Sunday, August 12, 2012

Turning Cheeses: A Game for Young Girls at Plimoth Plantation in the 1620's

Turning Cheeses was a game popular with young girls living at the Plimoth Plantation in the 1620's.  Wearing their long voluminous skirts and petticoats, they would twirl as best they could (without tripping, amazingly enough), and settle down onto the ground with their skirts settling around them.  The winner of the game was the girl whose skirt settled around her in the most perfect circle.

Telling riddles was another popular past time.  Here are a few favorites:  
1) What lives if it eats, but dies when it drinks?  
2) What's full during the day, but empty at night?  
3) What's empty during the day, but full at night?
4) What is ten men's length and ten men's strength, yet ten men cannot stand it on its end?

For the answers, check the end of Marash Girl's blog tomorrow.

Please add your own favorite riddles in the comments below.


  1. One of Peter Bilezikian's favorite riddles:
    QUESTION: "If Mississippi wore a New Jersey, what would Delaware?” ANSWER: “Idaho...Alaska!"

  2. There was a cowboy who rode into town on Friday. He left town three days later, on Friday.
    QUESTION: How was that possible?

    ANSWER: His horse was named Friday!