Immposible questions to

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Immposible questions to

Immposible questions to answer.


Post any questions you think can't be answered. People can attempt to answer them.


Here's mine: Is heat the absence of cold, or is cold the absence of heat? 

submitted by Pancake, age Open24hour, Pizza Place
(December 21, 2021 - 11:53 am)

Cold is the absence of heat, because heat is basically just particles moving faster. Cold is jus t when particles move slower, so in the absence of movement is cold.

submitted by Gallium
(December 21, 2021 - 6:53 pm)

OK. And top.

submitted by Pancake
(December 21, 2021 - 8:19 pm)

I just thought of one! Well, it's not a question, but see if t\you can!


Prove that I am not stopping time, doing stuff, coming back, and starting time again.

submitted by Pancake
(December 21, 2021 - 8:21 pm)

You are not stopping time because if you were, you would not be asking us to prove you weren't. You would hold that secret close to you like a mother nurturing a child- if anybody knew, they would take the power from you. It would be ridiculous to post about your power on a random website where particularly imaginative children flock, and would only happen if you did not, in fact, stop time on a regular basis.

submitted by Phoenix Tears, age 12 she/her, Revolutionary Grape Jelly
(December 22, 2021 - 10:53 pm)

Prove it.

literally. You can't actually prove a n y t h i n g. It's weird to think about.. you can be 99.9999999999999999% sure but not 100%. You could always be imagining something. We probably aren't imagining everything, but it's possible. Or is it? I can't prove if it is or not... ack 

submitted by Fallen Leaf, age 6th grade , Falalalalalalalala
(December 22, 2021 - 11:46 am)

I think it would be possible to prove a math equation using variables. You cannot prove any colors however, or sizes, since what seems small to you can seem huge to others. Colors, colors are light. You cannot prove light. 

submitted by @Fallen Leaf
(December 22, 2021 - 2:29 pm)

You can prove that someone is breahing, right? And if they are alive. 

submitted by Rainbow!, age 12in7days!, Midnight Gulch
(December 29, 2021 - 1:16 pm)

Why do we yawn when we are tired? And, bonus, why is yawning contagious, especially between people who are close with each other? 

submitted by Neverseen , age She/Her, City of Oaks and Things
(December 22, 2021 - 4:11 pm)

ok... Imma gonna answer this with NO online help...let's see how close I get.

We yawn when we're tired because of social signals. It's just another trait we evolved to improve communication with each other. Good communication = better chance of survival. If everybody in the tribe is yawning, they know they need to stop and rest.

Yawning is contagious because humans are highly social creatures, and we have evolved to fit in with the pack and do what everybody else is doing- that's how we survive. People are naturally inclined to do what other people are doing- and that includes yawning.


submitted by Phoenix Tears, age 12 she/her, Revolutionary Grape Jelly
(December 22, 2021 - 10:49 pm)

Awesome! Thanks Phoenix! 

Now, heres one based off of a paradox: 

If you were to go back in time and kill a relative (awful, yes, but imagine for the sake of the question), would you cease to exist?  

submitted by Neverseen, age She/Her, City of Oaks and Things
(December 23, 2021 - 2:24 pm)

Nope, because then you would be alive to kill that relative, and so you'd be caught in a time warp.

What happens if Pinocchio says, "My nose will grow now"

If he's telling the truth, his nose won't grow which means he's lying, but if he lies then his nose DID grow, which means he's telling the truth and so it shouldn't have grown? 

submitted by Red Starlight
(December 23, 2021 - 2:59 pm)

Well my answer to the pinocchio problem is a bit of stretch, but...ah, well, these questions are all a bit of a stretch anyway. :)

I believe the key word in your sentence is 'now.' 'Now' is so tricky to grasp, simply because it is always changing. How long is now, would you say? A second? A millisecond? A microsecond? A nanosecond? You don't know, do you? It's not something that can be defined.

When Pinocchio tells a lie, it always takes a little bit for his nose to start growing- he finishes talking, then his nose grows. It may be a fraction of a second, but it stands to reason that there is, in fact, time between the lie and the growth of the nose.

When Pinocchio says, "My nose is going to grow now," it is a lie, because his 'now,' in that moment, is very different from the 'now' the nose would grow in. Therefore, Pinocchio tells a lie, his nose grows, and that would be the end of it. 


submitted by Phoenix Tears, age 12 she/her, Revolutionary Grape Jelly
(December 23, 2021 - 5:10 pm)
Two people are trapped in a room. Person 1 can only say "Hello there."  Person 2 can only say "goodbye." Person 1 and 2 have to reply to whatever the other one says. Person 1 can only say "Hello there" when person 2 says "goodbye." Person 2 can only say "goodbye" when Person 1 says "Hello there."

Person 1 and 2 are now constantly saying "Hello there" and "goodbye." How did they start talking?
submitted by Pancake
(December 23, 2021 - 10:40 am)

They said "Hello there" and "goodbye" simultaneously.

submitted by GoldenLionTamarin
(January 4, 2022 - 7:44 pm)