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"Tell Me Why" of the Week Contest

"Everything in the world of science has a reason, and, a purpose."

Reason

Have you ever wondered why we do burp, or yawn? Sometimes many weird question like this arise in our mind, and we ask them to people who can't answer them and thus,they ignore or postpone it. But, as someone said, everything has a reason. Really? Let's find out!

If you also have such unanswered or answered questions which arise in our daily lives, this contest is for you. I believe it's gonna be great fun, discovering the reason behind everything in nature.

Sometimes these questions lead us to learn many new unexpected things. I remember once asking my big brother (who is a software engineer), why do we follow the QWERTY keyboard, and not ABCDEF keyboard. To which he simply replied, "It's faster to write on this cuz the important letters are arranged such that they make typing faster." BUT, on further research, I found a very unexpected answer. Actually, the QWERTY keyboard was designed to reduce the speed of typists, so that the mechanism of the old typewriters doesn't get jammed, and it has continued ever since!

Upvote every question you find interesting, and try to find answers to it/them. The question with the most number of upvotes shall be the winner. The competition ends on the 10th of November, so you have ample of time to think of weird questions!

Some sample questions are: Why is the sky blue? Why do doughnuts have holes?! Why do we cry while cutting onions? Why and how does a chameleon change its colour? Why do bees rub their legs (which creates a buzzing sound) ? Will, after some time, everything have the same temperature, assuming that heat flows till the two objects attain the same temperature? Why does February have only 28 days? Why are most people right handed?

Go as weird as you can, and let's find out if everything in this marvellous world of science has a reason and/or purpose. And don't forget to like and re-share! Your turn, enjoy!!

[EDIT: Please post only questions in the comments anything else should be asked/told in comments to the questions. For a sample, I've posed some questions, but downvote them, for I must come last :D You may also take it as a challenge from my side to disprove my hypothesis of 'everything has a reason']

Note by Satvik Golechha
2 years, 2 months ago

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Why is winrar trial infinite? · 2 years, 2 months ago

Everything has a reason. Maybe they want people to continue using WinZip/Rar and try to trick them into buying a pro one... · 2 years, 2 months ago

https://www.quora.com/Why-is-WinRAR-40-day-trial-available-unlimited · 2 years, 2 months ago

Why in the book of irodov it is given that "simple problems are provided in the book" when they are actually difficult ones · 2 years, 2 months ago

What is difficult for us may be simple for ppl like Irodov and Krishna Ar, you see. · 2 years, 2 months ago

=_=...You know that I'm still a noob at physics .BTW good question, @John Watson · 2 years, 2 months ago

How do you know when any comment uses your name without even tagging? · 2 years, 2 months ago

Hoodoo -_- · 2 years, 2 months ago

Hoodoo or voodoo? · 2 years, 2 months ago

Hoodoo · 2 years, 2 months ago

Some things we may never know, but whenever someone mentions me, I don't get an email saying so. =_= · 2 years, 2 months ago

Then you've unsubscribed from it. +#Y+#+#%+&!%^ · 2 years, 2 months ago

I haven't. · 2 years, 2 months ago

What does the fox say? · 2 years, 2 months ago

Why do humans have both a good and bad side to themselves (morally speaking). · 2 years, 2 months ago

Because if they didn't have a bad side, there would be nothing spicy/interesting in life. It would totally be banal. There wouldnt be any police stations. (I know that I cant start a sentence with because...yet...) · 2 years, 2 months ago

I was just going to point that out :-P · 2 years, 2 months ago

-_- · 2 years, 2 months ago

-_- I hope you didn't expect me to write a thesis on Karma for this. · 2 years, 2 months ago

No, I hoped you would write a 'scientific' answer · 2 years, 2 months ago

Because if people don't have a bad side then this would be a bad thing that they are totally good, so this bad thing would be included in their bad side , so this would mean they have a bad side but we have concluded this on the hypothesis that they don't have a bad side , resulting to a paradox. So , god in order to prevent this paradox gave everybody a bad side. Always remember god is a mathematician and a philosopher. · 2 years, 2 months ago

Humans are naturally good, but they have a natural tendency to rebel against the rules.This is part of the test of our life.If we fail ,we will go to hell for not following the good but if we pass, we will go to heaven for not leeting our desires guide us and for following the good whatever the consequences. · 2 years, 2 months ago

Doctors need patients. Police need criminals. Breakers need Makers. Trolls need ppl to troll. Everything is in perfect harmony, thus. · 2 years, 2 months ago

My question is "How would we know that everything in this world is circular, and our perception of vision perceives as straight?"

Also, I have an answer to the Febraury question. Initially, the Egyptians had named 360 days of the year, after the 360 degrees of rotation and revolution. Then, however, 5 days were added to represent the 5 children of the Sun God, Ra. Thus came the concept of 365 days in a year. Now, the Gregorian Calendar was named after either numbers or rulers.

The first month used to be March. This was the distribution of days.

