271 Best Answers on Quora You Might Have Missed Last Year


Think that you might have missed some really interesting answers on Quora last year? You’re lucky to have this list of good Quora answers here. Murali Krishnan has summarized the best Quora answers of 2013. He tried his best to include as many good answers as possible and compiled a list of answers over the past month.

This is not an official list of top answers on Quora, but I hope you enjoy reading all these good ones chosen by Krishnan:

  1. Do black people use heroin? by Aaron Ellis
  2. What are some fascinating examples of ancient or medieval technology? by Achilleas Vortselas
  3. Is it safe to take a shower during a thunderstorm? by Adam D’Angelo
  4. Why does some content go viral on the internet? by Adam Mordecai
  5. Why don’t Einstein’s descendants inherit Einstein’s IQ? by Adrien Lucas Ecoffet
  6. What insights do baristas get into customers based on their coffee orders? by Alecia Li Morgan
  7. Is it true that insulin makes you age faster? by Alex K. Chen
  8. How should I prepare for a job interview for a position in investment management? answered by Alex Song
  9. Who is the biggest lying cheater in the history of pro sports? by Alex Suchman
  10. How do you justify killing unborn children? by Alia Caldwell
  11. Why is factoring numbers into primes a difficult problem? by Alon Amit
  12. Why are rapes, abductions and sexual assaults increasing alarmingly in all parts of India? What are the main causes? by Amar Prabhu
  13. What is the worst mistake ever made in computer science and programming that proved to be painful for programmers for years? by Anders Kaseorg
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  15. What are the best photos of World War II? by Andrei Kolodovski
  16. How did Susan Bennett not know she was the voice of Siri until after she was recognized by a friend? by Andrew Hamada
  17. What did the Occupy movement do right? by Andrew Ross Long
  18. How did the US break Japanese military codes in the run up to the Battle of Midway in 1942? by Andrew Warinner
  19. As a solo hiker can you camp overnight at Mount Everest Base Camp?  by Andy Johns
  20. How has Bruce Wayne acquired so many skills? by Andy Lee Chaisiri
  21. What are the basics of weightlifting and bodybuilding supplements? by Andy Lemke
  22. How does cyber warfare work? by Andy Manoske
  23. What do you do before, in and after lectures? by Ani Ravi
  24. If we never use 90% of the stuff we learn in engineering school, why do we learn it? by Anirudh Joshi
  25. Is reading overrated? by Ankit Sethi
  26. Do cats all speak the same language? by Anne K. Halsall
  27. What are the coolest bed covers / duvets? by Annie Wang
  28. What’s the purpose of long words which have short, simple equivalents? by Antariksh Bothale
  29. Why does zero factorial (0!) equal one? by Anubhav Bindlish
  30. Who would win in a fight between Superman and the Hulk? by Ariel Williams
  31. What is it like to have Parkinson’s? by Arjun Subramaniam
  32. If Hermione were on Quora, who and what would she be following? by Arun Prasath
  33. What do call girls know that other people don’t? by Ashly Lorenzana
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  35. How did Ashton Kutcher prepare for his role as Steve Jobs in the new movie Jobs? by Ashton Kutcher
  36. How do salary levels compare to the cost of living in Shanghai? by Ashton Lee
  37. How should I respond when I see people attacking all religion on the Internet? by Barry Hampe
  38. How would you explain the essence of Bhagavad Gita? by Balaji Viswanathan
  39. Is it justifiable to be pro-globalization but anti-outsourcing? by Ben Golub
  40. What could a police sergeant do to improve your perceptions of them and law enforcement? by Ben Mordecai
  41. What turns people off about Quora? by Bradley Voytek
  42. How would you explain the Gaussian distribution in layman’s terms? by Breno Sakaguti
  43. Why is Apple’s iPhone Touch ID Important? by Brian Roemmele
  44. What computer science knowledge/concepts do Silicon Valley software engineers (Google, Quora, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) use on a daily basis? by Bulat Bochkariov
  45. How does one become a classy woman? by Caroline Zelonka
  46. What is Charles Faraone’s definitive post or answer in which he explains his ideas on dopamine flow? by Charles Faraone
  47. How do you bring life back to dry, damaged, curly hair? by Chelsea Henry
  48. Why does dark chocolate taste so nasty? by Cherie Nixon
  49. Why does Neo think he can save Morpheus if he also thinks he’s not the One? by Craig Weiland
  50. Why didn’t the creator of Hashtag patent the concept? by Chris Messina
  51. What happens to Neo at the end of The Matrix Revolutions? by Chris Peters
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  53. What are some of the weird uses of a screwdriver? by Christopher Reiss
  54. What is it like to serve a life sentence in prison? by Christopher Schuhmacher
  55. What is the greatest scientific discovery of 2013? by Christopher VanLang
  56. How do you build a company? by Chuck Eesley
