They say, “be careful what you wish for”. By the way, who are they? Is that a stupid question? If so, it qualifies for entry in the day teachers now dread.
In response to educators wishing for more interactive lessons by encouraging students to ask more questions, the 1980s saw the emergence of Ask a Stupid Question Day.
The teachers should have been more careful of what they wished for.
The name of the color orange is the same as that of the citrus fruit that bears the same hue. Which came first, the color or the fruit? You can vex your art teacher, without guilt, by asking that question on September 28, Ask a Stupid Question Day.
Remember when your baby brother went through that annoying phase of constantly asking “why”? Answers to those questions were simple enough, but if your responses didn’t satisfy his curiosity, you could always escape to your friend’s house down the block.
There are more sophisticated questions lacking answers than those you pestered your elders with when you were three years old. Today, you can have more fun asking the truly stupid questions because there’s one for nearly every subject.
Ask your driver’s education instructor why he wants you to drive on a parkway and park in a driveway. Demand to know why there are interstate highways in Hawaii, a cluster of islands surrounded by water.
Ask your biology teacher why his feet smell and his nose runs.
Ask your English teacher why the word monosyllabic, a word meaning one syllable, contains five syllables.
Ask your home economics teacher why round pizzas are placed in square boxes, or why we’re forced to purchase a package of ten rolls to go with the package of eight hot dogs.
This is the day to question misnomers and ponder outrageous oxymoron, seeking answers to questions that are never answered.
Teachers are pressured with forced curriculums, problem students and budget cuts. Ask a Stupid Question Day will relieve some of the pressure while they field an endless barrage of silly, nonsensical questions.
This holiday focuses primarily on school students, but why should they have all of the fun? Think up the most mind-stumping questions to ask your friends and family then give a listen to their stupid answers.
If people wordlessly point to their wrists to ask the time, why don’t they point to their nether regions to ask for the location of the restroom?
If you have a doctor’s appointment scheduled today, ask why she’s “practicing” medicine. After all, you’re entrusting her with your health, shouldn’t she know it by now?
Finally, if your teacher announces a quiz on Ask a Stupid Question Day, don’t hesitate to ask, “If quizzes are quizzical, then what are tests?”