Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Riddle Me This

Slate.com has a special feature on its website called the Explainer in which questions submitted by readers are answered by Slate staffers. Once in a while, questions are sent in that even they can’t answer. Check it out:

Can a baby get drunk off of nonalcoholic beer?

Very rare to find a hotel room with a light on the ceiling, they're usually floor lamps or desk lamps. Is there some structural reason for that?

Why are some cats softer to the touch than others? Is it possible I have the softest cat in the world?

In Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Identity, he says that Jason Bourne can pack with great economy of space, allowing him to pack much more in a small bag than it would seem. How would one do this, and is it even a real thing?

If an unscrupulous bar owner was to mix diethylene to, say, whiskey, what would the effect be on the consumer?

Why does having a foreign accent make a person seem more attractive?

When a fly lands on a ceiling, does it execute a barrel roll or an inside loop?

Why do train whistles at night always sound lonely and mournful? Not so in the daytime.

Why is smooth peanut butter cheaper than nutty?

How clean is bar soap in a public bathroom? Is it "self-cleaning," since it’s soap? It seems like a health hazard to me.

Why did Zidane head-butt his opponent in the World Cup final? Do the French not fight with their fists?

If a group of passengers on a hijacked plane wanted to, could they bring a plane down by all of them using their cell phones at the same time?

Is it possible to collect all the cookie dough in Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream and actually bake cookies from it?


Rocketstar said...

"Why does having a foreign accent make a person seem more attractive?"
-- Unless it's a Southern accent.

Thomas said...

Yowsa. You said it. I'm partial to women that have British and Australian ones (specifically, Kate Winslet and Nicole Kidman).

Timothy Smith said...

When I was teaching in Quebec the girl at the front desk of my hotel spoke French and English with a french accent. I found it terribly sexy!

I would go down to the desk and point to food items on the french take out menus and she would call them in.

Listening to her order chicken and fries from "Le Cock Rapid" (The fast chicken?) in french was the highlight of my day.

Curious about the flies myself.

houstonmacbro said...

I never touch the bar soaps in public bathrooms (or much of anything else in one if I concentrate about what I am doing and aim carefully).

But as far as the Bourne Identity thing. I think it is kinda like the Tardis. The suitcase must be bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.


Sarah said...

southern accents can be hot on he right person. see josh lucas in sweet home alabama. just sayin'

but for reals, when i dated the brit, it never really factored into the equation for me. odd.