If you are being questioned by authorities in the US and you choose to remain silent in response to a specific question, that silence may itself be construed as evidence of guilt, unless you specifically state that you're invoking your right to remain silent under the 5th Amendment. scotusblog.com/case-files…
Betty Crocker was never a real person. She was created for a Gold Medal Flour ad in 1921. Shortly after the company decided to use the character to answer all the baking and cooking questions received by mail, as a woman was a more trusted source of baking information than an all male staff pbs.org/food/the-history-…
The Stanford Prison Experiment's Results Have Never Been Replicated, and Many Question its Findings, Methodology, Sample Size, and Neutrality. vox.com/2018/6/13/1744911…
The first female American astronaut Sally Ride was a respected astrophysicist and a top athlete. However, before her flight, she fielded questions such as "Will the flight affect your reproductive organs?", "Do you weep when things go wrong?" and "Will you become a mother?" from the US media. people.com/archive/cover-…
Alan Turing volunteered during war and in the application form he answered a question that asked the applicant if they understood that by signing up they place themselves liable to military law as "No". No one noticed, he became a fine marksman and then got out by citing this technicality. spectator.co.uk/article/c…
Charles Ingram cheated to win one million pounds on the UK's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. When Ingram read out the four possible answers to a question, a fellow contestant would cough repeatedly on one answer, signaling to Ingram that it was the correct answer. He was ultimately caught. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
A poll once included the question "Have you ever been decapitated?" 4% of Americans answered yes. npr.org/transcripts
During a 2000 celebrity edition episode of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire", comedian Norm MacDonald made it to the million dollar question, but passed on it to not risk it. However, his anwer was right. youtube.com/watch?v=4w-jx…
Today I learned about Thought-Terminating ClichΓ©s - a type of logical fallacy that employs the loaded language of a well known phrase or saying that offers seemingly simple solutions to complex questions for the sole purpose of shutting down further debate by diminishing critical thinking. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Today I learned about Lady Wonder, a horse who some believed had psychic abilities. 150,000 people paid to consult Lady Wonder ($1 for three questions). While many assumed it was an elaborate hoax, the horse did help locate the body of a missing person. mentalfloss.com/article/8…
Scientists partially revived disembodied brains of pigs four hours after they were killed. The experiments did not restore consciousness, but raised questions about the nature of death itself. β€œFor most of human history, death was very simple” but ”Now, we have to question what is irreversible.” nature.com/articles/d4158…
In Canada the winner of a sweepstakes is required by law to correctly answer a skill testing question, usually math related, in order to receive the prize. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Mark Hamill visited a dying fan in the hospital and answered every question as Luke Skywalker because the fan couldn't tell reality from fiction anymore. hollywoodreporter.com/amp…
Due to a 1700% increase in bank robberies during the Great Depression, the Texas Bankers Association created the Dead Bank Robbers Reward Program, paying $5000 to anyone who killed a robber during the crime, no questions asked. texascooppower.com/texas-…
The US Government attempted a project in the 60s which involved dropping silver iodide into active hurricanes in hopes of weakening the storms. While it did show promising results for the time, later research into the behavior of cyclones have called the results into question. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
The idea we eat 8 spiders in our sleep each year being a myth created by Lisa Birgit Holst (anagram of this is a big troll) of PC Professional magazine as a show of myth spreading ease is itself a myth as neither the writer nor the issue in question ever existed historymatters.group.shef…
A contestant on Australian TV quiz show Sale of the Century answered only one question correctly in the episode, and still won en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
A record exists called "Friends from the Beginning - Little Richard and Jimi Hendrix" contrary to the album's title and claims in the liner notes, Hendrix doesn't contribute anything to the recording. Little Richards involvement in some of the songs has also been called into question. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
A boy dying of an incurable illness wanted to meet Luke Skywalker (in character). His mental state devolved to the point where he did not realise Luke was fictional. Mark Hamill agreed to dress up in character and meet the boy. He spent hours answering questions. bestlifeonline.com/this-m…
In 1999, the mummified remains of a pregnant Hispanic woman were found in a drum in the crawl space of a house in NY. She was identified as Reyna MarroquΓ­n, a woman who’d vanished in 1969. She’d had an affair with her employer. He killed himself before police could properly question him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur…
