Posts Tagged: Questions

Do You Have a Question for Evelyn Everlady?

There are few things I hate in this world more than unsolved mysteries. (SURE, EVEN, YES, WHERE IS THAT PLANE?) To that end, we have left you hanging regarding resolution of the tales of Evelyn Everlady, a woman in New York City who once had the worst boyfriend in the world ever, and who brought us the unfortunately now-real phrase Negroni Season. (As well as the tale of Hank the dog and the chilling story of Foxwoods.)

Next week she's going to bring us up to speed, answering all my questions—but also yours, if you like! If you have any questions for her, you can leave them [...]


Why Were You Outside Yesterday?

Yesterday: it was disgusting. Like, a million degrees. And it was a Sunday. So why were people outside? We went out and asked some guys.


"Is This The World's Smallest Bathroom?"

Why the hell not, let's say it is… for now.


Spoiler: It's Happening Here

"Pick a country and describe a sequence in which: First, a presidential election is decided by five people, who don't even try to explain their choice in normal legal terms. Then the beneficiary of that decision appoints the next two members of the court, who present themselves for consideration as restrained, humble figures who care only about law rather than ideology. Once on the bench, for life, those two actively second-guess and re-do existing law, to advance the interests of the party that appointed them. Meanwhile their party's representatives in the Senate abuse procedural rules to an extent never previously seen to block legislation — and appointments, especially to the [...]


Television Commercial Plays Havoc With Meaning Of Common Expression

Geico's "Rhetorical Questions" ad campaign has never been my favorite. Not even among the various rarely-amusing ad campaigns the insurance company has been concurrently running over the past few years. (I guess the cavemen ones would be my favorites? If only because of the one where the cavemen pull up on their motorcycles to the song that goes, "Don't wanna hurt you/Try not to mess with your feelings…" I kinda like that one. That song is by a Swedish band called the Sounds, apparently.) But as lame as all those ads have been, this latest one takes the cake.


Penis Pictures: Do They Really Work?

A reader asks: "Does texting cock shots ever actually work? Like, are there regular dudes who get ladies doing this? Are there ladies who actually welcome it? Because all I would think is that the guy is a total perv (or messing with me, in which case I'd just think he was an asshole). But maybe I'm just a prude?" It's a good question! Also, are there points for style?


The Internet: Ask It Anything!

Dear Internet: How do I make my chicken taste like cafeteria garbage?


Janet Malcolm v. Francine Prose

A reader writes: "what is the long game here????" He refers to this letter, in the New York Review of Books, from Janet Malcolm, to Francine Prose, regarding Rebecca West's views on Charlotte Brontë. (You got that? ARE YOU SURE.) Malcolm criticizes Rebecca West's views on Brontë, but finishes: "Prose’s condescending words about Nora Ephron’s brilliant elliptical essays are similarly puzzling."

How did this come to pass? To what end was this written? Was this an impulsive blog comment of a letter? I too would be moved to defend Nora Ephron, but perhaps not to the extent of dashing off a letter. Or was this a tip [...]


Questions Answered

Do cats always land on their feet? It depends what height you drop them from.


New Mexico Has A Question

"An article on Friday about a fight in New Mexico over chile peppers that are grown outside the state yet are being sold as 'homegrown' referred incorrectly to the existence of an official state question. The state does indeed have such a question, having adopted it in 1996. (The reporter suggested that if the state were to adopt an official question, it no doubt would be: 'Red or green?,' as to which pepper is preferred. That is, in fact, the official question — about the state’s official vegetable.)"


Dumb Questions I’ve Had For Science

• Do astronomers ever refuse to classify rocks in space as asteroids out of spite?

• If Jupiter’s radiation is so tough why don’t we just wear thick lead spacesuits?

• Why do we only send crazy-looking robots with wheels to other planets? Why don't we send probes that can walk?

• I wonder how many people would be beheaded by their own invention if that invention were a poorly made hovercraft.

• If Venus is so hot, why hasn't it melted itself?

• Which is more underrated, Uranus or Neptune?

• How many multiverse mes can there be anyway? I doubt the same sperm [...]


