145 Confusing Questions That Will Make Your Brain Hurt
To be, or not to be? is the opening phrase of a soliloquy from Prince Hamlet of William Shakespeare's play Hamlet and also one of the most famous passages in English literature. However, this is not the only question left unanswered both in Shakespeare's play and in real life. In reality, there are more questions left unanswered than there are answers.
Although it may seem that the older we get, the more answers we gain, the truth is that we only grow to understand how much we yet don't know and how many hard questions are left unanswered. And possibly never will be. While many hard to answer questions can be scientifically explained and given an answer to, there are many confusing questions that even science can't provide a solution to.
Despite humans being the only (yet discovered) most intelligent species, some facts are so challenging to uncover that they escape the grasp of human logic. Not everything can be explained at this stage in our lives, and the many unanswered questions stem from this. For now, the only option is to refer to those questions with no answers as philosophical and hope that perhaps we will find the explanations to all seemingly unanswerable questions in the future.
Below, we've compiled some very impossibly hard questions to answer that go beyond the human brain's abilities. So if you are looking for an easy way to make your brain hurt, the many questions below will do the trick. Do you know of any more confusing questions to ask? Let us know!
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How important do you have to be to be considered assassinated and not just murdered?
IMO, it's not about how important you are overall. It's about how your death frees up the path for an overarching goal. Jimmy Who Hates Your Sort and Jane Who Runs A Competing Taco Truck murder you. Johnson Who Finds Your Taco Truck Obstructive To The Taco Mafia assassinates you, and then everyone calls it murder because nobody wants to legitimise the Taco Mafia.
How do you know that you see colors the same way that another person sees them? For instance, what if what’s red to you is blue to them, but they still call it red?
If life is so short, why do we do things that we don’t like and like so many things that we don’t do?
Why is the objective of golf to play the least amount of golf?
You need to hear Robin Williams explanation of golf to really understand the game. The Scots invented it - you knock a ball into a gopher hole....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9fXG2v0bS8
If a vampire bites a zombie, does the zombie become a vampire or does the vampire become a zombie?
How do you know you’re not crazy and just hallucinating your whole life?
How far up do bald people go when they wash their face?
My husband says he washes up to where his hairline used to be.
Isn’t the word ‘queue’ just the letter Q followed by four silent letters?
The word ‘queue’ is just the British showing off.
How did the person who invented the calendar know what day it was?
If you had fun while you were wasting time, can you still say that you wasted time?
Do caterpillars know that they’re going to be butterflies or do they build the cocoon not knowing what will happen?
What would happen if Pinocchio said ‘My nose will grow now’?
The world would blip out of existence from the resulting paradox thanks a lot Pinocchio
When they say that something is ‘new and improved’, how can it be improved if it’s new? What is it improving on?
Currently, it means the package is smaller with fewer contents while more expensive.
Why isn’t there mouse-flavored cat food?
Why don't they just make it butt flavored? They are always licking theirs anyway?
Where does a thought go when it’s forgotten?
Why did we decide to give February just 28 days when lots of other months have 31 days? Couldn’t we have just taken some of the 31st days from other months and added them to February?
TED-Ed has a video all about this. :o) https://ed.ted.com/best_of_web/MXwQDDs8
Why do people say that they ‘slept like a baby’ if they slept through the night when babies are known for not sleeping?
Where do they put the bible in libraries – fiction or non-fiction section?
Who decided what’s right and wrong?
Why do they say that you have a cold when your temperature goes up?
Our brains make us feel cold to help implement several physiologic measures to produce a fever.
Why are they called buildings if they’re already built?
For some reason the word “erection” fell out of use in the construction industry.
How do we know that a new dogfood has an “improved taste”?
If you punch yourself and it hurts, are you weak or are you strong?
You are neither weak, nor strong. You are an idiot. :oP
If tomatoes are a fruit, is ketchup considered a smoothie?
