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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 apps

get a job



get a boner

why can't i make…


myself throw up

a new folder

a snapchat



any friends

in app purchases

eye contact


why can't i have…



a baby




a boyfriend



why can't i buy…


gems in clash of clans

anything on steam



a house

games on steam

anything on steam market

dragon's teeth


why can't i sell…

my zentorno

my house

on ebay

my car

tf2 items

my car in gta 5

my bifta


my mesa

my biscuits on farmville 2

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how can i
make have buy sell

how can i…

keep from singing

make money

get taller

lose weight

make money from home

find my iphone

last longer in bed

get pregnant

make money online

how can i make…


money from home

my hair grow faster

money online

my butt bigger

more money

my computer faster

my hair thicker

my hair grow fast

my water break

how can i have…


a miscarriage

more energy

a baby

a lucid dream

a boy

a girl

2 instagram accounts

my baby early

a missed call from myself

how can i buy…


a house with bad credit

a house


a star

alibaba stock


a car with no credit


a tiger

how can i sell…

my car

my eggs

on amazon

my timeshare

my hair

my house fast

my soul

my car fast

my kidney

on ebay

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why is my
life body boyfriend girlfriend

why is my…

poop green

eye twitching

internet so slow

period late

computer so slow

hair falling out

pool cloudy

tongue white

stool green

mac so slow

why is my life…

so hard

so bad

so horrible

so sad

so miserable


so boring

like this

a mess

so empty

why is my body…




so hot


so tired

always warm

so sore

always cold

temperature low

why is my boyfriend…

ignoring me

so jealous

so cute

so annoying

acting distant

mean to me

a jerk


so hot

so boring

why is my girlfriend…

so mean to me

so weird

so jealous

so clingy

mad at me

always tired

being distant

so insecure

so cold

being mean to me

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why isn't my
life body boyfriend girlfriend

why isn't my…

iphone charging

facetime working

imessage working

wifi working

iphone turning on

hair growing

phone charging

iphone ringing

internet working

ipod charging

why isn't my life…

going anywhere


like a movie

my life is not working

like a situation comedy

my life isn't exciting

my life isn't interesting

working out

my life isn't moving forward

my life isn't getting better

why isn't my body…

burning fat


retaining water



absorbing water

producing enough progesterone

absorbing vitamin d

absorbing iron

going into labor

why isn't my boyfriend…

talking to me

sexually attracted to me

texting me


romantic anymore

texting me back


calling me



why isn't my girlfriend…


getting pregnant

getting her period

texting me back

sexually attracted to me

texting back

my girlfriend isn't talking to me

getting wet

ever in the mood

pregnant yet

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I don't understand
the why how who where

I don't understand…

i don't understand



in spanish

the leftovers

in french

the poor

the movie enemy

I don't understand the…



movie enemy

question and i won't respond to it


world cup

ending of edge of tomorrow


movie her

I don't understand why…

i don't understand why

i sleep all day

he likes me

in spanish

you like me

he loves me

alice left wonderland

I don't understand how…

to kiss

to play watch dogs

i don't understand how

to make out

the world cup works

to use icloud

to play dark souls

to use snapchat

i feel

to use twitter

I don't understand who…

i am

i don't understand who's afraid of virginia woolf

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

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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 my wife

i love you

im pregnant

i'm fallin for you

I think I…

wanna marry you

I think i'm turning japanese

love my wife

love you

I think im pregnant

I think i'm fallin for you

want to marry you

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 wonderful


i think you're really cool vine

i think your a nazi

I think he…

likes me

loves me

i think he's the one

took his wallet

i think he's gay

came in me

hates me

has a girlfriend

i think he's cheating

wants to marry me

I think she…

likes me


i think she's the one

i think she's hungry wow


hates me

I think people…

I think everybody…

should like everybody

tryna play me

i think everybody's weird

i think everyone hates me

i think everyone is fake

i think everyone is better than me

i think everyone's out to get me

i think everyone is trying to kill me

i think everyone should like everyone

i think everyone talks about me

retrieved on 20-08-2014 from Google

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