It’s human nature to be curious, and people have an undying desire to answer every question that comes to mind.
With advances in technology and the connectivity of the internet, questions that might have gone unanswered for eternity have come to a conclusive resolution.
However, even with all of the information at our disposal, there are some questions that simply do not have answers.
There are many questions that have gone unanswered forever and will most likely continue to cause confusion in the minds of those who just need to know. And that list of unanswerable questions is huge.
Some of the questions that plague us are about the concept of time, science, or philosophy. Others are random, weird, or funny and are centered around curiosity, not a bonafide need.
Below is a list of thought-provoking questions that may leave you baffled, send you out in search of real answers, or make you double over in laughter.
1. If God made everything, who made God?
2. Do ghosts exist and, if so, how do we know?
3. How did life first start?
4. Is there anything that can travel faster than light?
5. How did we first determine there was a consciousness and a subconsciousness?
6. Do beings on other planets consider us aliens?
7. If everyone has their truth, how do we know what the real truth is?
8. Why are cars built to go faster than the speed limits?
9. What came first, the sun or the Earth?
10. How far east can you travel before you start traveling west?
This next set of questions can take you down an endless trail of confusion, thinking and rethinking your answers. In the end, you'll have to accept you simply don't know.
11. Was math invented by humans or simply discovered?
12. When you forget a thought, where does it go?
13. What makes you uniquely you?
14. If rules are meant to be broken, why make them in the first place?
15. What do people who have been deaf since birth hear when they think?
16. What do blind people see when they dream?
17. If you try to lose on purpose, but accidentally win, did you win or lose?
18. If you are expecting the unexpected, isn’t the unexpected now expected?
19. When your soul leaves your body, does it look like you?
20. If Adam and Eve were the first and only people, aren’t we all related?
21. If you enjoyed wasting time, were you really wasting time?
22. Who was the first teacher’s teacher?
23. When you wait for your waiter to come take your order, aren’t you now the “waiter”?
24. What exactly was the first person to milk a cow really trying to do?
25. What is the exact definition of perfect health?
26. Do animals have a subconscious?
27. Will reincarnation ever be possible, or does it already exist?
28. Do you really need a license for a self-driving vehicle?
29. Is it possible to know it all?
30. Can technology be used to control our emotions?
Time is a big topic. Because we use it to decide when birthdays, holidays, and other special occasions occur, there tend to be many unanswered questions about the concept.
31. When did time first begin?
32. Is there a reason you are here at this point in your life?
33. Does time end at some point?
34. Will time travel ever be possible?
35. Why do we keep time?
36. Who decided age is based on rotations around the sun?
37. If the early bird gets the worm, why do they tell you that good things come to those who wait?
38. Who created the first calendar and how’d they know where to start?
39. How do we know the future is not actually the past and vice versa?
40. Will there come a time when people will live forever?
41. Will people still drive in 20 years?
42. Does time always move forward?
43. Are past, present, and future real?
44. Is time infinite or will it one day run out?
45. Does time really exist or is it a shared mental construct?
Science has resolved a lot of questions for humankind over time. Still, there are many curiosities for which there are still no answers.
46. Is the Earth alive?
47. Where does the universe begin and end?
48. If you drill a hole through the middle of the earth and leap through, are you falling or floating?
49. Were there people that existed before the universe?
50. If everyone on Earth leapt into the ocean at once, would we flood the world?
51. Do caterpillars know they will morph into butterflies or do they just like cocoons?
52. If we evolved from monkeys, why are there still monkeys running around?
53. Who decided February should have 28/29 days while all the rest had 30/31?
54. Will a journey to the center of the earth ever really be possible?
55. Will we ever find a cure for cancer?
56. How long before people can opt to clone themselves?
57. Is there life on other planets?
58. Will we one day be able to back our brains up on storage devices?
59. If a human being is genetically enhanced, are they still human?
The questions in the section won't necessarily change our lives if answered, but will definitely garner a chuckle or two.
