to be inside.  
 
P.S. I can think of seven hopefully valid answers. How about you?
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« Reply #1 on: Jan 13th, 2021, 10:04am »
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Here are some options:

helium
neon
argon
krypton
xenon
radon
hydrogen
nitrogen
oxygen
ozone
fluorine
chlorine
hydrogen fluoride
hydrogen chloride
hydrogen bromide
hydrogen iodide
hydrogen cyanide
hydrogen sulfide
ammonia
phosphine
methane
ethane
ethylene
acetylene
propane
butane
carbon monoxide
carbon dioxide
nitric oxide
nitrous oxide
nitrogen dioxide
sulfur dioxide
 
Or any combination thereof.
 
Any small amounts of powdered solid material would also be unnoticeable by shaking. Like a pinch of cocoa powder, or a pinch of flour.
 
polystyrene or bubble wrap or other low density material would probably work as well.
 
And if the box is inside out, then you might say (nearly) the whole universe is inside the box.
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« Reply #2 on: Jan 13th, 2021, 10:18am »
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All that is very interesting. Even though I am undoubtedly spellbound, not at all what I had in mind. Although science can save us, and destroy us, perhaps more along the lines of Tolkien's riddles is what is needed here. If anything, if there is someone who can provide multitude of answers, it is evident who that is.  
 
That puts my seven ideas in perspective, eh?
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