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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…



get pregnant

lose weight


watch halo nightfall

be happy

get hard

sleep at night

grow a beard

why can't i make…


a genius bar appointment

myself throw up


calls on my iphone

a psn account


a cod account

phone calls

a new folder

why can't i have…


a baby


a boyfriend



nice things

it all



why can't i buy…

blood moon thresh

amazon echo


the interview on youtube

anything on xbox one


games on steam

from xur

resident evil


why can't i sell…

my adder

on ebay

my car in gta 5

my house

tf2 items

on amazon

my car in gta

anything on steam


my players on madden mobile

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