Questions Inspired by Slate’s Explainer

Slate’s Explainer column recently tackled its toughest question yet: “Why are there so few dunks in women’s basketball?” Amazingly, the column was longer than just, “They’re shorter”—it stretched on for 473 words.

This got me thinking that perhaps this is a neglected field for blogging. Perhaps there is an underfed market of people seeking answers to questions that you would never think required explanation. Here at NPI, we aim to please, so over the next few weeks, prepare for us to explain the questions so tricky that they never even occurred to you to ask. Questions like:


“Why aren’t all songs the same length?”


“Has Kevin Garnett been alive forever?”


“Why do some people own dogs and others own cats?”


“Are potatoes real or imaginary?”


“Is reading a book the same thing as husking an ear of corn?”


“Does it ever rain?”


“Why do we conduct transactions with currency instead of cattle?”


“How does the iPad 4 differ from a human’s sense of smell?”


“What color is grass?”


“Is this really a question?”

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Lyle Lanley on March 26, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    But currency CAN be cattle unless you have also been brainwashed by the Ben Bernank…


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