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Funny Imponderable Questions Lifes Little Perplexities

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Ben has held a life-long interest in language and has a particular interest in the expressions, phrases, and idioms that contribute to it.

Funny Imponderable Questions

An article for those suffering from a bad case of imponderable thinking.

Do you have one of life’s little questions going endlessly around and around in your head? Can’t find the answer? Then you have a severe case of the imponderable - but don’t fret, you are not alone.

So how do you cure such a severe and debilitating case? I hear you ask? Well, unfortunately, there is no permanent cure - other than complacency. In this case, the cure’s symptoms may well be worse than the disease from which those affected by the perplexity of pondering have descended.

My recommendation would be a good dose of laughter – natures cure for most ailments. And what could be better than being able to laugh at the very same ponderous and puzzling mysteries that have so severely affected us both to-date? So let the anguish go – embrace the unknown – curiosity be dammed! That’s it! Chuckle your way through the problem. But be warned. The treatment can be fleeting.

Earn a little respite and let the small questions in life go. Save your energy for life’s more significant problems, but most of all – have a little fun along the way.

The Agony of Never-ending Pondering's

Suffering From A Bad Case of Pondering?

Suffering From A Bad Case of Pondering?

Life Is Strange And Often Imponderable!

— Napoleon Hill, American Self Help Author, 1883 - 1970

Are You Worried About The Words We Use?

Do you worry and fret over the everyday words we use and how we use them? Do they get under your skin? Here are a few that used to bother me until I learned to let it go.

  • How come abbreviated is such a long word?

Unquestionably they could have come up with a shorter name for this?

  • If a word is misspelled in the dictionary, how would we ever know?

I pondered over this for quite some time - sad, isn't it?

  • Why are there 5 syllables in the word "monosyllabic"?

I knew that I had a serious problem when I heard myself repeatedly sounding out the individual syllables in this word - just checking you understand - not for any other reason.

Has the Puzzling Eased?  Keep Going - Nearly There!

Has the Puzzling Eased? Keep Going - Nearly There!

Wordier Imponderable Questions

  • Why are a 'wise man' and a 'wise guy' opposites?

I'm obviously not wise enough to figure this one out!

  • Why do "fat chance" and "slim chance" mean the same thing?

Perplexing. It's not just me. Or is it?

  • Why does "slow down" and "slow up" mean the same thing?

I can't figure out up from down anymore - I'm all at 6's and 7's - Oh dear, there's another one I'm now going to have to ponder about - when will it all end?

  • Why do we say something is out of whack? What exactly is a whack?

Whatever it is that out of whack means - I'm it!

Imponderable Poll

Life's Little Imponderable Questions - 12 Thought-provoking Questions

Do you need a diagnosis? Do you have an unrecognised case of pondering?

For each question, choose the best answer for you.

  1. When having Weetabix for your breakfast. Little flakes of cereal are scattered all over the work top. Do You -
    • Continue to eat your breakfast - the cleaner will sort it later.
    • Finish your breakfast before cleaning the mess. But remind yourself to take more care when preparing breakfast next time
    • Wonder why they make weetabix so dry and crumbly - after all you always smother it with milk
  2. You are opening a can of beans - the can has a ring pull opener. Do you?
    • Open the can - warm and eat your beans.
    • Put the can to one side, look for a can with no ring pull and open that with a traditional can opener instead.
    • Hope the ring pull doesn't snap again. Why is it that my can opener blade never reaches the lid surface on these tins
  3. You are watching a TV documentary on how the universe will end. Do you -
    • Think that it was an interesting progamme. then just get on with rest of your day.
    • Spend an hour or two wondering about how they produced such wonderful graphics in the documentary.
    • Wonder why it is that you can still see all that cabling behind the TV. I thought I had Wifi for everything?

Scoring

For each answer you selected, add up the indicated number of points for each of the possible results. Your final result is the possibility with the greatest number of points at the end.

