English is a funny language that you can use in so many ways to create questions that make no sense. While on the surface, these questions may cause one to ponder, in actuality, they expose some of the flaws of the language when it comes to connecting with reality.
If you’re the kind of person that enjoys having their minds played with on a scale from teased to blown, here’s a list of 15 questions that will make you either bawl out laughing, perplex you, or maybe even keep you up at night.
Confusing Questions That Make No Sense
Here are some questions that make no sense whatsoever. There isn’t any trick answer or missing context. These questions are merely outlandish. If you think too hard or try to connect the dots, your head might start to spin.
#1. “If you are you and I am me, then why are you not me and me not you?”
If you are you, then why are you not me? And if I am me, why am I not you? If you remove the “why,” the question answers itself. The reason you are not me is because you are you. And the reason I am not you is because I am me.
#2. “If I cannot see myself, does that mean I do not exist?”
To make sense of this question, you’d have to redefine what “see” means. Does it simply mean “to look” in this context? Because sight is not the only medium through which humans interact with reality.
#3. “What if nothing is not anything and everything is not everything?”
How do you define “nothing” and “everything”? There lies your answer.
Trick Questions To Make You Think
It’s time for some riddles. These questions are puzzles, and unlike the last kind, they each have a trick answer. If you ever want to test someone’s wit, these are the perfect kind of questions to go with. The answers are right below the question.
#4. “What word would you use to describe a man who does not have all his fingers on one hand?”
Answer: Normal, because people usually have half their fingers on one hand.
#5. “A girl fell off a 50-foot ladder but didn’t get hurt. How come?”
Answer: Because she was on the bottom step when she fell.
#6. “If Mrs. John’s one-story house is decorated completely in pink, with the walls, carpet, and furniture all shades of pink, what color are the stairs?”
Answer: There are no stairs.
Here are some questions that expose how the world doesn’t make sense from time to time.
#7. “If you enjoy wasting time, is that time really wasted?”
What makes this a mind-blowing question is that it inquires towards the purpose or meaning of life — an age-old predicament. If the purpose of life is to simply enjoy it, then no time wasted enjoying it is actually wasted.
#8. “Why is ‘abbreviated’ such a long word?”
Did you know that there’s an abbreviation for the word “abbreviation?” It’s abbr. or abbrv.
#9. “Why is the boxing ‘ring’ square-shaped? Shouldn’t it be ring-shaped?”
Think about it. Wrestling rings, boxing rings, why are they always square? The only genuine combat ring is probably the sumo wrestling ring.
Here are some interesting questions that will make you question the nature of reality.
#10. “What color is a mirror?”
If silver was a color, a mirror is silver. But if silver is not a color, mirrors don’t have a color either because they simply reflect the colors in front of them.
#11. “What would have happened if you had not been born to your parents?”
What would not existing feel like? It’s funny how we’ve all not existed for billions of years but still can’t answer this question.
#12. “If everything changes every second, then who were you a moment ago, and who are you at this very moment, and what relationship does your former self carry with you in your constant change?”
You’re not the same you as you were a second ago. How are the yous from all your lived seconds connected? Where to even begin with this one?
Funny, Confusing Questions
#13. “Why is it that rain drops, but snow falls?”
Perhaps because snow is heavier?
#14. “Why is the third hand on a watch called the second hand?”
If you think that’s confusing, think about the word “one second” again. Doesn’t it feel like an oxymoron?
#15. “Why is the word ‘dictionary’ in the dictionary?”
Good point. A dictionary doesn’t need to be defined in the dictionary. It’s already defined by the dictionary. It’s like, I don’t need to check an apple for the definition of an apple.
However, dictionaries by definition, are a resource book containing all words of a language, and “dictionary” is one of them.