Hilarious questions you don’t normally ask yourselves
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 2nd September 2021
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50 funny questions no one asks themselves
- Why do “wiggly” and “jiggly” sound funny?
The brain is a muscle, and you should never let it rest for too long. When you’re relaxing at home after a long day on the job, why not exercise your mind? Let it wander far and wide. That unbridled sense of curiosity you felt as a child is still deep within you. All you need to do is set it free and start pondering the most unexpected of quandaries. It might be more fun than you imagine. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the funny questions no one asks themselves, but perhaps they should.
- What apps do you hate using (but use all the time)?
Love them or loathe them, smartphone apps have become a central part of our existence. You unlock your device, glance at the screen, and start tapping away. It’s all so automatic. One of the funny questions you may never have thought of is, which do you hate using? There are some apps that are just a pest. For example, you might secretly dislike yourself for looking at social media a hundred times a day.
- What will you regret in 30 years?
Cast your mind back to your childhood, when you were but a tiny thing. Flashes of awkward memories and embarrassing moments are likely to pop into your head. We never stop regretting the past. In 30 years’ time, what will you look back on and cringe? That ill-thought-out haircut? That silly thing you said in a bar? The possibilities are endless.
- What’s the weirdest thing you can buy online?
The internet is at once a wonderful and highly troubling place. Thanks to the likes of eBay and Amazon, you can now buy just about anything at the touch of a button. What’s the weirdest thing you can purchase online? According to British publication the Independent, the chart-toppers include an imaginary friend, a ghost in a jar, and a human liver.
- What was the best thing before sliced bread?
You’ve heard the saying: that’s the best thing since sliced bread. But wait just a minute, what did people used to say before sliced bread came along? It’s one of those funny questions no one considers. Well, the product hit the American market in 1929, according to Time magazine. So, in the early 1920s, what did people think was the best thing? The mind truly boggles.
- How would you explain YouTube to an alien?
Imagine an alien species invaded Earth and all they had was just one question, What’s YouTube all about? How would you explain the site to them? Would you simply say it’s a video-streaming platform? Or would you go deeper and say it’s a site where we share clips of everything from people doing their makeup to weird food challenges?
- What’s the stupidest name for a baby?
Let’s be honest, some names suit adults but make the silliest baby names. I won’t name names (for fear of offending anybody), but you know which ones I mean. Have you ever sat down and thought about the stupidest-sounding names for new-borns? If the answer is no, now’s your chance. Grab a pen and paper and get writing
- Can bees count to 10?
Have you ever gazed down at a bumble bee and wondered what’s going through its little mind? Perhaps you should. Research from Queen Mary University of London suggests that bees can solve counting tasks with small numbers. So if you’re wondering whether bees can count to 10, the answer is yes.
- Can you explain your job in three words?
Whether you’re a communications specialist or a talent acquisition representative, chances are your job encompasses more than one simple task per day. If you had to seriously break it down, though, could you describe it in just three words? This is a game that sounds remarkably easy, but is surprisingly difficult.
- What is the worst superpower to have?
You’ve likely spent a fair amount of time thinking about what superpower you’d like to have. It’s a common party game question or, at its very worst, a first date icebreaker. But have you ever flipped the question around? What’s the worst superpower you could possibly get saddled with? Invisible ears? The power to change your hair colour.
- What is the most boring thing about you?
It’s human nature to enjoy talking about ourselves. You might have a ton of fascinating facts about yourself from where you went to school to that funny throwback story you tell when you’ve had too many drinks. But, for a moment, consider what the most boring thing about you is. What makes you just as mundane as everybody else?
- How can you impress a goat?
If you’re an animal lover, here’s a question you may relish. How can you impress a goat? The answer is simple. Research from Queen Mary University of London suggests that goats can read people’s facial expressions and prefer those who look happy. The next time you’re at your local farm, make sure you have a big smile on your face, and you might just make a new friend.
- Would you rather be a taco or a sandwich?
