Begin asking a question of Google, and some interesting insights into the inner-conflicts of the collective human mind emerge. Type “how …” and two of the most popular choices are “how to make pancakes” and “how to lose weight fast”. But there is also a heartening level of wonder at the world around us: type “why …” and the top 10 list is bookended with “why is the sky blue?” and “why are manhole covers round?”
The Guardian, with its millions of monthly online readers, gets asked a lot of questions too.The subject matter is revealing, from “why do men have nipples?”and “how many spiders do you eat?”to “why is water wet?”. Here are the Guardian’s best attempts at answering such profundity.We don’t have all the answers, but we will never stop asking questions, and we hope you don’t either.