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Baffling riddle that most Harvard grads struggle to answer stumps TikTok

A man has stumped millions of TikTok users with a riddle he claims ’97 per cent of Harvard graduates can’t solve’ — but most kindergarten students will come up with the correct answer. 

Jack Fanshawe, 22, from New York, took to TikTok on Thursday to recite what has been dubbed the ‘world’s hardest riddle,’ explaining that while most Harvard grads can’t figure it out, ’84 per cent of kindergarteners can do it in six minutes or less.’

‘Think you’re up for the challenge?’ he asks his followers in the clip, which has been viewed more than 10 million times in less than 24 hours. 








Going viral: Jack Fanshawe, 22, from New York, took to TikTok on Thursday to recite what has become known as the 'I turn polar bears white' riddle online

Going viral: Jack Fanshawe, 22, from New York, took to TikTok on Thursday to recite what has become known as the 'I turn polar bears white' riddle online

Going viral: Jack Fanshawe, 22, from New York, took to TikTok on Thursday to recite what has become known as the ‘I turn polar bears white’ riddle online

Can you figure it out? He claimed that '97% of Harvard graduates can't solve this riddle,' while '84% of kindergarteners can do it in six minutes or less'

Can you figure it out? He claimed that ‘97% of Harvard graduates can’t solve this riddle,’ while ‘84% of kindergarteners can do it in six minutes or less’

‘I turn polar bears white, and I will make you cry. I make guys have to pee, and girls have to comb their hair,’ he says. ‘I make celebrities look like normal people, and normal people look like celebrities.

‘I turn your pancakes brown, and I make your champagne bubble. If you squeeze me, I’ll pop. If you’ll look at me, you’ll pop.

‘Let me know if you can solve this riddle,’ he says at the end, though the last line in the brainteaser is traditionally the question: ‘Can you guess the riddle?’ 

Stumped: Nearly 100,000 people have commented on the video, with many of them admitting they were baffled by the riddle. Others gave incorrect answers such as 'time' and 'pressure'

Stumped: Nearly 100,000 people have commented on the video, with many of them admitting they were baffled by the riddle. Others gave incorrect answers such as ‘time’ and ‘pressure’ 

Nearly 100,000 people have commented on the video, with many of them admitting they were baffled by the riddle. 

‘You lost me on polar bear,’ one person wrote, while another joked: ‘I think it’s a carrot, yeah.’

Some insisted that the answer is ‘time,’ ‘pressure,’ or ‘water,’ but they were all wrong. The correct answer is actually ‘No’ — as in ‘No, I can’t guess the riddle.’ 

Surprise! The correct answer is actually 'No' ¿ as in 'No, I can't guess the riddle.' The answer comes from the last line in the question, which asks: 'Can you guess the riddle?'

Surprise! The correct answer is actually ‘No’ — as in ‘No, I can’t guess the riddle.’ The answer comes from the last line in the question, which asks: ‘Can you guess the riddle?’

The answer comes from the last line in the question, which asks: ‘Can you guess the riddle?’

Known as the ‘I turn a polar bear white’ riddle online, a number of people were able to figure out. 

‘There’s literally no right answer, so I’m guessing it’s nothing ’cause little kids would say nothin,’ one TikTok user commented.

‘There’s NO answer,’ someone else pointed out. ‘That’s why the kids are getting it correct a lot. While Harvard students to try hard mode, kids say, “Ugh there’s no answer.”‘  

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