If you start typing "why" into Google, the autocomplete gives you a glimpse at the various mysteries people want answers to, such as "why is space black?" or "why are people stupid?" or "why is there yellow discharge in my underwear?" XKCD's current comic, "Questions,"
shows a glimpse at some of these questions, culled from a big list of over 33,000
that XKCD's author, Randall Munroe
, generated from Google API queries. In response, Reddit user GeeJo made his best attempt at answering every single one posed in the comic
posted by malapropist
on Aug 27, 2013 -
Flash cards are an effective study aid because they are founded on the principles of rote and memorization. With Flashcard Exchange
| Study Stack
and Flashcard Machine
, you can use web-based flashcard makers to create, share, export and print flashcards to assist your studying.
posted by netbros
on Oct 28, 2012 -
was an American tradition for more than 50 years: two teams of four players each, who are read a toss-up question which anyone could answer alternating with a bonus question which only the team which got the toss-up question could answer. It was officially cancelled in 2008, due to a variety of factors. A strange new format dominates its successors: pyramidal quiz bowl. [more inside]
posted by curuinor
on Mar 11, 2011 -
If you can't Ask MetaFilter, try asking What Would Rob Do?
In his podcast
, "NPR's Rob Sachs talks about life's sticky situations and how turn them into an opportunity for adventure, growth, or at the very least, laughter." Like how to propose
, or if that doesn't work, what to do when you run into your ex
(Mp3) (turns out being calm and collected beats out feigning not to have made eye contact), how to talk to strangers
(Mp3), sing a lullaby
(by interviewing Rob Springfield), or how to, you know, avoid, um, Verbal Ticks
. Each podcast episode is an interview with one kind of expert or another. Some posts also go on the Monkey See
blog as well as a facebook
posted by pithy comment
on Sep 11, 2009 -
Dial-a-Stranger: When you don't know who to turn to... Turn to who you don't know.
The creation of Zachary Kent and Mercedes Martinez. It's not at all like AskMeFi.
posted by cjorgensen
on Dec 25, 2008 -
Do you have Asperger's Syndrome? Answer these questions and find out.
I'm skeptical about this, but I find it fascinating. For years, I've suspected I'm an Aspie, and, as it turns out, I answered the questions exactly the way the researchers predict an Aspie would answer them. My "normal" wife answers them they way "normal" people do. I am almost incapable of understanding the "normal" answer. To me, the Aspie answer is obviously correct. Here
is a great discussion about the research. Here
is the original research paper (MS Word file). [more inside]
posted by grumblebee
on Nov 5, 2008 -
is now out of beta. Designed as a question and answer forum for programmers, it's been made to fill the gap currently filled by sites like the much hated and oft mispronounced Expertsexchange
. If you're sick of having to scroll to the bottom
, and you write code, then this could be for you. The site has been made by a team headed by Jeff Atwood
and Joel Spolsky
. These are two uber-bloggers who've made a name for themselves talking about how to code. Of course, for haters of Stack Overflow, there are already a couple
to pamper to your anger. Finally, if you're wondering what a stack overflow
is, then wikipedia has the answer.
posted by seanyboy
on Sep 15, 2008 -
The new age of ignorance.
A panel of well known (UK) scientists and artists are asked some basic questions about science
Except the questions weren't that basic (since when is the Second Law of Thermodynamics
considered basic knowledge?) so the results weren't surprising... although some of the answers were amusing ("The sky is blue because the sea reflects on it.").
The worrying thing is that the questions could have been much simpler ("How many planets are there in the Solar System?") and I suspect the results would have been much the same. Meanwhile, ignorance marches on
posted by bobbyelliott
on Jul 1, 2007 -
Often in life we are faced with a choice of 2.0 possible courses of action. Should I do X or Y? Now you can harness the wisdom of the web crowds to resolve those painful dilemmas for you!
posted by chrismear
on Mar 18, 2007 -
An Impartial Interrogation
One of the things I miss about my eighteen years in the US Senate are the stories of the old Southern Democrats. I didn't always vote with them, but I loved their technique of responding to an opponent's questions with a humorous story. Once when Senator Sam Ervin of North Carolina had to handle a tough question from Mike Mansfield, he said, "You know, Mr. Leader, that question reminds me of the old Baptist preacher who was telling a class of Sunday school boys the creation story. 'God created Adam and Eve and from this union came two sons, Cain and Abel and thus the human race developed.' A boy in the class then asked, 'Reverend, where did Cain and Abel get their wives?' After frowning for a moment, the preacher replied, 'Young man--it's impertinent questions like that that's hurtin' religion.'"
posted by nofundy
on Jan 19, 2007 -
On September 9th 2006, 112 of the world's writers, artists, activists, and social entrepeneurs (nominees here
) will gather for a Table of Free Voices
in Berlin, Germany, discussing questions about the important issues of today. Who provides those questions? You.
posted by divabat
on Jul 24, 2006 -
"Les petites enigmes de tous les jours" - Interesting site akin to AskMe, "en Français."
posted by AllesKlar
on Dec 12, 2005 -
AskMeFi for the curious masses. Not nearly as helpful, but can be amusing.
posted by o2b
on Jul 19, 2005 -