Leave it to a first-grader to give the most meaningful answer to a riddle. Bret Turner, who is apparently a first grade teacher, tweeted about his puzzle of the week, and the answer from one of his students that surprised him, and ultimately made his tweet go viral.
Turner's Puzzle of the Week read, "I am the beginning of everything, the end of everywhere. I'm the beginning of eternity, the end of time and space. What am I?"
In his tweet, Turner wrote, "The first guess from one of my 1st graders was 'death' and such an awed, somber, reflective hush fell over the class that I didn't want to tell them that actually the answer is the letter e, which just seemed so banal in the moment."
Turner posted a follow-up to his first tweet, this one spotlighting some of the other deep answers that were not "the letter e."
He wrote, "Before I finally revealed the 'correct' answer to the riddle, to a largely unimpressed audience, I fielded other guesses that continued along a similarly existential vein. There was 'NOT everything,' 'all stuff,' 'the end,' and maybe my favorite, 'nothingthing.'"
Twitter loved the tweet, of course.
Give that kid the “A” I expect a great screenplay from him/her some day.— Harrison Smith (@HarrisonSmith85) January 3, 2018
You need to stop showing them The Seventh Seal.— Steven Metz (@steven_metz) January 3, 2018
Imagining you saying, “Yes. That is correct. It’s Death.”— mike fleisch (@mikefleisch) January 3, 2018
And it's not only that one first-grader who thought the answer was death.
Another particularly frightening answer from a child:
Back to the original class of first-graders, though — these are some deep kids. Too bad we couldn't listen in on the students' recess conversation, which probably revolved around Sartre.