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How Many Legs?

You walk into a room and see a bed. On the bed there are two dogs, four cats, a giraffe, five cows and a duck. There are also three chickens flying above the bed. How many legs are on the floor?

Since all of the animals are on the bed and no other furniture is mentioned in the room, there are six legs on the floor. Four legs from the bed and your own two legs as you stand in the room, amazed that someone managed to get so many animals onto a bed. And the ceiling must be vaulted to fit a giraffe. Also, who’s on cleanup duty?

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103 Comments on "How Many Legs?"

gugu says
January 2, 2014 @ 08:10


Dan says
January 2, 2014 @ 12:48

What’s your reasoning?

CJ says
August 9, 2014 @ 19:39

There are 4 bed legs on the floor. The persons legs can’t be counted as on the floor as their feet are what’s touching the floor.

Dan says
August 11, 2014 @ 16:45

CJ: Following that reasoning, there would be no legs on the floor. The feet of the bed are touching the floor too.

Nette says
August 11, 2014 @ 18:45

None. Feet on the floor. Beds have posts.

dvas says
August 18, 2014 @ 12:36

NONE ! i have never seen a floor with legs !

Dan says
August 18, 2014 @ 14:43

Hah, good one :)

Lol says
November 16, 2014 @ 17:08

6 bed legs and your own

Victoria says
February 4, 2015 @ 10:56

None. Because you are on your feet the bed has no legs chickens don’t fly which means they would be on the floor but also standing on feet!

Henour says
February 5, 2015 @ 03:54

I’l say 6 legs r on d floor #GeneralKnowledgeAnswer O.o :-)

Luke says
March 13, 2015 @ 19:06

first of all the question was incorrectly asked because the actual riddle has feet and not legs to prove the riddle suppose to be feet cow have legs hippos have legs but no feet so the whole structure of this riddle is wrong but in conclusion the answer suppose to be 2 because of your own two feet cause a bed doesn’t have feet it has legs

You walk into a room and see a bed. On the bed there are two dogs, four cats, a giraffe, five cows and a duck. There are also three chickens flying above the bed. How many {legs}(FEET) are on the floor?

Tory.C says
June 10, 2015 @ 11:38

Chickens do not fly though….is that not a trick question then?

Dan says
June 10, 2015 @ 12:34

It’s true, chickens can’t fly long distances. But they can fly over a bed for a few seconds.

Darren says
June 10, 2015 @ 13:39

The answer is not six its four. The question is how many legs are on the floor. Since the bed has only one foot and has four legs to support the bed and the person who walked in to the room was on there feet when they walked in and not on there legs. The answer is four.

Jane says
June 10, 2015 @ 14:34

it asks how many legs on the floor? You do not walk on your legs but on your feet so your legs are not on the floor. So the answer would be 4 from the bed

master says
June 10, 2015 @ 16:13

A person touches the floor with their feet so that’s wrong, it’s 4 from the bed and that’s it

master says
June 10, 2015 @ 16:13

Dammit Jane lol

Don says
June 11, 2015 @ 00:01

I’ll say zero.
You are assuming that it’s a poster bed or similar? What if it’s a pedestal or platform bed? No legs there. I stand on my feet, no legs there.

Robin says
June 11, 2015 @ 08:11

Whats the correct answer?

Dan says
June 11, 2015 @ 10:51

@Robin It depends who you ask :)

Nikki says
June 11, 2015 @ 13:35

Chickens don’t fly around so they could be laying on the floor so could be 10 legs unless you count feet too to which there would be 12 counting yours

Dan says
June 11, 2015 @ 13:48

@Nikki You should tell the chickens they don’t fly around.

Gloria says
June 11, 2015 @ 18:15

Why would ur legs be on the floor if your walking on your feet.. And bed posts legs there are four. That’s the answer four from the bed. Cause ur on your feet.. And some call them bed legs or posts …

Amy says
June 12, 2015 @ 00:28

I’m still saying 6… 4 legs on the bed and yes my legs because if I saw all that madness I would probably pass out… So my legs would be touching the floor

Tucker says
June 12, 2015 @ 02:27

my bed has 6 wheels

Theresa says
June 12, 2015 @ 09:11

my bed is a pedestal bed so it doesn’t have any legs. And if feet don’t count then the answer would be 0. Honestly, not enough information to answer it definitively.

Kaitlyn carter says
June 12, 2015 @ 16:26

Actually the bed could just be a mattress and in that case there are no legs on the floor. The bed could have a frame with 2 legs and in that case there would be 2. Or there could be 4 legs from the bed. The persons legs are not on the floor their feet are on the floor.

