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03/22/2023 An Unexamined Life #10   Leave a comment

“A unexamined life is not worth living.” Socrates

I thought I’d continue with another installment of interesting questions created to assist us in self-evaluation. These installments have made for some lively discussions with my better-half after we discovered some surprisingly different answers. I hope you have a partner or spouse to discuss them with. It can be quite enlightening.


  • If you knew your child would be severely retarded and would die by the age of five, would you decide to have an abortion?
  • Do you find it hard to say “no” when you regularly do favors you do not want to do? If so, why?
  • If you began to be very attracted to someone of another race, how would your behavior differ from what it would be toward someone of your own race?
  • Would you rather spend a month on vacation with your parents or put in overtime at your current job for four weeks without extra compensation?
  • Would you like to know the precise day of your death?
  • Would you accept a guaranteed, lifetime allowance of $50,000 per year (adjusted annually for inflation) if accepting it meant you could never again earn money from either work or investments.
  • What, if anything, is too serious to be joked about?
  • Do you ever spit or pick your nose in public? What about cleaning your teeth with a toothpick?
  • A close friend asks, and genuinely wants your opinion about something, but your opinion is one that he is likely to find quite painful. For example, your friend is an artist and asks your honest estimate of his chances of being successful. You think he is an atrocious artist who hasn’t the slightest chance of success. What would you do?
  • Do you have a favorite sexual fantasy? Would you like to have it fulfilled?



02/04/2023 An Unexamined Life #9   1 comment

Welcome to installment #9. These questions are a little more intense but very interesting answers should be forthcoming. And for those of you who feel these questions are dark and threatening, here’s one for you tamer or lamer folks: How many cute and furry puppies must you save from a fate worse than death to be considered a true pet lover? LOL

Let’s get going!


  • If you were able to wake up tomorrow in the body of someone else, would you do so? Whom would you pick?
  • If you are happily married, and then met someone you felt certain would always bring you deeply passionate, intoxicating love, would you leave your spouse? What if you had kids?
  • When you do something ridiculous, how much does it bother you to have other people notice it and laugh at you?
  • Who is the most important person in your life? What could you do to improve the relationship? Will you ever do it?
  • Assuming that complete recovery was instantaneous, would you be willing to accept a year of complete paralysis below the neck to prevent the otherwise certain extinction of the blue whale?


  • Do you believe in capital punishment? Would you be willing to execute a man sentenced to death by the courts if you were selected by lot to do so and he would go free if you refused? Assume you know no details of the trial.
  • If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?
  • You are at a lake with some friends; the sun is warm, and the water is cold. Going into the water would temporarily chill you but you knew that later on the warm sun would be even more enjoyable and you’d be glad you had gone in. Would you take the plunge?
  • Do you believe in any sort of God? If not, do you think you might still pray if you were in a life-threatening situation?
  • While out one day, you are surprised to see your mother holding hands with someone who is clearly her lover. She notices you, runs over, and begs you not to say anything to your father. How would you respond? What would you do if your father later told you that he was going crazy because he kept thinking your mother was having an affair yet knew it was just his imagination?


  • If 100 people your age were chosen at random, how many do you think you’d find leading a more satisfying life than yours?
  • If you went to a beach and it turned out to be a nude beach, would you stay and go swimming? Would you swim nude?
  • Have you had satisfying sex within the last three months?
  • Would it disturb you much if, upon your death, your body were simply thrown into the woods and left to rot? Why?
  • Which would you prefer: a wild, turbulent life filled with joy, sorrow, passion, and adventure – intoxicating successes and stunning setbacks; or a happy, secure, predictable life surrounded by friends and family without such wide swings of fortune and mood?



01/26/2023 An Unexamined Life #8   Leave a comment

Installment eight continues this series of posts designed to promote discussion and thought through self-examination. I hope it’ll generate some interesting discussions between you, your friends, and partners. Without interesting people in our lives and a lack of interesting conversations things would become excruciatingly boring.

Also, for those of you who are interested, starting today this blog will no longer be posted daily. I’ve decided to cut back a little to allow for more time for other projects. It’s been more than twelve years of daily postings and I’ll miss that part of my routine. I’m immediately cutting back to three postings a week, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays beginning today. Now let’s get on with Self-Examination #8.

