Friday, 3 July 2009

Fancy a Thunk?

No, I'm not being rude, a thunk is a 'beguilingly simple question about everyday things that stop you in your tracks and helps you to start looking at the world in a whole new light. At the same time it can encourage you to engage in verbal fisticuffs with the people sitting next to you and, if used properly, always leads to severe brain ache.'

I bought this book from Amazon a few months ago and have enjoyed dipping into it every so often. It's the type of book to have on the coffee table when friends drop round for a visit too, because the questions invariably start a discussion (ranging from brief to heated) depending on the subject.

Let me give you a few examples.

Is silence a sound? Can you hear silence?

Are you man-made or natural?

Which is heavier, an inflated or deflated balloon?

Would you have your sense of humour removed for a million pounds?

Am I any less alive when I'm asleep?

Some of them seem really obvious at first....and then you start to realise it's not quite that simple!

So, can you answer any of the questions?

6 comments:

Dan said...

No, natural, inflated, no, no. Easy peasy :)

notSupermum said...

Ah, but Dan, I don't have the same answers! This is where we would have to discuss and insist how our answer is the right one!

Kathryn said...

I will be getting this - defiantely a book for our family!! Thankyou!

see you there! said...

Are the answers in the back of the book? After discussing/debating I'd need some kind of authority to settle things.

Looks like fun.

Darla

notSupermum said...

Kathryn, yes - definitely worth buying, we often look at it as a family and I even took it into school once and tried a couple on the children, although I got a few blank looks!

Darla - no, that's part of the fun! It's a starting point for discussion but there are no real answers to most of them, just a matter of opinion.

Iota said...

I would definitely definitely not not not have my sense of humour removed for a million pounds.

It's priceless to be able to know if something is priceless.