Chances are you’ve never considered what it’s like to be a sandwich or, indeed, a taco. With that in mind, take a moment to think about it. Would you rather be a thick-breaded entity packed with cheese, ham, and lettuce? Or would you relish the chance to be a taco shell packed with chili? The choice is yours.
- What’s your favourite smell in the world?
Never underestimate the power of smell. When you sniff a familiar scent, you can be quickly transported to another place or time in your life. Research from the University of Toronto recently found there is an undeniable connection between smell and memories. So what’s your favourite? Mine is a toss-up between freshly brewed coffee and freshly baked bread—or maybe a mixture of both.
- What is an unacceptable answer to “How are you?”
There are numerous conventional answers to the simple greeting, “How are you?” You can say “I’m fine,” “I’m great,” or even “I’m feeling fantastic, how about you?” So what would be an unacceptable way to answer this question? Well, you could tell someone how you’re actually feeling warts and all. “Funny you should ask! I’m not doing so great right now.”
- What will future generations think of us?
We might look back on the follies of history and smile smugly, safe in the knowledge that we’ve learned so much more than past generations. But wait just a moment, there’s certain to be things we’ve screwed up over the years. What will future generations think of the so-called legacies we will leave behind?
- What is the funniest joke you know off-hand?
Let’s say you’re at a party and there’s a worrying lull in the conversation. It’s an awkward social scenario and one with which we’re all familiar. What joke would you pull out of your hat? What’s your go-to jest that gets the chit-chat back on track? Everyone has at least one joke they know by heart.
- What can you see from space?
Sadly, few of us will ever get the chance to be skyrocketed into the dark, depths of space. We can only imagine an experience that grand. However, one thing you may wonder is what you can see from up there. During a low Earth orbit, you can actually see roads, cities, and airports, according to information from NASA.
- Would you rather give up cheese or caffeine?
Here’s one of the hardest conundrums of our time. If you were absolutely forced to choose between cheese and caffeine, which would you go for? Giving up either of these delectable treats would be a trial for most of us. Unless you happen to be lactose intolerant or, of course, vegan, the idea of ditching cheese is an awful one.
- Do lizards have dreams?
Here’s something that few people have pondered. Lizards actually have two sleep patterns, slow-wave sleep and REM sleep, much like humans and other mammals, according to a study from CNRS. REM sleep is linked to dreaming, which could mean that our scaly little friends are having dreams or even nightmares when they nod off.
- What do you look forward to each day?
It doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. Sometimes, it’s healthy to remind ourselves how good we have it. So each day when you rise and, with some luck, shine, what do you look forward to? It might be something as simple as a smile from the barista at your local coffee shop or taking your dog for a quick walk.
- What’s the dumbest question you’ve ever asked?
We’ve all had our less-than-genius moments. Cast your mind back over your life and try to pinpoint the stupidest question you’ve ever asked either yourself or somewhere else. It could be a dumb question you once asked your boss or a silly quandary that passed through your own mind. Really think about it and be honest, if only with yourself.
- What lessons did you learn at secondary school?
You spent much of your adolescence at secondary school, sitting in the same classrooms with the same group of people. But chances are the lessons you learned didn’t often come from the teachers, right? Perhaps you learned how to get along with other people. Or maybe you learned how to come up with excuses for bunking off.
- Are you trying to save the world?
Are you trying to save your world in your own little way? We only have one planet. That much is true. So it stands to reason that we should all be doing what we can to protect it for as long as possible. Whether you choose to recycle your trash or use less electricity on a daily basis, it’s the small things that count.
- Are you addicted to pizza?
Fancy a slice of cheesy, carby goodness? If you’ve ever wondered whether you’re addicted to the savoury taste of pizza, the answer is most likely yes. High-fat, processed foods score remarkably high on the Yale Food Addiction Scale (YFAS), according to recent research. Plus, everybody’s favourite cheat day snack—pizza—topped the list.
- How many Marys do you know?
It might sound like an odd question, but chances are most people know at least one Mary. The name was the most popular choice for baby girls born in America between 1918 and 2017, according to Social Security statistics. The most popular name for boys born in the same period is James.
