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According to the awesome book answers... the real answer to the riddle of number 4 group is....
drumroll...

black objects!



Dear god, by what twisted logic were the editor and artist operating when they came up with this crap??

Lets try and explain...
In early Soviet Russia, trains (locomotives only) looked like this:

Boots like this:

Whale like this:

Piano like this:

Penguin:


Problem was, the artist must have had NO idea how to draw a proper old time locomotive (which looks nothing like modern locomotives that Russia uses) and decided to make it extra hard on the kids by making everything blue and gray colors!

Thusly here's a list of deviants who guessed the answer "correctly" or somewhat along the lines of the twisted logic of the book editors:
:iconpyeish::iconluciferxfatality666::iconrosileea::iconfalco-09::iconvfirefalcon::iconedearthling::iconhoodlumd::iconyaung27::icongeno-bahamut:

And people who provided truly priceless and creative answers:
:iconrevelatus:
They're all completely screwed.
The penguin is standing in front of a train.
The boot has no foot in it.
The train has no tracks.
The whale is stranded out of the water.
The piano has no bench (nobody wants to play a piano without a bench..)

:iconturq-dorian:
THEY ARE ALL THINGS THE RUSSIAN ARMY DOESN'T HAVE IN WINTER!

:icongrimwriter:
If you try to solve it in German, you'll realize they all end in the letter "L".
Whale = WaL
Bird (Penguin) = VogeL
Boot = StiefeL
Grand Piano = FlügeL
Vehicle (Tram) = VehikeL

:iconsasukeuchihafangirlx:
theyre all waterproof.
...
the piano wont explode if put in water. it counts.

:iconladyevil-7:
They are all objects that I have used to mindlessly slaughter the innocent.
Barbed wire, soap suds, and my victims' intestines also fall into this category.

:iconplasmax7:
fetishist objects

:iconbryguy1231:
Different Movement. A whale movement is swimming... a penguin uses its crappy feet to make a different movement, waddling or hopping... a train uses rolling movement, a boot is used for walking, and the 'difficult' one -- the piano? A piano movement is: Def: 10. (Music) A self-contained section of an extended composition. .... Kinda tough puzzle for youngsters.. but maybe this test originally came out during the big 'Communism" period of Russia when all youngsters were tested for abilities such as athleticism (remember the Olympic fervor?), musical ability (National Orchestra), chess, etc... anything to showcase the great "talent pool" of Russian youths. So either the kids were familiar with the term "movement", or this test just actually was a form of a "reported IQ test"... getting this one right sent you for a real IQ test by the State... dunno about that... but this is the answer to the Common Factor

:iconmazakala:
None of them appear in the other groups!

:iconrevelatus:
They're all three dimensional objects trapped in a two dimensional existence :(
What a tragedy..

:iconhaploschaffer:
Easy, they're all nearing extinction. Whales had been hunted, glaciers, where penguins live, are disapearing, grand pianos are being replaced by electronic ones, old trains are being replaced (and now everyone has a car) and boots are old-fashioned (but I wear a pair everyday).

:iconseveredscythe:
they all hurt a lot of they land on you

:iconhobden:
They're all made of atoms.

:iconthe-requiem:  
These are the alphanumeric sums of each of the objects
WHALE = 44
TRAIN = 62
PENGUIN = 86
BOOT = 52
PIANO = 55
= TOTAL =299

Happy Feet is a movie about PENGUINS made in 2006
Snakes on a plane rhymes with TRAIN which looks like a TRAM. The film was also made in 2006
Keiko the WHALE (star of the film Free Willy) died on dec/12/2003. 2003 + '1' + '2' = 2006
Ray Charles, the famous PIANIST died on Jun/11/2004. 2004 + '1' + '1' = 2006 (the film RAY was dedicated to him)
BOOTleg copies of all of these films have been made in 2006
Finally. The film 300 was created in 2007.
2007 - 1 = 2006
300 - 1 = 299, the alphanumeric sum we found earler.
the correct answer is SPARTA

:iconfreohr7:
The goal is to teach inferiority to children living in communism.

:iconpandachu:  
They all have soul(s).
Whale/penguin have souls
soul train, getit? getit? Hahaha-*shot*
Pianos can play soul too, I think. . .
And a sole in the boot. :U


:iconstarlacyi:  
I got it. If you search up all those words in google, they lead you to this journal.
www.google.ca/search?hl=en&q=w…

:icontoralien:
They are all located 150 million kilometers away from the sun.

:iconcoolchris:  
The similarity? They were all drawn by a poorly skilled artist.

:iconclearly-not-a-poet:
they're all smarter than a room full of politicians.


