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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!

#1

145 Confusing Questions That Will Make Your Brain Hurt How important do you have to be to be considered assassinated and not just murdered?

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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.

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#2

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?

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Natalie H
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I’ve had this this thought before. My conclusion was that it’s impossible to figure this out

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#3

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?

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1 year ago

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145 Confusing Questions That Will Make Your Brain Hurt Why is the objective of golf to play the least amount of golf?

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Weed in the Garden
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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#5

Isn’t the word ‘queue’ just the letter Q followed by four silent letters?

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#6

If a vampire bites a zombie, does the zombie become a vampire or does the vampire become a zombie?

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Neither. Technically, both are undead. The difference between a "vampire" and a "zombie" is the divine spark of consciousness; one eats the thing necessary for life, the other eats what remains after life is gone. Regardless of the source of lore, vampires feed on the *vital essence*, and zombies don't have any *vital essence* left, so there's no nourishment for a vamp. Zombies, typically, are created via a virus, and since vampires are already undead, they can't be infected by a virus.

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#7

145 Confusing Questions That Will Make Your Brain Hurt How do you know you’re not crazy and just hallucinating your whole life?

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#8

How far up do bald people go when they wash their face?

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#9

How did the person who invented the calendar know what day it was?

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#10

145 Confusing Questions That Will Make Your Brain Hurt What would happen if Pinocchio said ‘My nose will grow now’?

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Alias Delfs
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The world would blip out of existence from the resulting paradox thanks a lot Pinocchio

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#11

If you had fun while you were wasting time, can you still say that you wasted time?

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Natalie H
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Nope. If you had fun, then that time is no longer considered wasted.

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#12

Do caterpillars know that they’re going to be butterflies or do they build the cocoon not knowing what will happen?

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#13

145 Confusing Questions That Will Make Your Brain Hurt Why isn’t there mouse-flavored cat food?

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#15

When they say that something is ‘new and improved’, how can it be improved if it’s new? What is it improving on?

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1 year ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Currently, it means the package is smaller with fewer contents while more expensive.

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145 Confusing Questions That Will Make Your Brain Hurt Why do people say that they ‘slept like a baby’ if they slept through the night when babies are known for not sleeping?

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Adam Zad
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"I slept like a baby." Meaning I woke up every two hours screaming and crying.

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#17

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?

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Laura Ketteridge
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

TED-Ed has a video all about this. :o) https://ed.ted.com/best_of_web/MXwQDDs8

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#18

Where do they put the bible in libraries – fiction or non-fiction section?

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#20

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?

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#21

Why do they say that you have a cold when your temperature goes up?

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Dennis Rowe
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Our brains make us feel cold to help implement several physiologic measures to produce a fever.

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#22

145 Confusing Questions That Will Make Your Brain Hurt Why are they called buildings if they’re already built?

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

For some reason the word “erection” fell out of use in the construction industry.

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#24

If you punch yourself and it hurts, are you weak or are you strong?

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#25

Why is Goofy considered a person and Pluto considered a pet when they’re both dogs anyway?

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#26

145 Confusing Questions That Will Make Your Brain Hurt If tomatoes are a fruit, is ketchup considered a smoothie?

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Omiyaru
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is not putting it in fruit salad.

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#27

If you told someone to ‘be a leader and not a follower’, wouldn’t they become a follower by following your advice?

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#28

145 Confusing Questions That Will Make Your Brain Hurt What do people who are born deaf hear when they think?

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Some people think in pictures, I remember the day I found out :))))

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#29

If the early bird gets the worm, why do good things come to those who wait?

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#30

Is the opposite of opposite the same or opposite?

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Laura Ketteridge
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

'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)

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145 Confusing Questions That Will Make Your Brain Hurt Is it really possible to experience anything objectively?

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Weed in the Garden
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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.

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#33

Why do we hit our hands together (clapping) when we like something?

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#34

145 Confusing Questions That Will Make Your Brain Hurt If you’re trying to fail and you succeed, did you fail or did you succeed?

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#35

If a word is misspelled in the dictionary, will we ever know it?

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Switch the US and UK dictionaries and you can survey the academics to find out >:)

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#36

If the fountain of youth can make you live forever, can you drown in it and still die?

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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...?

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#37

145 Confusing Questions That Will Make Your Brain Hurt If Cinderella’s shoe fit her perfectly, then why did it fall off?

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145 Confusing Questions That Will Make Your Brain Hurt What was the first man to milk a cow trying to do?

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Laura Ketteridge
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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!

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#41

How long will you be remembered after the day that you die?

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#42

If you expect the unexpected, doesn’t that make the unexpected expected?

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Nikki Sevven
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You can't expect the unexpected. Doing so changes the event from "unexpected" to "expected."

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145 Confusing Questions That Will Make Your Brain Hurt When you get to heaven, do you look as you do at the age that you die?

