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?