  57. If your girlfriend’s chatter is boring you to tears, should you tell her? by Claire J. Vannette
  58. If a serial killer hits her head and develops complete amnesia, is she still guilty? by Cliff Gilley
  59. What happens in the brain during and after orgasm? answered by Colin Gerber
  60. Did WALL-E’s creator watch Short Circuit for inspiration for the main character? by Craig Good
  61. What is it like to be deaf from birth? by Cristina Hartmann
  62. How far have you gone to show someone you’re attracted to them? by Cyndi Perlman Fink
  63. In the U.S., does the president’s bedroom change when there is a new president, or is it always the same room? by Dan Holliday
  64. What are the best ways to think of ideas for a startup? by Dan Lewis
  65. Is it possible for an introvert to become a successful lawyer? If so, how? by Dana H. Shultz
  66. Why do we have numbers like 12 and 60 in our system of time units? by Daniel McLaury
  67. Do gun owners actually use their guns or do they just freeze? by Daniel Woodard
  68. What helps you grow strong? by Darren Beattie
  69. What is the proper definition of a startup? by Dave McClure
  70. Is the new Apple iOS 7 look an improvement? by David Cole
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  72. Are there any grammatically sound sentences in English, where every word starts with the same letter? by David Greenspan
  73. What are the basics of the art of negotiation? by David S. Rose
  74. Why was Marilyn Monroe so popular in her time? by David Stewart
  75. How can  Corporate Social Responsibility be used to promote brand images? answered by David Urquhart’s answer to
  76. What are some of the most annoying double standards that men suffer? by Deepak Mehta
  77. What is it like to organize a marathon? by Denis Oakley
  78. How do I make peace with, and stop feeling resentment towards, my neglectful mother? by Diane Meriwether
  79. I have recently started smoking black cigarettes and I like it. What should I do to not let this become a habit? I don’t want to be a smoker. by Domhnall O’Huigin
  80. Do doctors visit other doctors when they fall ill? Or do they prescribe their own treatment and medication? by Drew Young Shin
  81. How does Dustin Moskovitz feel about being a billionaire? by Dustin Moskovitz
  82. Do you think it’s possible to dramatically reduce the number of cars on the road with intelligent long-term urban planning? by Eddie Xue
  83. How can I quickly improve my programming skills? by Edmond Lau
  84. How can I gain the confidence to be an effective leader? by Ellen Vrana
  85. What are some recent innovations in public presentation materials? by Emily McManus
  86. What do you want to change in American culture? by Emily Smith
  87. Why shouldn’t I feel ashamed about going to community college? by Emilya Burd
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  89. Why are many lesbians attracted to women who look and act like men, and use a strap-on for intercourse, rather than a more feminine individual? by Erica Friedman
  90. What are the top 3 problems we need to tackle to best increase the overall quality of life of all human beings? by Erin Paige Law
  91. What approach should I take to learn to play the electric guitar well in one year? by Ethan Hein
  92. How can I develop my kids’ curiosity? by Eva Glasrud
  93. What are some things that you have to unlearn from college/school? by Faye Wang
  94. Why is there such a high concentration of Asians in San Francisco? by Francis Chen
  95. What happens to the bullet if a gun is fired vertically upward from Earth’s surface? by Frank Heile
  96. What is it like living on Earth after living in space? by Garrett Reisman
  97. How can I come to terms with being ugly? by Garrick Saito
  98. Why does Communism have a negative connotation in the US? by Gary Teal
  99. When do pro-choice adherents believe life begins? by Gayle Laakmann McDowell
  100. Why do some people spend so much time at Quora answering questions? Do they actually have a life or is it Quora their life? by Gil Silberman
  101. What is the craziest thing you have ever said (or done) at an interview and still got the job? by Gil Yehuda
  102. Wouldn’t it be better for Apple to split up in a hard- and a software business? by Glyn Williams
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  104. What’s the best way to start writing a great short story? by Graeme Shimmin
  105. How does one cultivate a positive attitude? by Grant Mathews
  106. If a bird had never seen a nest, would it know how to build one? by Hemangi Chaudhari
  107. Why does Islamic prayer time change like it is over the year in the tropics? by Hongwan Liu
  108. How can you manage people smarter than you and more knowledgeable than you? by Ian McAllister
  109. What are the considerations taken into account when building a price structure for technology or engineering services? by Ian McCullough
  110. What are the major errors in Darwin’s Theory of Evolution? by Ian York
  111. How close are we to finding a cure for aging? by Jae Won Joh
  112. Should I learn poker to make money? by James Altucher
  113. If we all end up dying, what’s the purpose of living? by James Earl Adams III
