## 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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154 Comments on "How Many Legs?"

Farmer Ted says
August 23, 2020 @ 18:07

All the animals are on the bed (0 feet on the floor)
The bed is on the floor but has bed posts not legs.
The chickens are flying above the chair (momentarily cos they can’t fly far so maybe landed on the bed)
The chair is on the floor presumably.
Chairs have 4 legs but this is obviously a farm and the animals have all escaped into the bedroom 😀
So is the chair really a milking stool with 3 legs???

Mo says
August 23, 2020 @ 22:11

What if the chair was ON the bed?

Cat says
August 24, 2020 @ 17:35

All of the animals would collapse the bed, and people stand on feet so 0.

Zee says
October 10, 2020 @ 02:11

Four. The bedframe has no legs, the chair has three, and I’m missing one. What a stupid riddle…too many assumptions

Larry Zweig says
November 6, 2020 @ 14:56

LEGS… not feet? I think that that’s not important.
Chickens can’t fly but they can lift off for a moment or 2, especially when they see my mug and big feet enter the room, & they can smell that I was just at KFC for hot wings. (If I had bought the chicken legs, and still had them in my hand when I entered that room, then I might just drop all 12 (dozen bucket) of them on the ground at the sight of all the goings-on, which would be 12 LEGS.
I’m not currently a wheel chair user, so my LEGS are 2.
It could be a platform bed… water bed or such, but I’ll assume it is a standard 4 LEG GIANT bed, although I doubt a bed could contain so much weight unless it was platform, or 6/8/10-leg.
With all those animals and my big smelly feet… bed bugs? fleas? Any on the ground? Probably all spooning in the bed.
WAIT!!! it could be a Castro Convertible or a fold-down Wardrobe bed… how many legs there?
I think I’m getting the hang of this DISTRACTION stuff….
But I will go with 6 LEGS on the ground.

Richard83 says
November 8, 2020 @ 05:08

Even if you go with the assumption that you don’t count your legs because your feet are touching the ground yes the bed has four legs I have yet to see a single person make a comment about the fact that a chair has four legs also aren’t the chickens flying over a chair so logically wouldn’t that be eight legs touching the floor

Franke says
November 8, 2020 @ 13:11

Guy’s is the answer is 10! Come on!
4 legs bed” 4 legs cheers, and your legs is 2!!=10

Xun says
November 14, 2020 @ 09:49

Why isn’t anyone talking about the chair inside the bedroom? Don’t chairs have legs? I know the answer is 6 meaning four bed legs and two human legs but chair is not being mention at all

ernie3444 says
November 16, 2020 @ 15:40

I find it hilarious that this site uses the version of the joke that has no chair involved in it. Yet people comment on how oblivious we are to the fact there is a chair mentioned that “no one” has addressed. The Facebook version does have a chair but it doesn’t say where it is.

Since the exact situation is unclear – there is no correct solution to this riddle. All we know for sure is that the solution:
1) does not care about the animals in the room; they are on the bed or in flight.
2) does not count the human who just walked in (our feet or shoes or socks etc. are on the floor certainly not our legs)
3) does care about the bed – which could have between 0 -> very large number of legs) on the floor
4) (For the version with the chair) does care about the chair – nothing says if the chair is on the floor or bed so between 0 to a very large number

So at the end of the day all we know is that there is some where between 0 and a big number of legs on the floor.

Cynthia says
January 30, 2021 @ 19:15

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.
This is what Amy said.

Jamal says
September 4, 2021 @ 02:07

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?

Erik says
October 11, 2023 @ 03:05

There’s no legs on the floor because the floor doesn’t have legs. I own a flooring business, so I’m 100 percent. The real riddle is where the meat comes from in my taco bell taco.

Susan says
October 16, 2023 @ 15:16

This is another one of those riddles just showing how stupid people really are.
1. They never say that the bed nor the chair are IN the room?
2. What if the bed full of animals is just in a painting?
3. What size bed?
4. King size beds can have more than 4 “legs”. If you have 2 twins pushed together to make a king, it can have 12 feet at least mine did because the manufacturer required 2 separate bases for the king size mattress!
5. What if it’s a platform bed?
6. What if the chair is outside and you see it through a window?
7. What if you are an amputee?
8. Unless you are sitting on the floor your FEET are on the ground not your legs.
9. What if it’s a 3 legged chair?
10. What if it’s a rocking chair? No legs there.
11. They don’t tell you what is actually IN the room, they tell you what you “see”.
12. What if all the things you see are on the TV?

So my answer is “NOT ENOUGH INFORMATION TO MAKE A CORRECT ANSWER”. As with most riddles, they want you to make assumptions and that never leads to correct answers.

I even had a twin sized bed with 6 legs rather than 4!

Kiomee says
October 26, 2023 @ 04:16

Zero legs are on the floor as the feet are touching the floor

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