60. Why do people bake cookies but cook bacon?
61. At what age does old age begin?
62. How do you know your life isn’t just one crazy hallucination?
63. If you hit yourself and it hurts, are you weak or are you strong?
64. If something is described as “indescribable,” hasn’t it just been described?
65. How would you look up the word “dictionary” in the dictionary?
66. How far up do bald people go when washing their faces?
67. Why do people say “slept like a baby” when babies wake up throughout the night?
68. If a cyclops closes its eye, is it winking or blinking?
69. Are eyebrows facial hair?
70. Can you talk down to a person taller than you?
71. Are prisons equipped with emergency exits?
72. If you dive into the fountain of youth but can’t swim and drown, will you still live forever?
73. If Cinderella fit the lost slipper perfectly, how did she lose it in the first place?
74. If a word is misspelled in the dictionary, how do we find it?
Do you know someone who randomly asks questions that make you wonder how they got there? Well, there are some things they might have tossed around in their strange minds.
75. What are dreams made of?
76. How long will people remember you once you die?
77. Why set goals if everyone is eventually just going to die?
78. Are soulmates really a thing or do two people just like each other a lot?
79. Why do we have belly buttons for our entire lives?
80. What do they call French kissing in France?
81. What is the wealth and fame threshold for being “assassinated” and not “murdered”?
82. Do dentists go to other dentists?
83. If R-rated movies are for adults, why do children act in them?
84. Are braces removed when someone dies?
85. Since tomatoes are a fruit, should ketchup be considered a smoothie?
86. Does hating hateful people make you a hateful person?
87. If the number 2 pencil is most widely used, why is it not number 1?
88. If people forget about you after you die, did you really ever exist?
89. Do we all hear sounds the same?
Many thinkers have attempted to provide responses to philosophical questions. But there are some that might forever plague us.
90. Are we actually free-willed or are our actions predetermined by destiny?
91. What happens after you die?
92. Is it really possible to be objective?
93. What is the purpose of human beings?
94. What is God?
94. What is the Devil?
96. Who decided what was right and what was wrong?
97. If killing is so wrong, what makes us kill people who kill other people?
98. Was there a time when nothing existed?
99. Is karma real or are we just making it up so people will be kind?
Some questions can only be described as "weird." Sure, we might want to know, but is it really necessary?
100. Which came first, the fruit called “orange” or the color?
101. Are we really living or are we actually dying slowly?
102. At what point does it go from partly sunny to partly cloudy?
103. Why does glue not stick to the inside of the bottle?
104. In the word “scent” which letter is silent: the "s" or the "c"?
105. What is the color of a mirror?
106. If it loses its wings, is it still a “fly”?
107. Why does a “cold” make your body temperature hot with fever?
108. If you drop soap on the floor, is the floor now clean or is the soap now dirty?
109. How do we know when it’s “all said and done”?
110. What came first, the chicken or the egg?
NyRee Ausler is a writer from Seattle, Washington, and author of seven books. She covers lifestyle and entertainment and news, as well as navigating the workplace and social issues.
Imagine you approached someone you admired, and boldly asked that person to mentor you. And the answer was “Yes!” But a year into the relationship, those monthly mentoring sessions might not invigorate you like they used to, and aren’t quite as energizing for the mentor, either.
4 Types Of Questions To Ask A Mentor
To break the ice, have your mentor tell a story from his or her own career. Hey, everybody likes to talk about themselves! For example, you could inquire: “How did you get to where you are today?” or “How did you land your current role?” But you could also ask more specific questions that address your career objectives and concerns. Some questions to consider:
• Was there a time you messed up and felt like you’d failed? How did you bounce back?
• How did you learn to embrace risk-taking?
• Tell me about a latest business setback. How did you recover?
• Think back to five years ago. Did you envision your career as it is today?
• Was there ever a role you applied for and landed, but weren't 100% qualified to do? How did you proceed?
• What do you wish you had known before taking your first management role?
• Which leadership skills were the most difficult to develop?
• Can you tell me about a time when you had a difficult boss? How did you handle the situation?
• What’s the most important leadership lesson you’ve learned and how has it proven invaluable?
• How did you develop the skill of speaking so engagingly in front of groups?
Now that the conversation is flowing, get more granular in your requests and bring a specific situation to your mentor--one that you’d like help navigating. For example:
• I tried to delegate a task last week and it did not go well. Can we work through what to do differently next time?
• Who are the people I need to align with in this organization to achieve success?
• My boss said I need to be more strategic. What does that mean?
• How can I let my boss know that I don’t need to be micromanaged?
• How can I stay connected to key influencers who do not work in same office or geographical area?
• When trying to gain buy-in to implement a new program, what tactics have worked for you?
• My performance review is coming up. What type of preparation do you most appreciate seeing from your employees?