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” Socrates


  • Do you usually make a special effort to thank someone who does you a favor? How do you react when you aren’t thanked for going out of your way for someone?
  • Would you like to have your rate of physical aging slowed by a factor of thirty so as to give you a life expectancy of approximately 2000 years?
  • You are invited to a party that will be attended by many fascinating people you’ve never met. Would you want to go if you had to go by yourself?
  • Since adolescence, in what three-year period do you feel you experienced the most personal growth and change?
  • If you were having difficulty on an important test and could safely cheat by looking at someone else’s paper, would you do so?


  • If your parents became infirm and the only alternative to bringing them into your house was to put them in a nursing home, would you do so? What about a sister or brother who suffered a permanently crippling injury and had nowhere to go?
  • If you were at a friend’s house for Thanksgiving dinner and you found a dead cockroach in your salad, what would you do?
  • If you could take a one-month trip to anywhere in the world and money were not a consideration, where would you go and what would you do?
  • Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by five years to become extremely attractive?
  • Given the ability to project yourself into the past but not return, would you do so? Where would you go and what would you try to accomplish if you knew you might change the course of history?


  • How many different sexual partners have you had in your life? Would you prefer to have had more or fewer?
  • Have you ever considered suicide? What is so important to you that without it life would not be worth living?
  • If your friends and acquaintances were willing to bluntly and honestly tell you what they really thought of you, would you want them to?
  • If this country were to suffer an unprovoked nuclear attack and would be totally obliterated in a matter of minutes, would you favor unleashing the US nuclear arsenal upon the attackers?
  • Would you accept $10,000 to shave your head and continue your normal activities without hat or wig without explaining the reason for the new haircut?



01/13/2023 An Examined life #6   Leave a comment

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” Socrates

It’s once again time to introduce installment number seven of this series. As I’ve posted them, I’ve found the conversations between myself and my better-half to be quite interesting. Some of my answers have surprised her and some of hers have surprised me. That’s a good thing for any relationship when after twenty or more years together you can still be pleasantly surprised by each other. Let’s get started . . .

  • One hot summer afternoon, while walking through a parking lot at a large shopping center, you notice a dog suffering badly from the heat inside a locked car. What would you do?
  • Do you feel ill at ease going alone to either dinner or a movie? What about going on a vacation by yourself?
  • If you knew that in one year you would die suddenly, would you change anything about the way you are now living?
  • For $20,000 would you go for three months without washing, brushing your teeth, or using deodorant? Assume you could not explain your reasons to anyone.
  • Would you rather die peacefully among friends at age 50, or painfully and alone at age 80? Assume that most of the last 30 years would be good ones.


  • If you were to discover that your closest friend was a heroin dealer, what would you do?
  • Is it easy for you to accept help when you need it? Will you ask for help?
  • If you were helping to raise money for charity and someone agreed to make a large contribution if you would perform at the upcoming fundraising show, would you? If so, what would you like to perform? Assume the show would have an audience of about 1000 people.
  • Would you have one of your fingers surgically removed if it somehow guaranteed immunity from all major diseases?
  • Would you like to be famous? In what way?


  • How do you picture your funeral? Is it important for you to have people mourn your death?
  • Which of the following restrictions could you best tolerate: leaving the country permanently, or never leaving the state in which you now live?
  • You, your closest friend, and your father are on vacation together, hiking in a remote jungle. Your two companions stumble into a nest of poisonous vipers and are bitten repeatedly. You know neither will live without an immediate shot of antivenom, yet there is only a single dose of antivenom and that is in your pocket. What would you do?
  • Where would you choose to be if you could place yourself anywhere on a scale from 1 to 10, where one is hardship, struggle, and extraordinary accomplishment and 10 is comfort, peace of mind, and no accomplishment. Why? Where are you now?
  • If you could choose the sex and physical appearance of your soon to be born child, would you do it?



12/13/2022 “An Examined Life #2”   Leave a comment

“The unexamined life is not worth living”



Last’s weeks installments created not only some discussion with my better-half but also with a number of readers. The general feeling was that it was an interesting process but disturbing once everyone started explaining their opinions. That’s a perfect reason to continue with these posts because the questions tend to get even more interesting as we proceed. Here are the next fifteen questions you can share with your spouse or partner. Have fun with it.

  • If at birth you could select the profession your child would eventually pursue, would you do so?
  • Would you be willing to become extremely ugly physically if it meant you would live for 1000 years at any physical age you choose?
  • If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one ability or quality, what would it be?
  • You have the chance to meet someone with you can have the most satisfying level imaginable – the stuff of dreams. Sadly, you know that in six months the person will die. Knowing the pain that would follow, would you still want to meet the person and fall in love? What if you knew your lover would not die, but instead would betray you?
  • If you knew of a way to use your estate, following your death, could greatly benefit humanity, would you do it and leave only a minimal amount to your family?

