Ha! How ridiculous were these riddles from the 1970’s and 1980’s? The jokes were totally innocent and fabulously silly.
What’s black and white and red all over? Do you remember that riddle? There were two different answers that my challenged memory recalls.
1. The intellectual answer which plays on the homophonic words “red” and “read”: A newspaper! But now newspapers are obscure so this joke is probably meaningless to the younger generation!
2. The gross-factor answer: A skunk in a blender! Bah! Because these are the macabre things we thought were funny three decades ago!
I know there were many other variations of this riddle, so my curiosity was piqued and I did a little Google search which yielded these other answers:
3. A sunburned penguin.
4. An embarrassed skunk.
5. A zebra painted red.
I also discovered some less politically correct, incredibly insensitive, and not very socially acceptable answers. According to ask.com (the only resource I actually checked!), many variations of this “joke appeared in at least 21 collections of folk riddles published between 1917 and 1974.” (Hashtag useless information!)
When I did an image search for memes including this phrase, I discovered an overwhelming amount of perverted, disgusting, and only sometimes funny alternatives to the classic riddle. (Search at your own risk. You have been warned. It is difficult to shock me, but what I found out there was troubling to my maturing values.)
Back to the lighter side of this riddle…I love the phrase in reference to color combinations in clothing. Mostly because one of my favorite color pairings is black and white. So classic and clean. I love it even more with a splash of color…in particular red. When I realized that I wore this color pairing three times in the past two weeks, I thought a post about it was in order! So I have a new answer to “What’s black and white and red all over?” Answer: Shelbee’s outfits! (And hashtag dork!)
Pants: Old Navy Pixie Ankle Pants. Red and white polka dot are no longer available. But they do have a large variety of prints and colors still available. Macy’s has a quite a few options in red skinny pants here.
Tunic: Old Navy. My tunic is from last summer, so it is no longer available. However, I also have this black and white striped tunic which would look adorable with solid red skinny pants. Or this black and white plaid tunic is right on the plaid trend. (Style note: The tunic I am wearing looked too shapeless, so I tied the sides to create a bit of a billowy shape. Better than no shape at all, I suppose!)
Shorts: Kohl’s. No longer available (another clearance purchase!). And shorts are difficult to find at this time of year, but these black and white striped shorts would look great with tights and a sweater for Fall. Forever 21 has a few different pairs of black and white patterned shorts that would also work for Fall.
Necklace: Newer, but I don’t remember where I got it! However, there are many unique beaded tassel necklaces on Etsy.
Jeans: Old Navy Mid-Rise Rock Star Skinny Jeans. Limited sizes available, but they are on sale for $19.97 from $34.94.
Cape: Very old. However, this red poncho is adorable. And it seems that red capes are difficult to find unless you are looking for a costume piece. Fortunately, capes and ponchos are totally trending right now, so there is no limit to the options available.
Necklace: I found this necklace in a gift shop in Iceland years ago. It is the Icelandic word Viska which means Wisdom. It is available here.
Which of my three black and white and red all over outfits do you like best? Do you have a favorite color combination? Do you have a favorite joke or riddle to share? We can all use a laugh! I will leave you with one of my all time favorites:
Keeping it on the edge,
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