Are there more wheels or doors in the world? Why can't we resist the debate on the Internet | Technology
|Are there more wheels or doors in the world? Why can't we resist the debate on the Internet?|
Is there a place where there are more Doors or Wheels? Why can't we put an end to the argument on the Internet!
Many of us found ourselves in a heated argument over a pointless question last week. Why can't we help but waste time on irrelevant online questions like what color is the dress or how would a dog wear trousers?
The Internet is no place for proper discussion. It's a lesson that was recently learned in the most painful of ways by Auckland resident Ryan Nixon, who last weekend made the innocent mistake of asking Twitter if there were more doors or wheels in the world.
A whopping 223,347 people answered and filled out their survey, of whom 53.6% estimated there are more wheels in the world. A man drew up a complex formula on a piece of paper. Others argued that a wheel could be a door but a door could not be a wheel. One particularly deep thinker pointed out that, while wheels are a human invention, doors are "ancient - even celestial - in nature". The debate, which will certainly never be resolved, continues. Sorry for putting this on my mind.
This type of pointless reasoning has become an important part of online life. Who can forget about The Dress in 2015, when a woman took a photo of her wedding dress and then argued with her daughter whether it was white and gold or blue and black? At its peak, 11,000 tweets were posted every minute about The Dress, as friends and families distanced themselves in disagreements. It got so hot that scientific papers were written about the phenomenon.
As fun as it is to argue the colors of things with strangers, the dress debate had a definite answer: A cursory amount of research takes you back to where the dress was bought, proving quickly and conclusively that it was blue. And it was black.
If Doors We Wheels has any precedent, it's from How Will a Dog Wear Trousers 2015, in which a Facebook user asked if trousers for dogs cover the bottom 50% of a dog (four legs, belly, no tail). Should cover or 50% of the back (rear legs, tail, not front legs). This is probably the hardest question of all to answer. Logic says a pair of trousers should cover all of your legs, but your heart tells you that a pair of four-legged trousers is not a pair of trousers. A dog wearing trousers across its back, meanwhile, looks more human – but, again, this argument is prefigured by the fact that the dog is not human.
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Humanity potentially has the resources to conduct a complete global audit of the world's doors and wheels. But none of us, as long as we live, will have the ability to ask a dog what kind of trousers he would theoretically like to wear. The question itself is a fool's mistake. So, despite humanity's inherent need for objective truth, there may never be a conclusive answer—to this, or indeed many of the Internet's toughest debates. And finally, that's why we love them.
Source: Stuart Heritage, The Guardian, Direct News 99