I have acquired a cult following, according to Bagehot, the Economist’s fine political commentator. This is of course highly gratifying.
The next cult meeting will be at the top of Cat Bells by Derwent Water at midnight on the next full moon. Small wax effigies of Tony Blair will be waved in the air like lighters [...]
Another abominable Question to Which the Answer is No, asked by, Yes, Them Again.
Number 724. Thanks to Gaz Weetman.
Number 725, meanwhile, is asked by the New York Times:
Will the E-Book Kill the Footnote?
Thanks to Matt Hoffman.
And number 726 was asked by The Observer:
Is time up for Doctor Who?
Which, after a triumphant end to the series, [...]
It has been asked before, but this is a different moment, as Chris Christie, the only Republican a normal person could vote for, decides not to run. So Ed Kilgore’s, in New Republic, is number 721 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No.
Thanks again to Oliver Kamm.
Number 722 was asked by [...]
Someone left the Questions to Which the Answer is No Generator on in Northcliffe House again last night. Two gems in today’s Daily Mail. Number 718, above, and number 719:
Can you really pop a pill to stay young?
And number 720 is asked by my colleague Tom Peck:
Has anyone from the Mail EVER said ANYTHING to [...]
Number 714 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No is asked by PCMag.
Thanks again to Oliver Kamm.
Number 715 is asked by Hal Hodson in The Independent:
Is farming without sunlight the future of food?
Thanks to Jack Bailey.
Number 716 is asked by the Mail on Sunday (well, actually, it was asserted as a [...]
The BBC, financed by a tax on the sale of consumer goods, asks number 711 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No. (Also asked by Chris Dillow.)
Meanwhile, number 712 is asked by The Kitchn:
Recipe Headnotes: Do We Really Need Them?
Via Betteridge’s Law.
Number 713, asked by Nile Gardiner, ought to be disqualified [...]
Number 707 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No is asked by the BBC, nominated by several cynics.
Number 708, asked by History Today:
Could the Euro crisis tip Europe into warfare?
Thanks to Fintan O’Mahoney.
Number 709, asked by Start the War Again Coalition:
Owen Jones, Laurie Penny, Lowkey, John Pilger will be there. Will [...]
Or, “Former Labour leader’s glamorous Danish daughter-in-law faces election defeat over claims she’s a ‘Gucci diva’.”
If I had seen this Daily Mail story (online version only) nine days ago, I might have listed it as a Question to Which the Answer is No in anticipation of the victory of Neil Kinnock’s daughter-in-law (right) in the [...]
This is, of course, a trick question, because no one should play golf. It was asked by Mariela Dabbah, at the Huffington Post. I would add it to my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No, except that it has already been listed as an example of Betteridge’s Law.
Betteridge’s Law was formulated at around [...]
A Question to Which the Answer is No special, thanks to Graham, one of my frequent correspondents. He spotted this headline in today’s Daily Mail:
Is this Britain’s worst family? Police find girl, 4, left home alone by her holidaying mother after arresting 16-year-old brother in stolen car
He thought this sounded familiar, so he searched for [...]
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