So what a change this has been! In order to get my social proof (a lot of which is happening over the phone and through email, which are still waiting for information) I've had to become a Facebook ninja, stalking it every hour or so to see if there is new information. Blogger...well, I'm still working on being social in THAT aspect.
But enough of my gripping! I wanted to post that I at least have a bit of progress on my riddle-research. I sent out a general wall post asking for riddle-info found in popular media and literature (new and old) and I've had quite the response. A lot of it was circulating back to my own ideas (Harry Potter, The Hobbit, etc), but some good stuff came out of it. One that I can think of right off the bat is fairy-tales. I have a friend bringing me a book on the OLD ones (I think even before Grimm) that have a lot of riddles in them. I also have a favorite forever-teacher of mine letting me borrow a book of children's rhymes from the Elizabethan period. Not exactly was I was looking for--I want proof that riddles help push plot, and stand-alone riddles don't do much in that regard--but something interesting to look into anyways. I have a few other sources, but I figured I'd post a few pictures of some of the wall-post and responses to stand as part of my proof.
(Also, just for fun, I've posted a complete-nonsense, nothing-to-do-with-my-research video that adequately explains my view on social media sites. Enjoy!)