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inquiry: fun


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fun + amusement

World's Most Popular Questions—Today's Interrogative Zeitgeist

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.

You may notice that the third example isn't phrased as a question—it's what makes it so hard to answer.

What we know defines us as much as what we ask. So let's look at who we are, shall we?

Modern Look at Questions, Old Yet Ever New

The most popular questions are collected daily using Google's autocomplete feature. Autocomplete lists popular search queries that begin with your entry.

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!

While most autocompleted phrases are questions, a few are statements (see Limits & Desires, e.g. I need to vent.).

Why Can't I?

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

why can't i
make have buy sell

why can't i…

sleep

poop

get pregnant

lose weight

cry

watch halo nightfall

sleep at night

get hard

be happy

get a job


why can't i make…

friends

myself throw up

a genius bar appointment

calls

calls on my iphone

a psn account

money

a decision

a new folder

in app purchases


why can't i have…

sex

a baby

you

fun

both

friends

a boyfriend

nice things

her

it all


why can't i buy…

blood moon thresh

minecraft

amazon echo

the interview on youtube

anything on xbox one

games on steam

cube world

firecracker jinx

from xur

vc


why can't i sell…

my adder

on ebay

my car in gta 5

my house

tf2 items

on amazon

my car in gta

anything on steam

my spinmetal

spinmetal

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