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80 Responses to Almost Impossible Questions

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    buddy Male 30-39
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    December 23, 2004 at 12:33 pm
    Link: Almost Impossible Questions - All those questions we all ponder upon, and even some answers!

    :-)

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    Homer1234 Male 18-29
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    December 23, 2004 at 12:38 pm
    Hasn`t this been posted before?
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    dramastace Female 13-17
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    December 23, 2004 at 12:49 pm
    Hmmmm, not very many answers...
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    laughmaker44 Male 13-17
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    December 23, 2004 at 12:55 pm
    Woah! Questions that just go over my head!
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    Lou Two Male 18-29
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    December 23, 2004 at 1:24 pm
    Why can we only remember snipits of our childhood? Is our brain not big enough?

    We can remeber an awfull lot from our childhood, you just need a better memory que than "what can I remeber from my childhood". Specific sensory input, a certain smell etc can bring back memories you haven`t thought on for dozens of years

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    Lou Two Male 18-29
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    December 23, 2004 at 1:27 pm
    Why are all the planets round? If they did come from a single explosion, wouldn`t they be random lumps of rock?

    That`s easy, gravity. Every molecule exerts a force which attracts other molecules to it, if you think about it in a model where there are no other forces the only logical structure that can be formed is a globe, small particles associate to make bigger blobs, which attract each other and so on and so on until you run out of material

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    Lou Two Male 18-29
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    December 23, 2004 at 1:29 pm
    Oxygen fuels fires, but a gust of wind will blow out a candle - why is this so?

    Candles burn because of a reactive gas which evaporates from the wax as it turns liquid, providing the fuel. Wind displaces this from the area of the wick, blows it off, so without fuel the fire can`t burn any more

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    Lou Two Male 18-29
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    December 23, 2004 at 1:29 pm
    What makes gold so expensive, its just a metal isnt it?

    It`s rare, the rarest metal, save platinum (?) ergo it costs lot, supply and demand

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    Lou Two Male 18-29
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    December 23, 2004 at 1:31 pm
    What`s the point in making cars need a clutch? Wouldn`t a simple 2 pedle car (accelerate/brake) be much easier to use and almost impossible to stall?

    Isn`t that how automatic cars work?

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    big_satsuma Female 18-29
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    December 23, 2004 at 1:38 pm
    Go Lou! If the universe is constantly expanding, what is it expanding into?
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    Lou Two Male 18-29
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    December 23, 2004 at 1:48 pm
    Now that question is impossible, the universe we can expereince, in any way, is defined by the light which travels through it. Since the universe is expanding at the speed of light we just can`t see the edge unless it stops expanding and starts contracting and physicists reckon even with Dark Matter taken into account there just isn`t enough gravity to cause a big crunch scenario
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    Lou Two Male 18-29
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    December 23, 2004 at 2:01 pm
    oh also, predicting the future. There`s a scientific theory that it`s possible if you could create a machine that could position every atom in the owlrd from the big bang to modern day, in that case it would be simple to extrapolate the future, but that creates a paradox in my head...because the machine would have to predict what it was going to predict, or is going to predict
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    NightOwler Female 13-17
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    December 23, 2004 at 2:09 pm
    Why can we only remember snipits of our childhood? Is our brain not big enough?

    apparently we never "forget" anything we just dont know where to find it, so you do actually remember your whole life you just cant always find the mermories... according to our teacher

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    modular Male 13-17
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    December 23, 2004 at 2:17 pm
    "If burning is a reaction, why is it irreversable? (unlike most reactions)"

    According to what I`ve learned in science class, most chemical reactions are irrevirsible. Physical changes, like melting, are easily reversible. Both of these are kinda general though, but the question there is clearly faulty.

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    MarshyTheKid Male 13-17
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    December 23, 2004 at 2:18 pm
    Stupid. And I`ve stalled an auto before, not all that hard. And....This is my 100th post!!!
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    modular Male 13-17
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    December 23, 2004 at 2:18 pm
    "What makes the earth spin on its axis and why doesn`t it slow down or even stop?"

    It doesn`t slow down because there`s no air drag in space!

