Why is a raven like a writing desk?*

It seems appropriate that after the last couple of weeks, I put up a riddle inspired by the Mad Hatter, as that is exactly how I feel.

To much to do, to little time… Which is what the Hatter was supposed to get the chopping block for: according to the Red Queen, he had to die for "murdering time."

So now we know where to place the blame. Damn Hatter!


I am once more back on the job hunt, though it has both been slow, as well as more than once put aside to do other things…

One of those things I've put it aside for is that my wonderful wife and I are now in the business of domain and website hosting. Check out the animated badge to the left of this post, (or go here: The Host Ship). It seemed a natural fit, as we both have extensive histories in the computer field. She with coding and project management, me with technical support as well as in marketing and graphic design.

So, if you ever have a need (or want) for your own domain, or website, check us out at The Host Ship. We'll take excellent care of you!


Also keep an eye out for our next project, which will hopefully go live in the next month or so.

Dark Alley Designs

Wait till you see what we've got cooked up for you!


One last thing: I am in need of a new name for my athletics blog… I've though of a few, but nothing that REALLY gets me going. How about any of you? Any ideas?

Don't be shy, please let me know, either here in the comments, or via email.

 Ciao for now!


*No one knows the answer to the riddle. When Alice gave up guessing, even the Hatter admitted that he did not have an answer. 

From Wikipidea: "Lewis Carroll originally intended the riddle to be just a riddle without an answer, but after many requests from readers, he and others, including puzzle expert Sam Loyd, thought up possible answers to the riddle. One possible answer is "Poe wrote on both", a reference to Edgar Allan Poe, who wrote The Raven
In the preface to the 1896 edition, Carroll wrote:
'Enquiries have been so often addressed to me, as to whether any answer to the Hatter’s Riddle can be imagined, that I may as well put on record here what seems to me to be a fairly appropriate answer, viz: "Because it can produce a few notes, though they are very flat; and it is nevar put with the wrong end in front!'"

As noted in The Annotated Alice, given that later editions "corrected" the word "nevar" as "never", the subtle wordplay with the reverse spelling of "raven" was lost on most of his readers.

5 Replies to “Why is a raven like a writing desk?*”

  1. Awesome article, but just curious, what is your main field of expertise? Do you write part time, or are you a professional in your field? I wouldn’t mind reading an About Us section or something to describe what you do so I can better understand your point of view.

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