March- 31

April- 30

May- 31

June- 30

July (named after Julius Caesar)- 31

August (named after Augustus)- 30

September (named after "sept-" or seventh month)- 30

October (named after "oct-" or eighth month)- 31

November (named after "nov-" or ninth month)- 30

December (named after "dec-" or tenth month)- 31

January- 31

All days left over were given to February. Thus, it had 29 days, until Emperor Augustus got jealous of the fact that July (the month named after Julius Caesar) had one day more than August (the month named after himself). Thus, he allocated one more day for August from February. Thus, February has 28 days. · 2 years, 2 months ago

Why is earth round? · 2 years, 1 month ago

Because it has no end :p · 2 years, 1 month ago

Imagine life if it were straight instead... · 2 years, 1 month ago

Then there would be no same-sex marriges,. As simple as that! · 2 years, 1 month ago

@Satvik Golechha Have you announced the results of this contest? · 2 years, 1 month ago

Contest's o'er, though I'd like ppl still participating, so I didn't post the results. Anyone in want of the same may see the comments on this note and count the upvotes. :) · 2 years, 1 month ago

OH, this contest has ended. · 2 years, 2 months ago

Why everything has a reason ? · 2 years, 2 months ago

Because everything has a reason. · 2 years, 2 months ago

why do we use the term mutually perpendicular lines when perpendicular lines means the same? · 2 years, 2 months ago

We usually say 'mutually' perpendicular for three lines. · 2 years, 2 months ago

Why is a Door called a Door? · 2 years, 2 months ago

Door is not door, it is " do or..." (maybe the blank should be filled with "die"). When we say "Go shut the door, we are saying go shut the problem of "DO OR ...". So, the "doors" never have to be shut down rather they have always to be open for this problem always remains in our lives - DO OR DIE! · 2 years, 2 months ago

Cuz a Door is a Door. · 2 years, 2 months ago

Haha! Nice answer. · 2 years, 2 months ago

Yeah! Thanks. BTW You in 9th class? · 2 years, 2 months ago

No. You wont believe he's in 7th actually · 2 years, 2 months ago

Hey! How do you know that? · 2 years, 2 months ago

I saw you'd commented that y're in 7th...somewhere in the site · 2 years, 2 months ago

Why won' I believe? Ain' your sayin' this nuff fer me? · 2 years, 2 months ago

:D · 2 years, 2 months ago

Why do mobile games turn out to be more addicting than the PC or console ones? And why do devs. add the energy and-"come back after xy time"-to-play system?

I actually know this but it would be great if I get some more educated opinions. · 2 years, 2 months ago

why there are love? · 2 years, 2 months ago

Because there is hatred. · 2 years, 2 months ago

Yeah! Law of Conservation of Feelings?! · 2 years, 2 months ago

Why do we ask so many "why's"? · 2 years, 2 months ago

Because humans naturally want to know more about this world we live in. . · 2 years, 2 months ago

why this note was made · 2 years, 2 months ago

To explore the great world of science by answering many "Why's", you know... · 2 years, 2 months ago

Why did you want to do that? · 2 years, 2 months ago

To start another contest, before Krishna does... :-P · 2 years, 2 months ago

Why would you want to start another contest before Krishna does? · 2 years, 2 months ago

So that Krishna can want the same after this, you see. · 2 years, 2 months ago

Why would you want Krishna to want the same after this? · 2 years, 2 months ago

Why does Brilliant change its interface so often? · 2 years, 2 months ago

I think they're trying to find the best one. But I personally think the first one (1.32 years back) was the best. · 2 years, 2 months ago

Is there anything like God? · 2 years, 2 months ago

Clearly,this universe could not have formed by itself there must be a being who has created it. · 2 years, 2 months ago

That is quite of a good question Kartik, but it totally depends that what do you consider god as! · 2 years, 2 months ago

P.S. SG has already asked it in a separate note though · 2 years, 2 months ago

@Satvik Golechha As you said that everything in the world of science has a reason, there is one question that scientists have $$\color{Red}{\text{NOT}}$$ been able to answer. It is - Why do we sleep? · 2 years, 2 months ago

We sleep because we feel sleepy. · 2 years, 2 months ago

Not necessary, we can sleep even if we are not sleepy by taking medicines that can make you sleep. · 2 years, 2 months ago

Then we don't sleep, we're made to sleep. It, on the other hand, has its own other reasons. · 2 years, 2 months ago

Aviral's right. This question's been answered by many non-scientists too · 2 years, 2 months ago

Krishna, that made me feel non-scientist. Brb crying · 2 years, 2 months ago

LOL No..I never said so · 2 years, 2 months ago

With powers vested in me and some internet fellows, I announce myself as a scientist · 2 years, 2 months ago

Ahahah! xD........Proclaim would have been better...and please dont consider the laugh as something of a mockery · 2 years, 2 months ago

"Chor ki daadhi mein tinka" Please. · 2 years, 2 months ago

I am from pakistan so I can understand what you,re saying but thers can,t unless they,re from the subcontinent.So please write this in English. · 2 years, 2 months ago

