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More than Pretty Pictures—Aesthetics of Data Representation, Denmark, April 13–16, 2015

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The world is in trouble

Here are just a few of the important questions people are asking. Yes, it has come to this.

Questions like "Why can't I sell my kidney?" and "How can I keep from singing?" shake my faith. Deeply.

Zeitgeist Sampling

General Issues

How could I ask for more?

How do people do extreme couponing?

How can I sell my soul?

Who can I sue?

Why can't I hold all these limes?

Why can't I sell my kidney?

Why don't people like me?

Why do people hear voices in their head?

Why do I always feel like murdering everyone?

Why do I never see baby pigeons?

I don't understand how Lost ended.

I don't understand where I went wrong.

What's up with the World

Is the world really flat?

is the world being controlled by aliens?

Has the world gone mad or is it me?

What in the world is god doing?

How in the world can a poor man eat?

Who in the world am I, ah that's the great puzzle.

Will the world be a better place without religion?

What do people see when they close their eyes?

Why do I always see the same time on the clock?

Limits & Desires

I need to poop.

Why can't I make myself vomit?

Where can I find Chuck Norris?

What happens if I make a formal commitment to Satan?

Love & Heart

What is my husband doing online?

Is my wife right?

Will my girlfriend get fat?

How can my son get out of a gang?

Why isn't my girlfriend affectionate?

Why is my boyfriend so insecure?

Why is my girlfriend so emotional?

Why isn't my boyfriend romantic?


Can money make me happy?

How do I finance an engagement ring?

How do I cheat at poker?

Career & Education

Is my job redundant?

Is my boss reading my email?

Can my job be given to someone else?

Should I study or sleep?


Is my doctor useless?

Is my body hair normal?

My head is full of pretty lumps.

How do I heal a broken heart?

Why is my poop green?

Sizes & Extremes

What is the smallest unit of life?

What was the most common form of sacrifice in Aztec society?

Who is the most powerful Jedi?

Where is the hardest part of your head?

Religion & Faith

What will heaven be like?

Is faith a gift from god?

Is god an alien?

Can Jesus microwave a burrito?

Can I pray with my eyes open?

Should I pray for a husband?

World's Most Popular Questions — Today's Zeitgeist

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Man's Earliest (and Toughest) Questions

Even before we explored outside our caves, mankind has been plagued by unanswerable questions.

How do I heal a broken heart?  ·  Why do I never see baby pigeons?  ·  I don't understand how Lost ended

What we know defines us as much as what we ask. Let's look at who we are.

Modern Look at Questions, Old Yet Ever New

Using Google's autocomplete feature, which suggests the most similar searches to the one you have entered, you can discover a great deal about what kind of Google searches people perform.

This process yields insight into the zeitgeist of thoughts, interests and problems of the population.

Specifically, if you apply the autocomplete to words that start a question, you can discover the most popular questions of the time. Systematically constructing a question, term by term, can reveal very entertaining, if alarming, patterns.

To visualize a comparison between suggestions for two terms, use Web Seer.

Questions and Statements

While most of the phrases listed here are questions, some are statements (see Limits & Desires, e.g. I need to vent.).


Below are combinations of the terms why can't I and how can I with the words make, have, buy and sell.

What are people looking to sell? What do people want to have, but can't? Autocomplete suggests an answer, in the form of a question!