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    modular Male 13-17
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    December 23, 2004 at 2:19 pm
    "Why does lightning go in lines? Surely the constant flow of water (i.e. rain) would make the electricity spread everywhere - electric rain, no?"

    It takes the path of least resistance - i.e. straight to the ground.

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    peppyprep Female 13-17
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    December 23, 2004 at 2:55 pm
    Why are all the planets round? If they did come from a single explosion, wouldn`t they be random lumps of rock?

    erosion?

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    peppyprep Female 13-17
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    December 23, 2004 at 2:56 pm
    lol lou ur on a roll
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    angrymonkey Female 13-17
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    December 23, 2004 at 3:18 pm
    Lou, automatic cars actually do have gears, they just work "automatically". These questions are weak. Very few are unanswerable or do not have theories.
    Why does glue dry clear?- Most glues form bonds with molecules in the air, to form compound which are of different properties to the original glue. The same reason paint drys a slightly different colour.
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    madbomber Female 70 & Over
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    December 23, 2004 at 3:21 pm
    i got a good one----Why are we even trying to awnser these?

    Why does glue dry clear---because white doesnt siut it. and when we dry up, we turn a different color, dont we?

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    cpeachok Male 13-17
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    December 23, 2004 at 3:24 pm
    Rainbows are but a reflection of the sun off rain, but when its really
    sunny AND rainy do you sometimes still not see a rainbow?

    For light to be split into the separate colours (a rainbow) it needs
    to be at a certain angle before it will split. It is easy to see if
    you use a prism and a white light that only at certain that it will
    split. And being that rain drops are tiny prisms the light would have
    to be at a right angle to split the colours.

    Why does lightning go in lines? Surely the constant flow of water
    (i.e. rain) would make the electricity spread everywhere - electric
    rain, no?

    Lightning being electricity it constantly tries to find earth, don`t
    ask me why it just does. So it will try to find the quickest and
    shortest route to earth hence the straight lines.

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    cpeachok Male 13-17
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    December 23, 2004 at 3:26 pm

    How can a speaker (basically a magnet) turn electrical signals into sound?

    So yes a speaker is basically a large magnet, but not an ordinarily
    one. It is an electromagnet so it can be turned on and off. There are
    two magnets in a speaker. One at the rear which is controllable and
    one on something called a diaphragm. This diaphragm moves when current
    is passed through the electromagnet. This causes the diaphragm to make
    noise. The current running through the electromagnet decides what
    pitch the sound will be. So basically it is the movement of the
    diaphragm which causes the sound.

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    cpeachok Male 13-17
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    December 23, 2004 at 3:27 pm
    What`s the point in making cars need a clutch? Wouldn`t a simple 2 peddle car (accelerate/brake) be much easier to use and almost impossible to stall?

    Well in a manual gearbox the clutch is there so you do not wear out the gears when changing gears. The clutch disengages the engine from the gearbox so you can change smoothly into another gear. All though I believe there is an automatically clutch in an automatic gearbox so there is one needed in every gearbox just that in an automatic it done for you.

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    msmojo Female 18-29
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    December 23, 2004 at 3:50 pm
    seriously, these questions aren`t worth answering. Those that aren`t `divine` questions (which are essentially unanswerable, considering they are totally based on faith in the first place) don`t take much science to figure out. I mean, it`s not like rocket science or anything. I bet most of these could be found on The Straight Dope.
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    madbomber Female 70 & Over
    155 posts
    December 23, 2004 at 4:04 pm
    i must agree.
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    Nneri Female 13-17
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    December 23, 2004 at 4:28 pm
    WOw those really make you think.
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    nondescript0 Male 18-29
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    December 23, 2004 at 4:34 pm
    haha it seems like we`ve answered almost all of them. not so impossible anymore...
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    Brian 61316 Male 18-29
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    December 23, 2004 at 4:59 pm
    why are the planets round?

    gravity pulls everything ecualy to the middle

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    Musteval Male 13-17
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    December 23, 2004 at 5:01 pm
    oh also, predicting the future. There`s a scientific theory that it`s possible if you could create a machine that could position every atom in the owlrd from the big bang to modern day


    Sadly, Heisenburg`s Uncertainty Principle makes this impossible.