If you had a dream that none of your dreams would come true, and you woke up and had none of your real-life dreams come true, would that be a dream come true?
I feel like these are all just the same question worded 153 different ways.
Is the opposite of opposite the same or opposite?
'Left' is the opposite of 'right'. 'Right' is the opposite of 'wrong'. 'Left' and 'wrong' are not the same, but neither are they opposites. :o)
What do people who are born deaf hear when they think?
Why is Goofy considered a person and Pluto considered a pet when they’re both dogs anyway?
If you told someone to ‘be a leader and not a follower’, wouldn’t they become a follower by following your advice?
You can lead and follow. In fact that is how the military works.
If the early bird gets the worm, why do good things come to those who wait?
Is it really possible to experience anything objectively?
Disappointingly, the answer is no. People cannot experience anything objectively. Although we can do scientific tests and use our collective human minds to figure out how the universe works, we will always be experiencing reality from our own perspective. Therefore, very little in life is actually objective.
What makes you, you?
Why do we hit our hands together (clapping) when we like something?
If you’re trying to fail and you succeed, did you fail or did you succeed?
How do you grow a seedless fruit?
Most of the time the plant is the hybrid offspring of two fertile species
If the fountain of youth can make you live forever, can you drown in it and still die?
It makes you young, so I expect it performs some wacky DNA-repair-telomere-extension alongside all that Magic Physical Morphing. Last I checked, this doesn't make you a fish, so I expect you'd still die. But at least you'd be a youthful corpse...?
If Cinderella’s shoe fit her perfectly, then why did it fall off?
If the number 2 pencil is the most popular, why is it number 2?
What was the first man to milk a cow trying to do?
Humans have been making milk for their babies since long before we had language. People would understand the similarities between mammals feeding their young. The first person to milk a cow would undoubtedly be trying to milk a cow!
If a word is misspelled in the dictionary, will we ever know it?
Switch the US and UK dictionaries and you can survey the academics to find out >:)
Why is there a fridge light but no freezer light?
If you expect the unexpected, doesn’t that make the unexpected expected?
You can't expect the unexpected. Doing so changes the event from "unexpected" to "expected."
If a cyclops were to close its eye, is it winking or blinking?
Why do we cook bacon and bake cookies?
If you hate haters, does that make you a hater and will you hate yourself?
I don't hate haters, though. I don't tolerate their behavior, and I find it disturbing that someone taught them to hate, but I don't hate them. I pity them. They're unnecessarily impoverishing their lives by automatically excluding people based on things that don't matter, like skin color or gender.
If you are halfway from your destination, is it from the beginning or the end?
Do coffins have lifetime guarantees?
Is there life after death?
If I could find the answer to this question on BP, I could finally justify the hours I spend here.
How long will you be remembered after the day that you die?
If you describe something as indescribable, haven’t you already described it?
When you get to heaven, do you look as you do at the age that you die?
That'd be cool. "What age shall you present yourself henceforth?" uhhh let's do 18 NO 22!
If revenge is a dish that’s best served cold, and revenge is sweet, then is revenge ice cream?
*sigh* NO IT'S A MILKSHAKE! (made with your enemy's blood of course!)
Why does “slim chance” and “fat chance” have the same meaning?
They don't. "Slim chance" means there's a possibility, however minute. "Fat chance" means "no way in Hell, dude."
Do sheep get static cling when they rub against one another?
If a bunch of cats jump on top of each other, is it still called a dog pile?
Do we have free will or is everything predestined?
Define "free will". Define "will", and "free" too, while you're at it. Wait - define "predestined" as well, and "random", and "imaginary", and "reality", and - oh no brain hurty :(
Is it possible to know what is truly good and what is evil?
Do you ever really do anything out of your own conscious choice, or are we always controlled by some external stimulation or motive?
If you took a ship and replaced all of its parts until none of the original parts are intact anymore, is it the same ship or a completely different ship?