  114. What is the probability that our Universe exists as it does? by James H. Kelly
  115. How can I tell whether a guy in his 40s likes me? by Jan Leadbetter
  116. What do you most attribute for the success or failure of your marriage? by Jane Chin
  117. What is it like to be a travel show host? by Janet Hsieh
  118. What are the best bargaining techniques when buying a car from a dealer?  by Jason Lancaster
  119. What have you learned as a successful entrepreneur? by Jason M. Lemkin
  120. What are the best, most essential baby products for new parents? by Jay Wacker
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  122. When hiring a litigation attorney, what are the key questions I should ask?  by Jeannine van der Linden
  123. Why does everything in the universe have a tendency to achieve the lowest energy state? Jesse Berezovsky
  124. What does it feel like to skydive? by Jessica Hui’s answer to
  125. Is it racist that I like white kids better? by Jessica Margolin
  126. How can I become popular on Quora? by Jessica Su
  127. How does the earth develop gold? by Jim Gordon
  128. What advice would Jimmy Wales give to the young generation? by Jimmy Wales
  129. What is Michelle Obama like in person? by Jodi Kantor
  130. Did the Romans really make themselves vomit, so they could eat more food? by John Burgess
  131. What technologies were used in developing web applications in the ’90s? by John Clover
  132. Is PFC Chelsea Manning a hero, or is she a villain? Why? by Jon Davis
  133. Is China the new world leader? by Jon Mixon
  134. What are the most common slang words to describe the word ‘happy’? by Jonathon Green
  135. What are some efficient designs for a tiny home? by Jordan Phoenix
  136. How does the quality of headphones affect music listening pleasure? by Josh Siegle
  137. How do we know that there is no meaning to life? by Joshua Engel
  138. What is it like for someone with Asperger’s—or someone who has difficulty with social cues—to learn them? by Josie Em
  139. What do you think every foreigner should know about your country? by Jowita Ziobro
  140. How does your country of origin view military service? by Judith Meyer
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  142. What is it like to be an ethologist? by Julie Desjardins
  143. Why does Julie Prentice upvote every answer on Quora? by Julie Prentice
  144. What are the most charming small towns in Italy? Julien Vaché
  145. If an off-duty cop witnesses a crime, can he apprehend the criminals? Justin Freeman
  146. How is it that cutting a wire can cause a bomb to detonate? Kah Seng Tay
  147. How does it feel to work in service capacity position where one constantly interacts with extremely wealthy? Kai Peter Chang
  148. What would you say to someone considering majoring in biomedical engineering/bioengineering in college? Kaicheng Liang
  149. Why isn’t China richer than the U.S.A? Kaiser Kuo
  150. How do you make a video go viral? by Karen X. Cheng
  151. Should I accept a position at a startup that I’m really interested in even if it’s not my ideal role? by Kat Li
  152. How many trees should be planted for every person in the world to reverse the imbalance caused by our abuse? by Kaushik Parashar
  153. What are some of the challenges and/or benefits of being a woman in your country? by Kavya Shree M S
  154. What exactly is Intelligence according to you? by Keinosuke Johan Miyanaga
  155. How would you make The Dark Knight Rises if Heath Ledger was alive to play the Joker? by Ken Miyamoto
  156. Is there any evidence that gun ownership reduces crime? by Kent Fung
  157. Has serving a prison sentence in any way changed your outlook on life? by Kenyatta Leal
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  159. What is some general advice for a new PhD student? by Kevin Lin
  160. What are lead’s effects on the brain? by Krutikaa Jawanjal
  161. Is India a good travel destination? by Kyle Pennell
  162. Are some nurses better doctors than some doctors? by Laszlo B. Tamas
  163. Why do so many writers use words that might be difficult for some readers? by Laura Copeland
  164. Where did the Sun get its energy to burn itself? by Leo C. Stein
  165. Which are some of the most counterintuitive mathematical results? by Leo Polovets
  166. What is the best way to impress a girl? by Leonard Kim
  167. Should doctors and other healthcare providers be allowed to deny treatment to a patient for different political or religious views? by Lou Davis
  168. What are the 10 most important things to know about wine? by Madeline Puckette
  169. What’s the #1 reason why tech startups fail? by Mahesh Murthy
  170. What are the reasons behind the phenomenal rise of BJP in 1990s? by Makarand Sahasrabuddhe
  171. What are some of the Japanese hygiene habits which the rest of the world should know? by Makiko Itoh
  172. What things in life do you find to be ridiculous? by Manas J Saloi
  173. Do we have the technology at present to build “Jagers”? by Mani Cavalieri
  174. With Snapchat turning down $3B, should Facebook put a knockout punch offer on the table — say, $5B? by Marc Bodnick
  175. How would man have spoken with himself inside his head before the advent of any language? by Marc Ettlinger