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    Brian 61316 Male 18-29
    741 posts
    December 23, 2004 at 5:08 pm
    can some one answer this one:
    do aliens exist?

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    _andread_ Male 18-29
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    December 23, 2004 at 6:05 pm
    If you consider an alien a living being in a planet besides ours then its highly probable, I mean the Universe is HUGE, I mean HUGE and it`s constantly expanding (Another question, how do we know the Universe is expanding? do scientists measure it from time to time?) so its praticaly impossible that there isn`t any other civilization outside our planet, technologically above or below us.
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    babyballa_33 Male 13-17
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    December 23, 2004 at 6:21 pm
    how does cyberspace work?
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    wateronfire Female 13-17
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    December 23, 2004 at 7:53 pm
    why are humans so stupid?

    because they actually awnser these stupid questions.

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    ShaggyR Male 18-29
    176 posts
    December 23, 2004 at 8:03 pm
    I can`t even begin to tackle these questions until I figure out how they get the caramel in a caramilk bar.
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    Miss Sterius Female 13-17
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    December 23, 2004 at 8:17 pm
    lol and the awnsers are revealed
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    workin4jesus Male 13-17
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    December 23, 2004 at 9:27 pm
    ugh these make my brain itch.....its cool that a lot of u guys can answer these tho! kudos
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    gigabyte Male 13-17
    21 posts
    December 23, 2004 at 9:35 pm
    The universe-some information to help you live in it.

    1. AREA:infinite
    The hitch hikers guide to the galaxy offers the definition of the word "infinite"
    Infinite:Bigger than the biggest thing ever and then some. Much bigger than that in fact, really amazingly immense, a totally stunning size, real "wow thats big," time. infinity is so big that by comparisonbigness itsel looks a little titchy. Gigantic multiplied by colossal multilied by staggeringly huge is the sort of concept we`re trying to get across here.

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    gigabyte Male 13-17
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    December 23, 2004 at 9:35 pm
    2. IMPORTS:none
    It is impossible to import things into and infinite area, there being no outside to import things from.
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    gigabyte Male 13-17
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    December 23, 2004 at 9:36 pm
    2. EXPORTS:none
    see imports.
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    gigabyte Male 13-17
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    December 23, 2004 at 9:36 pm
    3. POPULATION:none
    It is know there are an infinte number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of uninhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all planets in the universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole universe is zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination.
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    gigabyte Male 13-17
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    December 23, 2004 at 9:36 pm
    5. MONETARY UNITS:none
    In fact there are three freely convertible curriences in the Galaxy, but none of them count. The Altairin dollar has recently collapsed, the Flainian Pobble Bead is only exchangeable for other Flainian Pobble Beads, and the Triganic Pu has its very own special problems. Its exchange rate of eight Ningis to one Pu is simple enough, but since a Ningi is a triangular rubber coin six thousand eight hundred miles along each side, no one has ever collected enough to own one Pu. Ningis are not negotiable currency, because the Galactibanks refuse to deal in fiddling small change. From this basic premise it is very simple to prove that the Galactibanks are also the product of a deranged imagination.
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    gigabyte Male 13-17
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    December 23, 2004 at 9:36 pm
    6. ART:none
    The function of art is to hold the mirror up to nature, and there simply isn`t a mirror big enought-see point one.
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    gigabyte Male 13-17
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    December 23, 2004 at 9:36 pm
    7. SEX:none
    Well, in fact there is an awful lot of this, largely because of the total lack of money, trade, banks, art or anything else that might keep all the nonexistent people of the Universe occupied.
    However, it is not worth embarking on a long discussion fo it now because it really is terribly complicated, For further information see Guide Chapters seven, nine, ten, eleven, fourteen, sixteen, seventeen, nineteen, twenty-one ot eighty-four inclusive, and in fact most of the rest of the Guide.
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    Osprey39 Male 18-29
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    December 23, 2004 at 9:37 pm
    I found this lame. There`s hardly anything "almost impossible" about most of these questions. Some of them are basic science.
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    hd42slt Female 18-29
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    December 23, 2004 at 11:15 pm
    Actually Nighowler, we can definately forget things. The brain doesn`t keep everthing indefinately. If neural paths aren`t stimulated at all they tend to change.
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    Dat1Rican Male 18-29
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    December 23, 2004 at 11:36 pm
    lou ur wrong about 1 thing.......the candle thing Oxygen fuels fires, but a gust of wind will blow out a candle - why is this so? ( fire can only take up oxygen in a 1:1 ratio and too much oxygen will overpower the fire. some others r wrong 2 but i dont feel like fixin it
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    mc80a Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2004 at 12:11 am
    I should send this guy an email answering a lot of his questions.
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    _andread_ Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2004 at 5:35 am
    Will anyone please answer my question? ^
    It`s up there |
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    NightOwler Female 13-17
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    December 24, 2004 at 8:35 am
    Actually Nighowler, we can definately forget things. The brain doesn`t keep everthing indefinately. If neural paths aren`t stimulated at all they tend to change.

