Day’s Verse:

“After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.”

Luke 2:46

“Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.”

Habakkuk 3:18


Does the Coriolis Effect make toilets flush the other way in the Southern Hemisphere?

Do dogs see in color?

Why do people see in the spectrum we do?

How do Instant Messages actually work?

Why is it that people feel lonely so often but are so independent?

Would schooling be easier if we watched less TV?

Who could dislike playing Monopoly, and why?

How does writing an essay show that I know anything?

If students hate doing work and professors hate grading work, why do we have work?

How can anybody dislike techno?

Why do people dislike speculations?

How many moles of snow fall in one year?

Who invented calculus, and why?

How do airplanes’ wings bend so much and not break?

Why don’t we all switch to the metric system?

How much is teleportation worth?

Do Democrats deserve to win the 2004 election?

What percentage of people who will “never date” end up dating/marrying?

Who wouldn’t want a Giantmicrobe?

Why do people get annoyed when I answer their rhetorical questions?

How much would you pay to own Data?

Should TV be banned or limited during certain hours?

Why do we have such a bad job market right now?

What makes socks smell bad?

What is TCP/IP?

How can people not care that the world may be destroyed for our grandchildren?

Why is MassPirg so annoying in their recruiting?

Why do songs get stuck in your head?

What makes a song a good one?

Will there ever be one world government?

Why don’t people have fur?

Who invented cell phones?

Why do we use the calendar we do?

How does friendship work?

What makes people argue so passionately about things that don’t matter so much?

Why do people have different personalities?

Why do whites dominate the world economically?

How can our bodies work so well when they’re inexpressibly complicated?

What makes the sun rise every morning in the east?

Is abortion always wrong?

Can we make categorical statements and be correct?

What makes a woman beautiful?

Why does God love us so much?

Who likes otterpops?

Why do men statistically prefer brown haired women?

Why do men grow up slower than women?

How do radio waves travel through walls?

Is the earth cooling down or warming up?

Can we ever really know anything?

What hearing damage do you get from listening to really, really loud music?

How does a network work?

How do you knit a scarf?

Why do we treat people unfairly?

Why are there so many colleges in Worcester?

What makes two people fall in love?

Is being gay genetic or a choice? If it’s a choice, is it conscious?

Who invented if-then statements?

Why do we have to be “in shape”, and what shape is that?

How many muscles are there in your hand?

What do people think about me and Ian being married now?

Why do days take longer when you want something to happen?

Where does time go?

Is time linear?

Is there life on Mars?

What was life like twenty five years ago? Fifty years ago?

How many people consider me their friend?

What’s the fastest a person walked across the USA?

Why do we idolize actors and actresses when theirs are the worst lives possible?

Why did somebody give us The Complete Kama Sutra for our wedding anonymously? More importantly, who gave it to us?

Who invented the piano? Did they also invent playing it?

Are people inherently evil?

Why do I have so many ways people can contact me when so few people want to?

What are you supposed to do with a bunch of melted chocolate?

Why do people start smoking?

Does a butterfly’s wing-flap really effect the whole universe?

Did President Taft really get stuck in a bathtub?

Is President Bush lying to us about WMD’s?

Who decided the width of rail road tracks?

Why do we drive on the right side of the road?

Why do we have “right” and “left” hands, not “right” and “wrong” hands?

How far can a sound wave travel?

Can feelings be quantified?

What’s the farthest a person has ever jumped from a stand-still?

What is the slowest-moving (but moving!) animal?

How do I react to this: “Well, I’d live with you if I was desperate, but it’d be weird… I mean you guys are married. I just would feel too strange, because you’re married. You know.”?

87. Should I stop now? There are so many more things to ask (expect updates as I think of them)

– KF –


20 days

9 thoughts on “Things I Don’t Know

  1. I would never be able to think of that many questions off the top of my head! What does “off the top of my head” really mean? Oh, maybe I could ask a lot of questions. 🙂 I love research, I could probably find the answers to a lot of those or are they merely rhetorical?

  2. Yes
    Full sensory of all pigmentation of light (rainbow)
    Tiny data packets + fast connection = instant email
    We are all alone always, independence is seperate
    No, it would be harder, Magic School Bus and Iron Chef taught me everything
    General dislike of board games in a high-tech environment, banker always cheats
    Putting thoughts into a complete published form is the only way anyone can really show they know anything
    Work is work, nothing gets accomplished without some work
    99% of techno artists are truly no talent worthless hacks like Moby who spend 10$ to make an entire CD and defile the title “musician” with every “note” they “play”
    Speculation infers uncertainty
    Who can count the snowflakes of a year? Who can number the stars?

  3. Newton and Leibniz, because it was needed in so many ways
    Tensile strength + lightweight material
    Because we’d be giving in.
    There’s no such thing as teleportation
    Who knows really
    Stuffed organisms? Like everyone?
    Because you shouldn’t. Duh.
    Nothing. Again fiction.
    No, why do you hate TV so much?
    Supply and demand. Of jobs that is.
    Transfer Control Protocol/Internet Protocol

  4. Live the moment.
    Supply and demand.
    Short term memory likes catchy stuff. That’s why mnemonics work.
    Too many answers.
    Because as mammals we get hair.
    Dr. Cell
    Babylonians and Hebrews.
    Mutual acceptance.
    Good practice.
    Raised in different environments, different life experiences
    Don’t want to give it up.
    Oh, you know the answer to that one.
    (In general!?) Men to admire. Eye of beholder.
    He’s yr daddy.
    Statistics are a lie.
    Since when were solids solid?
    Warming up.
    Eardrum popping, injury, permanent awful.

  5. Connection.
    Ask Zaheer.
    People like to oppress people.
    Big city.
    Haha genetic?! Unconscious choice.
    Not Donald Knuth. Probably Ali Gorath or Omar Khyyam in the cubic proof.
    Socieital standards, like the public norm.
    More questions about the public norm.
    The watched pot never boils
    Yes, probably. String theory is a bad joke
    David Bowie asked the same in 1971
    Bad. Worse.
    A bunch.
    Look it up!
    Sometimes they’re not.
    Mr. Piano. Yes.
    Yes silly.
    Never stop asking.

  6. Starting with “melted chocolate”

    Mix it with milk and make incredible chocolate milk
    Why does anybody do anything?
    Only in science fiction, Ray Bradbury. Going back in time and squishing that fish may just do nothing.
    Yes, yes he did.
    He ran with what he was told, he wanted revenge and saw the opportunity.
    The engineers who made the first locomotive.
    Because people would be coming the other way if it were left 😉
    Directions, not adjectives.
    Depends on the strength and energy
    Look it up.
    What a mess.

  7. At the risk of making a big deal out of nothing, the only quesiton I feel I need to answer at the moment (at least of the one’s I actually read) is the one about the coriolis effect. The answer is no. The coriolis effect can only be seen in large objects, such as mid-latitude storms and hurricanes. It doesn’t even effect tornados; they can spin either way in both hemispheres. The direction a flushed toilet spins is unaffected by the coriolis effect, though it is a common misconception that it is affected. (ok, technically it is affected, but not enough to change the direction it spins) http://www.urbanlegends.com/science/coriolis/coriolis_force_sci_physics_faq.html

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