Now I know that the Daily Mail is doing it on purpose. Yesterday it put number 783 in the world-famous series of Questions to Which the Answer is No on the front page.
The story comes complete with that adornment of the genre, the list of “The Unanswered Questions”. I suspect many of those are numbers 784 [...]
Thick and fast. Number 780 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No, asked by Christwire. (Update: Arieh Kovler kindly points out that the site is a spoof; so its inclusion in my series is a fine example of postmodern ironic humour.)
Thanks to Tim Miller.
Then there is number 781, asked by Sunny [...]
“Recurrent Spontaneous Anomalous Physical Events Suggestive of Poltergeist Activity: Evidence for Discarnate Agency?”
Number 779 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No, and it is an early favourite for Best of 2012.
The above is the title of the lead article in the current edition of the Journal of the Society of Psychical Research, Vol. 76.1, No 906, January 2012, by Paul Burgess, of the [...]
Number 775 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No, asked by The Guardian recently. Grateful to Gothic Gardener not just for spotting the question but for directing me to one of the games that is in constant use in barracks (pictured).
Determined to compete with the Daily Mail, The Guardian also asks [...]
I have a bit of catching up to do. This is Question to Which the Answer is No, number 771, asked by the BBC. I wouldn’t tell them my name because I would be in Caffè Nero.
Thanks to Citizen Sane.
Number 772, asked by Channel 4 News on Wednesday:
Can Mary Portas kick-start the clothing industry by manufacturing a [...]
Number 769 in John Prescott’s favourite internet series, of Questions to Which the Answer is No, was asked by the automatic QTWTAIN generator at the Daily Mail. With, as Max Dunbar pointed out, a wonderful subsidiary question implied: Who is Blake Lively?
The Mail illustrates the story with a picture (right) of a model holding a [...]
Number 764 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No is from the automatic QTWTAIN generator at Northcliffe House.
My colleagues at the Daily Mail did find a charming photograph of a migrated iceberg in a bay in Newfoundland with which to illustrate it, though.
Thanks to Peter Noble.
Number 765 was asked by Slate:
A warm welcome to the second edition of the Sun on Sunday. We at The Independent on Sunday intend to hold onto the new readers we have gained since the closure of the News of the World. But we welcome competition and a thousand flowers. And another rich source of Questions to Which the Answer is [...]
Marvellous long-form Question to Which the Answer is No from the Daily Mail this morning. Number 761.
And a concise one, number 762, from Alexei Kapterev, as channelled by Martin Shovel, who answers it:
Has the written speech had its day?
Which also features Barack Obama, pictured here on the White House Flickr stream, signing an executive order [...]
I forgot about this Question to Which the Answer is No in my last round-up. I put it on Twitter a week ago and there are still people referring to it and saying “I wouldn’t be surprised if he was”.
My numbering system is now like the neutrinos were, before they discovered that it was just [...]
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