June 29, 2020

6 Random Questions that keep You Awake at Night

Number 2 really shook me. Guest contributor @5meanders breaks down the genius behind Daily Poll's most recent Late Night Polls

6 Random Questions that keep You Awake at Night

Before you read any further, you might wanna check out my last post about what exactly Daily Poll is here. ย 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.

Don't worry if you missed this one, there'll be more to come ๐Ÿ˜‰

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

Is this real life or is this fantasy, caught in a landslide no escape from reality.

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?

My poor office plants have been stuck in the bad place without water for a while now...

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.

In case you were wondering why they're name Eleanor and Chidi. Source

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 ๐ŸŒต) Speaking of plants...

3. If a tree fell in a jungle, but no one was around to hear it, did it make a sound?

The level of philosophy is too big for my brain liao.

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.

If this gif is any indication, it does not make a sound. Source

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?

Forget armrests, stop messing with my seat recliner. Source

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 ๐Ÿ˜ซ (Although the Washington Post suggests the middle armrests are shared ๐Ÿ‘€)

Moving on before I lose my mind again.

5. If there's an absolute right and wrong where does breaking up via text fall?

Someone once told me, in r/s act blur = live longer

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 youโ€™re happy?

Oh the fleeting joys of life. Source

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.

Me trying to sleep at 11:30 after playing these polls. Source

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 ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

This is how I'm gonna fall asleep from now on. Source

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