It’s been said that young children average around 400 questions a day. Assuming an average three year old is awake for 14 hours, that would make for almost 30 questions an hour. Whereas most of us Growns can be reduced to 3 key questions a day; Is there any coffee left? What should I order from on Seamless today? and Do I need an umbrella? In the spirit of rekindling our childlike wonderment, we decided to dedicate a new semi-irregular column called “IDK" aka 'I Don't Know.' Behold! The first set of random, unfiltered and un-Googled questions running through our minds this week. It’s no 400 questions a day, but you know, baby steps.
1. What does winning a spelling bee as a kid do for your salary later in life?
Are people with bigger vocabularies spellbindingly better negotiators?
2. How does ZipCar come up with the names for its cars? (i.e. Momaya? Corzine? Agresti? Pachyderm? Clearo? Milky?)
Did an actual human get paid to come up with these names, or were these just spit from the Wu Tang Name Generator? Tical.
3. How do astronauts have sex?
You’d already be literally floating, so would climax be the most technically transcendental act possible?
4. Is there a female equivalent of the Freemasons?
Or is the reason we don’t already know about it is because women can actually keep secrets in check?
5. Why are all ironing boards so freaking loud?
To iron, is make things smooth, crisp, and add a refined finishing touch to one’s mien. Why then does the process of ironing sound like reanimated velociraptors?
6. What makes busses sigh?
Does the sighing mean that there is an inverse correlation between our relief of finally seeing a bus arrive, and the motor vehicle’s displeasure of having to tote us to and fro?
7. What is the most frequently stolen book from a library?
Aside from maybe the Kama Sutra, is there another book that holds answers to questions we’re still too afraid to Google?
8. How do buskers organize who gets which spot to perform at?
We’ve been programmed to believe it’s all about Location, Location, Location. But does the busker community differ in that they cherish the ability to spontaneously perform anywhere and everywhere? Or is it still about staking out a choice location as “their spot?”
9. What’s the longest duration of time that someone has been hypnotized?
If he or she was “under” for a particularly long period of time, did he/she actually prefer the hypnotic state to reality?
10. Why did oysters and lobsters become considered a Western delicacy over bugs and slugs?
Bugs, slugs, oysters and lobsters posses equally muculent innards and unwelcoming exteriors, yet somehow the sea-dwelling bottom feeders became more noble than the land-dwelling bottom-feeders. Is this the greatest prank ever pulled on the affluent class?