  • Do you prefer being around men or women? Do your closest friends tend to be men or women?
  • If you could use a voodoo doll to hurt anyone you choose, would you?
  • While on a trip to another city, your spouse or lover meets and spend the night with an exciting stranger. Given that they will never meet again, and that you will not otherwise learn of the incident, would you want your partner to tell you about? If roles were reversed, would you reveal what you had done?
  • Are there people you envy enough to want to trade lives with them? Who are they?
  • For an all-expense paid, one-week vacation anywhere in the world, would you be willing to kill a beautiful butterfly by pulling off its wings? What about stepping on a cockroach?

  • Would you be willing to murder an innocent person if it would end hunger in the world?
  • If God appeared to you in a series of vivid and moving dreams and told you to leave everything behind, travel alone to the Red Sea and become a fisherman, what would you do? What if you were told to sacrifice your child?
  • What is your most treasured memory?
  • Have you ever hated anyone? If so, why and for how long?
  • With you rather be given $10,000 for your own use or $100,000 to give anonymously to strangers. What if you could keep $1 million or giveaway $20 million?


Special thanks to Gregory Stock and Socrates.

10/12/2022 “More Malaprops”   Leave a comment

MALAPROPS: A variety of verbal miscues from Grade

School, High School and College Examinations.

  • Johan Sebastian Bach wrote a great many musical compositions and had a large number of children. In between he practiced on the old spinster which he kept up in the attic.
  • The government of Athens was Democratic because the people took the law into their own hands.
  • Solomon, one of David’s sons, had 500 wives and 500 porcupines.
  • People have sex, while nouns have genders.
  • The American colonists won the Revolutionary war and no longer had to pay for taxis.
  • The bowels are A, E, I, O, U, and sometimes Y.
  • He worked in the government as a civil serpent.


  • A horse divided against itself cannot stand.
  • The climate of the Sahara desert is so hot that certain areas are cultivated by irritation.
  • Charles Darwin wrote The Organ of the Species.
  • When a baby is born, the doctor cuts its biblical chord.
  • The Greeks invented three kinds of columns: Corinthian, Doric, and Ironic.
  • Brigham Young led the Morons to Utah.


08/27/2022 Oldies but Goodies   2 comments

I finally rolled out of bed today and headed directly for the coffee maker. I found the badly needed coffee and also a small surprise. My better-half left me a very old kid’s book filled with fun questions and answers circa 1957. Let’s start your weekend with a laugh or two.

  • What dog cannot bark? Answer: The basenji. It makes sharp little cries that sound like yodeling.
  • What bird can whistle with its wings? Answer: The hornbill. Its wings make a sharp whistling sound when it flies.
  • What bird has no wings or tail? Answer: The Kiwi.
  • How much would a 150-pound man weigh on the moon? Answer: Approximately 25 pounds.
  • Where are the largest coins in the world used? Answer: On the Pacific Island of Yap. They are made of stone and measure from 2-12 feet across.

  • Is it possible to step across the Mississippi River? Answer: Yes, near Lake Itasca, Minnesota.
  • Is all asparagus edible? Answer: No, only the common garden variety.
  • What animal picks fruit from trees with its tail? Answer: The kinkajou.
  • What is a guanaco? Answer: It is a wild llama from South America.
  • How much raw material would be needed to obtain one pound of radium? Answer: No less than 2,680 tons.

Thanks to my better-half and the Giant Little Golden Book – QUIZ FUN. I’m fairly certain that the kid books these days aren’t quite as informative.


11/26/2021 Questions to Answer   Leave a comment

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone it’s time for a few days of respite before the Christmas holiday kicks in. Just 28 more shopping days, Yikes! Today is as good a day as any for some self-reflection. Back on 11/07 I posted twenty questions designed to help a person reveal interesting things about themselves. I answered them as truthfully as I could as an example and thoroughly enjoyed the self-analyses that it caused. This post is just a continuation of that exercise with fifteen more questions. My answers as always are truthful and will make for some interesting discussions with my better-half and others. Hope you will do the same. Have fun with it . . .