- If you could redo college or university, what would you study?
If you went to college or university, here’s one of the questions that you might want to ask yourself now and then. Imagine you had a time machine that could transport you back to your youth. You’d have the chance to rethink that degree and choose something completely new. Would you switch your major or did you pick well to start with?
- What are the oddest foods you eat together?
Search Google for “odd food combinations” and the results will not disappoint. We all have our quirks and kinks. So what are the weirdest foods that you would like to eat or have eaten together? Chocolate and cheese pizza? Honey and fries? Or, if you really want to go for something that’s oddly tasty, banana and bacon?
- What’s the most useless fact you know?
It’s time to check the dark recesses of your mind and find out what’s lurking there. Over the course of your life, you will learn thousands of facts. Search your head and come up with some of the nuggets you’ve stored away. Which of them is the most useless? Which will you never use in the real world?
- Do you believe in any conspiracy theories?
You might play it cool when you’re around friends but, when you’re home alone, do you believe in any bizarre conspiracy theories? Maybe you think the moon landing was all a giant hoax. Perhaps you think you know who really shot JFK. For every historical event, there’s a crackpot theory to go alongside it.
- Why are clowns so scary?
Think about it. Clowns are supposed to entertain children. That’s their main purpose, and yet, they are some of the creepiest-looking beings in the entire world. From their quirky shaped hair to their overdone makeup, there’s something undeniably sinister about them. Personally, I blame Stephen King. He ruined clowns. Period.
- Would you quit Facebook for a year if I paid you $1,000?
Are you a social media addict? How much would someone have to pay you to quit the site for an entire year? An intriguing study from Tufts University asked this very question. The results found that Facebook users would accept an average of more than $1,000 to fully deactivate their account for a year.
- What’s a creative insult you’d love to use?
While your run-of-the-mill insults tend to do the job at a moment’s notice, we all have it in us to think up some creative and smart comebacks. So it’s time to put on your thinking cap and come up with some of the wildest insults you can imagine. Why not write them down and keep them in your back pocket? You never know when you might need them.
- Why do you live where you live?
You could be a big city dweller or a country-loving soul, but there has to be a reason you’ve ended up living where you do. For some of us, the reason we live where we do is as straightforward as it being the place we were born. Others may choose where they live based on their career or college location. So why do you live here?
- Would you kiss someone who just ate garlic?
Unless you happen to be a vampire, you probably love the unmistakable taste of garlic. It’s one of the greatest flavours of all time. It goes great on pizza, in pasta, and basically with any savoury food. Keeping that fact firmly in your mind, consider this not-so-tricky question. Would you go ahead and kiss someone who had just eaten garlic?
- Would you eat the world’s hottest chili?
Do you dare to chomp on something seriously hot? Maybe you should think twice about attempting this daring food challenge! The Carolina Reaper is officially the spiciest chili pepper. One man who attempted to eat it experienced dry heaves, severe neck pain, and intensely painful headaches for days after, according to the British Medical Journal.
- What chore do you wish you never had to do?
You might have thought that the chores would end once you reached adulthood. Wrong! Sadly, being a grown-up means that every day is packed with boring tasks and household chores. Which one do you wish you never had to do? If you absolutely loathe getting the vacuum cleaner out, this should be a no-brainer.
- Why is soup called “soup”?
If you think about the same word for too long, you might start wondering how it came to be. For example, why on earth is soup called “soup”? Well, the Germanic word originally meant “to consume something liquid,” according to a report from Bon Appétit. It also spawned other words, including “supper,” “sop,” and “sup.”
- What was the worst thing about the early 2000s?
The dawn of the 2000s was an intriguing time in our history. After the clock struck midnight and the “millennium bug” didn’t shut down all technology, things started to get pretty darn weird. There are a few strong contenders for the worst thing about this period. My votes go to flared jeans, excessive amounts of hair gel, and razor scooters.
- What did you learn today?
