Got this riddle from a friend. Neither of us knows the answer. Help, please:

He went to the forest and caught it.
He sat it down and sought it.
But since he couldn’t find it,
He went to town and bought it.

My friend thought the answer was nothing:

He went to the forest and didn’t catch anything.
He sat down nothing and didn’t seek it.
He couldn’t find it, because it wasn’t anything.
So he went to town to not buy something.

Unfortunately, that’s wrong!
I could have the exact words wrong. I’ll tell you if I do.
P.S. And while we’re on the subject of riddles, how is a raven like a writing desk?..

“640K ought to be enough for anybody” - Bill Gates

If you don’t know the correct answer, why are you sure that “nothing” is wrong?

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It’s a Gazebo!

You have the wording wrong, the last line is something like, He went home with it.

It’s an old riddle, I know the answer but I’m going to look for the original wording before I “spoil” the riddle.

I got it in a forest but didn’t want it.
Once I had it, I couldn’t see it.
The more I searched for it, the less I liked it.
I took it home in my hand because I could not find it.
What was it?

I think this is the same riddle, very similar anyway. Guesses? (I’ll wait a few hours)

Official winner of Bricker Challenge #5.

A splinter. (from a gazebo?)

And while we’re at it, Bill Gates never said 640K would be enough for anybody.

Because there is a b in both and an n in neither.

Because both are nevar put backwards.

Pick one.

–John

Darkness?
Solitude?

Splinter/sliver it is.

I run, though I have no legs to be
seen. I possess no heat, yet I do have
steam. I have no voice to let words
out, but from far away you can still
hear me shout. What am I?

We are very little creatures; all of us
have different features. One of us in
glass is set; one of us you’ll find in jet.
Another you may see in tin, and a
fourth is boxed within. If the fifth you
should pursue, it can never fly from
you. What are we?

Cannot be seen, cannot be felt, cannot
be heard, cannot be smelt. It lies
behind the stars and beneath the hills.
Ends life and kills laughter. What is
it?

What is it that is deaf, dumb and
blind and always tells the truth?

I am sometimes strong and sometimes
weak, but I am nobody’s fool. For
there is no language that I cannot
speak, though I never went to school.
What am I?

“Men are like parking spaces, the available ones are handicapped.”

Handy:

1. Train
2. Vowels?
3. I don’t know, death?
4. A mirror.
5. A laugh.

I sold my soul to Satan for a dollar. I got it in the mail.

Sorry. The last line is Home with him he brought it.

“640K ought to be enough for anybody” - Bill Gates

an idea

Both have inky quills.

Well, Surgoshan guessed the handy riddles 1,2,4 and 5, so I’ll submit the answer to 3.
3. Darkness

Ah, Im a fair guy all the riddles & their answers are at:http://members.tripod.com/duerra/index1.html

Ah, well, looks like I only got the vowels and the mirror right, but 40% isn’t that bad for guessing off the top of your head, is it?

I sold my soul to Satan for a dollar. I got it in the mail.