HotLips says
June 12, 2015 @ 21:22

Could be a flower bed.
Feet on floor ..not legs

Johnnie says
June 13, 2015 @ 16:08

They said a bed…. but that could be a bed of hay which would make more sense… 0

Mebss says
June 13, 2015 @ 17:23

Chickens do fly. They certainly did on my aunt and uncles farm. Also the have feet just like people. There are only four legs on the floor.

Phil says
June 14, 2015 @ 12:28

I agree 100% of None. Anatomically speaking, we stand on our feet. Beds do not have legs but posts or even feet. If we are focusing on the organics of the question we are negating the fact that the bed may just have a wooden frame such as a ‘Platform’ style. The riddle is not well constructed and left open way too many holes in the plot.

Dan says
June 14, 2015 @ 15:20

You guys have brought up valid points that I hadn’t considered. I’m open to suggestions on how to improve the teaser.

abba says
June 17, 2015 @ 15:19

Depends on the bed as it doesnt tell you the size or make if the bed has legs

Neo says
June 20, 2015 @ 03:51

The answer is ZERO….

You cannot be counted as your feet are on the floor, not your legs.

Since beds can have a various number of legs depending on design and size, you have to use the most logical theory to get one answer, so the bed has to have no legs to gain one answer.

Scott Deaver says
June 20, 2015 @ 17:47

There’s nothing that says you are the only observer, or that you walked into the room via the floor as opposed to a raised platform. There’s nothing that says “you” have legs at all – even double amputees can walk, though not necessarily on legs. There’s nothing that says you are in the same room as the bed – so which floor, including any others in adjoining rooms? There’s nothing to define “legs” – certainly beds and other items of furniture can have legs. There’s nothing to say that some of the animals do not not have one or more legs hanging off the bed onto the floor. There’s nothing to say the bed you see isn’t in a painting or mirror, so you cannot know the relationship of any legs associated with the bed to the room you are in. You cannot know the room isn’t a movie or music video prop and upside down (and therefore you are standing on the ceiling).

What ever happened to critical thinking?

Syed Ali Hurr Mashhadi says
June 24, 2015 @ 16:44

The correct answer is 6. As a reason will be considered that, even two and the bed four feet. On the bed to sit all animal species. However, the solution is only partially correct: Because neither has the bed, feet, still has at all every bed legs. Who, however, any discussion escape want, you should see the correct answer 6 specify.

Sashen says
July 5, 2015 @ 16:28

I have 5 dogs. The total number of all the dogs’ legs add up to 19. Why is this? *

Ciel Takuro Yuki says
July 8, 2015 @ 09:44

what a good riddle! tia won’t even get that…mind you she never gets anything without googling the w

Mj says
July 22, 2015 @ 00:24

6 because the the bed and your own legs

patrick says
July 22, 2015 @ 07:14

Im sorry but i cant agree with this answer since its not the persons legs on the floor but their feet.

lukas garrison says
July 22, 2015 @ 18:05

And it talls you no legs are touching the floor so the only other answer you can have ischickens dont fly bed do have legs but the have feet on the bottom of them it dose not say your room or anything about a head board or foot board and you have feet you walk in on it says it in the ? And yes it dose say the chickens are flying but the problem with the whole ? Is chickens dont fly

lukas garrison says
July 22, 2015 @ 18:11

Wow all you ppl that gave a number are wrong i just proved that it says legs not legs with feet and it dose not evan say there is a fram on the bed so you are also wrong just saying its says what you see in the ? You just added a fram in there because you think a bed should be on a frame so your answer is way wrong you guy over think the ? Way to much no wonder why you ppl got this ? Wrong

Red R. says
July 26, 2015 @ 09:22

Ponder this for a moment……from the description that is given…there is no definite answer due to lack of info. It just says you see a bed. The bed could be suspended from a wall or ceiling, could be a pedestal style bed, and there is no pic to go along with it so there is no true answer. The only true thing about it is that we know that the person who walked into the room, his/her legs aren’t on the floor due to being on their feet. And do we know that there actually is a floor in this room or could it be a “room” in a barn or out building with dirt under it (hence there being so many animals on the bed).

Jye says
July 31, 2015 @ 05:47

The answer has to be 4

Scott says
August 31, 2015 @ 17:17

Two, your own.

Mary says
September 1, 2015 @ 23:14

The answer would actually be “0” because you walked in the room on your feet, and a bed doesn’t have “legs,” and even if the bed did have legs, for the sake of argument, it’s legs are not what’s on the floor!! ;)

Todd Hoefler says
September 22, 2015 @ 11:13

4 just the legs of the bed. Our feet actually don’t touch the floor there is a very thin space I think it’s one millionth of a millimeter between the bottom of your feet and the ground.