Today I learned about an Indian art called Shatavadhana, where a person has to remember and answer questions on a stage from 100 people simultaneously while dealing with distractions in a round robin manner. The tasks vary from making up a poem spontaneously to keeping a count of a bell ringing at random. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ava…
The question of whether or not everyday fabrics can prevent the spread of disease isn't new. Scientists farted into petri dishes clothed and naked, finding that clothing (while it may allow the smell through) did appear to stop the bacteria ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
After Brazil's defeat in FIFA World Cup Final 1998, a parliamentary hearing into Nike's role in the national squad saw Brazilian senators ask football players questions such as "Whose role was it to mark Zidane"? theguardian.com/media/200…
An effective way to remember something is to use the SQ3R principal. Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SQ3…
Nigerian scammers once convinced a Brazilian bank to send them $242 million over the course of three years to "invest" in the profits of a new airport. The airport in question never actually existed. pulse.ng/gist/how-emmanue…
During WW2 a dollshop owner was convicted of espionage against the US when letters she sent abroad describing various dolls were intercepted and that the "dolls" in question were actually code names for various US warships. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vel…
Mad Magazine writer Dick DeBartolo was on the staff of game show Match Game. When it was cancelled DeBartolo started writing silly and suggestive questions - which led to improved ratings and a reversal of the decision to cancel the show en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dic…
One time, when Oliver Cromwell was asked what form of government he would replace the monarchy with, dodged the question by starting a pillow-fight erenow.net/biographies/cr…
Mark Twain, Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles, Sigmund Freud, Malcolm X, were amongst the supporters of the Shakespeare authorship question, arguing that Shakespeare was a front to shield the identity of the real author or authors, who for some reason did not want or could not accept public credit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
Today I learned of Tore Hedin, a Swedish murderer who robbed and killed a friend in 1951. To cover his tracks, he also burned down the crime scene. As he was a local police officer, he helped investigate the crime and even answered questions about it from the national media. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor…
Roger Craig, one of the greatest Jeopardy players of all time, studied for the show by downloading historical archive of Jeopardy questions and focused on topics that statistically came up more often. He said bc at the end of the day Jeopardy is written for viewers, not challenging contestants. npr.org/2011/11/20/142569…
As production of Toy Story wrapped up in 1994, Pixar writer Andrew Stanton asked his coworker's during a brainstorming session, "What if mankind had to leave Earth and somebody forgot to turn off the last robot?" 14 years later he answered his own question with the movie WALL-E in 2008. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WAL…
Uddalaka Aruni was one of the first philosophers in recorded history and lived a few centuries before the Buddha. He attracted students from far regions of the Indian subcontinent, asking metaphysical questions such as whether there is something that is eternal and unchanging en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aru…
In a 1999 episode of Hollywood Squares the contestants got so many questions wrong that the episode only lasted a single round, to the point Gilbert Gottfried began berating them. youtu.be/iFMaPUtCi9o
A key question for the ancient Greeks is whether the soul can exist independently of the body. Plato (from the Phaedo) certainly thought that the soul could exist separately. On Aristotle’s account, although the soul is not a material object, it is not separable from the body faculty.washington.edu/sm…
Uptalk is the term used to describe the habit of making statements sound like questions..? bbc.com/news/magazine-287…
The Irish as well as other Celtic languages don’t have words that translate directly as β€œyes” and β€œno”. They rely instead on echo responses such as β€œI am not” to answer questions affirmatively or negatively. mentalfloss.com/article/8…
When Elvis Presley's debut single was first played on the local radio station, he was invited for an on-air interview. The DJ asked Elvis which high school he attended: a roundabout way of informing the audience of his race without actually asking the question en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tha…
Yajnavalkya (8th century BCE) is considered one of the earliest philosophers in recorded history and he likely lived in the Videha region of ancient India. Yajnavalkya had metaphysical questions about the nature of existence, consciousness and impermanence en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yaj…
