Yahoo! Answers became a feature of the venerable internet portal Yahoo! in 2005, and since then, internet users have posted thousands of questions on virtually every topic imaginable — and they have received often useful, sometimes invaluable, though occasionally snarky, answers from their fellow online denizens.
The concept is brilliant. Why not draw on the collective knowledge of, potentially, hundreds of millions of online citizens of the world to find the answer to any possible vexing query? The Answers program was a natural progression for Yahoo!, which in 1994 — less than a year after the release of the Mosaic web browser that basically created the internet as we know it today — became one of the first, and at the time, best catalogs of the World Wide Web.
Located within the vast catalog of questions posted to Yahoo! Answers are some of the most jaw-dropping, not to mention side-splitting, examples of human stupidity to be uncovered anywhere. We’d like to think that at least some of these were posted as jokes — it’s a bit disheartening to believe that anyone ever asked questions such as, “I sold my only car to help pay for gas money, but now gas has come down in price. How do I get my car back?”
Or, “How do you get YouTube to come film you?” (That one is such a classic that it has been re-asked numerous times since the original was deleted.)
Or, “How do I successfully become a Justin Bieber fan?”
Come on. Those can’t all be real, can they? Well, if they can, then so can questions such as:
“My wife changed her Facebook status from ‘married’ to ‘widowed.’ Should I be worried?”
“Do they have toilet paper in Canada?”
“I wanted to see if my computer would read my credit card so I put it in the cd rom and it got stuck, how do I get it out??”
“Is it illegal to name a dog after a movie?”
But we believe we have come across what may be the single dumbest Yahoo! Answers question of all time — at least of the many that we’ve seen. Here it is — see what you think.
Yes, you read that correctly. Apparently someone believes that it may be possible to impregnate an unborn fetus. This question is another that has appeared several times on Yahoo! Answers, presumably by people who found the first posting so fascinating that they couldn’t resist trolling for more answers.
Here are a few of our favorites.
But here’s the best answer of all, and really the only appropriate way to respond to the question.
Okay, your turn. What are some of your favorite Yahoo! Answers questions?