How is it possible that the world is in debt?
Why is the alphabetical order that way? Who said that that’s the order that it had to be?
Ask the Romans and Greeks. Then ask the crazy people who invented English.
Can blind people dream?
Yes, blind people dream. Blind does not mean they are totally blind. Most blind people still have some sight. However, even totally blind people might be able to dream in pictures. If they have had sight, then the chances are high they will dream with pictures, but that can fade over the years. If a person has never seen, then their dream worlds are created from other sensory information (smell, touch, taste, vibrations, heat, etc).
What would a room made of mirrors look like if there was nothing inside that room to create a reflection?
Pitch black. If there was nothing inside the room to create a reflection, then there could not be a light source inside the room, as the source would reflect. Without light, there can be no reflection, therefore the room would be dark.
Was there ever a time when nothing existed or has something always been in existence?
Which arm rest is yours in the movie theater?
If you decide to be indecisive, which are you?
Is it okay for an endangered animal to eat an endangered plant?
Do prison buses have emergency exits?
Is there a time limit on fortune cookie predictions?
Only if qualified in the message, or death will usually render it meaningless.
Which orange came first – the fruit or the color?
The fruit, orange(the color was called red, bonus almost all of history blue was called black)
What is freedom and does it really exist?
In the word ‘scent’, which letter is silent? S or C?
When does it stop being partly sunny and start to become partly cloudy?
If we learn and improve from our mistakes, why are we so afraid to make mistakes?
Isn’t good health just a slower rate at which to die?
If a baby’s bum pops out of its mother at 11:59 PM, and the head comes out at 12:01 AM, what day will the baby be declared to be born on?
Birth- the emergence of a baby or other young from the body of its mother; the start of life as a physically separate being. That being said, once the baby is fully out then time is declaired.
Why doesn’t glue stick to the inside of the bottle?
If God created Adam and Eve, did they have belly buttons?
Is your answer to this question ‘no’?
What is the color of a mirror?
All colors. Mirrors reflect light, and light is the combination of all colors in the spectrum.
What would happen to the world’s oceans if every person on Earth jumped into the water at the same time?
On their respective coastlines? Not much. Concentrated in one location? A tsunami.
Why is vanilla ice cream color white when vanilla itself is color brown?
Real vanilla is expensive and vanilla extracts/essences are awful in significantly colouring qualities.
Who taught the first ever teacher?
If nothing is impossible, then would it be possible for something to be impossible?
Why do noses run but feet smell?
Isn’t it that when you wait for the waiter to come back with your order, you become the waiter in the process?
Will tomorrow ever come?
Would time continue if everything in the world was frozen?
Times flow has nothing to do with our planet. Our planet could completely be destroyed, and eventually will be, and time would still keep going.
What would the water look like if the sky didn’t exist?
Can a homeless kid ever be given homework?
If a guy that was about to die in the electric chair had a heart attack should they save him?
Do cannibals think clowns taste funny?
When did time begin?
Did we invent math or did we discover it?
What is the goal of humanity?
What is ‘god’?
1. (in Christianity and other monotheistic religions) the creator and ruler of the universe and source of all moral authority; the supreme being. 2. (in certain other religions) a superhuman being or spirit worshipped as having power over nature or human fortunes; a deity. can't give anything more than that I'm afraid XD
Is the Earth alive?
Did you arrive at this point in your life because you willed it or because you were destined to be here?
You can't will an unforeseen outcome. God knows we've all experienced plenty of those.
What shape is your field of vision?
Sideways oval I believe; because you don't have a sqaure shaped set of eyes, and your eyes themselves are such shape.
Are we living or slowly dying?
Is a body transplant just the same as a brain transplant?
How far east do you have to go before you start going west?
I'd argue that east and west are more rotational than directional. East is anti/counterclockwise relative to the north pole, and west is clockwise.
Are children who act in R-rated movies allowed to watch the film when it’s done?