14 Unanswerable Questions That You Just Can’t Answer

Unanswerable Questions



These questions intentionally manipulate the mind of another person.

Nobody really knows the answer to the questions; people try to answer them, which is exactly what I’ll be doing here.

Only the really clever ones, or the people who think they’re clever can actually answer these.

Here’s a list of questions that will make your mind slightly confused:

What color is a mirror?

What color is a mirror?

Is mirror a color? It should be! That’s my attempt to answer this question anyway.

But like I said, sometimes intelligent people do answer them. And that’s true for this case, find out the actual color of a mirror here!

If you enjoy wasting time, is that time really wasted?

Hourglass on a clock

Does anybody really enjoy wasting time?

They might enjoy doing nothing, but sometimes that’s not a waste of time.

But to answer my own question, no.

If anything is possible, is it possible for anything to be impossible?

The word impossible split into 'im' and 'possible' with scissors

It’s likely to be unlikely, but who really knows?

If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is it considered a hostage situation?

All personalities from the movie Split

Wow, I’m going to say no. It’s just a weird situation.

If you try to fail and succeed, then which have you done?

Thinking Faces - Apple Emoji

You’ve failed in life, but succeeded to fail, so well done!

Why is “abbreviated” such a long word?

A range of different abbreviations such as 'OMG', 'BRB' and 'LMAO'

Well, let’s face it, we have a lot of short words. I would assume they only needed to make a word to explain this when there were only long words left to use?!

Why is a boxing ring square?

A boxing ring

Because it is, don’t argue.

Why is it that rain drops but snow falls?

Snowy path with white tress surrounding it, and a man walking down the middle

Because snow is heavier than rain? That actually sounds like a good answer!

Why is it that when you’re driving and looking for an address, you turn down the volume on the radio?

The volume button on a car radio

It helps you concentrate! Although I’m sure more concentration is needed when driving fast… hmmm.

Why is the third hand on a watch called the second hand?

Apple Watch Face

That’s easy, it’s something to do with time being different from numbers? Okay, maybe that wasn’t as easy as I thought!

Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?

Rush hour traffic

Because everyone wants to rush home for their dinner, or so they don’t miss that TV show. But in reality, it just never happens.

Why is the word dictionary in the dictionary?

The Word Dictionary in a dictionary

You got me there! Probably for really, really stupid people.

Also, check out this article to find out how a word gets into the dictionary.

Why isn’t there mouse-flavored cat food?

Incredible Cat Islands of Japan

Do cats actually eat mice? Or do they just see them as a toy?

Yes, I answered a question with another question.

Why do you need a driver’s license to buy alcohol when you can’t drink and drive?

Cartoon image of a US driver's license

I mean, a passport also works. But it’d be a lot worse if a pilot was drunk driving!


Well, there you have it, my attempt at answering the unanswerable!

I’m sure there are many more of these types of questions out there, if you know of any more, we’d love to hear them!

And if you think you could answer these questions better than I did, you’re probably right, but I gave it my best shot!

About The Author

Luke Ward
Luke Ward

Luke Ward is the owner of The Fact Site. He has over 14 years of experience in researching, informative writing, fact-checking, SEO & web design. In his spare time, he loves to explore the world, drink coffee & attend trivia nights.

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