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 wanting students to ask more questions, the 1980s saw the emergence of Ask a Stupid Question Day, observed annually on September 28.
Again, “be careful what you wish for”.
Remember when your little brother constantly asked, “Why?” Answers to his questions were simple, 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 than the ones you pestered your elders with when you were three years old. But today, you can have fun asking the truly stupid questions because there’s one for nearly every subject.
The name of the color orange is the same as that of the fruit that bears the same hue. Which came first, the color or the fruit? Today, you can vex your art teacher, without guilt, by asking that question.
You can ask your driver’s education teacher why she wants you to drive on a parkway and park on 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 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 pack of ten buns to go with the pack of eight hot dogs.
This is the day to question misnomers and ponder outrageous oxymorons, seeking answers to questions that are never answered.
Teachers are pressured with forced curricula, 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 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?
Ask your doctor why she’s practicing medicine. After all, you are 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?”