ASK Marilyn

by: Marilyn vos Savant

May, 29, 2005

Some reader questions need no answers!

                              Once again here are a few of my favorites.

When dogs bark for hours on end, why don’t they ever get hoarse?

                                                             —M.E., New York, N.Y.

                    Can sour cream go bad? If so, how can you tell? Please

                    answer soon, because I have an unopened container in

                     the back of my refrigerator with an expiration date of

                     of April 1996. —E.B., Menomonie, Wis.

                                         Say you’re at a baseball game at home, and the visiting

team is up to bat. The batter hits a long line drive heading into the stands: a home run! Now say that everyone in the stands starts blowing in the air as hard as they can. Do you think this would produce enough force to blow the ball back onto the field?

                                                                                  —D.M., Charlotte, N.C.

What is the purpose of earlobes besides hanging things on? 

          In the extreme Northern and Southern Hemispheres,

          where it is light for half the year and dark for the other

          half, does a rooster crow only once a year?

                                         —J.A., Chula Vista, Calif.

Why don’t people snore when they are awake? —V.P.. Eugene, Ore.

          Why do wet dogs stink while dry ones smell fine? —D. L. Huntsville, Ala.

                                         Don’t you think—anatomically speaking—men would

                                         be more comfortable in skirts and women in pants?

                                                                                  —K.H., Camp Hill, Pa.

When I am walking my dog—considering that he has twice as many legs as I do --- is he getting twice as much exercise as I am or half as much?

                                                                        —P1., Edmonds, Wash.

              What size were big hail stones before the game of golf was invented?                                                                                             —D.W., Akron, Ohio

Has anyone discovered a use for banana skins?

                              —B.W., Albuquerque, N.M.

                                                   If a new car costs much more than a new tuxedo,

how come it costs more to rent a tuxedo?—MA’., Bayside, N.Y.

                              Why doesn’t Mona Lisa have eyebrows?

How does an ant know that he should venture up my truck tire, across the axle, through the engine and into the interior, where I left a doughnut?

                                                                                  —K.B., Okinawa, Japan

Is volcanic ash good to eat? —C.R., Portland, Ore.

          When you pick something up so your hands are full,

          why does your nose or someplace else on your face

          start to itch?—S.)., Merion Station, Pa.

                                                   Can you please explain gravity in plain English?

                                                   I have tried to do some research on the subject,

                                                   but it always jumps right into mathematics that

                                                   is way over my head. ----R. F. Richmond, Va.


          If a man jumped into a pool filled with gelatin, would

          he be able to escape without a ladder? Would it make

          a difference if the gelatin was in a bunch of little cubes

          instead of a solid block? —J.C., Oak Brook III

                              Do fish ever sneeze? —V.5., Manhattan Kan


Could leap year be switched from Feb.29 to June 31?

It would give us an extra day of summer and one less day of winter.

                                                             —A.K., Youngstown, Ohio

          Bats hang upside-down all the time.

          So why don’t they get gastric reflux?

                                         —C.F., Richland, Wash

                              Why do people like to pop bubble wrap so much? 

                                                                        —P.8., St. Louis Mo

If the Earth were to suddenly stop revolving, what would happen to a 200-pound man standing in an open area? How far would he slide?

                                                                                  —P.G., Edmond, OkIa.

          Suppose the hokey-pokey is what it’s really all about?

                                                                                  —T.K., Patchogue, N.Y.

Editors note:

          You really have no excuse on this earth to be bored - - ever!

           For more amazing questions, just ask the “Great One” at
Thank You, Marilyn!

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