Why a raven is like a writing desk, continued. Dear Cecil: A comment concerning Lewis Carroll’s infamous “why is a raven like a writing desk?” riddle. The best answer I ever heard — and remember that feather pens were a common writing tool of the day, and that writing desks had inkwells — was, “Because they both come with inky The Hatter asks her the infamous riddle “why is a raven like a writing desk?”, but when she tries to answer the Hatter and the March Hare think she is “stark raving mad” and the Hatter completely forgot that he even asked her the riddle. The actual question is “Why is a raven like a writing desk?”, suggesting that the raven chose to be different from the writing desk, not how. It is a question of intent not characteristics in common or differing. “Why is a raven like a writing desk?” This question has been posed in many situations. It has been pondered by great minds. It is the most unanswerable famous riddle of all time, and it has an answer. In 1991, The Spectator held a competition for new answers, among the prize winners were: “because one has flapping fits and the other fitting flaps”; “because one is good for writing books and the other better for biting rooks”; and “because a writing desk is a rest for pens and a raven is a pest for wrens”. THE RAVEN flaps its wings, and the lid of the writing-desk flaps, up and down. Ian Gowans, Tervuren, Belgium. MY PERSONAL view is that it was a joke at the expense of the Establishment and red .
Why Is A Raven Like A Writing Desk? The infamous riddle from the Mad Hatter’s tea party scene in Disney’s animation classic – Alice in Wonderland (1951). why is a raven like a writing desk? is a riddle older than time itself, seen in many incarnations throughout the ages. From prehistoric times to the era of the Talmud to the 19th Century sweatshops of Lewis Carroll’s London, the riddle has staggered the best and brightest minds of history. why is a raven like a writing desk? The raven is a very clever and very mischievous bird. It plays tricks, and steals food and other things from humans, animals, and other birds. While it is a wild creature, it can be tame if raised from an egg or a very young chick. In Lewis Carroll’s book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the Hatter’s famous riddle: Why is a raven like a writing desk?, has no answer.In Tim Burton’s movie Alice in Wonderland, Johnny Depp while playing the Mad Hatter asks Alice the same question in three occasions. .