• I have two very different career path options available to me. Can you weigh in to help me make a final decision?
• I'm considering a career transition. What are some other areas of the business that might be a good fit for me?
• I’ve heard that taking a stretch assignment could help my career trajectory. What are the pros and cons?
One of the greatest gifts you can provide yourself is the gift of self-awareness, meaning the ability to see yourself as others view you. That way, if you like how you’re perceived, you can embrace it and take steps to strengthen that positive perception. If you don’t like how you are currently perceived, you can take steps to shift that perception to a more positive one that supports, rather than undermines, your career and leadership goals.
After starting with the obvious question: “How do you think others perceive me?” become more specific, so your mentor can assist by “holding up the mirror” and providing detailed feedback on how your actions and communication are impacting the way others see you. Ask questions such as:
• How am I viewed? In other words, what's my personal brand in our organization?
• Where do you see my strengths?
• What do you see as some of my blind spots and how can I improve?
• How I am viewed by leadership?
• What do people say about me when I’m not in the room?
• Could you offer feedback on ways to Boost my executive presence?
• Do I come across as strategic or tactical in my day-to-day communication?
• Am I viewed as high-maintenance when I send my boss weekly status updates?
• How could I have communicated my idea more clearly?
• When I presented at the last meeting, how did I do? Did my communication style support the message I intended to deliver?
Is there a skill you’re currently working to enhance, such as project management, long-term strategic planning, delegating, or public speaking? Use questions like these to ask your mentor for advice and resources to help you polish that skill:
• How can I become a more assertive negotiator?
• Can we role-play asking for a raise and a promotion?
• How can I become better at managing people who do not report to me?
• Do you have any quick tips for re-energizing an overworked team?
• Can you recommend a book or resource for dealing with difficult conversations?
• What practices can you recommend for dealing with nervousness when speaking to groups?
• I have been asked to facilitate a team-building activity at a staff retreat. What are some keys to success?
• What’s a good methodology or tool for project management and tracking team commitments?
• Do you have a template that you use for long-range visioning and strategic planning?
• What new skills do I need to move ahead?
With these four types of questions and their accompanying examples, you’ll never sit through another mentoring conversation wondering if the other person is finding the discussion useful. And provide this list to those whom you mentor, encouraging them to use it to maximize the value of the time you spend together.
For book lovers, there’s nothing more exciting than learning someone has read the same book as you—and genuinely wants to hear your thoughts on it. Book clubs are the perfect space for this: to process and share ideas, get into healthy debates and learn from other insightful perspectives. And while you can certainly wing it, anyone who has attended a meeting of an in-person or online book club can testify to how quickly discussions can get derailed. That’s why it’s so important to have book club questions to structure and guide the meeting and to spark the meaningful conversation you came for.
That’s why we’ve compiled the best book club questions to discuss with your fellow bookworms, from reflective questions about characters and plot to analytical thought-provokers about writing style and technique. These questions will keep the conversation lively and rolling, ultimately leaving you inspired and with a deeper understanding of the material. Whether your book club is reading the best fiction books of 2022, the best books of all time, mystery books, romance novels, nonfiction books, beach reads or books based on your favorite TV shows, make sure to bring these questions to your next meeting.
The best book club discussions happen when everyone has read the book—easier said than done when our schedules are jam-packed. If you find yourself short on reading time, consider downloading audiobooks so you can listen on your commute, while doing chores or at the gym.
Of course, reading the book is only part of the work. The other part: remembering enough of what you read to participate in the conversation.
Each book is a journey with twists and turns, and it can be easy to forget some of your more specific thoughts by the time the book club meeting rolls around. As a former English major, I’m a huge fan of writing in the margins and highlighting or dog-earring any passages or pages that move me.
If marking books feels sacrilegious to you, consider an e-book or use sticky notes that you can write thoughts on. (Bonus: They double as bookmarks.) If you’re feeling especially organized, use different-colored sticky notes for different subjects so you can flip to specific pages even more quickly.
Finally, it’s important to remember that these discussions can get heated. “Different views on books are inevitable, as is the fact that not everyone will like the book. That’s perfectly OK,” says Denise Borshuk, who’s hosted her own book club for five years. “People have different tastes and lived experiences, and that’s part of what everyone brings to the table.”
