I was googling around for interesting questions I could ask guests on my podcast when I came across this list of 350 good questions to ask. I loved it. I found myself reading all the questions and then answering them in my head. I realized this would be an interesting way for me to share what I think.
So that’s what I’m doing, and you’re welcome to join me by leaving YOUR answers to some of these questions in the comments.
Here are my answers for questions 41 - 48
41 - What’s your cure for hiccups?
I never have the hiccups. When I have had them they’ve only ever lasted a few minutes. To those struggling with hiccups I’d say go swimming in the ocean. Or a pool. You can’t have hiccups while swimming.
42 - What invention doesn’t get a lot of love, but has greatly improved the world?
The pencil. It was invented in 1564 and is still being used by millions of people around the world. More pencils are sold than iphones each year. That makes it a better invention than the iphone by about 10,000% ( I’d say) How many people do think will still be using an iphone in 400 years? The pencil will probably still be around. That being said, I really hate using pencils and have no idea why anyone still uses them.
43 - What’s something you really resent paying for?
A lot of money for quality fruits and vegetables. I’m not being serious, but what I sometimes resent is the fact that all those things were provided to us for free, by the earth. Think about it for a second. All food is free. Yes, it has been cultivated and “improved” and made easier to produce on a mass scale, but at one point in time it was all free. It literally grows in the ground. Agriculture in some respects is the enslavement of food. It was done as a way to control access to it. Ever wonder why there aren’t fruits and vegetables growing all over the place? Because everything wild and free was mostly removed so we would need to go to a store and buy it. ( I know I know, stop rolling your eyes ) I really don’t mind paying for my fruits and vegetables.
44 - Do you think that aliens exist?
I think they probably do exist, yes, but I also think they wouldn’t exist in the way we exist. Meaning, they wouldn’t look like us, or operate like us or require the same bio necessities as us. For example: Maybe life forms DO exist on Mars, but we can’t perceive them because we don’t have the proper visualizing technology. ( eyes )
45 - What are you currently worried about?
Absolutely nothing. I feel great.
46 - What’s the most interesting building you’ve ever seen or been in?
Probably the Taj Mahal. I mean, what they say is true. When I was traveling India in 2009 for 6 months, I had decided I wouldn’t go to the Taj. I didn’t want to do the “touristy” things. However, when I found myself within taxi distance I decided I might as well go take a look. It was a good decision because the Taj is “touristy” for a very good reason. It’s amazing. And the experience of being there is 10x better than any photo you looked at.
47 - What mythical creature do you wish actually existed?
Genies. I would love to think that there was actually a being that could grant me three wishes.
48 - What are your most important rules when going on a date?
Well, for one I hate rules, so I’d say forget about “rules” and just focus on presenting the real you.
Don’t go out to eat, at least not on a first date. Eating food in front of someone you don’t know, and want to impress is awkward. Eating isn’t that sexy and most of us don’t do it so well. I’ve always been self conscious while eating on a first date. I end up ordering something hard to eat, like a burrito or pasta dish with too much cheese holding all the noodles together and getting it all over my hands and shirt while missing whatever important thing the person sitting across from me is saying. Just go to a park or something.
Also, don’t get dressed up like you’re some kind of rich glamorous socialite; unless you actually are. So many people wear things on dates they NEVER actually wear in real life and I don’t understand it. I hate getting dressed up in general, so I’m biased, but how I feel is that if 80% of the time you’re wearing a worn out pair of cargo shorts and a band shirt, then that is exactly how you should present yourself on a first date. It saves everyone a whole lot of time, AND most importantly allows you to BE yourself authentically. Anytime I’ve thrown on a shirt and tie I instantly felt like I have no idea who I am. That’s weird. It’s not that you CAN’T dress up and look nice, but find a way to do it in a way that represents the 80% you.