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What would you ask a person who knew everything?

Asked by queenzboulevard (2551points) December 1st, 2008
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I zoned out into a question yesterday: I wonder how long I’ve really been alive for? Because I mean there are leap years, and one day isn’t exactly 24 hours, then there’s daylight savings time. So if a standard 60-second = 1 minute clock were started as I was conceived, I wondered how long I have actually been alive. The only way someone could tell me that answer is if they knew everything.

Which brings us to this Fluther question: What would you ask a person who has unlimited knowledge about everything you could ever want to know?

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Trance24's avatar

Um where we came from. And how this all got here. Isn’t that on the top of the list?

omfgTALIjustIMDu's avatar

Why aren’t they on Fluther?

And my second question would be: If the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything is 42, what’s the question?

TheKitchenSink's avatar

“Will you make me a sandwich?”

wildflower's avatar

I’d ask how he or she got to know everything and how they verify that they in fact know everything.
Then I’d ask what it’s like to know everything.

AstroChuck's avatar

I’d ask, “How do you keep from killing yourself?”

buster's avatar

What is the winning powerball numbers going to be?

jholler's avatar

Where my wife’s ring went.

mamasu's avatar

Why do all of my dogs only chew up the left shoe out of every pair?

MrItty's avatar

I’m not getting how only “a person who knew everything” can answer your question. The exact conversion of years/months/days/hours/minutes/seconds is not mystical or unknown. It’s scientific and very well known. The math can be done without difficulty, including account for the exact ratio of hours to days, leap years, leap seconds, DST, etc.

Bluefreedom's avatar

What would I ask someone who knew everything?

Who REALLY shot JFK and what is the REAL story behind the conspiracy?

Was it really a UFO that crash landed in a field in Roswell, New Mexico in the 1940’s?

What really happened to Amelia Earhart?

I have about a hundred other questions I could ask this same person but this will do for a start.

shadling21's avatar

I agree with MrItty. It’d be a boatload of math, but it can be done. If you don’t like math, let someone else do the work for you.

My question would be: Is there an afterlife, and if yes, what is it like?

beccalynnx's avatar

“wanna toke?”

or i’d ask the same thing astrochuck would ask.

MrMontpetit's avatar

I’d ask, “How do you make the perfect sub sandwich?”

augustlan's avatar

“Will you teach me everything you know?”

EmpressPixie's avatar

“What does my boyfriend want for the holidays? A list of at least 20 things please. No one knows, especially not his parents and grandparents and frankly, I’m running out of things to tell them.”

critter1982's avatar

Probably what a frizzer is? I am still so confused?

elchoopanebre's avatar

I would ask him/her to:

-Explain in great detail the origin of life.

-Explain the existence, or lack thereof, of good and evil.

-Explain beyond facts and figures and answer all the great why questions in life.

-And finally, I would ask who is going to win the next 20 superbowls, world series’, and NBA championships. (Hey, since my faith in the economy’s gone, I have to find some way to get financial security).

omfgTALIjustIMDu's avatar

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

Why did the chicken cross the road?

binary's avatar

What would you do for a Klondike bar?

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

Bluefreedom, according to a recent book I thought about buying, the man behind the JFK murder is Fidel Castro.
That was no UFO in Roswell, that much has already been cleared up, and it is only the crazy conspiracy theorists that presume it was aliens.
As for Amelia Earhardt, I thought I heard on NPR that they found her plane and the remains of a man and a woman on some remote island last year. I don’t know everything, because I still haven’t figured out where all those other socks go when they disappear from the dryer.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

omfgTALIjustMDu, the rooster came first, inside the chicken, to make the egg.

the chicken crossed the road because it saw Col. Sanders on the first side.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

My question would be this: “Are you really so stupid that you think you know everything?” :D

cdwccrn's avatar

I would ask them if they were happy..,.

windex's avatar

1.The meaning of life

2. Women

AstroChuck's avatar

Number one would be easier to answer.

omfgTALIjustIMDu's avatar

Maybe that’s because “women” is not a question. (Then again, neither is the first).

windex's avatar



I would ask that individual the following two question.
My first question would be; “what is the meaning of life?”
After getting the answer to my first question, if I still decide that I want to continue living life and that there aren’t any other pressing issues to get to due to me finding out the meaning of life, I would then ask my second question which would be; “How do you figure out women?”

exit stage right

wenbert's avatar

the lottery number for the next 365 days :D

pathfinder's avatar

Haw do you keep your head up.