TreyPerrino says
December 7, 2015 @ 13:25

2 because your standing on the ground looking at rhe bed

Pascale says
February 1, 2016 @ 10:32

The answer is 0 . Your legs isn’t on the floor your feet is and the bed if it doesn’t or does have legs that’s not on the floor either. The only way the bed leg would be on the floor if it wasn’t put on the bed frame.

HeffaJean says
February 3, 2016 @ 02:59

0 legs on the floor. My feet are on the floor and beds don’t have legs.

Emily says
February 4, 2016 @ 21:08

Chickens can’t fukin fly!!!

Thistle80 says
February 6, 2016 @ 21:04

The answer given as 6 by the riddler cannot possibly be correct – not all beds have legs, whilst on those who do, some have feet. If you count the person….well, their legs aren’t on the floor, their FEET are.

So, it could be 6 (bed with 6 legs and no feet) 4 (bed with 4 legs and no feet) or ZERO: bed has a base but no legs, and the person’s FEET are on the floor. Actually, there are even more possibilities, so how the official can be “6” is beyond me!!

Dan T says
February 7, 2016 @ 16:59

correct answer is 0 your legs are not on the floor your feet are and bed frames do not have legs on the ground they have feet that is the correct answer for this brain teaser like it or not lol

cassy says
February 8, 2016 @ 02:08

I’m going to say two, only because it doesn’t state if the bed is properly on a frame, And a king size frame has more then four legs. Your own feet (legs) are on the floor.

David says
February 9, 2016 @ 02:21

There are 6 legs your own 2 legs and 4 from the bed and also chickens cant fly so if they are standing on the floor there will be 10 but if they are on the bed there is only 6

Angel wilcher says
February 9, 2016 @ 20:22

Beds can’t hold all that weight legs broken answer should be 2…the person walking in room

Pat says
February 10, 2016 @ 13:13

Your LEGS are not on the floor…your feet are…so if the bed has legs, then it’s 4

Rick says
February 11, 2016 @ 18:56

The living thing with the least legs are fishes (0 legs)
The living thing with the most legs are millipedes (the most had 750)

roseb says
February 13, 2016 @ 11:31

The correct answer is NONE. A human stands on its FEET, the legs only touch the floor if you are lying down, sitting on the floor or don’t possess feet. The bottom part of the leg of a bed is called a FOOT, so even a bed doesn’t stand on legs, it stands on feet.
Therefore, the correct answer is NONE.

Marie says
February 15, 2016 @ 09:49

And then a double foot amputee walks into the room and really throws the riddle universe into chaos

Teliqua says
February 15, 2016 @ 23:46

I literally depends on how literal you are about it

Teliqua says
February 15, 2016 @ 23:47

But, It’s 6

Asia says
February 18, 2016 @ 08:34

The Bed,
You walk on your Feet,
Not Legs.

Matt says
February 18, 2016 @ 17:44

2 as it’s not stated weather the bad has legs, as a child I had a bed that didn’t have legs also a blow up bed doesn’t have legs

February 22, 2016 @ 01:39

Just saying the answer is 6…your legs cuz YOU walked in the room…and the bed because bed legs is a noun…its a grammer riddle not a math one…your welcome lol

Samantha says
February 26, 2016 @ 11:06

Why put a riddle out with the wrong answer. If I walk into a room, my legs are not touching the floor unless I sit on my butt with my legs outward. My feet are actually on the floor. Even if I kneeled down, it would be my knees on the floor.

nogard0 says
April 4, 2016 @ 07:11

ZERO legs … my bed has rollers on the bottom and other beds have feet with cushions to protect floor and im on my feet.(foot – The termination of the leg of a piece of furniture, especially when shaped or modeled.) so zero legs.
and further … a floor has no legs .

TheePsychic. says
May 14, 2016 @ 02:38

4 legs

Kim says
May 30, 2016 @ 14:52

LOL y’all are funny!

Jim says
June 12, 2016 @ 01:39

For those who say that beds don’t have legs, IKEA sells bed legs.

abhishek says
June 21, 2016 @ 04:39

2 feet from you but animals dont have feet.


why do you want to know says
July 5, 2016 @ 11:21

Well.. since I’ve made furniture all my life.. I can say.. the bottom of a leg on any table or chair.. is called.. The Foot. and if you look.. most are defined by the shape of the legs.. hence lathe cut’s are made at the Ankle of the table or chair legs.. and yes.. this includes Bed’s.. lousy joke for someone who know’s… but funny for idiots who Don’t know….lol

why do you want to know says
July 5, 2016 @ 11:23

Also goes for Bathtubs.. most had Claw FEET.. no Leg’s… may want to learn this stuff b4 everyone makes a idiot out of themselves with this bad

Jackson says
July 23, 2016 @ 02:03

What if some of the animals were sitting on the bed with their feet on the floor?

master_darius says
August 9, 2016 @ 15:57

Two. Because you will have to kneel to apologize bro.

