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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…

poop

sleep

lose weight

get pregnant

cry

stop eating

focus

get a job

be happy

get hard


why can't i make…

friends

myself throw up

decisions

calls

money

calls on my iphone

eye contact

phone calls

in app purchases

a new folder


why can't i have…

sex

a baby

you

fun

him

what i want

friends

a girlfriend

nice things


why can't i buy…

mewtwo

advanced supply drops

minecraft

bioshock 2 on steam

anything on itunes

anything on steam

gems in clash of clans

cube world

bioshock 2

crowns in eso


why can't i sell…

my mesa

my adder

my car in gta 5

my house

my elegy

my car

the mesa

on ebay

dvds on amazon

anything on ebay

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