LostInParadise's avatar

I would ask, “What is the next word I am going to say?” Then after being told, I would say something completely different.

I suppose the person could then point a gun at me and force me to say the chosen word. But the point that I am trying to make is that I believe complete knowledge is theoretically impossible. For example, the person would have to know everything he/she is going to do. But how can that be? There is always the option of doing something at least slightly different, and even if it is not optimal there is the satisfaction in making the choice.

Sorry for the somber tone, but all the good silly answers have been taken.

omfgTALIjustIMDu's avatar

@windex, It was a joke, chill.

AtSeDaEsEpPoAoSnA's avatar

I want to meet Mr.Know-it-alls parents.

windex's avatar

@omfg: I know I know… my battle is with the INTERNETS!


Knotmyday's avatar

“You want fries with that?”

Jeruba's avatar

@queenzboulevard, go here for all date and time questions of that nature. Date Calculator is the section for those computations.

I don’t know everything, because I still haven’t figured out where all those other socks go when they disappear from the dryer.
This just shows the importance of asking the right question! The way you framed the question is going to keep you from getting to the right answer, which is not that those socks in the dryer have lost their mates but that extra single socks have found their way in. It’s the tyranny of duality that prevents us from seeing them for what they are: rogue socks that have no mates.

Jeruba's avatar

To the original question: I would ask this omniscient being how it can stand having nothing left to live for.

I guess this is essentially the same as AstroChuck’s response. Lurve for that. (@AC, congratulations on crossing the 10k line!)

IBERnineD's avatar

I would ask how they got to the point where they knew everything.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

rogue socks, it all makes sense now. Thanks Jeruba

Krow1125's avatar

I would ask him/her “Was it really Chriss’s Blood?” (Resident Evil: Director’s cut) or I would ask “When will doomsday be here?”

AtSeDaEsEpPoAoSnA's avatar

Who was the true Jesus? And is there a higher power in the form of a perfect being?

Seeker767's avatar

“What is ‘God’?”

Seeker767's avatar

On a side note… just because someone knows everything (literally) doesn’t mean he or she can explain everything. There are some things that are inexplicable.

AtSeDaEsEpPoAoSnA's avatar

Who am I really? No one knows who they really are.

Sakata's avatar

“What is the funniest joke to have ever been told?”

nocountry2's avatar

“Is Earth and all its multiverses really an experiment, and if so, what are you learning from it?”

PastorJeff's avatar

I ask,

Why did Adam have to eat that darn apple in the garden of Eden. Things might be a tad different if he didn’t eat the apple


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Val123's avatar

I would ask them to tell me everything I know.

deepdivercwa55m's avatar

If we all knew all the answers we would have killed ourselves.
Because the answer will be tragic, and we will not have a reason to live if we stop learning new things

Futomara's avatar

Are you all serious with all the questions you would ask me? I know everything and believe me, it sucks. Ignorance is bliss.

bean's avatar

please teach me how to dance….

Trance24's avatar

@Futomara Little bit full of yourself aren’t you?

vbabe96's avatar

Well I have a few questions. The most important ones to me would be
Why does the dryer eat my socks?
Why does everything taste like chicken?
How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop?
Where is Waldo really hiding?

tearsxsolitude's avatar

Is there a god? Which religion is true? Are any of them spot on?

newtscamander's avatar

Howd’ ya get it all in your head ?

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Will you be my friend?

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