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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

lose weight

why can't i

download itunes

get a job

download apps

get a girlfriend


why can't i make…



a new folder

myself throw up


up my mind


any friends

eye contact

in app purchases

why can't i have…





a castle

a boyfriend

a baby

a bowel movement


why can't i buy…


gems in clash of clans

anything on steam




games on steam

dragon's teeth

packs on ncaa 14

a house

why can't i sell…

my adder

on ebay

my zentorno

my car

my car in gta

tf2 items

my house

my elegy

my bifta

my car gta 5

retrieved on 21-09-2014 from Google
how can i
make have buy sell

how can i…

keep from singing

make money

lose weight fast

make money from home

get taller

find my iphone

last longer in bed

make money online

gain weight

how can i make…


money from home

money online

my hair grow faster

more money

my butt bigger

my computer faster

my water break

my hair thicker

my boobs bigger

how can i have…


more energy

a miscarriage

a girl

a baby

twins naturally

a baby boy

a lucid dream


2 instagram accounts

how can i buy…


a house

a house with bad credit


a star

a car with no credit



a monkey

apple stock

how can i sell…

my car

my eggs

on amazon

my kidney

my timeshare

my house fast

my hair

my car fast

my soul

my wedding dress

retrieved on 21-09-2014 from Google
why is my
life body boyfriend girlfriend

why is my…

poop green

eye twitching

internet so slow

period late

hair falling out

tongue white

computer so slow

pool cloudy

mac so slow

stool green

why is my life…

so hard

so bad

falling apart

so sad


so boring

like this

a mess

so empty

such a mess

why is my body…



so itchy

so hot

so tired

so sore

always sore

always cold

always warm


why is my boyfriend…

ignoring me

so mean to me

so jealous

so cute

acting distant

a jerk


so controlling

so hot

so boring

why is my girlfriend…

so mean to me

so jealous

so clingy

always tired

so insecure

so cold

always angry

so weird

being distant

so moody

retrieved on 21-09-2014 from Google
why isn't my
life body boyfriend girlfriend

why isn't my…

iphone charging

imessage working

facetime working

wifi working

hair growing

iphone turning on

phone charging

internet working

iphone ringing

ipod charging

why isn't my life…

like a movie

going anywhere


working out

like a situation comedy

my life is not working

my life isn't exciting

my life isn't interesting

my life isn't moving forward

my life isn't getting better

why isn't my body…

absorbing vitamin b12


burning fat


absorbing water

producing enough progesterone

absorbing vitamin d

absorbing iron

losing weight

going into labor

why isn't my boyfriend…

talking to me

sexually attracted to me

texting me


texting me back

romantic anymore

calling me



attracted to me anymore

why isn't my girlfriend…


talking to me

sexually attracted to me

getting pregnant

ever in the mood

texting back

texting me back

getting her period

getting wet

pregnant yet

retrieved on 21-09-2014 from Google
I don't understand
the why how who where

I don't understand…

i don't understand


in spanish


the leftovers

in french

the movie enemy

in german


I don't understand the…


movie enemy

ice bucket challenge


question and i won't respond to it


world cup

ending of edge of tomorrow

ending of lost


I don't understand why…

i don't understand why

i sleep all day

in spanish

he likes me

you like me

im here

he loves me

im alive

i'm single

I don't understand how…

i don't understand how

the world cup works

to play watch dogs

to make out

twitter works

to play dark souls

to kiss

i feel

to use snapchat

you're number one

I don't understand who…

i am

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 21-09-2014 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

im pregnant

I think I…

wanna marry you

I think i'm turning japanese

love you

love my wife

I think im pregnant

I think i'm fallin for you

found my berries

I think it's going to rain today

I think you…

i think you're swell

i think your crazy


i think you're a contra

i think you're really cool vine

i think you're wonderful

i think you're cute

I think he…

likes me

loves me

i think he's the one

took his wallet

i think he's cheating

i think he's gay

hates me

has a girlfriend

i think he's mad at me

loves me quiz

I think she…

likes me




i think she's hungry wow

i think she's the one

knows interlude

I think people…

I think everybody…

should like everybody

i think everybody's weird

i think everyone hates me

i think everyone is fake

i think everyone is gay

i think everyone's out to get me

i think everyone is judging me

i think everyone likes me

i think everyone is nathaniel

i think everyone is attractive

retrieved on 21-09-2014 from Google

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