Today I learned about Deadline, 1944 sci-fi story about the use of nuclear bomb. It includes topics such as uranium enrichment, methods of isotopic separation and moral questions about the weapon. Author had no knowledge of Manhattan project and came up with the idea from scientific journals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
Alice Cooper has said he was inspired to write the song "School's Out" when answering the question, "What's the greatest three minutes of your life?" "If we can catch that three minutes in a song, it's going to be so big." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
Doug Williams was not asked "How long have you been a black quarterback?" in the lead up to Super Bowl 22. The question asked was "Doug, it's obvious you've been a black quarterback all your life. When did it start to matter?" orlandosentinel.com/news/…
The highest academic grade in most Russian exams is 5. When a student submits their paper with no questions answered, they may get 2 out of 5 instead of a zero grade for at least showing up and trying to solve the exam questions en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aca…
After Alois Alzheimer gave the first ever speech describing the symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease, no one in the audience asked him any questions or made any follow-up comments, because they were all much more excited to hear the next guy on the list give a speech about compulsive masturbation. pbs.org/newshour/health/d…
Today I learned of Giles de Rais: knight, baron, lord, Marshal of France and compatriot of Joan of Arc. He was also a confessed pedophile and serial child murder. He was hung at the age of 35. He is believed to have killed about 140 people, mostly boys. Questions linger to this day regarding his guilt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gil…
HARKing (hypothesizing after the results are known) is the practice by researchers of looking through the data to find interesting results and then constructing a research question and hypothesis and presenting them as if the hypothesis came before the findings. journals.sagepub.com/doi/…
Brian Boitano went to the South Park movie alone, had never met Stone or Parker and felt surreal when the theater reacted with appreciative laughter to the question of What Would Brian Boitano Do and the song along with it. It has since become a big part of his life that he seems to embrace it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wha…
While apes can learn sign language and communicate using it, they have never attempted to learn new knowledge by asking questions to humans or other apes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
, The UK loaned the USA an aircraft carrier in WW2. The carrier in question was the HMS Victorious which served with the US Navy after the battle of the Santa Cruz Islands. The carrier was deemed to have better fighter control than its US rivals but was worse at carrying certain aircraft. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…
Mansfield Cumming, first director of Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) started using semen as invisible ink during World War 1, but they stopped it because of the smell and questions regarding the masturbatory habits of the agents involved. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
There is a punctuation mark for sarcasm. Introduced in 2010, the "SarcMark" looks like a reversed 6 with a dot in the middle. It is used just like the question mark or exclamation mark, except this mark indicates irony or sarcasm. However, anyone hoping to use it must pay $1.99 (Β£1.20). theguardian.com/technolog…
Apatheism is the belief that if a god exists, or not, it does not matter, because the effect is the same. Therefore there is no point engaging in worship or even positing the question of existence of the god at all. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apa…
A 2012 study found that when answering yes or no questions, use of an Ouija board was significantly more accurate than guesswork, suggesting that it might draw on the unconscious mind. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oui…
A rancher in Oregon named Bill Brown would often write checks on any paper available. This often included soup can labels and newspaper margins. As he was rich and known for this, the banks would cash the checks without question. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
If you agreed with the question: Do you believe insurance schemes are a good idea?, on the classic, original Eysenck personality test, you’d get a point on your psychoticsm score. bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p00…
Stephen Hawking was still working on "Brief Answers to the Big Questions" with questions like "Is there a God?" when he died. To fill the gaps, the publishers used Hawking’s β€œenormous personal archive” and completed the book with his academic colleagues, his family, and personal estate physicsworld.com/a/stephe…
The reason we know what cyanide tastes like is because an Indian man, MP Prasad who committed suicide left a hastily scrawled note describing the taste. "Doctors, potassium cyanide. I have tasted it. It burns the tongue and tastes acrid," he wrote, solving a long unanswered question. smh.com.au/world/suicide-…