:iconjohanneswalter:
I SOLVED IT!!!
Ok, so hear me out!
The piano, when analyzed closely, has two candles on it. Now...
"Most candles now available are made of paraffin wax, often blended with stearin. paraffin wax is derived from oil by-products, whereas stearin can be of animal or vegetable origin."
STEARIN can come from whales or penguins.
Secondly, boots, have rubber soles. Some rubber is made out of petroleum, and petroleum links back to oil which links back to candles which links back to animal fat. Trams, have rubber tires, which link back to petroleum, which link back to oil which link back candles which link back to stearin which links back to whales and penguins.

There ya go.
It's all a bit, well, lengthy, but I'm sure you could fit it in that box ^^

:iconimsorad0485:  
Global Warming? :XD:
No more Antarctica so no more penguins, busses/trains pollute, erm, beached whales. annnnnd.. uh.. it's so hot that no one wears boots anymore and Al Gore likes to play the piano/organ?

:iconmornhaven:
They all squeak if you kick them on a wet tile floor.

:iconumbri-girl:
THEY ARE ALL USED FOR TRANSPORTATION! Think about it! ¬¬
*images of people riding pianos flash through my mind*

:iconthinking-silence:  
they all depend on gravitation.

:iconmrpants8976:  
I think they are all flammable, you just need to have the whale and penguin on dry surfaces, then they are able to be burned.

:iconjaxmp:
totally ingredients for borscht

:iconinveighed:  
There is no correct answer. It was added to the puzzle book to teach children humility.



.... so, who wants MOAR crazy riddles?
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:iconbonniecat:
bonniecat Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
They all exist. 8D
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ContractofContact Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009
The common factor: if you hit them, you'll regret it. The whale...well, it's 50 times your size, you don't thit that big an animal. The pinguin is surrounded by a billion other pinguins, so you don't go there either. The piano and train are solid objects, and your hand will hurt. The shoe...well...if you hit it, it'll be flung away and you'll have to go around with one boot. That sure would suck. Especially in Russia where it isn't particularly warm.
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mad-flavor Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
five letter words.

penguins = birds.
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:iconcontego:
contego Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009   Traditional Artist
theyre the odd ones out from seasame streets "one of these things are not like the others"
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:iconobsidiansickle:
ObsidianSickle Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They are all drawn on the same piece of paper! :XD:
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Nigai Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009
Coincidental find. This was hilarious.
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:iconmizu05:
Mizu05 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
yay. i got it right. i should have read this journal first though, or gone through all the journals I've gotten for the past two months earlier....
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:iconmetalmeister5582:
metalmeister5582 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
That's the biggest pile of bullshit EVAR!

Seriously, I almost committed murder because of that damn riddle.
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:iconlinka-mif:
linka-mif Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
Xe xe , on naverno s pahmel'ia risoval
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:iconrich-heart:
Rich-Heart Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Black??


BLACK!?!?!?!


B.L.A.C.K.!!!!!!!!!


*one editor shot*
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:iconlana8ice:
lana8ice Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008   Traditional Artist
mememe more riddles!
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:iconsacredflamingheart:
sacredflamingheart Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Man! Why would you make a color-reliant question in a book that doesn't adhere to colors??? That's just... wrong.
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:icontwilight-zero:
Twilight-Zero Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Yes plz for moar crazy riddles : D
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:iconundeadoff:
undeadoff Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
I still believe is random objects to confuses kids =X

why you don't choose random objects in USSR
USSR choosed the objects and you put them =O

WTF ?? OMG! shuhsuahasuhusahuahs xD
lolz

"These are the alphanumeric sums of each of the objects
WHALE = 44
TRAIN = 62
PENGUIN = 86
BOOT = 52
PIANO = 55
= TOTAL =299

Happy Feet is a movie about PENGUINS made in 2006
Snakes on a plane rhymes with TRAIN which looks like a TRAM. The film was also made in 2006
Keiko the WHALE (star of the film Free Willy) died on dec/12/2003. 2003 + '1' + '2' = 2006
Ray Charles, the famous PIANIST died on Jun/11/2004. 2004 + '1' + '1' = 2006 (the film RAY was dedicated to him)
BOOTleg copies of all of these films have been made in 2006
Finally. The film 300 was created in 2007.
2007 - 1 = 2006
300 - 1 = 299, the alphanumeric sum we found earler.
the correct answer is SPARTA"
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:iconsyleve:
syleve Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
Well, that was a mindfuck. :confused::fork:
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BraveBabysitter Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha, funneh
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Dead22 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
I still trying to work it out, I think the best two answers by far were the 'alphanumeric sums' one and the 'Humility' answer, lol :XD:
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:iconhikari-okami:
Hikari-Okami Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008   Photographer
More more more!
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:iconpeacemakerross:
peacemakerross Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
damn, i was going for "none of them can fly" especially funny with a penguin added in
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:iconamaryllishakatri:
AmaryllisHakatri Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
:lol:

