The Next of Kin

I swim,
But no fish am I.

I fly,
But no bird am I.

You feed me food,
But poison to you my food is.

My parents are your kin,
But bound to destroy your kin am I.

What am I?

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#1 Benjamin on 12.09.09 at 4:08 pm

Is it contamination/pollution?

#2 Gec on 12.09.09 at 4:54 pm

@Benjamin: That’s an insightful answer, and it’s almost correct. But we’re looking for something more “physical” rather than conceptual this time. Something more “like an object.”

#3 Benjamin on 12.09.09 at 5:16 pm

Garbage? Excrement?

#4 Gec on 12.09.09 at 6:56 pm

Does it fly? 😀

#5 sterndal on 12.10.09 at 8:47 am


is it an animal?


clue please!

this riddle is so intriguing :)

my wild guess is cancer !


#6 Gec on 12.10.09 at 11:38 am

Well, it’s not a plant or animal. It’s not a disease either :)

It is an object, like I said. And it flies, swims and does all the things mentioned.

#7 Benjamin on 12.10.09 at 12:28 pm

A virus?

#8 Benjamin on 12.10.09 at 12:35 pm

A virus is not an animal, I think, however is not an object as in man-made product.

An explosive missile?

A missile launched from the sea swims and flies. We feed it with explosives (or we are the mass it burns), but it is poison for us. Men are its parents and it was built to destroy men.

#9 Gec on 12.10.09 at 1:58 pm

@Benjamin, you got it 😉

Cheers mate!

#10 Sun Wukong on 12.13.09 at 8:55 am

Oh that’s brilliant Benjamin! I was thinking about pollution too but then was stumped by the last line about its parents being our kin.