General Riddles

Little John has a habit of throwing things whenever he gets angry. One day he throws a toy of his and it again comes back to him without bouncing off anything. How did this happen?
John had thrown the toy straight up in the air.

A ladder hangs over the side of a ship anchored in a port. The bottom rung touches the water. The distance between rungs is 20 cm and the length of the ladder is 180 cm. The tide is rising at the rate of 15 cm each hour. When will the water reach the seventh rung from the top?
If the tide is raising water, then it is raising the ship on water, too. So water will reach still the first rung.

If NUMERAL is written as UEALRMN then how would you write ALGEBRA?

I come form North, East, West and South. I give you lots of information either verbally or textually. Who am I?

What invention lets you look right through a wall?
A window

One day on reaching school I found there were a total of 16 bicycles and tricycles parked in the school compound. I counted the total number of wheels to be 38. Find out the number of bicycles.
10 bicycles. Explanation:: All the cycles will have at least 2 wheels, so 16 cycles will have 16x2=32 wheels. But in total there are 38 wheels. So the extra wheels (38-32=6) must be of the tricycles because bicycles have 2 wheels and tricycles have 3 wheels. Therefore, the number of tricycles parked is 6 and hence the number of bicycles is 10.

I am in the beginning of sorrow and sadness. You will find me in happiness also. You will find me in sun and stars but not in moon. I am in summer and spring but not in fall or winter. Who am I?
The alphabet S.

I run around a house but I don't move. Who am I?

I am very fragile. I crack easily. If you cry in front of me, I too start crying. If you smile at me, then I too smile back. Who am I?

The peacock is a bird which doesn't lay eggs. Then how does it come into the world?
Peahens lay eggs, not peacocks

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