Working in my office yesterday I needed to get some information for an announcement I was drafting up. Instead of emailing a colleague for the info, I got up from my desk and walked over to her office to see if she had what I needed. As much as I enjoy the ease and convenience of email, I like being able to walk down the hall to someone’s office and take part in some real human interaction.
I knocked on her door and she invited me to sit down in her office. We’ve known each other for years and we’re pretty friendly. After a few minutes of ‘what’s going on in your life’ chit chat she asked “What can I help you with?” and for the life of me I couldn’t remember why I had come down to her office.
I kinda froze and was a bit embarrassed by it. I told her I must be having a “senior moment” because I was drawing a total blank. I could just imagine the expression on my face at that moment because when our eyes met we both started laughing hysterically. She said that she has those moments too. She added, “Why is it that I can remember all the words to some crummy song from 20 years ago that I don’t even like, but I can’t remember the reason I went into the kitchen?”
That got us into a silly mood and we started going back and forth with a bunch of questions that “make you go hmm” (see, there’s a song from way back when that for some reason I remember the lyrics to!). Here’s some of what we came up with:
- Why is it called a hamburger when there isn’t any ham in it?
- Why does the sun lighten our hair, but darken our skin?
- Why is a man whom we entrust our money to invest called a “broker”?
- Why does a round pizza get delivered in a square box?
- If you eat pasta and antipasto, will you still hungry afterwards?
- Is it funny that phonics is not spelled the way it sounds?
- How does one expect the unexpected?
- Is a hermit crab without its shell naked or homeless?
- Why is there always a light that goes on in the refrigerator, but not the freezer?
- If “all the world’s a stage,” where does the audience sit?
- How does a thermos know what’s inside should be kept hot or cold?
Now, I’m sure there are logical and scientific answers to these questions, but that wasn’t the point of our little ranting session, it was just to blow off some steam and have a few in-person laughs.
When I returned to my desk I remembered why I had gone to my colleague’s office in the first place. I thought about going back down to her office to ask her for the info, but afraid I’d get down to her office and forget again, I emailed her.
Now it’s your turn to share. What’s a question that makes you go hmm?
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