Embarrassing Questions

I'm sure each of us has a huge list of unanswered questions. Here's a blog for archiving all such questions. It would potentially serve to get us and others some answers which have been eluding us for a long time. The answers can come in the form of comments. Please note that we should stick to questions we had honestly asked when we were in school, or pre-university college. We are strictly barred from trying to find answers to our research problems!

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Funny pronunciations!

Hi! All,

It's not so scientific a question but it had always crossed my mind. I have met people from different regions of the country and different parts of the world. So much so that I can place people's accents now, somewhat!

And English being the common language, I have heard really funny accents from different people! A question that always haunted me about English (or about any other language) is:


This has reference, in particular, to languages that have loads of ambiguities, e.g., English!!!!! The set "gh" is pronounced as "f" as well as "gh"................who's the one who initially decides how the word has to be pronounced? And who "okays" the pronunciation?


Saturday, March 11, 2006

Rectangular World!

I am posting on behalf of Tathagat Bhattacharya. I've already sent him an invite. Hopefully, we're going to have him among us as a primary contributer soon. But, till then, here's a very good question he asked:

Since I don't have the privilege to post in this blog, I am posting a question through the comments box:
Why are most of the objects around us rectangular in shape? If you look around within your house, the cot, the walls, the cupboard, the calender, the TV, the fridge etc etc all are rectangular in shape. The list is un-ending. Does anyone have a clue?

To this our very own genius Karthik gave a very creative answer:

I guess most things are rectangular by design. If they were round, for instance, they would roll away and we would have to keep bringing them back to their original positions:)


Thursday, March 09, 2006

Nature of Questions

Dear friends,
Going through the nature of discussions that we have had in this group so far, I feel, we have asked and answered really good questions. But my apprehension is that most of us haven't yet got the essence of the blog. Let me draw your attention back to the title of the blog: Embarrassing Questions! :)

The question being good doesn't really qualify it for this board. The question should be as utterly embarrassing to the person asking as possible. In other words, it should be a hole one had left in their school studies. A question like 'Is Pythagorus Theorem' a theorem or an axiom is a very apt question. Similarly, 'Why do the angles of a triangle add up to pi radians?'

There are large number of questions which we might be asking and it might be our credit to be doing so. That's why we are researchers. Aren't we? Here we should try to ask questions which earn us no credit because they should've got cleared in the school studies itself, but are possibly open to many of us.

Ya, that's the idea. Refrain from asking esoteric, highly philosophical or open research questions. We can have another platform for that. :)