There Are Things We Know That We Don’t Know – Yes, It’s Twenty Questions Tuesday

“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”


Donald Rumsfeld once famously said, “…there are things we know that we don’t know”, and the only way to find out the answers to the things we know we don’t know is to ask the proper questions.

As for the things we don’t know we don’t know, well obviously we don’t even know what questions to ask do we?

Here are some more of the questions for the things we know that we don’t know.




Can you daydream at night?


Can crop circles be square?


If ghosts can walk through walls and glide down stairs, why don’t they fall through the floor?


Is it legal to travel down a road in reverse, as long as you are following the direction of the traffic?


Why is vanilla ice cream white when vanilla extract is brown?


What do you do when you see an endangered animal that is eating an endangered plant?


If a doctor suddenly had a heart attack while doing surgery, would the other doctors work on the doctor or the patient?


How can something be ‘new’ and ‘improved’? If it’s new, what was it improving on?


Why aren’t drapes double sided so it looks nice on the inside and outside of your home?


How is it that when we ‘skate on thin ice’, we can ‘get in hot water’?


If laughter is the best medicine, why do people say they almost ‘died laughing’?


Why are the little styrofoam pieces called peanuts?


Do Siamese twins pay for one ticket or two tickets when they go to movies and concerts?


Why are they called ‘Jolly Ranchers’? Who said that the ranchers were jolly?


Why does ‘caregiver’ and ‘caretaker’ mean the same thing?


Can a short person ‘talk down’ to a taller person?


If a bald person works as a chef at a restaurant, do they have to wear a hairnet?


How fast do hotcakes really sell?


Do prison buses have emergency exits?


Do astronauts change their clocks when they move over different time zones in space?



15 thoughts on “There Are Things We Know That We Don’t Know – Yes, It’s Twenty Questions Tuesday

  1. Agree .. I want to know how fast hotcakes really sell.

    Plus, We pronounce power mower as POW- er Moe-ER. Why isn’t it POE-er Moe-Er, Poe-ER MOW-er, or POW-er MOW-er?

    • Yes, we will have to get to the bottom of the hot cake mystery.
      Love eccentric pronunciation and that’s a good example. Names are a good source too, in the US someone with the name St John is pronounced “Saint John” which is very sensible; in Britain St John becomes “Sin Gin” for reasons I do not fathom. I do however, understand why Mr and Mrs Cockburn prefer the “Co Burn” version of their name. And they do make a very nice bottle of Port.

  2. Chocolate infused port? So, you get the kill AND the cure in the same package? (Isn’t port supposed to be good for your heart? Port WINE, not being on the port side, or we’d be losing a lot of right-sided sailors!)
    Sorry, fasab, I’ll stop talking amongst Frank and myself. I believe the astronauts (ours) use Central time, oddly enough – based on Houston Mission Control. Otherwise, ESA astronauts and others use GMT, or so-called Zulu.
    And trust me, as the loving husband of a wife almost a foot shorter than I am, a short person can INDEED talk down to a taller person! 😀

    • They say port is good for the heart and chocolate is good for the heart, so I’m guessing chocolate infused port is doubly good for the heart.
      Thanks for sorting out the astronaut’s time thingy, how are you on hot cakes?
      And I’ll take your word for the short person thing, I confess to having a little bit of experience in that regard also 😦

  3. okay so the bald chef, i asked Hubby (used to be a cook) he said no but if he had a beard he would have to wear something over that…lol
    i’m short, Hubby’s tall, yes…lol
    the double sided drapes, i’ve often wondered that!

    • LOL re the beard net, it’s a wonder some health & safety freak hasn’t made something compulsory for eyebrows too.
      I can sympathize with Hubby on the tall/short thing (whoops have I said the wrong thing!)
      As for the double-sided drapes, maybe some of us should pitch this idea on Shark Tank???

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