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Meaningless question with meaningful answers

Postby BadgerJelly on June 14th, 2016, 5:04 am 

What is the price of bananas opposite each star calling out to ants?

The answer is 12:30 pm.

If I was to say the answer was $1.50 doesn't that look like a more sensible answer even though the question looks preposterous?

If you only had the answer then you may assume the question to be of a different nature.

Can you make sense of the question in the first line?
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Re: Meaningless question with meaningful answers

Postby Paul Anthony on June 16th, 2016, 1:28 pm 

Everyone knows the answer is 42. And, if you understand the answer you know that the question is irrelevant.

As to your question, I haven't a clue but you have aroused my curiosity. I hope you are going to tell us!
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Re: Meaningless question with meaningful answers

Postby Serpent on June 16th, 2016, 2:03 pm 

What is the price of bananas opposite each star calling out to ants?

My guess: both banana prices and star-ant communication are human ideas with arbitrary values.
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Re: Meaningless question with meaningful answers

Postby BadgerJelly on June 16th, 2016, 2:57 pm 

I was just playfully saying that because something looks reasonable it doesn't mean it has been reasoned out.

And also that because I say "price" in the question it seems like the answer containing a value of money should be more right than a specific time. If I was to give a location as the answer then this too would seem more right because a position is mentioned ("opposite").

I have no idea why I find this curious, but I do! :)
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Re: Meaningless question with meaningful answers

Postby Serpent on June 16th, 2016, 5:57 pm 

You are an unusual person with an unusual mind.
Not in a blue way, just in circumspect.
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Re: Meaningless question with meaningful answers

Postby TheVat on June 16th, 2016, 7:07 pm 

Many ants are called, but few are chosen.

Anything opposite to such ants is clearly an antonym.

Is this a postmodernist question of who can authoritatively claim the meaning of the written question? Perhaps each new answer leads to a paradigmatic shift. Some may give intrinsic valuations to bananas, some may reject all such attempts.

Have I reasoned anything out?
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Re: Meaningless question with meaningful answers

Postby Serpent on June 16th, 2016, 9:07 pm 

No, but an awful lot of contemporary argumentation sounds just like that.

Nevertheless, the image of all those little ants standing out on top of their hills at night, waving their tiny antennae in the direction of their own particular star is wonderfully .... Pixar.
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