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Entry from July 04, 2021
“I come at the beginning of end and at the end of time. What am I?” (riddle)

The letter “e” has several riddles. This was printed in The Lady’s Magazine in December 1787:

“THE beginning of eternity,
The end of time and space,
The beginning of every end,
And the end of every place.”


This riddle was printed in the book Puniana: or, Thoughts wise and other-wise (1867) by Hugh Rowley:

“The beginning of eternity,
The end of time and space,
The beginning of every end,
The end of every race?
Letter E.”


This riddle was printed in the Camden (NJ) Post-Telegram (and other newspapers) on May 2, 1913:

Kid—What is it that occurs once in a minute, twice in a week, and yet only once in a year?
Gent—What is it?
Kid—The letter E.


“Pa, what is it that occurs once in a minute, twice in a week and yet only once a in year, and twice in a lifetime?” was printed in the Kansas City (MO) Star on October 7, 1921. “What comes once in a year, never in a month, twice in a week, and never in a day?” was printed in Highlights for Children in April 1999. “What happens twice in a week, once in a year, but never in a Day?” was posted on Reddit—Riddles on June 29, 2013.

“I come at the beginning of end & at the end of time. I come twice in a week, once in a year & come in the middle of sex. What am I?” was posted on Twitter by GenoBaby on August 29, 2008. “RT @iL0V3MuSiiC: I am the first on earth , second in heaven and last in life . What Am I ? << The letter E" was posted on Twitter by ➾☆JOANNE♕✌ on June 24, 2010. “I am the first thing on earth, second in heaven, I appear twice in a week, once in a year and I live in the middle of the sea. What am I?” was posted on Twitter by Iam Meezy Cash on October 7, 2011.

“I am the beginning of the end, I am the end of time and space, I surround every place. Who am I?” was posted on the newsgroup rec.gambling.poker on March 3, 2003. “I am the beginning of the end, and the end of time and space. I am essential to creation, and I surround every place” was printed in the Journal-Gazette (Fort Wayne, IN) on July 20, 2006.


Google Books
December 1787, The Lady’s Magazine, pg. 664, col. 2:
A REBUS
THE beginning of eternity,
The end of time and space,
The beginning of every end,
And the end of every place.
A. S.

Google Books
A New Collection of Enigmas, Charades, Transpositions, &c.
London, UK: Longman, Hurst, Res, and Orme
1806
Pg. 18:
THE beginning of eternity,
The end of time and space,
The beginning of every end,
And the end of every place.

Google Books
31 July 1824, The Minerva, or, Literary, entertaining, and scientific journal, pg. 272:
The beginning of eternity,
The end of time and space;
The beginning of every end,
And the end of every place.

Google Books
Puniana: or, Thoughts wise and other-wise
By Hugh Rowley
London, UK: J. C. Hotten
1867
Pg. 206:
The beginning of eternity,
The end of time and space,
The beginning of every end,
The end of every race?
Letter E.

Google Books
Howard’s Book of Conundrums and Riddles
By Clarence J. Howard
New York, NY: Dick & Fitzgerald
1869
Pg. 58:
The beginning of eternity,
The end of time and space,
The beginning of every end,
The end of every race?
Letter E.

Google Books
November 1873, Arthur’s Illustrated Home Magazine (Philadelphia, PA), pg. 748, col. 2:
The beginning of eternity,
The end of time and space,
The beginning of every end,
The end of every race?
Letter E.

Newspapers.com
2 May 1913, Camden (NJ) Post-Telegram, pg. 9, col. 7:
Kid—What is it that occurs once in a minute, twice in a week, and yet only once in a year?
Gent—What is it?
Kid—The letter E.

newspapers.com
7 October 1921, Kansas City (MO) Star, pg. 20, col. 3:
Sure Enough.
From the Boston Transcript.
“Pa, what is it that occurs once in a minute, twice in a week and yet only once a in year, and twice in a lifetime?”
“Give it up, my son. What?”
“The letter ‘e.’”

Google Groups: net.jokes
Easy Riddle…
fen@sri-unix
Sep 7, 1982, 11:02:38 PM
What is The Beginning of Eternity,
The End of Time and Space,
The Beginning of Every End,
And the End of Every Race?