Questions About Heaven

Do you believe in heaven? Will you “make it” up there, one day? Looking down on your loved ones for all of eternity? Do you think looking down on your loved ones for all of eternity sounds like heaven? Does it sound pleasurable? Being able to see what your kids, relatives and friends are up to and not being able to do anything about it? Except for maybe sending them a sign? Do you really believe you could send a “sign” that one of them would understand? Wouldn’t be too cryptic?

Don’t you think that if everyone in heaven could send a sign to someone on earth, it [...]


So Daddy Drinks A Little. So What?

Q. "I'm an alcoholic. Help me feel comfortable with my alcohol intake. On average, I figure I consume about 25 units of alcohol per week. I can remember the last day I didn't have a drink. It was six months ago and I was on antibiotics…. Is it reasonable to keep drinking like this given that I'm productive and it makes me happy"?

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(Photo by Simon Pearson.)


Top Five Questions About This Weekend

1. Will I put together a Halloween costume? And if so, will it involve an age-appropriate amount of fabric and/or racism? (Yes. Age-appropriate racism.) 2. Am I ever going to finish the Lorrie Moore book that came out like a month ago? 3. Am I ever going to make myself read that must-read New Yorker article on Texas executions that came out like a month ago? 4. Am I going to be able to resist seeing Saw VI again? 5. On Monday, am I going to read New York mag's investigative essay-report into their own popular Sex Diary feature? Answer: Yes, I am, because it is written by Wesley Yang. [...]


And How Was Your Summer, Amy Sedaris?

What has Amy Sedaris been up to lately? We sent her a bunch of annoying questions to find out!

Mark Allen: I loved your books, I Like You and Simple Times: Crafts For Poor People. You've helped me rediscover googly eyes, politically incorrect ethnic food, elderly party advice, drunk guest tips and star wands. Is there a third book in the works?

Amy Sedaris: There isn't a third book in the works, but there is a fourth book. I've learned a lot since I Like You and Simple Times. I need a new grieving chapter with a few ceremony recipes. Also, I need a chapter on dental care [...]


'Ask Reddit' Or Sociopath Quiz Question?

1. Which do you find more exciting during a storm—the lightning or the thunder?

2. Would you be able to live alone if you were the last person on this earth?

3. If all of the possibilities were in place, would you eat the fish half of a mermaid?

4. Does violent punishment actually solve anything?

5. If you were to live in an isolated area, what would you want to have?

6. What is the shortest time you've gone from meeting someone to making up a story about having sex with them?

7. Do you tend to have many short-term relationships but never any meaningful long-term ones?

8. What [...]


Love Among the Mismatched

How can an atheist and a theist build a relationship?



"So, what about 'beg the question'? This is probably the most widely misused expression in the language. I don't propose to explain what it means. People with degrees in philosophy have no trouble understanding it. The rest of us find it virtually ungraspable. There are only two things you need to know about 'beg the question'. The first is that it is not the same as 'raise the question'—which is the expression the writer of the Johansson item should have used. The second is this: don't write 'beg the question' – ever."


Ball Lightning, UFOs And Other Mysteries

"Could it be that the meteor descending through the atmosphere, having passed through the ionosphere, actually created a transient conductive connection between the ionosphere and the ground, even if it was only for a few seconds? Was that enough to put charge into the ground, and then with the discharge form some kind of plasma ball above?" —Queensland University of Technology astrophysicist Stephen Hughes asks probing questions about the not-well-understood phenomenon of "ball lightning," which has been posited as an explanation for the numerous reports of green fireballs seen rolling around the mountains west of Brisbane, Australia in May, 2006. This while a meteor shower lit up [...]


Asher Roth, "Toni Braxton"

What to make of Asher Roth? The preppy white Pennsylvanian rapper has always seemed so easy to dismiss. So similar in style and content to a young Eminem, so comfortable with his marketing, so enthusiastic in his wearing of Docksides. But here, in the song "Toni Braxton," from his mixtape, Seared Foie Gras With Quince and Cranberry, he's found a beat that fits him just right-the bit of Willie Mitchell's "Groovin'" that RZA looped up to make GZA's "Liquid Swords" way back in, Jesus, 1995-and he does his thing very well. The cartoon video's fun to watch, too. Is there a future here?