  176. What are the biggest misconceptions about Russia? by Marco North
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  178. What is it like to be black in America? by Marcus Ford
  179. What are the difficulties of adapting Shakespeare to film? by Marcus Geduld
  180. What are the biggest frustrations about law, lawyers, justice, and the legal system? by Marie Stein
  181. Do grad school students remember everything they were taught in college all the time? by Mark Eichenlaub
  182. What do you think every foreigner should know about your country? by Mark Harrison
  183. In movies, why don’t the cool guys look back at explosions? by Mark Hughes
  184. Why do many Americans blame the House for the shutdown but never the Senate or the President? by Mark Rogowsky
  185. How do you publish a research paper? by Matan Shelomi
  186. Matthew Manning’s answer to Social Advice: How can I become more notable in social interactions? by Matthew Manning
  187. Is it possible that one specialized scientist (preferably polymath), who has time-travelled more than 200 years to the past, could construct a working computer from the ground up in less than 20 years? by Matt Harbowy
  188. How does a performance change when going from a small venue to a much larger venue? by Michael Bublé
  189. Can a foreign-born person ever really be regarded as a true citizen of a racially homogenous country by that country’s citizens? by Michael Doroshenko
  190. What are the things we don’t know about hotel rooms? by Michael Forrest Jones
  191. What is an intuitive explanation of Bayes’ Rule? by Michael Hochster
  192. What is it like to be exposed to new technology after a 20+ year prison sentence? by Michael Santos
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  194. What were the most ridiculous startup ideas that eventually became successful? by Michael Wolfe
  195. What is it that nobody tells you about having children? by Michelle Roses
  196. My 18 month old son has a slight preference for his mother. How can I win his favor? by Michelle Sandberg
  197. What possible benefits might there be to global warming? by Mike Barnard
  198. What are some bad but popular reasons for people to go to law school? by Monika Kothari
  199. What does it feel like to be in a coma? by Murat Morrison
  200. What are the distinguishing characteristics of great doctors? by Nan Waldman
  201. Why do some people hate the United Nations? by Nate Anderson
  202. What is some good general advice for college students? by Nathan Ketsdever
  203. Why is it that people try to use extremely well-structured English while answering on Quora? by Navin Kabra
  204. What does it feel like to go from physically unattractive to physically attractive? by Neha Jha
  205. Why should someone blog? by Nikhil Garg
  206. Why do people who love reading love it so much? by Ojas Patil
  207. How does a new business get their first clients? by Oliver Emberton
  208. How did Rafael Nadal beat Novak Djokovic in the 2013 US Open Final? by Pat Cash
  209. What was it like to meet Nelson Mandela in person? by Paul Denlinger
  210. How long does it take to recognize a face? by Paul King
  211. What are the pros and cons of being a fighter pilot? by Paul Mulwitz
  212. How could instant messaging services be reinvented? by Phil Wolff
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  214. What question would you ask your employees in a survey to better identify problems? by Phoebe Gavin
  215. If China, Pakistan and Sri Lanka attack India at the same time, how long will it take to defeat India? by Pratyush Rathore
  216. If people could choose between flying an airplane that was completely automated or one that was flown by humans, which would they fly? by Rakesh Agrawal
  217. Is it true that bananas are radioactive, and if you eat too many it can kill you? by Ramzi Amri
  218. Which event in India’s history would you like to be made into a movie? by Ratnakar Sadasyula
  219. Why is Quora such a unique and interesting place for designers to work? by Rebekah Cox
  220. Whats the craziest thing you have done before an exam? by Ridwa Mousa
  221. How would you best solve malaria in Africa with $10,000? by Rich Pollack
  222. How realistic are the physics in the movie “Gravity”? by Robert Frost
  223. Why is C++ so irreplaceable? by Robert Love
  224. How useful will Google Glass be? by Robert Scoble
  225. Which animal would win in a battle between a Wolverine and a Honey Badger? by Rory Young
  226. What are some policies that would improve millions of lives, but people still oppose? by Ryan Carlyle
  227. How come that rich Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, investors and VCs never appear to be the victims of crime? by Ryan Lackey
  228. What are common activities people do wrong every day but don’t know it? by Ryan MacCarthy
  229. What are the most important things 14 year old can learn if they want to become an entrepreneur? by Ryan Wardell
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  231. What is the best way to break my habit of using two spaces after a period when typing? by Sandra Liu Huang