.....The letter `e’.

Newspapers.com
14 June 1992, The Sun-Herald (Sydney, New South Wales), pg. 79, col. 3:
Q: What comes twice in a week but once in a year?
A: The letter E.
Heidi (11), Forestville.

Google Groups: comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.rpg
ARENA thieves
Brandon Wallace
Dec 12, 1995, 3:00:00 AM
(...)
First of all you wrote it wrong:

From the beginning of eternity
To the end of time and space
From the beginning of every end
and the end of every place.

and your clue....
(spoiler)

Google Groups: alt.tasteless.jokes
from the beginning of Eternity
to the end of timE and spacE
from the beginning of every End
and the end of every placE

THINK HARD!!!
Wow! Mail From Josh
Apr 17, 1997, 3:00:00 AM
It’s the letter “E”

On 17 Apr 1997, CityHunter wrote:

>
> Here is a Riddle.....
>
>
> What does it mean....
>
> The beginning of eternity
> The end of time and space
> The beginning of every end
> The end of every place.....

Google Books
Quick-to-solve Brainteasers:
Official American Mensa Puzzle Book

By José Julián Mendoza Fernández, American Mensa Limited
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
1998
Pg. 31:
128 It occurs once in a minute, twice in a week, and once in a year. What is it?

April 1999, Highlights for Children (Columbus, OH), “Riddles,” pg. 30:
6. What comes once in a year, never in a month, twice in a week, and never in a day?
Marley Vega-Bensalem, Pennsylvania
(...)
6. The letter e.

Google Groups: rec.gambling.poker
Hold ‘em Quiz
Checkraiser
Mar 3, 2003, 5:37:48 AM
(...)
here’s another riddle, but is quite poker unrelated.

I am the beginning of the end, I am the end of time and space, I surround every place. Who am I?

20 July 2006, Journal-Gazette (Fort Wayne, IN), “Riddle of the Day,” pg. 7D:
I am the beginning of the end, and the end of time and space. I am essential to creation, and I surround every place.
Answer: The letter “e.”

Twitter
Tomedes Translations
@Tomedes
Dec 29, 2007
I am…
The beginning of eternity
The end of time and space
The beginning of every end,
And the end of every place.
What am I?

Twitter
Old Farmer’s Almanac
@almanac
What is the beginning of all eternities, the end of time and space, the beginning of every end, and the end of every race? - http://tiny ...
12:01 AM · Jun 23, 2008·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
GenoBaby
@GenoBaby
I come at the beginning of end & at the end of time. I come twice in a week,
once in a year & come in the middle of sex. What am I?
3:10 PM · Aug 29, 2008·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Edward Nigma
@_Riddler
Riddle me this Gotham… What is the beginning of eternity, the end of time and space, the beginning of every end and the end of every race?
12:18 AM · Jan 20, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
PB & Jenny
@SteampunkMuppet
I am the beginning of eternity, the end of time and space. The start of every ending and the end of every race. What am I? #noise
8:07 PM · Mar 12, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Rob ‘Bubba’ Hines
@Old_Man_Bubba
What is the beginning of eternity, the end of time and space, the start of every end, and the end of every race?
9:34 PM · Mar 19, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
shantanu sengupta
@shaansen
I am the beginning of the end, and the end of time and space. I am essential to creation, and I surround every place. What am I?
1:43 AM · Apr 26, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
CA
@CVABSS
I am the beginning of the end, and the end of time and space. I am essential to creation, and I surround every place. What am I?
1:18 AM · May 27, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Brittany ☥
@musicshewrote
i come at the beginning of end & at the end of time. i come twice in a week, once in a year & in the middle of sex . - what am i ?
1:14 AM · Nov 27, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Arnelle Lozada
@arnellelozada
“I come at the beginning of end and the end of time. Twice in a week, and once in a year. What am I?”
5:42 PM · Dec 13, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
➾☆JOANNE♕✌
@Bella_JayC
RT @iL0V3MuSiiC: I am the first on earth , second in heaven and last in life . What Am I ? << The letter E
1:01 PM · Jun 24, 2010·Twitter for BlackBerry®

Twitter
Ferrucio Lamborghini
@_WisDumb_
4)"The beginning of eternity
The end of time and space
The beginning of every end,
And the end of every place.”
6:05 AM · Sep 2, 2010·Twitter for iPhone

Google Books
What it Tastes Like to be Sane
By Sean Ahern
Lulu Press (Lulu.com)
2011
Pg. 80:
I am the beginning of the end, and the end of time and space. I am essential to creation, and I surround every place. What am I?

