What Has Four Legs but Only One Foot?

The answer to the conundrum “What has four legs but only one foot?” according to Braingle is “A bed.” The misunderstanding in the riddle stems from the naming standards for animate and inanimate objects in the English language.

A leg is an animal’s mobile appendage that terminates in the foot. Inanimate things, such as chairs, are commonly referred to as having “legs,” but not “feet.” In addition, according to the Efi-Costarica.com Antique Furniture Guide, a bed has both a “head end” and a “foot end.” Given that a bed has four ‘feet’ and a ‘foot end,’ it meets the parameters of the riddle.

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