Thursday, September 23, 2010

Riddle Me This

Is there a question that you have no answer for? Are there some questions that can’t be answered? According to that Internet Guru, Ask Jeeves, yes, there are. The BBC, under News Technology, listed the Top 10 “unanswerable” questions. And before you pooh-pooh this idea, you should know that these Top 10 are based on 1.1 billion queries to Ask Jeeves.

Here they are:
1. What is the meaning of life?
2. Is there a God?
3. Do blondes have more fun?
4. What is the best diet?
5. Is there anybody out there?
6. Who is the most famous person in the world?
7. What is love?
8. What is the secret to happiness?
9. Did Tony Soprano die?
10. How long will I live?
We have some very smart people who drop by Straight From Hel, so if you have a question you need the answer to, ask it in the comment section and we’ll see if someone answers it for you. Or … if you can answer any of these Top 10, answer away, oh wise one!


  1. I think 3, 4, 6 and 9 shouldn't be on the list. I'd ask: "Why do we grow old?"

  2. I think Monty Python and the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy could answer the first one.

  3. Wonderful mix of esoteric and banal. I think Alex is onto something...Monty Python might be able to answer them all. ;)

  4. I was a bleach-blonde for years and can tell you - no, blondes don't have more fun. Redheads do!

  5. Well, Diane, I surely had great fun as a blonde--especially after I divorced at 45! LOL Whether it was more fun than you, being a redhead, who's to say!

    Heck, I white-headed now and still having a ball--because I create fun when it's in short supply. My family says, "Don't ever let Sylvia get bored!"
    Sylvia Dickey Smith

  6. I think y'all are answering some of those here today! For one, it's not the hair color that creates the fun. And maybe instead of Ask Jeeves, there should be an Ask Monty.

  7. Did Tony Soprano die? Really? That and number three really made me laugh.

    As for number ten, didn't there used to be a site called death clock or something that would predict the date of your death? I don't have any stats to support how accurate/inaccurate it may have been, but I'm pretty sure such a site existed, if it doesn't exist still.

  8. I like the idea of "Ask Monty." As for Tony Soprano, if he is anything like Tony Alto in the spoof of the Sopranos, he didn't die. I liked the television series, but this spoof is a lot more fun.

    To clarify, there is a play, "The Altos - Like the Sopranos but Only Lower." We are doing it at a community theatre here where I live and it is a hoot.

  9. I'm with Sylvia on the white hair. I'm having a blast. As to questions, one was in a book, why do bad things happen to good people.

  10. I don't know about unanswerable questions, but #7 has me singing that Haddaway song from the '90s. That's going to be in my head all day.

  11. According to Hitchhiker's Guide, the answer to question 1 is 42. Quastion 2 can not be answered, I agree. Questions 3 to 8 are easy >:)

    Cold As Heaven

  12. My question: Do babies dream?

  13. My question: Is it better to outline a novel or make it up as we go along?

  14. I had to laugh when I got to #9! My question is why is world peace impossible to achieve?

  15. *Climbs on board the Ask Monty bandwagon and starts whistling*

    I snorted at the Tony Sorprano one, too.

    And the best diet doesn't start with 'die'

    I love unanswerables... especially when answered with the ridiculous...

  16. Maryann, the play sounds funny.

    Karen, I might could answer that one: Because they're easier to prey upon.

    You're welcome, Laurita.

    Cold As Heaven, isn't 42 a dominoes game?

    Liza, can't answer definitively, but I think they do.

  17. Elizabeth, I would have to answer: It depends on the writer. (cop out, I know).

    Jane, I think Tony's just hanging out, waiting for a movie deal.

    Hart, you are so right! Why does diet start with die? Got to be a better word.

  18. Paper or plastic has been haunting me for years. Decades. Somebody please send help!

    Stephen Tremp


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