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101 Questions… Consumer, Political, Humorous and Starbucks

BlogI had the day off today (I needed it!). I read on another blog that a lot of folks do searches for “101”. So… as usual, I’m testing the theory to see what the response is. I was surprised at how easy it was to come up with these, there’s so many things in the world, in business, and in this country that drive me crazy. Of course, perhaps it’s just me. Feel free to ask your questions or answer mine via comments.

  1. Why doesn’t Starbucks make chocolate bars? (My 12 year old daughter’s idea!)
  2. Why do you need a maximum of 15 items for the Express Lane? Why not a minimum of 1 full cart? I’m the guy spending all the money!
  3. Why does salad in a bag go bad so quickly?
  4. Why is it okay for a bank to charge a poor person $30 for a bounced check of $1 but they won’t issue them a high interest credit card?
  5. Why can a bank take my money out immediately for a check I write but they put a 5 day hold on a check I deposit?
  6. If I can get a 2Gb SD card, how come you can’t put 500 of those together and give me a 1Tb card instead of a hard drive with moving parts that fail?
  7. If the music industry isn’t greedy, then how come they spend tons of money on cribs, bling, dubs, grills, etc.?
  8. If I can listen to a CD, doesn’t that mean that I’ll always be able to record it?
  9. Why do supermarkets unpack everything to the shelves and then have to pack everything back in bags? Isn’t there a more efficient way?
  10. Why is the death penalty usually a life imprisonment, and life imprisonment is really 20 years?
  11. Why does everyone say “Separation of Church and State” when it’s not in the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence?
  12. Why do I pay fees for my kids’ public schools? I thought we paid taxes for that.
  13. Why is it okay for the government to try to change privacy laws in the defense of freedom?
  14. Why are there only 2 major parties in the United States?
  15. Why isn’t healthcare cheaper for people that don’t use it?
  16. Why are women’s business outfits so much cheaper than men’s suits?
  17. Why do we listen to consultants we don’t know but sometimes not our own customers or employees when they say the same thing?
  18. How come politicians are allowed to write their own rules on what is right or wrong?
  19. How come politicians retire before folks in the military can?
  20. How come we don’t get to vote on raises for politicians?
  21. If my kids have to take SATs to get into college, how come politicians don’t have to take tests to get into office?
  22. Why does the water I get out of the tap discolor my sinks, toilets and bathtubs?
  23. Why do people think green cars are the answer, when they plug them into sockets with power generated from coal and nuclear energy?
  24. Why is it okay to have oil rigs in everyone’s backyard in Texas, but not in Alaska where nobody lives?
  25. Why do we have sheriffs, state police and city police all in the same place?
  26. If this is a free country, why aren’t people allowed to do drugs?
  27. Why is gambling illegal unless it’s the government run lottery?
  28. Why is fruit more expensive than potato chips?  Heck, it grows on trees!
  29. Why are prescriptions legal and drugs illegal?  Prescriptions are drugs.
  30. Why can’t the United States switch to the metric system?  It’s easier to divide and multiply by tens!
  31. How come the Bible isn’t on the New York Times best seller list?
  32. Why does most Christian music suck?
  33. Why are candy and popcorn so expensive at a Theater?  I’d go more often if it wasn’t… and probably spend more money.
  34. Why do stores have so many checkout lines when most of them are closed?
  35. Why do you expect people to pay for things if you’re going to give it away free first?  You’re training me wrong!
  36. Why isn’t Puerto Rico a state but Alaska and Hawaii are?
  37. Why do our forces have to follow the rules and terrorists don’t?
  38. Why do my kids have so much time off of school?
  39. Why are so many school events scheduled during work?
  40. Why aren’t gay civil unions okay?
  41. Why does everyone look so surprised when I tell them I have full custody of my kids?
  42. Why do I have to have different insurance for eyes, body and teeth?  Isn’t it all medical?
  43. Why do homeowners get to take their interest off their taxes but renters can’t take their rent off?  Doesn’t rent help the economy, too?
  44. How are politicians so wealthy?
  45. Why does Al Gore take a private jet to his speaking engagements on global warming?
  46. If we’re at war, how can the oil industry continue to get record profits?  Isn’t that price gouging?
  47. How come we can’t stop spam?
  48. Who is sending that spam where you can’t make sense of any of the words?  Why do they send it?
  49. Why do we hold the military to such a high standard when most of the military are folks who can’t afford to go to college or have come from a challenged upbringing?
  50. Why can’t politicians be fired?
  51. How come Indiana switched time zones and still has some counties in other ones?
  52. Why don’t we merge public libraries with high school libraries and save a bunch of money?
  53. How come white collar criminals get it easy when they steal more than common criminals?
  54. Isn’t the stock market gambling?
  55. Why do I have to go to a bar to get a date?  Don’t any single women hang out at Borders?
  56. Why don’t Starbucks and Borders have Ladies Night?
  57. Why aren’t there more door-to-door services? (example: drycleaning)
  58. Why not ban luggage from airplanes?
  59. Why do religious leaders not stand up more when their followers blaspheme?
  60. Why does France have more nuclear power plants than the United States?
  61. Why can’t we ship nuclear waste out to space?
  62. Why is hemp illegal?  It grows faster than trees, is stronger, and isn’t a drug.
  63. Why did Tommy Chong go to jail for drug paraphernalia, but Rush Limbaugh is still on the radio after doing drugs illegally?
  64. How come things are so expensive at a convenience store?  It would be more convenient if I didn’t pay so much.
  65. Why do we scream about the price of gas but we pay $3.50 for a Grande Mocha at Starbucks.  (Mmmmmm.)
  66. Why aren’t their single seat cars?  I only see one person in every car on the way to work.
  67. Why are television journalists so good looking?
  68. Why is obesity a medical condition only in the United States?
  69. Why can you super size for an extra 49 cents, but you can’t half-size and save 49 cents?
  70. If exercise is good for you, how come there’s no way for me to walk or ride my bike to work?
  71. Why do you have to vote for someone, but can’t vote against someone?
  72. Why is it so hard for us to count votes?
  73. Why can’t I get a Grande Mocha at the Movies?
  74. Why do we pay extra attention to what actors say when all they do is pretend for a living?
  75. Why should I read an article written by a guy with a journalism degree talk about technology instead reading the blog of the guy making his living on technology?
  76. How come the guy that wakes up early and asks me for a dollar everyday on my way to work can’t get a job?
  77. Why don’t bars provide taxi services for folks who drink too much?
  78. How come we can’t rearrange the keys on a keyboard for faster typing efficiency?
  79. If dust kills your computer, how come there aren’t filters to change?
  80. Why is an operating system cheaper than an office program?
  81. How come they haven’t built a printer with a built-in hard drive and router?
  82. Why didn’t they invent DVDs to run High-Definition?
  83. Why can’t my kids pray out loud at school when freedom of religion is a constitutional right?
  84. Why can’t people understand that lower taxes bring more tax revenue?
  85. Why can’t some airlines just have planes that take off when all the seats are full instead of on a schedule?
  86. Why do the price of airline tickets get more expensive as it gets closer to the time of departure?  Why not cheaper?
  87. How come I can sign up for online bill payment with most places, but I can’t cancel it online?
  88. Why don’t cell phone carriers award you for the amount of time you’ve been their customer?
  89. Why aren’t my wireless keyboard and mouse rechargeable?
  90. Why does everyone have to have car insurance?  Why can’t I just have an insurance fund?
  91. How come whenever I’m going the speed limit, everyone else is speeding… but every time I’m speeding, I get pulled over?
  92. Why don’t companies offer their own employees credit and loans?
  93. How come a lot of college graduates never work in the field they hold a degree in?
  94. How come people can’t get a degree for ‘time served’ in a job or industry?
  95. Why does PETA put so many animals to sleep?
  96. How come people fight a football stadium but not a museum?
  97. How come bad bosses with high turnover don’t get fired and the people they canned get an apology?
  98. How come when companies get larger, they get slower?
  99. How come as the internet grows, I have to learn more languages and technologies instead of less?
  100. How come Yahoo!, Google, Microsoft, Monster, ADP, or Careerbuilder haven’t offered me $1 million dollars for Payraise Calculator yet?
  101. [Insert Your Question Here]

