Saturday, 21 January 2012

Those Difficult Questions

Fantasy Bob reads that a survey conducted by the Big Bang Young Scientists and Engineers Fair has identified the science questions that children ask which their parents find most difficult to answer.  They are:
  • Why is the Moon sometimes out in the day?
  • Why is the sky blue?
  • Will we ever discover aliens?
  • How much does the earth weigh?
  • How do aeroplanes stay up?
Apparently 16% of parents when confronted by questions like this suggest that their beloved infant asks Daddy or Mummy - and 20% just make up an answer.  After the child reaches 16 they generally find out that the explanation that Fairies make it happen is not generally well received by the inquiring youthful mind.

Fairies might be the
scientifically correct answer
Fantasy Bob hangs his head in despair. These questions are pretty easy - find the answers on this link.  A far harder set of questions can be found revealed in another part of the survey.  No parent will welcome any of these questions if they are fired out by the inquiring and youthful mind as it surfaces from its immersion in X-box:
  • Why can't England bat against spin bowling?
  • Strauss says the top 6 was caught cold on the first session - what did they expect?
  • Why does KP think a hook with 2 men behind square is a safe option when he is on 0?
  • Would Ian Bell be better closing his eyes when facing Ajmal?
  • Is Bopara really the only alternative batter we have?
Scientists agree that there may be no answers to these questions.  So parents are perfectly entitled to refer to fairies in their answers.


  1. Gutted and Sick as a parrot are only 2 of the cliches I could use.

    I booked a day's annual leave on friday so I could watch the climax of this test match only for England to revert to type.

    Overreacting? Pah! Sack the Board!

  2. Bad luck - perhaps you could sue for lost earnings. But wasn't the rhythmic gymnastics at its most exciting on Friday?