Boris Yeltsin held the world's first "Hospital Summit" with Chinese President Jiang Zemin in 1998 because Yeltsin was recovering from pneumonia at a Moscow Hospital. Jiang later laughed off questions about Yeltsin's health deseret.com/1998/11/23/19…
On the sides of some Australian highways there are signs with trivia questions to keep drivers alert and focused on the road. boredpanda.com/trivia-roa…
Today I learned about the ship of Theseus: a thought experiment that raises the question of whether an object that has had all of its components replaced remains fundamentally the same object. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
The Kaliningrad question is a political question concerning the status of Kaliningrad Oblast as an exclave of Russia, and its isolation from the rest of the Baltic region following the 2004 enlargement of the European Union. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kal…
In 1986 students at UC Santa Cruz voted to make the school's official mascot the Banana Slug. The chancellor refused to honour the result, instead polling just student-athletes on the question... who also voted overwhelmingly in favour of being the Banana Slugs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UC_…
The "interrobang" is a punctuation mark that combines the functions of the question mark (?) and the exclamation mark (!) in a single character. It was originally conceptualised in 1962 but has so far never entered mainstream use. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
In 1963 a 16 year old sent a four-question survey to 150 well-known authors (75 of which replied) in order to prove to his English teacher that writers don't intentionally add symbolic content to their books. theparisreview.org/blog/2…
Ignosticism or igtheism is the idea that the question of the existence of God is meaningless because the term god has no coherent and unambiguous definition and/or that every other theological position assumes too much about the concept of god and many other theological concepts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ign…
Four year old girls ask nearly 400 questions a day on average news.com.au/lifestyle/par…
There's actually an irony mark to denote irony in text, similar to the question mark highlighting questions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iro…
There is a punctuation mark called an interrobang that's basically a question mark combined with an exclamation point used to ask a question in an excited manner. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
Tom Wilson, best known for playing Biff Tannen, Griff Tannen and Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen in the Back to the Future trilogy, got so tired of hearing the same questions about his experiences making the films that he wrote a song titled "Biff's Question Song". youtu.be/iwY5o2fsG7Y
Cunningham's law states: "The best way to get the right answer on the Internet is not to ask a question, it's to post the wrong answer." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cun…
There is a Japanese analog to Excalibur. Upon ascension, each Japanese emperor is presented with the legendary sword named Kusanagi which means Grasscutter in a private ceremony. However only the emperor and high ranking Shinto priest may view Grasscutter leading many to question its existence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kus…
Keurig coffeemaker co-inventor John Sylvan went to the ER reporting tunnel vision and heart palpitations. After a few tests the doctors had no clue so they asked questions like "how much coffee do you drink?" To which John replied "30 or 40 cups a day." The diagnosis was caffeine poisoning. archive.boston.com/busine…
A "content mix" error caused some early copies of Toy Story 2 on DVD to show a scene from the R-rated film 'High Fidelity' during the middle of the movie. The scene in question used the word "fuck" multiple times. eonline.com/amp/news/4062…
During the Battle of the Bulge, English-speaking German commandos impersonated U.S. military and sabotaged communications. This led to such suspicion among troops that General Omar Bradley had to prove his identity three times–by answering questions about football and Betty Grable. history.com/this-day-in-h…
When the NFL football team Seattle Seahawks invited a retired 4 star general to their facility, Seattles head coach Pete Carroll blitzed him with questions about whether the 9/11 attacks β€œhad been planned or faked” by the government. newyork.cbslocal.com/2013…
Tom Wilson, who portrayed Biff Tannen in the Back to The Future trilogy made a song answering the most repetitive questions about the films that he wishes people would stop asking him. It's called "The Question Song." backtothefuture.wikia.com…
A fundamental question and mystery in developmental biology is how an organ knows to stop growing after reaching a particular size. Organ growth relies on several processes occurring at the cellular level, including cell division and programmed cell death (or apoptosis). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hip…
The German Press Council forbids reporters from interviewing perpetrators while a crime is in progress because of an incident where the German press gave interviews to a hostage taker and even asked questions of the hostage that had a gun pressed against her neck. She died later that day bbc.com/news/stories-4522…