  • What are your most compulsive habits? Do you regularly struggle to break these habits? My compulsions are neatness and organization. I never struggle with them, I embrace them.
  • Knowing that you had a 50% of winning and would be paid 10 times the amount of your bet if you won, what fraction of what you now own would you be willing to wager? None, I only bet on sure things.
  • At a meal, your friends start belittling a common acquaintance. If you felt their criticisms were unjustified, would you defend the person? Absolutely!
  • Do you usually make a special effort to thank someone who does you a favor? How do you react when you aren’t thanked for going out of your way for someone?  I make the effort to be polite but if others choose not to it’s not my problem. But I’ll certainly remember who was polite and who wasn’t.
  • Since adolescence, in what 3 year period do you feel you experienced the most personal growth and change? My three years in the Army.
  • If you were having difficulty on an important test and could safely cheat by looking at someone else’s paper, would you do so? No way.
  • If you were at a friend’s house for Thanksgiving dinner and you found a dead cockroach in your salad, what would you do? Using humor, I would let the hosts know without embarrassing them.
  • If you were you able to wake up tomorrow in the body of someone else, would you do so? Whom would you pick? I’m fine with things, both good and bad, as they are.
  • If you went to a beach and it turned out to be a nude beach, would you stay and go swimming? Would you swim nude? I love being naked therefore I’d be swimming and nude.
  • If you knew your child would be severely retarded and would die by the age of five, would you decide to have an abortion? No.
  • What if anything is too serious to be joked about? Deaths of children under any circumstances.
  • You notice a self-destructive behavior pattern in a friend who is clearly unaware of it. Would you point it out? Yes, as quickly as possible.
  • If you could increase your I.Q. by forty points by having an ugly scar stretching from your mouth to your eye, would you do so? Yes, facial scars can be sexy.
  • If you decided to do something and your friends strongly advised you not to, would you do it anyway? Almost always.
  • What do you most strive for in your life: accomplishment, security, love, power, excitement, knowledge or something else? Creativity, Excitement, Love, and then Knowledge.

Well, that was interesting. The next series of questions appear to be much more complex and I’ll be posting them in a few weeks once I figure out what my answers will be.


11/18/2021 Mindbusters Answers   Leave a comment

As promised, here are the answers to the questions posted a few days ago. I certainly hope someone out there was able to answer them all correctly. It’s been a long time since I found someone who did.


26 = Letters of the Alphabet

7 = Wonders of the World

1001 = Arabian Nights

12 = Signs of the Zodiac

54 = Cards in a Deck (with the Joker)

9 = Planets in the Solar System

88 = Piano Keys

18 = Holes on a Golf Course

32 = Degrees Fahrenheit at which Water Freezes

90 = Degrees in a Right Angle

200 = Dollars for Passing GO in Monopoly

8 = Sides on a Stop Sign

3 = Blind Mice (See How They Run)

4 = Quarts in a Gallon

24 = Hours in a Day

1 = Wheel on a Unicycle

5 = Digits in a Zip Code

57 = Heinz Varieties

11 = Players on a Football Team

1000 = Words that a Picture is Worth

29 = Days in February in a Leap Year

40 = Days and Nights of the Great Flood

64 = Squares on a Checkerboard

13 = Donuts in a Bakers Dozen

52 = Weeks in a Year

11/16/2021 Mindbusters   Leave a comment

I needed a break from writing today and decided to offer something a little different than the usual.

I posted this quiz for the first time in 2008. No one was able to answer all of the questions then, not even me. Some are very easy and some are very difficult, hence the name. My best response back in the day was 21 out of 25 correct answers. Have a go at it and see how you do. I’ll post all of the answers in a few days. That will give you a little time to work on it. Have fun . . .

Each number corresponds to a common phrase.

Example: 12 = I. in a F. Answer: 12 = INCHES in a FOOT.

26 = L. of the A.

7 = W. of the W.

1001 = A.N.

12 = S. of the Z.

54 = C. in a D. (with the J.)

9 = P. in the S.S.

88 = P.K.

18 = H. on a G.C.

32 = D.F. at which W.F.

90 = D. in a R.A.

200 = D. for P.G. in M.

8 = S. on a S.S.

3 = B.M. (S.H.T.R.)

4 = Q. in a G.

24 = H. in a D.

1 = W. on a U.

5 = D. in a Z.C.

57 = H.V. 11 = P. on a F.T.

1000 = W. that a P. is W.

29 = D. in F. in a L.Y.

40 =D. and N. of the G.F.

64 = S. on a C.

13 = D. in a B.D.

52 = W. in a Y.



Posted November 16, 2021 by Every Useless Thing in Bitch & Complain, Education, Quiz, Trivia

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