Friends are clamoring to know

One of the innocents on Quora asks:

When people use the phrase “asking for a friend” on social media, about what percentage of the time is this untrue and they are really asking for themselves?

“Percentage” meaning literally “out of a hundred,” what you do is start at 100 and count backwards.

You will never reach 99.


  1. McGehee »

    18 February 2019 · 8:20 pm

    I’ve said “asking for a friend” a few times and I was never asking for a friend. If a friend had ever actually asked me to ask the questions I was asking, I would have blocked him.

  2. Roger Green »

    19 February 2019 · 5:40 am

    You seem to answer a lot of questions for obvious grifters. For instance, “If I have the 1st four and my last four digits of my credit card, how can I get the remaining digits without troubling my bank?” Can’t recall your response, but you let him know his BS really smelled.

  3. CGHill »

    19 February 2019 · 12:26 pm

    There’s sort of a grim satisfaction slapping down these thieves. And there’s always the (very slight) chance that they’ll see what fools they are, and will move into something more substantive like insurance fraud.

  4. fillyjonk »

    20 February 2019 · 7:33 pm

    Someday, I hope to actually have a question I can ask on behalf of an actual friend. Just to mess with the universe.

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