Make sure to lay down the rule that all book club members are entitled to their opinions, as long as they are not harmful to others, and consider assigning books by Black authors, Latinx authors and Asian and Pacific Islander authors, plus Native American books, books by women and LGBTQ books, to diversify the reading list. If a particular discussion starts moving in a direction that is anything less than respectful and compassionate, move on to one of the next book club questions on this list. That way, your book club remains, as Borshuk puts it, “an enjoyable place to get together with others and expand your literary comfort zone!”
These book club questions are perfect for discussing any and all book genres: everything from science fiction and dystopian books to horror and vampire novels to true-crime books, autobiographies, dark academia and even self-help books.
On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest, how would you rate this book?
Did this book remind you of any other books you’ve read?
Did you think the first sentence of the book was effective? Why do you think the author started with that sentence?
What was your favorite quote from this book and why?
Which part of the book resonated emotionally with you?
How do you feel about the book’s pacing? Were there parts you wished the author slowed down and explored more? Were there parts that lagged?
What were some recurring themes or motifs throughout the book?
Why do you think the author chose this particular book title?
If you could pick a different title for the book, what would it be and why?
Do you feel the book cover captures the essence of the book?
If you could pick a different book cover design, what would it be?
Did you find the ending of the book satisfying?
Why do you think the author ended the book with the last sentence? Do you think it was effective?
If you could ask the author one question about the book, what would it be?
What’s a song or album that captures the essence of this book?
Would you read another book by this author? Why or why not?
Did you feel the narrator of this book was reliable?
Was there a moment when you disagreed with the protagonist’s decisions? What would you have done differently?
Which character did you feel the most sympathy for?
If this were to happen in real life, would these characters and plot points be realistic?
If you had been a character in the book, what would you have done to influence the outcome?
How does the setting contribute to the story?
Did you guess the ending of the book, and if so, how?
What do you think happens to the characters after the book ends?
The next time your book club picks a historical fiction title, make sure your list of questions includes these.
How did this book change your perspective on this historical time period or historical event?
Does the book address the social and/or political issues of that era, and if so, how?
Do you see a parallel with today’s social or political climate?
Why do you think the author set this story during this time period?
Do you feel like this book was well-researched? Why or why not?
Is your book club reading a memoir this month? Consider these discussion questions during your meeting.
What do you think inspired the author to tell their story?
How did the memoir make you reflect on your own past or future?
Were there parts that you felt the author could have expanded?
Did you feel the author was honest or that the scenes were true to memory?
What are the benefits of this story being told as a memoir instead of a different form of narrative?
Once you’ve narrowed down the best book club questions for this month’s read, you’re ready for a spirited discussion with like-minded bookworms. After that? Well, it’s time to pick your story. Your options are endless—from sad to feel-good books, breezy summer reads to banned books and beyond.
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Toledo Early College is now the number one magnet school in the state. Toledo Technology Academy takes the number two spot for magnet schools in Ohio.
TOLEDO, Ohio — Toledo Public Schools is getting some recognition for its magnet schools.
Two of the district's schools are the top in the state.
According to Niche.com, Toledo Early College is now the number one magnet school in the state; but that's not all, Toledo Technology Academy (TTA) takes the number two spot for magnet schools in Ohio.
School leaders are excited about this ranking.
"I think that it's wonderful. Well-deserved recognition because the staff here builds relationships with our students," Toledo Technology Academy's senior director Susan Rowe-Finley said.
These rankings are based on curriculum and rigor, diversity, state report cards and college credit classes.
"I am excited, I am exuberant, I am so happy for our students and our staff," Toledo Early College principal Paulette Cole said.
They're not surprised, either.
Rowe-Finley says the staff and students work really hard to meet the school's standards of excellence.
"We demand a lot from our students. It's very rigorous, the curriculum is taught to the same standard as TPS but a lot of our curriculum is not the same curriculum," Rowe-Finley said.
Superintendent Romules Durant says the kids are successful because of how magnet schools operate.
Students do not have to live in the Toledo area to attend but do have to apply and be accepted into the program.
"I would say our magnet schools are our most diverse schools in the region. Kids are coming from rural areas, suburban areas and inner cities to come. That's the true value of education because diversity drives success," Durant said.
Because of that, he says the students have both academic and financial advantages by the time they are graduating, and that sets them apart from other schools in the region.
Durant says these rankings show all the hard work and investments into the district's magnet schools are paying off. He also says the ultimate goal is for all of the TPS magnet schools to be ranked on this list.