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas went 10 YEARS (2006-2016) without asking a single question while hearing cases. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
A 1980s Canadian court case validated a four-part mathematical question as a test of skill required for promotion sweepstakes: Multiply 228 by 21; add to that 10,824; divide the answer by 12; and subtract 1,121 ipvancouverblog.com/2013/…
President Coolidge's son lived to 2000. He often visited the Coolidge historical site and was a charming old man and excited talker who would still answer visitors' questions about his father or his family, and who would, on occasion, give a rare personal interview en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
US president Franklin Roosevelt, when meeting with a member of the Polish Underground during the Holocaust, inquired about the condition of Polish horses but didn't ask one question about the Jews. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
The first widely-used scientific pregnancy test was developed by injecting a woman’s urine into a female rabbit. The rabbit would then be killed and dissected. If its ovaries were enlarged, the woman in question was almost certainly pregnant. The error rate was less than 2%. Stunningly accurate! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rab…
Harvard's admission exam of 1869 required all first year students to be proficient in Latin and Greek grammar. Questions asked students to translate "I do not care how rich Gyges is" into Latin as well as compare Athens with Sparta graphics8.nytimes.com/pac…
The first guy to win "Who Wants to be Millionnaire?" John Carpenter, used none of his lifelines until the final question, where he called his Dad and told him that he didn't need any help on the final question and just wanted to let him know that he is about to win 1,000,000$ youtu.be/fDvNoLboqQM
The first animal to ask an existential question was from a parrot named Alex. He asked what color he was, and learned that it was "grey". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
The BBC quiz show Only Connect originally used Greek letters to represent questions. After recieving complaints from viewers that the Ggreek letters were too pretentious, the show switched to Egyptian hieroglyphs instead. youtu.be/1x0ef-m8Er8?t=18…
The question "Mr. Jones has two children. The older child is a girl. What is the probability that both children are girls?" has a different answer to "Mr. Smith has two children. At least one of them is a boy. What is the probability that both children are boys?". This is the Boy or Girl paradox en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boy…
A drug testing expert was high on cocaine almost every day she went to work, calling into question some 30,000 criminal drug cases she processed over the course of eight years. news.sky.com/story/drug-t…
According to psychologist Arthur Aron, there are 36 questions that could lead to love. Each question is more probing than the previous one and leads to a mutual vulnerability that fosters closeness. The final exercise is to stare into each other's eyes for 4 minutes. nytimes.com/2015/01/11/fa…
The clock on the facade of the Bolivian Congress runs anti-clockwise, with the hands turning left and the numbers inverted. It was changed by the government in 2014 to "get Bolivians to treasure their heritage and show them that they could question established norms and think creatively". bbc.com/news/world-latin-…
Johann Tetzel, an indulgence salesman in Martin Luther's time, was asked if an indulgence could be purchased for future sins. When he said yes, he was later beaten and robbed by the buyer, who said the act was the future sin in question. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
A mother is asked an average of over 100,000 questions a year her child telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
Roger Waters interviewed Paul and Linda McCartney with some questions for their answers to be included as some of the voices heard throughout Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon", but they didn't make it onto the album because Waters said they were "trying too hard to be funny." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of the Clever Hans phenomenon. Hans was a counting horse that was thought to solve math problems by stomping. It was later discovered that Hans was just reacting to non-verbal cues. Hans simply stopped stomping, when the question-giver seemed satisfied. skepdic.com/cleverhans.ht…
Today I learned of Euthyphro dilemma, found in Plato's dialogue Euthyphro, in which Socrates asks Euthyphro question: "Is what is morally good commanded by God because it is morally good, or is it morally good because it is commanded by God?" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eut…
Jim Crow-era "Literacy Tests" were frequently not even legitimate tests of reading skills but instead were a series of incredibly confusing trick questions such as "Print the word vote upside down, but in the correct order." slate.com/blogs/the_vault…
The McDonalds Coffee lawsuit actually had the lady in question get third degree burns because the coffee was being served at a scalding 180 degrees. youtube.com/watch?v=Q9DXS…

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