So that our cells in our body and metabolism of our body gets some time from active schedule and cells may repair themselves. As you cannot study whole day and night. Similarly cells in our body gets exhausted and if don't sleep for long duration. It may result weakness related diseases and malfunctioning of our brain cells. Am I scientist yet? · 2 years, 2 months ago

Just because they have,nt been able to answer it today does not mean they won,t be able to answer it tomorrow. · 2 years, 2 months ago

But when did I say that they won't be able to answer it tomorrow? @Abdur Rehman Zahid · 2 years, 2 months ago

Why was Brilliant made? · 2 years, 2 months ago

Brilliant was created to democratize the way smart, driven people are identified and developed. · 2 years, 2 months ago

Why do we dream? · 2 years, 2 months ago

Another question- Why do people fart? :D · 2 years, 2 months ago

http://io9.com/10-theories-that-explain-why-we-dream-897195110 Hence, the fact still remains, that everything in the world of science has a reason. · 2 years, 2 months ago

I have answer some questions- Why do we cry while cutting onions? ANS :-When you cut an onion, it releases a gas called Propanethiol S-oxide. When mixed with certain enzymes in the onion, it creates a sulfur gas. These gases then get to your eyes and create a mild acid which irritates the eyes.

Why is the sky blue? Blue light is scattered in all directions by the tiny molecules of air in Earth's atmosphere. Blue is scattered more than other colors because it travels as shorter, smaller waves. This is why we see a blue sky most of the time. · 2 years, 2 months ago

Why do emotions cause humans to act irrationally? Staff · 2 years, 2 months ago

The Monty Hall game involves choosing between 3 doors, behind one of which has a prize, and then given a chance to change your selection after another door is revealed. It turns out that even pigeons do a better job playing this game than humans. It's fascinating see how, even after it's carefully explained to people why mathematically it makes better sense to switch, most people still refuse to switch. Why is it like that? Emotions are kind of like quick and dirty ways of making instant decisions, that have evolved over time, which works "most" of the time, but fails in more complicated situations that call for greater nuance and analysis. And it's another human trait to trust strong feelings first over conclusions drawn from careful reasoning. You know, like football loyalties and politics. · 2 years, 2 months ago

If speed is always measured in respect to a reference point, and according to theory of relativity our time slows down as our speed increases. In what context this speed is measured? · 2 years, 2 months ago

Why does quantum mechanics make much sense? Being that double slit experiment is only possible explanation, I think. · 2 years, 2 months ago

Why are most people right-handed? (I'm in the minority :D) · 2 years, 2 months ago

The right side of the brain (the creative side) is in charge of the left hand area of the boy. The left side of the brain (the logic side) controls the right hand side of the body. Since writing is to jot done information, it requires the left side of the brain, which controls the right hand. Occasionally, these controls are inverted. Hence why most people are right handed. · 2 years, 2 months ago

Because the word "right" has many good meanings too like 'morally good, justified, or acceptable, true or correct as a fact and so on, it may be that people preferred to have their children to be "right" and then slowly, it became a stereotype. · 2 years, 2 months ago

This does not end it. If you cut the rat's tail for 50 generations, it won't get passed on. · 2 years, 2 months ago

"It may not get passed on" · 2 years, 2 months ago

Why don't bananas have seeds??? · 2 years, 2 months ago

LOL Nice Question. Actually, bananas initially had seeds, but humans bred them such that their seeds couldn't mature, and just remain small black dots (which we see today too). So they reproduce by formation of rhizome-like structures called pups. So, everything has a reason. · 2 years, 2 months ago

Why do bees rub their legs? · 2 years, 2 months ago

Will, after some time, everything have the same temperature, assuming that heat flows till the two objects attain the same temperature? · 2 years, 2 months ago

Why is the sky blue? · 2 years, 2 months ago

I have answered that. · 2 years, 2 months ago

Because of the scattering of light in the atmosphere. Blue is scattered the most. Hence, the sky is blue. · 2 years, 2 months ago

Why not violet then? · 2 years, 2 months ago

because it is not a primary color and so our eyes couldn't see it. · 2 years, 2 months ago

Wait! I can see violet colour. · 2 years, 2 months ago

But our eyes are more sensitive to blue than violet. Also, the sun emits more of the blue radiation than the violet. · 2 years, 2 months ago

I would ask one more question here that why does that happen? · 2 years, 2 months ago

Why do we cry while cutting onions? · 2 years, 2 months ago

'Why do we cry?' can be an independent question. · 2 years, 2 months ago

You can pose it... Though the answer is quite simple. · 2 years, 2 months ago

Yeah that's why I didn't pose.. · 2 years, 2 months ago

No we don't. That's onion I think and I don't cry. (I have a tip) · 2 years, 2 months ago

Why does February have only 28 days? · 2 years, 2 months ago

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Btw Sharky, he had only told everyone to down vote his questions. :D · 2 years, 2 months ago