Note: The idea for this list came from ProBlogger and entered this post in his Group Writing Project for Lists.

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    Good list – you raise some excellent questions. Would you mind if we borrowed a couple of them for some exercises on Your Cre8tivity?

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    14. Why are there only 2 major parties in the United States?

    We have them because we have winner take all elections. Europeans have a radically different system for their elections, which favor many parties and governing coalitions.

    28. Why is fruit more expensive than potato chips? Heck, it grows on trees!

    Much of the cost of fresh fruit is due to spoilage. Potatoes grow in the ground and are very cheap.

    36. Why isnâ??t Puerto Rico a state but Alaska and Hawaii are?

    The people of Puerto Rico vote not to become a State.

    37. Why do our forces have to follow the rules and terrorists donâ??t?

    They are called terrorist precisely because they donâ??t follow the rules of land warfare.

    43. Why do homeowners get to take their interest off their taxes but renters canâ??t take their rent off? Doesnâ??t rent help the economy, too?

    There is a renterâ??s deduction.

    45. Why does Al Gore take a private jet to his speaking engagements on global warming?

    Mostly it is due to Al Gore being a wealthy elitist hypocrite.

    49 Why do we hold the military to such a high standard when most of the military are folks who canâ??t afford to go to college or have come from a challenged upbringing?

    Most military personnel come from middle class backgrounds.

    53 How come white-collar criminals get it easy when they steal more than common criminals?

    When this is the case it is probably due to the fact that A. They have better lawyers, and B. didnâ??t put a gun in anyoneâ??s face to get what they wanted.

    63. Why did Tommy Chong go to jail for drug paraphernalia, but Rush Limbaugh is still on the radio after doing drugs illegally?

    Tommy got busted in Utah. Utah is a very strict state. For what it is worth, Salt Lake is probably the last big city in America where people donâ??t lock their doors at night.

