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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


send imessages

stop eating

get hard

get a job


why can't i make…


myself throw up




calls on my iphone

eye contact

phone calls

in app purchases

a new folder

why can't i have…


a baby






a girlfriend

what i want

why can't i buy…


advanced supply drops

bioshock 2 on steam

anything on itunes

anything on steam

firecracker jinx

cube world

resident evil


bioshock 2

why can't i sell…

my adder

my mesa

my car in gta 5

my house

on ebay

the mesa

my tf2 items

my elegy

my flash seats

my car

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