What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries?

One of the most confusing riddles is the one that asks, “What gets wetter as it dries?”

Sometimes you may see it phrased in a slightly different way, for example, “I get wet when drying, what am I?” or “The more it dries, the wetter it becomes. What is it?”

This is a tricky riddle because when you first think about, it just doesn’t make sense. After all, how can something get wetter and wetter the more it dries?

As with many riddles, the key is to think outside the box. In this case, the answer lies in the fact that the riddle doesn’t actually specify that the object in question is drying itself. That’s just an assumption that most people make when they first hear the riddle, due to the way it’s phrased.

Once you realize this, solving the riddle is just a matter of thinking of something that dries something else and itself gets wet while doing so.

Still struggling? Here’s the answer for you …

What gets wetter as it dries?

A towel gets wetter and wetter the more it dries.

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