Almost Impossible Questions

Submitted by: buddy 12 years ago in Science
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All those questions we all ponder upon, and even some answers!
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Male 1,033
I can deal with being a freek, it beats being a dumbass
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Female 188
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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Male 58
my head hurts
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Female 380
that lou is some sort of freek!
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Male 3,060
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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Male 3,060
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 [platinum is the world`s rarest precious 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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Female 325
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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Male 176
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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Female 333
if god is a big man in the sky or whatever and he created man who created him??
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Male 19
Ooooooooooooooooooooh, ok fair enough then! lol. Now I FEEL like a moron! ah well, Merry Chrstmas!
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Male 129
He wasn`t talking to you.
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Male 19
Fine about that, its the whole insultin thing I hav a problem with!
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Male 84
Hey markrduk, shaun54 was just trying to give a reveiw. sorta
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Male 19
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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Male 577
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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Male 263
very tru...shaun is rite
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Male 117
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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Male 84
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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Male 1,407
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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Female 147
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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Female 92
Osprey39, what evidence are you referring to?
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Male 1,407
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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Male 1,407
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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Male 176
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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Male 578
I am bored has an rss feed.
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Male 440
I am bored needs an rss feed join the fight for it !!
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Male 938
im really wasting my time listening to this crap!
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Female 85
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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Female 333
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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Male 74
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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Female 111
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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Male 491
Will anyone please answer my question? ^
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Male 96
I should send this guy an email answering a lot of his questions.
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Male 263
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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Female 231
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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Male 1,407
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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Male 21
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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Male 21
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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Male 21
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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Male 21
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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Male 21
2. EXPORTS:none
see imports.
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Male 21
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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Male 21
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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Male 132
ugh these make my brain itch.....its cool that a lot of u guys can answer these tho! kudos
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Female 8
lol and the awnsers are revealed
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Male 176
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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Female 10
why are humans so stupid?

because they actually awnser these stupid questions.

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Male 1
how does cyberspace work?
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Male 491
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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Male 741
can some one answer this one:
do aliens exist?

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Male 146
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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Male 741
why are the planets round?

gravity pulls everything ecualy to the middle

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Male 117
haha it seems like we`ve answered almost all of them. not so impossible anymore...
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Female 992
WOw those really make you think.
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Female 155
i must agree.
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Female 97
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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Male 32
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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Male 32

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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Male 32
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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Female 155
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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Female 48
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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Female 476
lol lou ur on a roll
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Female 476
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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Male 45
"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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Male 45
"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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Male 107
Stupid. And I`ve stalled an auto before, not all that hard. And....This is my 100th post!!!
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Male 45
"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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Female 111
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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Male 1,033
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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Male 1,033
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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Female 51
Go Lou! If the universe is constantly expanding, what is it expanding into?
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Male 1,033
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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Male 1,033
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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Male 1,033
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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Male 1,033
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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Male 1,033
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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Male 361
Woah! Questions that just go over my head!
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Female 346
Hmmmm, not very many answers...
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Male 597
Hasn`t this been posted before?
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Male 10,115
Link: Almost Impossible Questions [Rate Link] - All those questions we all ponder upon, and even some answers!

:-)

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