On the Answers beat


  1. McGehee »

    26 December 2018 · 9:33 pm

    The best case I ever achieved with incorrigible askers of stupid questions was to persuade them that asking me was a waste of time.

    Having onlookers laugh out loud at my answers was a plus for me but almost never edified the asker.

  2. Roger Green »

    27 December 2018 · 8:45 am

    In my line of work, I’ve had too many questions about exactly how much something will cost. In the context, it’s like the answer to “How much does a car cost?” – depends on the type of car, and its age, et al. Or how much does a house cost? I can find housing trends in an area but that doesn’t mean house X will sell for Y dollars.

  3. CGHill »

    27 December 2018 · 6:27 pm

    I had someone ask for the exact cost per mile for driving a car. As it happens, I had figures for one of my cars — the only one I ever bought new — and so I coughed up the figure (59 cents per mile), with the annotation: “If you drive exactly the same car as I did, get the same mileage as I did, and subsequently wreck it the same way I did, these numbers should be valid, depending on your state’s gas tax.”

    Probably went right over his head.

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