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The definition of "imponderable" is "cannot be estimated or assessed in any definite way" or "something difficult or impossible to assess".  

Not all those listed on this site fall strictly into this category if given enough thought.  For example - "Why do shops have signs saying ' Guide dogs only' when dogs can't read?  Obviously the sign is meant for (non guide) dog owners who can read.

Nevertheless they do give something to think about!

person with question mark over head
How come they never tell stories about Jesus Christ when he was a teenager?
How do the cell phone companies choose your cell phone number and will the companies one day run out of numbers to issue?
How come we don't pronounce the year 2000 as twenty hundred - like 1900 and 2007 as twenty o seven?
What does the back of the tongue look like?
In the movies or TV shows what exactly do "extras" talk about in the background?  Do they just move their mouths or pretend they are talking about something interesting?

Jorge Marquez contributed all the above.

If Walmart is lowering prices every day, how come nothing in the store is free yet?
If something "goes without saying", why do people still say it?
If olive oil comes from olives, why doesn't baby oil come from babies?
If a cow laughs hard, does milk come out it's nose?

Jennifer Horvath kindly sent in all the above.

Why is it in Walmarts, there is a sign that says this exit is not an entrance?  Isn't that implied it is not an entrance when it is called an exit?
Why do they put the yield signs in front of train tracks?  Do people really think they have the right of way over the train?
If a police officer is on a way to the crime, and he sees another one on the way to the original one, does he stop?  or does he go where he is called?
Why is it police officers do not wear their seat belts when we get fined if we don't?  Are they not able to be thrown from the car?

All the above contributed by Alex Kelly

Why do we call it a near-miss? If we avoided an accident, shouldn't it be called a "near-hit".

Paul Gutierrez

When a car is on an ad on tv and the car is moving forward why are the wheels turning backward?

Bruce Bergren

Why do men have nipples?                                                                                               Jim Power & Dennis

N. Kapteyn from Holland, has sent in an explanation for this -

"We are all girls in mommy`s tummy but if chromosome Y comes, we are a boy."

Why are submarines fitted with screen doors?                                                                                                   T.K.
Where does your lap go when you stand up?
Why as an open door called ajar?
Why can't you keep your eyes open whilst you sneeze?
Why can you never find anywhere to hang a skyhook?

All the above sent in by E. Bishop.

If it is true that we are here to help others, then what are the others here for?
Ever wondered what the speed of lightning would be if it didn't zig zag?
Does killing time damage eternity?
Why is it that when you are driving and looking for an address, you turn down the volume on the radio?
How do you write zero in Roman numerals?
If space is a vacuum who changes the bags?
If swimming is good for your shape then why do the whales look the way they do?
If you jog backwards will you gain weight?
Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?
If a turtle doesn't have a shell is he homeless or naked?                                   All the above from Liza Hicks
Why do drive up ATMs have braille on them?                                                                                                                                                                Josh

Many blind people take a cab to the bank. They do not want to give the driver their PIN etc.

John Johns

How did the "keep off the grass" sign get there?                                                                                                                                                               Dee
How does the non stick coating stay on a pan?                                                                                                                                                              Dave
Why do cobblers always cut keys?                                                                                                   Charlene
Where does the flame of a candle go when you blow it out?                                                         Charlene
If knees were backwards what would chairs look like?                                             Hazel Winters & Dennis
Why is the light always red when I pull up at a street light?                                                                  Leo
Why do people leave a teaspoon of milk in the fridge?                                                                     Leo
Why isn't phonetics spelled like it sounds?                                                                        Hanover branch
Who was the first man to look at a cow and think "I'm going to squeeze them dangly bits and drink whatever comes out"?

Sean Basketfield

If you sit in a car in a traffic jam, do you come to a stand still?                                               Ronald Guest
Do narcoleptics ever get over-tired?                                                                                       Dave Oakley

The following have been sent in by Ellert

Do mail men deliver there own mail or does another mail man do that?  if so who delivers their mail? is there like a never ending chain of mail men?
Why can't you just write the letter when writing music instead of these retarded circles?
Who buys a non reusable digital camera?!?!?
Why is it when ever you clean your room the next time you come home it's up-side down again?
If your body is a temple why do people want to violate it?
Why is it awkward silence is always broken up by laughter or some one saying - hmmm awkward silence?
What would you say if the Pope sneezed.                                                                                   Dennis
If people are re-incarnated, why does the world's population keep increasing?                    Dennis

The following are been contributed by Ian Tapscott

If Barbie is so popular why do you have to buy her friends?
Why do psychics have to ask you for your name?
What happens if you get scared half to death twice?
How do you tell when you run out of invisible ink?
OK so what is the speed of dark?
Despite the cost of living, it remains popular.
Where does the dark go when you switch on the light?                                                      Denis Smith
Why do bathroom stall doors always open inwards?  

There is never enough room to get out.                                                                             Brittany and Katie

Why do we have jumbo shrimp and freezer burn?
How do painkillers know where the pain is?
Why did you forget what you were looking for as soon as you leave the room?                      Anon
If you can mix two primary colours of paint to make other colours, why do people bother to make other colours of paint?                                                                                                           Avery Wehrs.         
How can you get your homework done at school if it is supposed to be homework?

Avery Wehrs

Why can't you tickle yourself?                                                                                                  Josh Anderson
What was Captain Hook called before he lost his hand?                                                        Robert Court
If you spin an oriental man in circles will he become disoriented?                                     Rob McGinness
Why is Dyslexia so hard to spell?                                                                                          Norman Cooper
Is God an Atheist?                                                                                                                   Norman Cooper
Walt Disney - If Pluto is Mickey's pet dog then what is Goofy?                                          Cheryl Butler
If Disney's Goofy is a dog and Mickey's pet Pluto is a dog, how is it that Goofy can talk but Pluto can't?

Michael Wallace


Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?
How come wrong numbers are never busy?
If cats and dogs didn't have fur, would we still pet them?
Why do FAT chance and SLIM chance mean the same thing?
Why isn't phonetic spelled the same way as it sounds?
Why are there interstate Highways in Hawaii?
Why are there floatation devices under plane seats instead of parachutes?
If knees were backwards, what would chairs look like?
How could there be self-help GROUPS?
Why do they call it a TV set when you just get one?
Can you be a closet claustrophobic?
Why do trees grow straight up when growing up the side of a mountain?
If your therapist asked you to "let your mind go blank", how would you know?
Have you ever imagined a world with no hypothetical situations?
If you can't drink and drive, why do bars have parking lots?
If a mute swears, does his mother make him wash his hands with soap?
What is the speed of dark?
What if you discovered an endangered animal that only eats endangered plants?
If you invent an acid that could eat through anything, what would you keep it in?
Why do they call them milkshakes if they have already been shaken?  Shouldn't they be called "millkshook" or "milkshaken" ?
Why do we play at recitals and recite at plays?
Do vegetarians eat animal cookies?
If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill themself is it considered a hostage situation?
Why do noses run and feet smell?
Is it possible to be totally partial?
If a word is misspelled in the dictionary, how would we know?
When companies ship Styrofoam, what do they pack it in?
If time stands still, how would you know if it time to return?
Why is there an expiration date on sour cream?
When sign-makers go on strike, is anything written on their signs?
How do you know when it is time to tune your bagpipes?
When a bus driver has done dropping all the kids off at the end of the day and returns the bus at the station, who closes the door after them and how is it opened when the driver returns to work?  What stops people from taking the bus?

Liv Anthony

Why do people say they are going to take a dump or leak, wouldn't they rather leave it?

Bruce Bergren


Imponderables Pages 1 , 3 and 4



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