ibrolas says
September 19, 2016 @ 08:54

since chickens can’t fly dey dey can only walk along d bed so therefore dey are 8 fit on d floor(6 feet 4 d chicken and 2 feet 4 d person that came in)

hrambe says
September 29, 2016 @ 09:30

because all the animals beside the flying animals were on the bed

Sam says
November 28, 2016 @ 11:45

Why does everyone assume the bed has legs? i;ve only ever owned one bed with legs, and my legs dont touch the floor, my feet do so the answer is 0

Me says
December 18, 2016 @ 15:41

GUYS!!! You’re all probably right (didn’t read all, way too many)
Different interpretations lead to different solutions

Gym says
January 21, 2017 @ 16:24

None the bed was a pallet. And only my feet were on the floor.. not my legs..

NicholasGMF says
February 20, 2017 @ 18:38

Their are six legs because the animals are on the bed so the bed is on the floor and your legs are also on the floor making that six.

April says
July 18, 2017 @ 21:22

0, neither you nor the bed (the only things touching the floor) are on your legs, you and the bed are both on your feet. So TECHNICALLY the answer the poster gave is wrong. Yes, the bottom of furniture’s legs are called “feet”. Not to be confused with the “foot” of the bed (where your feet rest when you are laying down.)

On another note: YES chickens absolutely CAN fly unless their winds are clipped. They cant fly far because of their weight, but they can fly. (I would know, I raise them.)

Penny says
December 20, 2017 @ 17:55

I say only 2 because we don’t know how many legs are on the bed. My bed has 7 legs orig could be a platform bed ?

Louis says
June 6, 2018 @ 15:05

Well that’s not true when you hard at work and walking for hrs. You say I’ve been on my feet all day long not I’ve been on my legs all day long.

Louis says
June 6, 2018 @ 15:10

To add for Dan it’s called the foot of the bed because it’s where your feet go the bottom post of the bed or called Legs just like a chair has four legs.

Vee says
June 11, 2018 @ 22:21

The answer is zero. The bed wouldn’t be able to stand with all of those animals.

mike says
July 21, 2018 @ 16:11

I say 4 and stand by that. just the four from the bed, the human legs are not on the floor. The human FEET are.

Cla says
July 28, 2018 @ 12:22

Most beds have 4 legs, so lets say this bed has 4 legs. The weight of the animals would cause those legs to break and then be on the floor. Therefore, I am going to say that there are four broken bed legs on the floor. The answer is incorrect unless you are sitting on the floor.

Kahl says
February 10, 2019 @ 00:53

Beds don’t have legs they have posts, you use your legs to stand on your feet, you don’t stand on your legs……

Sammy Talmadge says
March 15, 2019 @ 23:43

4 bed legs!!!

Daniel shore says
April 6, 2019 @ 05:15

The answer is the riddle itself.!!. The riddle hasn’t got a leg to stand on,it’s completely floored !! riddle in a riddle..

Will says
July 6, 2019 @ 11:37

Unless the person was a amputee he would walk on his feet .

Robert says
July 11, 2019 @ 05:27

Technically it’s only 4 because the question is “how many legs” are on the floor. In order for your own legs to count you would have your feet cut off.

bokals says
April 14, 2020 @ 14:54

None because you don’t stand with your legs but by feet, and the bed has also no legs but a bed post or it might be a flat bed

Gary says
April 26, 2020 @ 09:57

I’d say 0…because ur feet are on floor not legs… Plus what if bed has wheels not legs or is flat to the ground…..

em says
April 29, 2020 @ 08:50

technically its 12, as you have 2 legs, the bed has 4 and chickens dont fly so thats another 6!

Patrick says
April 30, 2020 @ 16:42

It sounds to me like we’re talking about a bed of straw in a barn?

Jas says
May 9, 2020 @ 03:15

You need to have atleast 10 bed legs to support those animals 😅

Rel says
May 14, 2020 @ 10:22

First of all, it does not state the bed was set up with the legs on the floor. You must assume it.

2nd, the person who walked in, may not be standing, but still walking. One leg at a time.

3rd, no legs were on the floor at least by the person walking in. His feet might be, but not his legs. Does the bed even have legs? Maybe just a box spring. Maybe the legs had pads, or adjustable feet.

This riddle leaves a lot to the imagination.

Spencer says
May 23, 2020 @ 11:32

Correct and final answer: 6

Patrick A. Crawley says
May 31, 2020 @ 12:40

None. The light isn’t on.

Jeanne B says
May 31, 2020 @ 14:35

I disagree with 6. There are only 4 legs on the floor, the 4 from the bed. My legs are not on floor since I am not sitting on the floor, I am standing on the floor and my feet are touching the floor not my legs.

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