Martin Krzywinski / Genome Sciences Center / Martin Krzywinski / Genome Sciences Center / - contact me Martin Krzywinski / Genome Sciences Center / on Twitter Martin Krzywinski / Genome Sciences Center / - Lumondo Photography Martin Krzywinski / Genome Sciences Center / - Pi Art Martin Krzywinski / Genome Sciences Center / - Hilbertonians - Creatures on the Hilbert Curve
Tango is a sad thought that is danced.Enrique Santos Discépolothink & dance

Malofiej 23 Bronze award for 1% Difference information graphic.

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…



lose weight

get pregnant


download apps

get hard

be happy

sleep at night

get a job

why can't i make…




a psn account

myself throw up


calls on my iphone

eye contact

phone calls

calls on my phone

why can't i have…


a baby




nice things



a boy

why can't i buy…

blood moon thresh


bioshock 2 on steam

anything on xbox one

anything on steam

the interview on youtube

cube world


from xur

games on steam

why can't i sell…

my adder

my car in gta 5

my house

on ebay

on amazon

my car in gta

my chroma case

tf2 items

cars in gangstar vegas

anything on steam

retrieved on 30-03-2015 from local cache (10294 s old)