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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

send imessages

stop eating

get a job

get hard

be happy


why can't i make…

friends

myself throw up

calls

decisions

calls on my iphone

money

eye contact

phone calls

up my mind

in app purchases


why can't i have…

sex

a baby

you

fun

him

friends

both

it all

what i want


why can't i buy…

minecraft

advanced supply drops

bioshock 2 on steam

anything on itunes

cube world

firecracker jinx

anything on steam

resident evil

vc

anything on xbox one


why can't i sell…

my adder

my mesa

my car in gta 5

my house

on ebay

the mesa

cars in gangstar vegas

my car

tf2 items

anything on steam

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