Category Archives: Questions by Karen

Why is caffeine such a popular stimulant?

Legality? Tastiness? Although it is another one of those addictive substances you have to learn to enjoy. I think it’s indicative of the capabilities of social mystique to sell something to us that people end up drinking booze and caffeine … Continue reading

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Is it acceptable to wear odd socks?

Who demarcates what is acceptable and what isn’t?? The sockwearer? Society? Me? I think it’s fine, and can actually be quite sartorially attractive, if done right. Asymmetry is appealing in clothes, although it probably shouldn’t just be at sock level … Continue reading

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Which type of animal is most friendly?

Stompy and May, and maybe toiletcat. Mildred isn’t too bad either, though her friendliness is expressed mostly through pecking. But you probably didn’t mean friendly to me, right? The answer is ‘domesticated animals that know you and/or think of you … Continue reading

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What would be a pedant’s worst nightmare?

Living in this world. With the people that live in this world. All the time. Or possibly just being a heartfelt skeptic. Actually having to challenge people every time they use the word is, would be a bit irritating. Or … Continue reading

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Do people still have penpals?

I am certain. Although I guess everybody could be the same as me, obsessed with the idea, but totally unable to get started on it, at least in the traditional sense. I even bought a typewriter for myself, a year … Continue reading

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Why is punctuation so important?

itisntreallyisiteverythingistotallyclearwithoutpunctuationandstillmakescompletesenserightrightithinkthewholethingisjustacompletewasteoftimeandidontknowwhyanyonebotherswithpunctuationyoucanclearlyreadjustwhatimsayingwithoutanypunctuationwhatsoeveramirightofcourseimrightialwaysamrightthatswhyidothisright Bullshit. Plus that only counts as one word according to my word count, so I’m going to have to play devil’s advocate and suggest that there may actually be some use in punctuation. Also, I don’t know whether the … Continue reading

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How important is sleep?

I once didn’t sleep for two weeks, and ended up in a state of permanent dream where my girlfriend, Lou, was a celtic witch, my friends were nurses and I was restrained in a secure unit. At one point I … Continue reading

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Is a little bit of chicken soup good for the soul?

Not my soul. There are chickens outside my window, and I look after them, despite a raging guilt about the very notion of domesticated animals. I’ve still not managed to transfer this guilt into stopping use of all animal products (so … Continue reading

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If you’re the king of the castle, am I the dirty rascal?

From the top of my climbing frame, I can see for miles and miles. The vast expanse of playground stretches out in every direction, and I am the ruler of all I survey. Off to the horizon, I know I … Continue reading

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Why are tomatoes red?

To scare off predators. Or, more likely, just randomness, and then selection. Having spent a small chunk of the summer eating yellow tomatoes, I am deciding this is more likely to be the case. It’s incredible how much of ‘reality’ … Continue reading

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