Posted on September 27, 2013
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.)
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?
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