Twitter
Ugo Oni Graffiti
@CFUNK__
I am first on earth. Second in heaven,
Third in creation
I am ___?
1:30 PM · Aug 8, 2011·Snaptu

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/Thray August 12, 2011
I am the beginning of eternity, the end of time and space, the beginning of every end, and the end of every place. What am I?
2.71828183

Twitter
Iam Meezy Cash
@lasgidiboya
I am the first thing on earth, second in heaven, I appear twice in a week, once in a year and I live in the middle of the sea. What am I?
4:53 AM · Oct 7, 2011·Twitter for BlackBerry®

Twitter
Mm
@mm6teen
I am the first thing on earth, second in heaven, I appear twice in a week, once in a year and I live in the middle of the sea. What am I?
5:05 AM · Oct 7, 2011·Twitter for BlackBerry®

Reddit—Riddles
Posted by u/Anar_Isil November 29, 2011
The riddle is manifested in the words themselves.
What comes twice in a week, and yet once in a year?

Reddit—Riddles
Posted by u/thermality March 17, 2013
From the beginning of eternity, to the end of time and space. To the beginning of every end, and the end of every place.
From the beginning of eternity, to the end of time and space. To the beginning of every end, and the end of every place. What am I?

Reddit—Riddles
Posted by u/mrkruler June 29, 2013
Don’t know if it is a riddle or not but....
what happens twice in a week, once in a year, but never in a Day?

Reddit—Riddles
Posted by u/Leno406 August 2, 2014
Riddle I found in my bank the other day.
What happens twice in a week, once in a year, and never in a day? This really stumps me. Thinking it has something to do with the moon.

Reddit—JokerBoy
Posted by u/JokerBoy_666 December 30, 2018
impossible riddle
I am first on earth, second on heaven. i appear twice a week, never in a month but once in a year what am i?

Twitter
Vinod Maheshwari
@Viniii112
I am first on Earth, Second in Heaven, Middle in the Sea.
I appear twice in a week, Never in a month, But once in a year.
What am I ?
#Puzzle
11:23 AM · Jun 29, 2020·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Chantelle Firth
@ChantelleFirth2
Can anyone solve this Riddle please.

I am the beginning of the End
You can find me twice in a week
Twice in a decade
Once in a year
But not in a day.
What am I?
5:06 PM · Aug 10, 2020·Twitter Web App

Twitter
#The5thLoko
@WallyRicoSuave
“What is the beginning of eternity, the end of time and space, the beginning of an end and the end of a race?” #TheRiddler
11:40 PM · Oct 31, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Demar Beckford
@Prezi_Boulevard
Who can solve this riddle??

I’m the 1st on ‘Earth’
I’m the second in ‘Heaven’
I appear twice in a ‘Week’
You can only see me once in a ‘Year’
Although I’m in the middle of the ‘Sea’

What am I??
9:15 AM · Mar 26, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
scotoma
@medeasin
Replying to @medeasin
Me: “What is the beginning of eternity, the end of time and space, the beginning of every end and the end of every place?”
0.2 seconds later
Her: “The letter E.”
Me: “GODDAMNIT!”
I’ve never sworn at my kids before.
Is Dan Rather stealing these riddles from TikTok?
6:59 PM · Jun 21, 2021·Twitter Web App

Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/totalfarkuser July 3, 2021
What happens twice in a week, once in a year, and never in a month?
My 10yo son asked this dad joke, I’m proud!
The answer is “E”.

Twitter
[Purple heart][Musical note]
@musicofstars
I am the beginning of everything and the end of everywhere. I am the beginning of eternity and the end of time and space.
5:04 PM · Jul 3, 2021·Cheap Bots, Done Quick!

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