Before you read any further, you might wanna check out my last post about what exactly Daily Poll is here. You see, they recently started these Saturday Late Night polls; a set of questions available only from 8pm-12am and they're strange to say the least.
The best way to describe these questions is either random or straight up existential. They're contributed by a guest - which was fellow blogger Kenneth Lee AKA 5meanders this week and boy did they keep me up at night. Right off the bat, the first question makes me doubt my own sanity:
1. How do you know if you're awake
Am I really playing Daily Poll right now or is this just a figment of my imagination? 18% of users are already scratching their heads thinking wtf is going on. In my defence, I would have slapped myself or span a top but it just seemed too cliche... Well onto the next question!
2. Is leaving your houseplant unwatered considered murder?
This question hit me hard especially since my two office plants which haven't been watered since the start of Circuit Breaker. It made me nervous enough to go back and check on them today because the majority of you (31%) said not watering my plant babies is tantamount to murder.
Thankfully my hands are clean as you see that they are alive and well today! (Of course it also helps that they are Cacti and don't need much water 🌵) Speaking of plants...
3. If a tree fell in a jungle, but no one was around to hear it, did it make a sound?
I really went down the rabbit hole with this one. On the surface it sounds a lot like the question "If space is a vacuum, can anyone hear you scream?". The only difference is the latter actually has an answer. Science has confirmed that no one can hear you scream in space.
The philosophical nature of Kenneth's question however leaves tremendous room for interpretation and while I agree that it does indeed make a sound, over 200 people disagree on Quora. I'll let you read some of the whackier theories for yourself.
4. On a plane, which armrest is your armrest?
Finally a question I can answer. I'm with the majority vote on this one that says that both armrests are yours (44%). What you gonna do with just one armrest anyways? Isn't that why there are buttons on both sides of the arm-rest?? At this point I haven't taken a plane in so long that I forgot 😫 (Although the Washington Post suggests the middle armrests are shared 👀)
Moving on before I lose my mind again.
5. If there's an absolute right and wrong where does breaking up via text fall?
We're gonna need a love doctor up in here for this one. I gotta say that it's straight up wrong guys. The fact that you ever dated means you owe it to that person to tell them how you feel in person. To verify my choices, I turned to millennial guide book Elite Daily which lists 4 legit reasons to break up by text.
Still, I'm pretty shocked 50% of y'all chose to skip this one smh.
6. If time is perception, why does it go so fast when you’re happy?
The final question that was asked last Saturday was this one and these were the options:
- Accelerated activity = Accelerated time
- Because life is unfair
- Endorphins change perception of time
- Going mad, skipping this question
This was probably the most divisive topic and rightly so. It's probably a mix of the first 3 options where life is indeed unfair (29%) and yes productivity does make time go faster (30%) as proven by the late nights I spend on this blog.
Incidentally, plenty of people (34%) chose the scientifically proven answer that endorphins or more specifically dopamine speeds up our perception of time.
Dissatisfied with the sleep I lost on Saturday as a result of this existential onslaught of questions, I reached out to Kenneth to get some answers behind the genius/insanity behind these questions. Here's what he said:
"I reflect about the nature of the things that happen around me a lot. It starts when I see something small happen near me. It could be a conversation, or something as simple as a book falling off a shelf.
My mind invariably goes 'Hmm... What caused this.. and what would happen if...' I see the cause and effect, and extrapolate the chain of causation leading up to this very moment and its subsequent reactions.
After a while, I drive myself insane with all the branching chains of possibilities. I blame my own participation in video games for this madness."
Also to get back at him, I might have to sneak a plastic cockroach into his residences as it's the only other thing that keeps him awake at night 😈