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inquiry: fun

Bioinformatics and Genome Analysis Course. Izmir International Biomedicine and Genome Institute, Izmir, Turkey. May 2–14, 2016

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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


fall asleep

get a job

sleep at night

download windows 10

get wet

why can't i make…


a custom location on instagram



myself throw up


a fist

a playlist on apple music

eye contact

or receive calls

why can't i have…


a baby




clear skin

a bowel movement


nice things

why can't i buy…

a confederate flag


a horse in eso

anything on steam

mafia 2 on steam

a gun

gems on clash of clans

anything on itunes

games on steam

why can't i sell…

my adder

my house

on ebay

my car in gta 5

on amazon

tf2 items

my zentorno

my mesa

my bifta

my stock

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