  1. When having Weetabix for your breakfast. Little flakes of cereal are scattered all over the work top. Do You -
    • Continue to eat your breakfast - the cleaner will sort it later.
      • Confirmation: Uncontrolled Pondering Found: 0
      • Health Warning: Risk of pondering: +3
      • Confirmation: None Ponderer Found: +5
    • Finish your breakfast before cleaning the mess. But remind yourself to take more care when preparing breakfast next time
      • Confirmation: Uncontrolled Pondering Found: 0
      • Health Warning: Risk of pondering: +3
      • Confirmation: None Ponderer Found: +1
    • Wonder why they make weetabix so dry and crumbly - after all you always smother it with milk
      • Confirmation: Uncontrolled Pondering Found: +5
      • Health Warning: Risk of pondering: 0
      • Confirmation: None Ponderer Found: 0
  2. You are opening a can of beans - the can has a ring pull opener. Do you?
    • Open the can - warm and eat your beans.
      • Confirmation: Uncontrolled Pondering Found: 0
      • Health Warning: Risk of pondering: 0
      • Confirmation: None Ponderer Found: +5
    • Put the can to one side, look for a can with no ring pull and open that with a traditional can opener instead.
      • Confirmation: Uncontrolled Pondering Found: 0
      • Health Warning: Risk of pondering: +3
      • Confirmation: None Ponderer Found: 0
    • Hope the ring pull doesn't snap again. Why is it that my can opener blade never reaches the lid surface on these tins
      • Confirmation: Uncontrolled Pondering Found: +5
      • Health Warning: Risk of pondering: 0
      • Confirmation: None Ponderer Found: 0
  3. You are watching a TV documentary on how the universe will end. Do you -
    • Think that it was an interesting progamme. then just get on with rest of your day.
      • Confirmation: Uncontrolled Pondering Found: 0
      • Health Warning: Risk of pondering: 0
      • Confirmation: None Ponderer Found: +5
    • Spend an hour or two wondering about how they produced such wonderful graphics in the documentary.
      • Confirmation: Uncontrolled Pondering Found: 0
      • Health Warning: Risk of pondering: +3
      • Confirmation: None Ponderer Found: 0
    • Wonder why it is that you can still see all that cabling behind the TV. I thought I had Wifi for everything?
      • Confirmation: Uncontrolled Pondering Found: +5
      • Health Warning: Risk of pondering: 0
      • Confirmation: None Ponderer Found: 0

This table shows the meaning of each possible result:

Confirmation: Uncontrolled Pondering Found

We are sorry to confirm that a severe case of ponderability has been found in this case. Whilst with care and prolonged treatment, it may be possible to alleviate some of your symptoms, it is rare for sufferers at this stage of the condition to have its full effects reversed.

Health Warning: Risk of pondering

Whilst the results have been inconclusive - there is sufficient evidence to suggest that you belong to a group of people who have a high risk of developing into full blown ponderability. Recommendation: Change your lifestyle now. Avoid contentious questions. Take time more physical excercise and avoid too many instances where you have no distractions.

Confirmation: None Ponderer Found

Well Done. Your test was negative - which is good - right! Sorry... the pondering sometimes catches me out unawares! Your test proves that you are free from any symptons that would suggest that you are a likely ponderer in the making. Keep up the good work.

Numbers Can be Perplexing Too

  • Why isn't he number 11 pronounced onety-one?
  • If four out of five people suffer from diarrhoea, does this mean that one person in five enjoys it?
  • If a shop is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, why do they have locks on the doors?
  • It the number two pencil is the most popular, why is it still number two?
  • Why is the the third hand on a watch called the second hand?

Questions & Answers

Question: Why is the game "Monopoly" only sold by one company?

Answer: At first reading, I was a little perplexed and began to ponder on why this board game was so named. However, it turns out that the name "Monopoly" is very apt as the word means to have exclusive possession or control of the supply of or trade in a commodity or service.

Comments

Jim Henderson from Hattiesburg, Mississippi on May 05, 2020:

Very good! I laughed at several of your imponderables, especially 4 out of 5 suffering from diarrhea...Hilarious! However, thanks to you, I will probably lay awake at night to ponder. Thanks for the laugh …and the insomnia!