September 29th is Ask a Stupid Question Day, so get ready to fire up Google or lean over and tap your co-worker on the shoulder, because every dumb thing you’ve wondered about but were too afraid to ask is fair game. If you need a little inspiration before your silly inquiries begin, we have some ideas to serve as a jumping off point:
So how exactly do I do this key part of my job?
You probably should have asked this when you first started, but you were nervous because you thought you should have known, and then you waited too long so now it’s just weird if you bring it up. Well, today is the day! Ask a Stupid Question Day is the perfect opportunity to get those shockingly dumb questions out in the open.
Anything involving ounces, cups, quarts, that kind of thing.
This actually probably isn’t that dumb of a question. You learn it in elementary school and you’re just supposed to understand it and commit it to memory for the rest of your life? Yeah, right. Ask away.
Why do you park on a driveway and drive on a parkway?
Seriously though. THINK ABOUT IT. It just doesn’t make sense. It’s time we got some answers.
What happens to all of the socks I’ve lost over the years?
Did they form a community somewhere deep inside the dryer? Do they come alive at night and partner up with everyone else’s lost socks and throw parties somewhere? Maybe they’ll take over the world one day.
Is a tomato a vegetable or fruit?
This is another thing you learn when you’re a kid, but the answer seems hazy all of these years later. Today is the day you’re allowed to Google the answer again and not feel bad.
What would happen if you hired two private investigators to follow each other?
This should be a movie starring Will Ferrell and Adam Sandler…
Embrace Ask a Stupid Question Day wholeheartedly. If you’ve been thinking something but haven’t said it for fear of ridicule, now’s your chance. Go for it. Blurt it out. The world is your oyster!
Lauren Levine is a freelance writer who has contributed to publications and websites including The Charlotte Observer, U.S. News & World Report, American Way magazine, The Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, Bustle, Thrillist, Thought Catalog, and others.