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Can you think of questions that call for creative answers?

Asked by wundayatta (58354 points ) January 20th, 2009

Extra points for questions that can be asked on a fact-only site.

I like to play around, joke around, tell stories, be silly. This place needs some lightening up, I think. We are far too serious. Now, you know it must be very, very serious if I say that, because I’m one of the more serious people on the planet. Or so people tell me. Lighten up, Daloon. I get so annoyed when they say that. I want my hidden inner comedian/sillian/creativian to come out.

So, do you have any suggestions that would work here? Do you like these kinds of questions? What kinds of questions are fun for you?

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chelseababyy's avatar

I used to work for chacha.com

I gave factual answers and would be a smartass with smartass questions.

TitsMcGhee's avatar

@chelseababyy: I LOVE CHACHA, but they don’t respond to my questions half the time.

madcapper's avatar

What do you think they are eating at the inaugural dinner?
Never mind I already know… Turkey with a Cherry Chutney and for dessert a Cinnamon Sponge Cake with a Sweet Cream Glace.
Thanks for reporting the news ABC… no one cares.

judochop's avatar

@madcapper (my liberal response) and I wonder what the homeless are eating in my city today.
@madcapper (my conservative response) the turkeys dry, can I get a steak?

madcapper's avatar

@ judo hahaha love it!

nebule's avatar

If you could draw a cartoon character of yourself what would you be, what would you look like, and why????
?

Introverted_Leo's avatar

Personally, I don’t have a problem with the questions on here. It’s when people start attacking other people (aggressively/passive-aggressively) when it stops being fun. It can help to have a fair sense of humor with seriousness, though, if things seem to be getting too edgy.

But if I were awarding points to questions, I’d award them to questions that can’t be answered by “fact-only sites” ‘cause I think those’d be more fun. Facts are boring sometimes; show me something I don’t know. I guess that’s why I love (speculative) fiction.

Anyways, here’s a random question: how would our lives change if…people didn’t have fingers? >_>

jasongarrett's avatar

<—Someone else drew a cartoon of me.

If I had no fingers, my fly would always be open.

wundayatta's avatar

@Introverted_Leo: what an excellent principle for generating such questions! What if…..

They you’re asking for info, but letting people run free with their imaginations! Cool! Thanks! Lurve!

shadling21's avatar

There are those rare times that I consider answering a question seriously and see a shiny, bright, silly answer too. If that silly answer is concrete enough to be put into words, I do it. I think a lot of us do. Answers are easy to make light-hearted.

So, you’re saying that the questions can be heavy? I like that the seriousness of some of them doesn’t pave the way for nonsense and creativity. The nonsense just seems to evolve unexpectedly. I lurve it. But if we want to create questions that call for creative answers… Well, I think the limerick, Fluther story, and pancake threads could all serve as a model.

@Introverted_Leo – Very good point. “What if” questions provide ample opportunity for both creativity and educated guesses.

Introverted_Leo's avatar

@jasongarrett: lol, excellent. Then again, if we didn’t have any fingers to begin with, would they even bother to make zippers?

wundayatta's avatar

@Introverted_Leo: excellent question. Don’t you think you should ask it?

chelseababyy's avatar

@TitsMcGhee EW. That’s lame. I answer seriously every question.

TitsMcGhee's avatar

@chelseababyy: Yeah, and they weren’t even stupid questions either. It was like “what is the closest Starbucks to the 501 gallery in new york, ny 10011” or whatever address I was at. It was silly.

El_Cadejo's avatar

i never heard of chacha before this question, and im kinda happy. You guys like that site? Seems like a lot of low quality questions with even more low quality or just downright wrong answers.

As far as questions that call for creative answers, dont ya think i would be asking them on fluther if i knew any? :P

maybe_KB's avatar

Ooo, Ooo, I got a good one…

What if there were NO cosmetic plastic surgery but for ONLY those w/ SEVERE medical conditions/purposes?

What are the crazy reasons/excuse(s)
do you think people will come up with to finagle the system?

TitsMcGhee's avatar

@uberbatman: chacha is best for me when I’m out and about and have no interwebs access (otherwise, I’d ask fluther, of course!), and need an answer pronto. I text chacha and (hopefully) get an answer.

iAMi's avatar

What happens when Carmen Sandiego can’t find Waldo?

loser's avatar

I can think of a lot of questions but I don’t always need to ask them. I just ask things that I need help with that I can’t find the answers to elsewhere.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

@loser, The mods ‘yank’ my silly questions. I have asked a bunch of them, so don’t feel bad. I would like to lighten this place up, but the mods are persecuting my fun. I’ll go to Askville with silly questions, over there, they don’t have ‘modulated quality control issues’ :-)

Yup, my assholiness is hanging out all over the place like the pasty white buns of an obese man in a too tight speedo.

loser's avatar

Well, now there’s some creative use of words!
And an image I am trying very hard to forget!!!

wundayatta's avatar

@evelyns_pet_zebra They removed your silly questions? Can you give a few examples here? I thought I was skating close to the edge with the icebulbs question, but it was let through.

Sorceren's avatar

Yes. I get paid to ask questions that need creative answers.

Here’s one: how could democracy as practiced in America be fixed?

wundayatta's avatar

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. couldn’t resist

But it is interesting. Ask questions that implicitly presume something that is arguable in itself.

I was actually thinking of creative in the sense that the answers would need to be imaginative in a more fantastic sense. We get plenty of practical questions here. And although they require some creativity, it’s an easy kind of creativity. I prefer things that are impossible, or absurd, where you have to break all the conventions to get anything at all.

Introverted_Leo's avatar

I have a question: if everyone posted pictures of their exposed butts, then how might daloon feel?

wundayatta's avatar

It’s not a butt, it’s the world.

But I think it would totally be cool if everyone put up pictures of their own butts. Totally, totally cool!

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

I wanted to ask a new silly question, but wasn’t sure if I could get it past our censor-happy overlords, the moderators. I’m kidding, I love each and every one of the moderators in a very platonic, almost romantic non-stalkerish kind of way. Maybe someday I’ll get the cojones to ask it.

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