September 27 – Ask a Stupid Question Day

Posted on September 27, 2013

Sometimes people say, “There are no stupid questions.”

But I'm not sure that's entirely true. For example, I once asked how the doctors and parents knew if a brand-new baby was a boy or a girl. You know, when he or she is first born, before there are clothes or a name to make the sex clear to all.

Okay, yeah, I was a little kid. But I was old enough to know better!

So maybe there are some stupid questions. But one thing I know for sure: we shouldn't worry too much about asking stupid questions. It's far better to ask a stupid question than to never ask a question!

This day was created by people who want kids to ask more questions. If you don't understand something, ask a question. If you aren't sure something is true, ask how someone knows that, what the source is. If you don't know how something works, ask!

(By the way, now that I am an adult, I realize that my stupid question above was not so very stupid, after all, because in 1 out of every 100 births, doctors and parents DON'T know if the child is a boy or a girl.)

Celebrate Questions!

Here are some awesome quotes about asking questions:

No question is so difficult to answer as that to which the answer is obvious. 
– George Bernard Shaw

A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer. 
– Bruce Lee

To the dumb question, 'Why me?' the cosmos barely bothers to return the reply, 'Why not?' 
– Christopher Hitchens

Here are some fun “stupid questions”:

  • What if the hokey pokey really is what it's all about?

  • How does a thermos know whether a drink should be hot or cold?
Here are some fun not-stupid questions:

  • Which was the tastiest dinosaur?
Actually, real scientists have worked on that last question! And they came up with an answer, too. I wouldn't swear that it is the right answer...

  •  How do we know we are real, and not just someone's dream?
Deep! Did you just watch The Matrix?

Also on this date:

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And here are my Pinterest pages on October holidaysOctober birthdays, and historical anniversaries in October.

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