    66. Why arenâ??t their single seat cars? I only see one person in every car on the way to work.

    Single seat cars are called motorcycles.

    70. If exercise is good for you, how come thereâ??s no way for me to walk or ride my bike to work?

    I ride my bike to work every day. If it is that important to you to walk or ride you bike to work, then either find a job closer to home or move closer to your place of employment. It isnâ??t the responsibility of everyone else in the world to build sidewalks and bike paths around your convenience.

    77. Why donâ??t bars provide taxi services for folks who drink too much?

    Many in fact will pay for a cab for inebriated customers, due to legal liability issues.

    83. Why canâ??t my kids pray out loud at school when freedom of religion is a constitutional right?

    As I understand the law, your kids are free to pray at school. It is however illegal for a teacher to join in or encourage them to do so.

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    11. Why does everyone say â??Separation of Church and Stateâ? when itâ??s not in the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence?

    This is the standard line used by the ACLU, and the liberal media has no motivation to challenge it.

    19. How come politicians retire before folks in the military can?

    Military folks can retire as early as their 37th birthday.

    20. How come we donâ??t get to vote on raises for politicians?

    We have a Republic in which rules and laws are made by elected officials, rather than a direct democracy, in which rules and laws are made by the direct whim of the people.

    22. Why does the water I get out of the tap discolor my sinks, toilets and bathtubs?

    You and I live in Indianapolis, our groundwater contains large quantities of limestone, which leave the stain.

    34. Why do stores have so many checkout lines when most of them are closed?

    They use the extra lanes at Christmas time when stores are packed with shoppers.

    38. Why do my kids have so much time off of school?

    So the boys can help their pa with the farm chores.

    40. Why arenâ??t gay civil unions okay?

    Why arenâ??t straight civil unions ok? Can I have a civil union with my hamster; I think he should be covered by my health plan. What about polygamous Mormons can they have a civil union with all 14 wives?

    41. Why does everyone look so surprised when I tell him or her I have full custody of my kids?

    They probably look surprised because men almost never get full custody of their kids in an Indiana divorce. Full custody is usually only granted to a father when the mother has done some serious jail time.

    44. How are politicians so wealthy?

    Most politicians acquire their wealth before coming into office. If a person becomes wealthy while in office, it is likely they did so dishonestly. Your question should probably be â??why is it that only people of wealth are attracted to run for officeâ?? The answer would be, because working class people are to busy earning a living to run for office.

    46. If weâ??re at war, how can the oil industry continue to get record profits? Isnâ??t that price gouging?

    Oil prices are set by supply and demand. Software companies make record profits too, is that price gouging? Price fixing leads to shortages, hoarding and black market trading.

    50. Why canâ??t politicians be fired?

    They can be, they can loose in an election. The California recall election, took this to a new level.

    51. How come Indiana switched time zones and still has some counties in other ones?

    As far as I can tell, Indiana time zone hopping has to do with a psychological inferiority complex Hoosiers seem to possess. The whole affair made no sense to me.

    54. Isnâ??t the stock market gambling?

    I suppose it is gambling, but even crossing the street is a gamble in a certain form. I think it is distinguished from gaming because it is not tied to entertainment.

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    55. Why do I have to go to a bar to get a date? Donâ??t any single women hang out at Borders?

    I hear single women ask this same question. I am guessing that the problem you are having has less to do where your looking, so much as who your looking for. I would imagine that you meet single women in borders quite often but they are not the women you are looking for.

    56. Why donâ??t Starbucks and Borders have Ladies Night?

    I think ladies night refers to lack of a cover charge for women. Since Starbucks doesnâ??t charge you to get in, I donâ??t see how this would apply. People go to bars to hook up because alcohol lowers social inhibitions, and because dancing is some sort of weird foreplay.

    57. Why arenâ??t there more door-to-door services? (Example: dry-cleaning)

    Indianapolis does have a door-to-door dry-cleaning service. There are not more of these businesses because they are more expensive and generally only service north side homes.

    60. Why does France have more nuclear power plants than the United States?

    I believe there are several reasons for this. The main one is mostly due to a lack of French coal. Of the worlds developed nations, only France and Japan lack significant amounts of coal to produce electricity. Japan is somewhat Atom phobic for obvious reasons.

    61. Why canâ??t we ship nuclear waste out to space?

    Space shuttles on occasion explode it the atmosphere.

    62. Why is hemp illegal? It grows faster than trees, is stronger, and isnâ??t a drug.

    I didnâ??t know industrial hemp was illegal. I seem to remember hemp clothing being fashionable a few years back, I think the whole industrial hemp is illegal thing is an urban myth.

    64. How come things are so expensive at a convenience store? It would be more convenient if I didnâ??t pay so much.

    You are paying for the convenience of having the store closer to your home.

    65. Why do we scream about the price of gas but we pay $3.50 for a Grande Mocha at Starbucks. (Mmmmmm.)

    I bike to work and tend to drink water. I am guessing that people are bothered by the fact that the price of gasoline is in flux daily and they donâ??t understand why.

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    26. Because not everything can be available at Starbucks. (yet)

    50. Because they’re non-inflammable robots.

    48. The blog mob!

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