No stupid questions, just stupid people

So, I bee-bopped over to Have a Good Sandwich today. The site’s creator/author is Woy — one of the few people who knows PittGirl’s super- secret bat identity (and incidentally, Hammer, it’s not James Carville), and he’s widely regarded as one of the grandfathers (if not THE grandfather) of the Burghosphere (if I remember my readings correctly).

Now, Woy did have an interesting post about a feature from Slate magazine called “The Explainer,” where they try and answer questions you’ve always wanted to know answers to. And I guess, at the end of the year, they try and answer questions that were rejected or they didn’t feel they could answer — and they let the readers vote for which question to tackle. (The article is here.)

Out of all the questions, I found I was really intrigued by the “What dog is the most disloyal.” I think I know the answer to this question, actually: It’s not so much the breed, but the sex of the dog in question. Female dogs, when they go into heat, are completely ruled by their natural instincts and are not very likely to head their masters. But again, this is only a guess on my part. So if there is a disloyal dog breed out there, I’d be curious about it.

Some of the questions made me cringe, like the 11-year-old girl who thinks that if scientists create a black hole on earth, it will destroy the world (OK, she has an excuse — she’s 11).

But another — “If there is so much oil in the Middle East, could one missile (such as the ones used to penetrate bunkers and caves) explode deep underground and hypothetically blow up a few countries?” or “When and why did the Communist Chinese change the name of their capital ‘PEKING’ to Bazging? Sorry, I don’t know how it is spelled. Thank you.” — it’s like I want to say, “You’re fucking kidding me right? You can’t be that stupid.” And yet, here we are. (Side note: Really? Bazging? Holy Christ on a pony, go google “China’s capital,” FFS.)

So check it out, throw out a vote, and if you’re like me, cringe, laugh and cringe some more. Maybe there’ll be a question out there that you actually want to know the answer to.


3 Responses to “No stupid questions, just stupid people”

  1. 1 Sly Reference
    December 22, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    This should be the winner:

    During this weekend’s football playoff game in Green Bay, the temperature at kickoff was 0 degrees, and by the end of the game was -4 degrees. When players get injured in such weather, do they bother putting ice on the injury? Wouldn’t that warm up the injury to 32 degrees?

  2. December 22, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    Do football and hockey announces try to say the dirtiest thing that they can get away with? “Ben sure was strong in the pocket and his tight end sure did put on a show!”

  3. 3 Mike
    December 23, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    Shouldn’t the word “monosyllabic” be shorter?

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