Gordon Keith: Better question - why are you asking stupid questions?



WFAA Contributor

Posted on March 22, 2012 at 9:00 PM

A video went viral this week in which a man asked his wife a simple question and she struggled like a catfish on a trot line to answer it.

The video has already racked up three million hits. But more than the hits, it's garnered copycat behavior. Men all over D/FW are asking women the same question in the video, and getting surprisingly inaccurate answers.

Here's the question: "If you're traveling 80 miles per hour, how long will it take you to travel 80 miles?"

If you said, "80 minutes," you're wrong. If you said, "120 minutes," you're wrong. If you said, "it depends on the size of the car," you're wrong.

If you said anything other than "one hour," you're wrong.

I don't know what's worse, that men would ask their ladies something in hopes of embarrassing them, or that a huge proportion of women actually get this wrong.

There is no heavy math, and the answer is right in the question, yet time and time again I have seen people flail around guessing an answer.

This has raised all kinds of water cooler talk about gender. Are women tanking because they feel like men are trying to trick them? Are women merely demurring at any appearance of math and over-complicating a simple matter?

I encourage you to do your own research on this, ladies.

Ask around. See if your man gets it right. Put him on the spot, better yet, video it and put it on YouTube. You may be the next to get three million hits, which if my math is correct, is roughly the number of D/FW men who will be sleeping on the couch after embarrassing their wives with a stupid question.