You should never stop learning. But the moment you get your diploma, you might forget to take note of your daily lessons. What have you learned today? It could be something as small as learning how to use a new app on your phone, or you may have learned some handy new facts from a co-worker.
- What would you do if you saw a UFO?
What are you going to do when the green men finally land on Earth? Despite what Hollywood movies would have you believe, people may take the news quite well. Research from Arizona State University analyzed media on the topic and worked with 500 participants to get their opinions on new discoveries. The results suggest that humans would react positively on hearing about intelligent life forms from outer space.
- What’s the best advice your parents gave you?
When you were a child, your parents were your go-to source for information and advice. This may have been a time before you could Google your every question in mere moments. For a minute, think about the most useful thing they ever told you all those years ago. Do you follow their words of wisdom these days?
- What are you most likely to be arrested for?
Do you have an underlying dark side? You may have never gotten so much as a parking ticket, but for a moment let’s play devil’s advocate. If you were to get arrested for something in the future, what do you imagine it might be? This question is a great conversation starter to whip out during dull dinner parties.
- Does your name suit your face?
When you tell people your name, does a look of sheer bemusement flash across their face? Let’s be honest, some people just look like an Emma. Or a Michelle. Or a Jeffrey. However, others have names that not only don’t match their face but don’t go with their personality at all. Have you ever wondered if you’re one of them?
- What would your inner child sound like?
We all have an inner child. It’s that annoying little voice in the back of your mind that tells you to get an ice cream when the truck comes past. It’s that whining sounds that tell you it’s not fair that Brad got a promotion over you. You know the situation. Take a quick second to think about what your inner child sounds like. Are they a beam of light or just plain irritating?
- Would you ever eat a bug?
How hungry would you have to be to guzzle a plate of bugs? While the idea may sound gross, it could be the future of nutrition. Experts from Rutgers University found that humans have the special stomach enzyme needed for breaking down exoskeletons in most insects. That means, in theory, insects are a sustainable and logical source of nutrients for our species.
- Would you do anything for love?
Meatloaf sang it best, but what would you actually do for love? And what wouldn’t you do? When you’re asking yourself these all-important questions, you don’t have to limit yourself to the realms of romantic love. What would you do for your family and friends that you platonically love too?
- What was the last thing that made you smile?
Each day, small things are certain to brighten your mood. When was the last time that an unashamed smile swept across your face? And, perhaps more importantly, what was the thing that made you feel happy? Take your mind back and really think about this question. After all, we should treasure the things in our life that bring us joy.
- What would your household pet say if they could talk?
Whether you’re decidedly #TeamCat or #TeamDog, you’re sure to agree that having a household pet is one of the purest pleasures in life. There’s just one major drawback. While animals are perfect in almost every way, they can’t talk. What do you think they would say if they could? What would Mittens want you to know?
- Can robots have emotions?
If you watched the 2001 Spielberg hit AI, you’ll be all but sure that robots can have emotions. You probably don’t need any more proof, but here’s some anyway. Researchers from Cornell University have created a prototype robot that can express actual emotions. Whether the bots can feel things is up for debate. Although it’s not as wild an idea as you might imagine. Good luck sleeping tonight.
REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
– Nicolas Chamfort
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
- “Happiness is not by chance, but by choice.” – Jim Rohn.
Happiness is….asking your self funny unusual questions.
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
I wanted my kids to watch the orchestra, but I had to turn it off. Too much sax and violins.
A time to ask What will you regret in 30 years? (#3 above)…A time to ask Would you do anything for love? (#47 above)
1977 – Our first born arrived, Julia, Happy birthday to tou!
1902 “A Trip To The Moon”, the first sci-fi film, released.
1666 Great Fire of London begins at 2am in Pudding Lane, 80% of London is destroyed.
1931 Bing Crosby makes his solo radio debut.
1944 Holocaust diarist Anne Frank sent to Auschwitz concentration camp
1949 “The Third Man”, directed by Carol Reed, starring Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli and Orson Welles, is released in the United Kingdom (Academy Awards Best Cinematography 1950).
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