    oooh ok

    also the timetravel one, wouldn`t it be impossible to travel back in time at least, because if we could wouldn`t someone from the future have come and told us?! lol

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    FireEater80 Male 30-39
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    December 24, 2004 at 8:53 am
    Why do we call it a "Restroom" we don`t go there to rest (Well, some people might), Think I need to go there now to rest after reading all this....LOL
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    Titter Female 13-17
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    December 24, 2004 at 8:58 am
    Tme travel doesnt make sense, If some one did manage to go back then life wouln`t continue and no one would no that he had managed to travel back because he`ll keep doingit. And how would he come back. He would only be able to travel to a time were it was invented and even so it would be dificutt to explain.
    The whole alien thing is so true. Int the whole universe there is bound to be at least one other palntet with all the resorses life needs. and anyway just because we are adapts to living the way we do (food, water air ect) it doesn`t mean that other animals are. I bet that life is on one of or plantets. Life as in bacteria and stuff that will evolve.
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    short_stop Female 13-17
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    December 24, 2004 at 11:11 am
    fireeater, Dane Cook did a skit about that XD

    and if the universe is expanding, whats at the OUTSIDE of the universe, or is it just another demention?? or is it just blank, empty, lifeless space?

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    SweepOfDeath Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2004 at 11:34 am
    im really wasting my time listening to this crap!
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    skywisejf Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2004 at 12:08 pm
    I am bored needs an rss feed join the fight for it !!
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    Alpha_Omega Male 13-17
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    December 24, 2004 at 12:10 pm
    I am bored has an rss feed.
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    ShaggyR Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2004 at 2:17 pm
    Wanna know what i hate? People talking about the universe as if they have any clue at all what is going on. Nobody knows what started the universe in the first place...the `big bang" theory is just as stupid as saying `god" created it. No one knows...everyone guesses...none of it is worth listening to. The universe is clearly waaaay beyond the grasp of our brainpower in terms of understaning it, so just shut the hell up.
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    Osprey39 Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2004 at 3:24 pm
    Andread, scientists figure the universe is expanding because they`ve measured something called a red shift, which is sort of like the doppler effect for light waves. It suggests that all things in the universe are moving farther away from each other. Of course it could mean something completely different, but the expansion of the universe is the best explanation so far.
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    Osprey39 Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2004 at 3:27 pm
    And shaggy, the big bang theory does have quite a bit of evidence backing it up. That doesn`t prove it, of course, but it does give it some credibility.
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    hazy_clear Female 18-29
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    December 24, 2004 at 4:28 pm
    Osprey39, what evidence are you referring to?
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    haunt Female 13-17
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    December 24, 2004 at 4:58 pm
    Here is a question. If God made the world and everything in it, would he have to be a good artist?
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    Osprey39 Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2004 at 7:07 pm
    I`m not familiar with all of the evidence, but I am familiar with the above-stated expansion of the universe as well as the cosmic background radiation which was predicted by George Gamow, and then later found by Penzias and Wilson.
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    awhosea Male 13-17
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    December 24, 2004 at 11:51 pm
    Big Bang Theory - Evidence for the Theory
    What are the major evidences which support the Big Bang theory?

