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Questions to Ask

I like to ask questions. I like to find out about people. I like to know what they're thinking. For example, I like this question: "if you were a fruit, what kind of fruit would you be and why?" My answer is "kiwi" (I'll leave the "why?" for another time). I've found that many people say "strawberry, because they're sweet and everybody likes them." In fact, searching through 139 chat logs yields 9 occurrences of "*strawberry*sweet*everybody likes*." Further analysis reveals that I spoke with those people only four more times on average. Why? They were new acquaintances that I quickly found boring. If you're so unoriginal that you give the same response as so many others, well... forget it.

So, I found this list of questions interesting (reportedly cobbed from Inside the Actors Studio, a show I think I've only seen as a parody on SNL):

  • What is your favorite word?
  • What is your least favorite word?
  • What turns you on?
  • What sound do you love?
  • What sound do you hate?
  • What is your favorite curse word?
  • What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
  • What profession would you not like to participate in?
  • If heaven exists, what would you like to hear god say when you arrive at the pearly gates?

Let's see, my answers would be:

  • favorite word: discombobulatoriousness
  • least favorite word: cunt
  • turn-on: sensuality over raw sexuality
  • sound I love: I really like the sound of a tree falling in the woods with nobody to hear it, but I don't love a sound...
  • sound I hate: I really dislike the sound of babies crying or dogs whimpering
  • favorite curse word: fuck (what's yours? c'mon, that's everyone's!)
  • new profession: anything that gets me closer to Shania Twain
  • anti-profession: anything with "service" in the title
  • I hope God says: what took you so long?

Of course, I've got a few of my own that I like to ask people. There is no right or wrong answer, but all told, they present an interesting sum of data. Many, or most, of my questions have to do with sex, because through sex you can get at so many other topics without actually asking: religious beliefs, family policies, political leanings, and whatnot. Sex seems to be so "raw" a subject that how you feel about sex is reflected in many other areas of your life.

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