I've always been a huge fan of Slate.com's "Explainer" Series. Its purpose is simple: To answer (sometimes unasked) questions about various issues that come up in the news or everyday life. These questions run the gamut from basic trivia questions ("When Did Prisoners Start Dressing In Orange"), to the taboo or obscene ("What would happen if you snorted cremated remains", "Are Both Father And [Adult] Daughter Culpable In Cases Of Incest?") questions you've probably never allowed yourself to consider.
Of course, The Vast Archive Containing Hundreds Upon Hundreds Of These Questions is available for your perusal (and I encourage you to do so), but just in case you don't feel like spending all that time, I've compiled a list of 30 of the best ones here (without permission, naturally).
And if you think linking to a bunch of articles I didn't have anything to do with is just a cheap way of getting out of having to write anything: Congratulations, you are right. Welcome to the internet.
My Penis Was Cut Off & Flushed Down A Toilet, Can It Still Be Reattached?
Can Women With Breast Implants Still Breastfeed?
How Does Do-It-Yourself Suicide Work?
What Would Happen If You Snorted The Ashes Of A Cremated Relative?
How Much Does It Cost To Hire A Hitman?
Do Penis Pumps Really Work?
Can You Survive In Space Without A Spacesuit?
Who Do They Use To Fill Police Lineups?
Why Do Auctioneers Talk Like That?
How Long Does It Take To Dissolve A Human Body?
Do Amnesiacs Realize They Have Amnesia?
Why Do Hitman Drop Their Guns At The Scene Of A Crime?
I've Had A Painful Erection For 4 Hours, What Should I Do?
If You're Forced To Convert To Islam At Gunpoint, Does It Count?
Why Don't Soldiers Wear Bulletproof Facemasks?
Can You Actually Drink Your Own Urine?
Does The Law Treat Retarded People Differently Than Insane People?
Can Someone Under House Arrest Host A Dinner Party?
Do Spies And Assassins Really Wear Fake Beards?
Does Stress Really Cause Hair Loss?
Where Does The Phrase "Balls To The Wall" Come From?
Does The US Government Have A Plan If Aliens Attack?
Why Do Poodles Have Such Stupid Haircuts?
Can A Person Be Killed By A Large Piece of Hail
What Is The Healthcare System Like In Prison?
Why Don't We Abolish The Electoral College?
Are Amish People Allowed To Use Medical Evacuation Helicopters?
The Ku Klux Klan Is Christian; Why Do They Burn Crosses?
Why Do You See A White Light Before You Die?
What Should I Do If My Eyeball Pops Out Of Its Socket?
So hey: If you thought these were even slightly cool, be sure to check out The Explainer (the place I stole these from) over at Slate.com.
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