    First of all, we are reasonably certain that the universe had a beginning.
    Second, galaxies appear to be moving away from us at speeds proportional to their distance. This is called "Hubble`s Law," named after Edwin Hubble (1889-1953) who discovered this phenomenon in 1929. This observation supports the expansion of the universe and suggests that the universe was once compacted.
    Third, if the universe was initially very, very hot as the Big Bang suggests, we should be able to find some remnant of this heat. Finally, the abundance of the "light elements" Hydrogen and Helium found in the observable universe are thought to support the Big Bang model of origins.

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    shaun54 Male 18-29
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    December 25, 2004 at 4:21 am
    This guy is a moron. All of those questions which are answerable with science have been answered and aren`t really that hard to figure out.
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    Dat1Rican Male 18-29
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    December 25, 2004 at 5:25 am
    very tru...shaun is rite
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    bram Male 18-29
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    December 25, 2004 at 6:57 am
    Yeah, I knew a lot of the answers, that was kind of really saad. I learned the answers to a lot of those questions in high school.
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    markrduk Male 13-17
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    December 25, 2004 at 10:35 am
    A moron? if your gonna start gettin personal like that u might aswel do it properly and mail it to my inbox rather than cowering away on a message board, you big puff! lets see your great site then! I bet its very good! Wanker!
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    awhosea Male 13-17
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    December 25, 2004 at 1:58 pm
    Hey markrduk, shaun54 was just trying to give a reveiw. sorta
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    markrduk Male 13-17
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    December 25, 2004 at 2:16 pm
    Fine about that, its the whole insultin thing I hav a problem with!
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    slappy Male 18-29
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    December 25, 2004 at 2:24 pm
    He wasn`t talking to you.
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    markrduk Male 13-17
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    December 25, 2004 at 6:02 pm
    Ooooooooooooooooooooh, ok fair enough then! lol. Now I FEEL like a moron! ah well, Merry Chrstmas!
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    Titter Female 13-17
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    December 27, 2004 at 3:29 pm
    if god is a big man in the sky or whatever and he created man who created him??
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    ShaggyR Male 18-29
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    December 27, 2004 at 4:12 pm
    First of all, I love your name "Titter". More important than figuring out the universe is figuring out why you have this nickname..I bet it is because you have big luscious titties with hot pink nipples. Mmmmmmm.

    Now, as to the universe stuff. I predict that in the next 50 years scientists will make discoveries that blow everything we believe right now out of the water. So go ahead and quote "Hubble" or Barney "Rubble" because their opinions are equally worthless.

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    kathaclysm Female 18-29
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    December 27, 2004 at 5:17 pm
    It bothers me that there are so many wrong or over simplified answers to questions that could easily be looked up on many a different website.
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    HOBYandy Male 18-29
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    December 27, 2004 at 8:11 pm
    yeah...hate to tell you guys...but even if you state some random "fact" on i-am-bored....i`m probably not going to believe you...(Lou was on a role at the begining of this post- till he said that gold was the rarest metal ). i don`t know who you people are, and the fact that you have 20,000 posts under your belt carries no clout with me.

    anyway (enough of my rant)...i did think many of these were simple...a few required some thought...and the majority couldn`t be proved either way.

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    HOBYandy Male 18-29
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    December 27, 2004 at 8:15 pm
    ahh...crap....i`m doing just what i hate....oh well...i`m just going to mention (not justify- not argue) to Titter that the possibility of alien existence may not be as great as you think. there. i`m done. no more posts for me on this subject. HEY!!! post nuber 400!!! GO ME!
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    oOJennaOo Female 13-17
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    December 29, 2004 at 5:11 am
    that lou is some sort of freek!
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    hoogli Male 13-17
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    December 29, 2004 at 2:17 pm
    my head hurts
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    Zody Female 18-29
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    January 29, 2005 at 5:22 am
    Hmmm
    Out of boredom I e-mailed this guy some answers to his questions quite a while ago. They have not shown up yet so I assume that he is not very concerned with finding out the answers.
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    Lou Two Male 18-29
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    January 29, 2005 at 6:37 am
    I can deal with being a freek, it beats being a dumbass

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