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That'd be cool. "What age shall you present yourself henceforth?" uhhh let's do 18 NO 22!

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#44

Why do we cook bacon and bake cookies?

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#45

How do you grow a seedless fruit?

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#46

145 Confusing Questions That Will Make Your Brain Hurt If you hate haters, does that make you a hater and will you hate yourself?

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Nikki Sevven
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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.

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#47

If the number 2 pencil is the most popular, why is it number 2?

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#48

If you are halfway from your destination, is it from the beginning or the end?

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#49

145 Confusing Questions That Will Make Your Brain Hurt Why does “slim chance” and “fat chance” have the same meaning?

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Nikki Sevven
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They don't. "Slim chance" means there's a possibility, however minute. "Fat chance" means "no way in Hell, dude."

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#51

Is there life after death?

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If I could find the answer to this question on BP, I could finally justify the hours I spend here.

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#52

145 Confusing Questions That Will Make Your Brain Hurt If you describe something as indescribable, haven’t you already described it?

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#53

If revenge is a dish that’s best served cold, and revenge is sweet, then is revenge ice cream?

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

*sigh* NO IT'S A MILKSHAKE! (made with your enemy's blood of course!)

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#54

Do sheep get static cling when they rub against one another?

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#55

145 Confusing Questions That Will Make Your Brain Hurt If a bunch of cats jump on top of each other, is it still called a dog pile?

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#56

Is it possible to know what is truly good and what is evil?

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#57

Do you ever really do anything out of your own conscious choice, or are we always controlled by some external stimulation or motive?

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#58

145 Confusing Questions That Will Make Your Brain Hurt 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?

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#60

Why is the alphabetical order that way? Who said that that’s the order that it had to be?

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ask the Romans and Greeks. Then ask the crazy people who invented English.

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#61

145 Confusing Questions That Will Make Your Brain Hurt Can blind people dream?

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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).

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#63

What would a room made of mirrors look like if there was nothing inside that room to create a reflection?

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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.

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145 Confusing Questions That Will Make Your Brain Hurt Was there ever a time when nothing existed or has something always been in existence?

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How anything can begin is an idea I can’t handle. Even people with god, how did god begin? How did the nothingness for something to exist inside become?

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#66

If you decide to be indecisive, which are you?

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#67

145 Confusing Questions That Will Make Your Brain Hurt Is it okay for an endangered animal to eat an endangered plant?

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ok, this is one of those questions that it like duh, you can't really stop it from happening

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#69

Is there a time limit on fortune cookie predictions?

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Only if qualified in the message, or death will usually render it meaningless.

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#70

145 Confusing Questions That Will Make Your Brain Hurt Do we have free will or is everything predestined?

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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 :(

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#71

Which orange came first – the fruit or the color?

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The fruit, orange(the color was called red, bonus almost all of history blue was called black)

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#73

145 Confusing Questions That Will Make Your Brain Hurt If God created Adam and Eve, did they have belly buttons?

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#74

When does it stop being partly sunny and start to become partly cloudy?

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

According to the National Weather Service they mean the same thing but only partly cloudy can be used at night

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#75

Isn’t it that when you wait for the waiter to come back with your order, you become the waiter in the process?

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#76

145 Confusing Questions That Will Make Your Brain Hurt If we learn and improve from our mistakes, why are we so afraid to make mistakes?

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#77

Isn’t good health just a slower rate at which to die?

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I believe it was Samuel Clemens I'm paraphrasing: All those health nuts are gonna feel awful silly dying of nothing!

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#78

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?

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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.

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#79

145 Confusing Questions That Will Make Your Brain Hurt Why doesn’t glue stick to the inside of the bottle?

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#81

What is the color of a mirror?

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

All colors. Mirrors reflect light, and light is the combination of all colors in the spectrum.

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#82

145 Confusing Questions That Will Make Your Brain Hurt What would happen to the world’s oceans if every person on Earth jumped into the water at the same time?

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

On their respective coastlines? Not much. Concentrated in one location? A tsunami.

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#83

Why is vanilla ice cream color white when vanilla itself is color brown?

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Real vanilla is expensive and vanilla extracts/essences are awful in significantly colouring qualities.

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#85

145 Confusing Questions That Will Make Your Brain Hurt If nothing is impossible, then would it be possible for something to be impossible?

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145 Confusing Questions That Will Make Your Brain Hurt Would time continue if everything in the world was frozen?

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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.

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#89

What would the water look like if the sky didn’t exist?

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The sky isn’t reflecting the water. The atmosphere is causing the scattering of certain light frequencies and it makes it look blue.

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145 Confusing Questions That Will Make Your Brain Hurt If a guy that was about to die in the electric chair had a heart attack should they save him?

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#96

What is ‘god’?

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