why can't i
make have buy sell

why can't i…



get pregnant

why can't i

lose weight

download itunes

download ios 8


get a job

download apps

why can't i make…


myself throw up

calls on my iphone

a new folder



a fence in minecraft

eye contact


friends in college

why can't i have…


a baby


a castle


a bowel movement



a boyfriend

why can't i buy…


gems on clash of clans

vc on 2k15

a gun


the iphone 6




anything on steam market

why can't i sell…

my adder

my house

on ebay

my car in gta online

my car

my car in gta 5

tf2 items


on amazon

players on madden mobile

retrieved on 21-11-2014 from Google
how can i
make have buy sell

how can i…

keep from singing

make money

how can it be

lose weight

find my iphone

ease the pain

get taller

gain weight

how can i make…


money from home

money online

my butt bigger

myself throw up

my hair grow faster

my boobs bigger

my facebook private

my period start

my water break

how can i have…


a miscarriage

a boy

a baby girl

twins naturally

a baby

2 instagram accounts

a girl

good dreams

a organism

how can i buy…


a house

alibaba stock


iphone 6

apple stock


a star

a home with bad credit


how can i sell…

my eggs

my car

my timeshare

on amazon

my car fast

my hair

my kidney

my soul

a kidney

on ebay

retrieved on 21-11-2014 from Google
why is my
life body boyfriend girlfriend

why is my…

eye twitching

poop green

hair falling out

internet so slow

period late

tongue white

computer so slow

printer offline

mac so slow

iphone so slow

why is my life…

so boring

so hard


so sad

so empty

such a mess

so bad

like this

so messed up

so good

why is my body…


always hot

so itchy


so hot

always warm

so tired

always cold

so sore

retaining water

why is my boyfriend…

so mean


acting distant

a jerk

so annoying

so insecure

so stupid

so cute

so controlling

so selfish

why is my girlfriend…

so jealous

mad at me

so clingy

always mad at me

so insecure

being distant

so annoying

so mean to me lately

not affectionate


retrieved on 21-11-2014 from Google
why isn't my
life body boyfriend girlfriend

why isn't my…

iphone charging

imessage working

phone charging

facetime working

hair growing

wifi working

iphone turning on

internet working

iphone connecting to wifi

ipad charging

why isn't my life…

going anywhere

working out


like a movie

my life is not working

like a situation comedy

my life isn't exciting

my life isn't moving forward

my life isn't getting better

my life isn't changing

why isn't my body…

absorbing vitamin b12

going into labor



burning fat

absorbing vitamin d

digesting food properly

losing weight

absorbing iron

absorbing water

why isn't my boyfriend…


texting me


sexually attracted to me

talking to me

calling me

texting me back


sleeping with me


why isn't my girlfriend…

talking to me

texting back

getting pregnant

texting me

texting me back

getting her period


getting wet

my girlfriend isn't sexually attracted to me

ever in the mood

retrieved on 21-11-2014 from Google
I don't understand
the why how who where

I don't understand…

i don't understand

in spanish



in japanese

the ice bucket challenge



I don't understand the…

ice bucket challenge

question and i won't respond to it



movie enemy


ending of lost

movie third person

maze runner

ending of the giver

I don't understand why…

i don't understand why

i sleep all day

im here

he loves me

alice left wonderland

you hate me

he likes me

I don't understand how…

i don't understand how

to play destiny

to kiss

to dance

icloud works

you're number one

to use the health app

college works

you're number 1

i feel

I don't understand who…

i don't understand that reference

i don't understand that's what she said jokes

i don't understand

i don't understand dr who

I don't understand where…

i'm sorry all of this is coming from

retrieved on 21-11-2014 from Google
I think
I you he she people everybody

I think…

therefore i am

we're alone now

i wanna marry you

i'm turning japanese

i love you

i love my wife

i have ebola

i found my berries

I think I…

wanna marry you

I think i'm turning japanese

love you

love my wife

have ebola

found my berries

I think im pregnant

I think i'm in love

I think you…


i think your crazy

i think you're swell

i think you're wonderful

i think you're a nazi

i think you're really cool vine

i think you're a contra

I think he…

likes me

loves me

i think he's cheating

likes me quiz

i think he's losing interest

came in me

i think he's gay

i think he's the one

i think hell is something you carry

has a girlfriend

I think she…

likes me

was a she



i think she's the one

knows interlude

i think she's hungry wow

is cheating

I think people…

I think everybody…

should like everybody

i think everyone hates me

i think everyone is fake

i think everyone is lying to me

i think everyone is talking about me

i think everyone is attractive

i think everyone is mad at me

i think everyone is better than me

i think everyone is talking bad about me

i think everyone is nathaniel

retrieved on 21-11-2014 from Google

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