14 Unanswerable Questions That You Just Can’t Answer

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These unanswerable questions intentionally manipulate the mind of a person.

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 tue 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 lets 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 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 drink driving!


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

I’m sure there’s many more of these type 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!

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  1. My god some of y’all are buzz kills. Taking things too literally.

  2. If you‘re invisible and you close your eyes, can you see through your eye lids?

  3. lol i have a few for you:
    1. if two vegans are fighting, is it still considered beef?
    2. if you weigh 99 lbs and you eat a pound of nachos, does that make you 1% nacho?
    3. if a woman is always right and a man is always wrong, when a man tells a woman she is right, is he right or wrong?

  4. What color is a mirror?

    Answer: A mirrors color is clear, see-through, that is the color of a mirror!

    (change my mind ) (-.-)

  5. If you are waiting for the waiter, doesn’t that make you the waiter? 🤔🤔

  6. If Somebody is born deaf, What language do they think in????

  7. If someone says “I always lie”, are they telling the truth? Or are they lying?

  8. I mean- a liar technically can tell the truth- but nobody would really believe them- but it’s still the truth basically-

  9. looks like someone beat me to post this, i had nearly the exact same answers, anyway cats do eat mice (my aunt owns one and has random rat/mouse bones appear near her cats cage) and there is a mouse flavored cat food, all it takes is a quick google search and its there.

  10. yes they can. they can tell the truth and can tell a lie. its a human person. anyone can tell the truth and anyone can lie.

  11. Unanswerable question:

    What is your favourite flavour of crayon true or false?

  12. Why is it that you have to drive to the bar then you have drive to leave a bar but drinking under the influence is illegal

    what is the point of a bar?

  13. Good question is if drinking and driving is not allowed, why clubs and bars have parking lots?

  14. I just want to ask the person who answered this” Why is it that rain drops but snow falls?”

    “Because rain is liquid and snow is solid.”
    my question is can you explain me the water falls? is that solid?

  15. Adam and Eve (Mankind) were supposedly created in Gods Image. So the question would be does God have one, as we do, then yes, he does.

  16. As a perfect mirror reflects back all the colours comprising white light, it’s also white. That said, real mirrors aren’t perfect, and their surface atoms give any reflection a very slight green tinge, as the atoms in the glass reflect back green light more strongly than any other colour and when you do something you like considering time is about to be wasted, then no. Time isn’t wasted. if you enjoy something you do, time isn’t wasted.

  17. The questions are unanswerable due to ambiguity of definition or being incomplete. In other words, they are flawed.
    Black is not a color, and depending on how the question is defined, a mirror’s color is what it reflects, if the color of the material is asked, then it is green.
    You cannot say succeeding in failing is success because what is the thing to fail at.
    It is drop in rain and fall in snow because we want to.
    You actually answered the rush hour question.
    Why are there no mouse flavoured cat food? Because companies don’t want to, and that there are other flavors to choose from.

  18. So that they are safe before reaching their destination.

  19. “You can choose a ready guide in some celestial voice.
    If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice!”

  20. Your a dumb ass lol! Everything has a colour…everything! Otherwise its just nothing. Without a physical colour embracing an object, that object purely wouldn’t exist!

    No, Succeeding at failing is false…you haven’t failed at all, just succeeded.

    So, when I “drop” a penny into a fountain its not dropping at all? In fact that whole action is false and I’m actually loosing my penny because it fell from my hand…being a solid and all rite?

    Nope, no ones rushing to get anywhere. They all know and are under the impression millions of others will be leaving at the same time therefore will not run everywhere to get home etc. Its actually called that because of emergency services being at there busiest at these times of day due to the amount of people moving around.

    I’ve seen my cat devour plenty of mice in front of me countless times. Its a well known fact cats in the wild especially eat plenty of small rodents.

    Licence? Then why do they continue to ask for a driving licence at the counter? Its actually a Police thing that is asked for at them type of places…you get name, date of birth, licence number and then more details about address etc – if this person is wanted its a vital way of finding where they have been instead of just a photo and “18+” logo.

    Unanswerable? Apparently so!

  21. Yes, but there’s a thing called WATER FALLS. You know, a cascade?

  22. If snow is solid and it is described as falling? Why do we get chocolate “drops” when they too are solid.

  23. It would be -136.5 degrees celcius. As 0 in the correct scale of temprature is +273 degrees kelvin, half of this number is 136.5 take this away from 0 and you get -136.5 degrees celcius :)

    NO MORE.

  25. Actually, you are wrong on several of those. Cats do eat mice, just like they eat birds and fish. If somebody has multiple personality disorder and threatens to kill themselves it is considered a hostage situation, however it is only done so if the other personalities are not depressive, which is not that often. How do I know? Cause I have an old friend who has to live in a supervised hospital due to his multiple personality disorder, he had 5 personalities, “killed” one off but that made him very depressed and so he had to go live in the hospital. I asked him and he told me “Yes it is, but it depends”. So, there you go. Quantum mechanics would state that everything is possible but not probable. It is possible for somebody to be randomly formed in front of you, it’s just not very likely.

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

    “What is the colour of a mirror?”

    A mirror doesn’t have a colour.

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

    All time is wasted.

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

    Not everything is possible.

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


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

    You have succeeded at failing.

    “Why is ‘abbreviated’ such a long word?”

    Because it has a lot of letters.

    “Why is a boxing ring square?”

    The name ring is an atavism from when contests were fought in a roughly drawn circle on the ground. The name ring continued with the Jack Broughton rules
    in 1743, which specifed a small circle in the centre of the fight area
    where the boxers met at the start of each round. The first square ring
    was introduced by the Pugilistic Society
    in 1838. That ring was specified as 24 feet (7.3 m) square and bound by
    two ropes. For these and other reasons, the boxing ring is commonly
    referred to as the “square circle.”

    “Why is it that rain drops but snow falls?”

    Because rain is liquid and snow is solid.

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

    So that you can concentrate.

    “Why is the third hand on the watch called second hand?”

    Because it counts the seconds.

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

    Because everybody is out driving in a rush to get somewhere.

    “Why is the word dictionary in the dictionary?”

    Because someone included it? Also, why not?

    “Why isn’t there mouse-flavoured cat food?”

    Because cats don’t actually eat mice.

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

    You don’t, you just need some sort of id that shows your age.

    Unanswerable? HA!

  27. If you converted it to farenheit, it would be about 20 degrees farenheit so it would be twice as cold so it would be minus 20 degrees farenheit.

  28. I actually took the time to solve this question.

    The answer would be, -32 because the equation to solve, Celsius is (x-32)/1.8, x being Fahrenheit. So it would be -32 divided by 1.8 which ended up being –17.777777777777777777777777777778 multiply that by 2 since its twice as cold tomorrow, and you get -35.555555555555555555555555555556. Now to find Fahrenheit you do the opposite you multiply it by 1.8 then add 32. -35.555555555555555555555555555556 times 1.8 equals -64 then add 32 and you get your final answer. Which is -32 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Answer: -32 degrees Fahrenheit

  29. I found another one today that made me think:

    “If it’s zero degrees outside today and it’s supposed to be twice as cold tomorrow, how cold is it going to be?”

    Work that one out!

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