I do!
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:iconlightbri:
Lightbri Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
BLACK? god... BLACK! i want more riddles! :D
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:iconxenoside:
xenoside Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
I was so sure the answer was cake... oh well :(
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:icongoldberry2000:
goldberry2000 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Student Writer
OMG that's just brilliant...
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:iconblack-a:
Black-A Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Hobbyist Interface Designer
whatta? who said russians suck?
отличная загадка ;) повеселил
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:iconmarama-tsg:
MaRaMa-TSG Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I was thinking they were all "grayscale" but since so many people had said it I decided to say something stupid instead.

And that train still looks like a bus with many ends to me....
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Abo3lian Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Student Digital Artist
lol :D

funny pazzle
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:iconcmcarterart:
CMCarterArt Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
woah..... i would never have thought. and some of those answers are hilarious
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:iconmazakala:
mazakala Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Student
Black eh? I would never have guessed, especially with the train. :noes:

And yesss, we want moar!
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:iconcambie-fix:
cambie-fix Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
YAY RIDDLES!
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:iconplasmax7:
PlasmaX7 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
=JAXMP, ~MrPants8976 & ~The-Requiem's had me in stitches. Cool idea man, might even become a new internet meme ;p
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cosmicbound Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
... Unless by black, they meant null. As in, they didn't really work out an answer for it, the pictures were entirely arbitrary and, failing to formulate a likely answer for themselves, they decided to rely upon the willing imagination of the many horded riddle-minions to realise something better.
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flexdaw Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
i mentioned this riddle in a gang discussion in HOBOWARS on facebook.

I said it had no answer, now i feel overly guilty finding out i now know the truth, and my gang members are stuck believing a lie!

I shall inform the people asap!

thanks for the entertainment, looking forward to another riddle in the future.
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cosmicbound Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
Excellent... Moar.

If the answer can be black, why not white, tan, red, grey, and innumerable other gradations of colour to be had upon any part of each item? Similarly, if it's in regard to the most dominant 'colour' (or in this case non-colour)... Well, it still doesn't work, by the fallacious logic which seems to ignore the polarity of the penguin, the ambiguity of the boot and piano, and the totally Soviet Russia blue train...

The correct answer for what links them together must be, my good sir, the mental depravity of the formulator behind this monstrosity of illogic.
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arcticphoenixstudios Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Professional General Artist
...hrm...Also, the type of whale they're suggesting in the picture (guessing a blue whale) is not black, but blue/gray...
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:iconnami-chan13:
Nami-chan13 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
In soviet russia, SCHOOL screw YOU!

No, wait, i'm pretty sure Russia's not the only place thats applicable to.
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:icondarkenedjade:
DarkenedJade Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
i didnt post on the original journal but i read it all and all the comments made at the time... it was hilarious ill give ya that... it was a fun thing to read/ try and figure out... i used to be good at those when i was little... would love more it would be entertaining if you have them anyway ;oP
~Jade
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:iconhexsy:
hexsy Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008   Digital Artist
OHHH. But the whole book is black and blue only. We're supposed to notice that? x___x
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:iconmelicbot:
Melicbot Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
I figured the answer was they're all objects one would find in a generic Christmas-themed children's book :[

JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
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:iconevelyn-stormcraft:
evelyn-stormcraft Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I really need to work on my sarcastic answers.
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:iconmirdraaal:
Mirdraaal Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
Hey dude...wttf
The whale DEPICTED by the artist was obviosly a blue whale or something, NOT a killer whale!
My new conclusion: Russian artists suck!
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:iconalexiuss:
alexiuss Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
I'm a russian artist
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:iconmirdraaal:
Mirdraaal Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
...Your page says "male/Canada"
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:iconalexiuss:
alexiuss Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
I moved
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:iconmirdraaal:
Mirdraaal Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
Ahuh! Well my statement was Definately proved wrong then, wasn't it :p
My apologies
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:iconevelyn-stormcraft:
evelyn-stormcraft Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Not all Russian artists suck...case in point: ~Autumn-Sacura

It's just the ones who are paid to take the limitless potential of a child's mind and put it in a box of accepted thought.
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:iconmirdraaal:
Mirdraaal Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
point taken
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:iconpyeish:
Pyeish Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
Nicely said!
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:iconcacodaemonia:
Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
OMG those answer are priceless! I was reading them aloud to friends and we were laughing hysterically! :XD: Thanks for sharing!
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:icontwilightalchemistx16:
TwilightAlchemistX16 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
...well, fuck. :XD:
MORE!
...
please...
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:iconriakai:
Riakai Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
MOAR crazy riddles are needed.
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