Thursday, September 26, 2013

Ask a Stupid Question...

I always like those crazy celebration days and I think that the site has one of the best lists. According to the site, September 28 is "ask a stupid question day." Now I have asked many stupid questions over the years and some of the greatest thinkers in the world have asked what seemed like very stupid questions, which once answered, proved to be actually very brilliant.

Before I go any further "ask a stupid question day" is a bone fide day. It was established by a group of teachers in the 1980s to encourage students to ask more questions. Again, before I get into a host of stupid questions, I just want to say that, if you go to the page for September 28, not only will you get all this information, you will also find a link to Jello moulds in the shape of human organs, you know, brains, liver, heart, eyeballs, hands etc. Ymmm. But I digress. Actually, they maybe the answer to a stupid question that no one has asked as yet!!

This picture asks a question

Unfortunately, it's really difficult to ask a stupid question these days, because most questions can be asked on line, with answers readily available, so that only your computer knows how stupid you are. Now my husband asks, what I consider, a lot of stupid questions, such as, where are the scissors? where are my glasses? Where are the keys?....etc. Stupid might just be a synonym for lazy :)

In my mother's house a very stupid question to have asked, would have been "what's for dinner?" My mother rarely cooked and could never understand why we didn't just want to eat sandwiches for dinner. Even now, when I ask my kids, who are in their 20s, why they don't clean their rooms. I get the feeling that I am asking a very stupid question. Obviously, as I have lived longer than they have, I am supposed to know the answer.

Today I asked the workmen installing our new shower in the bathroom, when we could use the toilet. Just to put things in perspective, today is Thursday. Their answer was Monday. I knew I shouldn't have asked. Again, most people ask "How was your day?" as a polite social convention. Practice has taught me that there are some people who rarely answer this question with more than a grunt and then there are others, who should never, under any circumstances ever, be asked this question!! I can still hear them talking in my dreams!!

Finally, there are the questions that might never be answered:

1. When will we get there? - no kidding, where are you going?
2. How long will it be until you are ready? - for what?
3. Why am I here? Where are you?
4. Why do I have to do this? Maybe because it's there!
5. Why did you do this? Again, maybe because it was there?

One of my favourite quotations is from Socrates - "The unexamined (questioned) life, is not worth living."

Please post any questions that need answers or answers that need questions. We'll do our best :)

Have an amazing day!!


  1. Have you identified what constitutes a stupid question yet?!

  2. Ooh, ooh- what was the color of George Washington's white horse???

    Or, Why would someone filibuster against a bill he is for?

  3. Who is buried in Grant's Tomb? No, wait, that's not stupid. But if you taking not so stupid questions, how about: Which came first, the chicken or the egg?