  232. How can you tell whether someone is smarter than you? by Sanjay Sabnani
  233. Is the UAE one of the worst places in the world for women? by Saniya Bhutta
  234. Semil Shah’s answer toHow did Y Combinator become what it is today?
  235. Are there negative or long term side effects to teeth whitening? If so, what’s the safest way to get your teeth whitened? by Scott Frey
  236. What are good ways to say no to a feature request? by Sean Rose
  237. What is so great about Ron Weasley? by Shai Landesman
  238. What are some ways to inspire girls to embrace technology? by Sheryl Sandberg
  239. Why do some people view The Holocaust in WW2 as unique from other genocides and Armenian Holocaust? by Siddharth Bhattacharya
  240. What is a day in the life of a porn star like? by Siri
  241. Why is advice largely useless? by Soleio
  242. What are some things nearly everyone believes that actually aren’t true? by Sreeram N Ramasubramanian
  243. How would you explain why 0+1-2+3-4… equalled ¼ to a ninth grader? by Sridhar Ramesh
  244. How has your age affected what is important to you? by Stan Hayward
  245. What are the qualities of a wonderful aunt? by Stephanie Vardavas
  246. Can questions that are impossible to answer completely nevertheless be answered adequately? by Steve Denton
  247. What is most important programming language that is worth learning? by Steven Grimm
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  249. Has anyone benefited tangibly from answering on Quora? If so, who, and what were the benefits? by Stewart Alsop
  250. What is it like to get in line early for a new Apple product? by Stormy Shippy
  251. How does a computer chip work? by Subhasis Das
  252. What is the most unfair advantage a person can have? by Surabhi Sinha
  253. What are good parenting tips in 2013 for letting kids safely use the Internet? by Tamara Troup
  254. How would one create a world map representing entities and brands in each country? by Tatiana Estévez
  255. What’s something that is common knowledge at your workplace, but would be mind-blowing to the rest of us? by Thea Pilarczyk
  256. What’s the difference between baseball and cricket? by Thomas Foster
  257. What is the protocol for a professional good guy (SEAL, Special Forces, SWAT) in a hostage situation when the bad guys tells them to drop their gun? by Tim Dees
  258. What was your most embarrassing airport/airplane experience? by Tim Morgan
  259. What are the most convincing bits of evidence which prove, beyond a shadow of doubt, that the Holocaust occurred? by Tim O’Neill
  260. Why are iPhone users so loyal to the brand? by Timothy McSwain
  261. What is significance of space exploration? What type of insight can we gain studying the stars that are billions of light years away? by Todd Gardiner
  262. Could airships be useful for disaster relief? by Tom Farrier
  263. Do women objectify men? by Tom Morris
  264. Do you feel empowered or cowardly when you carry a gun? by Tommy Winfrey
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  266. What do you do to improve your Professional Growth? by Tony Stubblebine
  267. Are you a bad developer if you don’t take on side projects? by Tracy Chou
  268. What is it like to be the defense attorney of someone you strongly believe to have committed the crime? by Tre Critelli
  269. What facts about the United States do foreigners not believe until they come to America? by Triya Bhattacharya
  270. What is cuteness? How can we define “cute?” What are the factors affecting the cuteness of a person? by Varsha Iyer
  271. Why are the Subcontinental people so uncomfortable with their core identity, yet pretend to be proud of themselves? by Venkatesh Rao
  272. What is it like to live in a chawl? by Vinati Singh
  273. Why doesn’t Google fix their maps, so they are more accurate? by Viola Yee
  274. What are the most desirable qualities women look for in an Indian man? by Virali Modi
  275. What is social media? by Visakan Veerasamy
  276. What is the best position to use a laptop? by Will Wister
  277. Is it foolish to go to Startup Weekend-like events and widely pitch my “next Facebook” idea in search of co-founders? by William Pietri
  278. What should I absolutely not do when visiting your country? by Xu Beixi
  279. Why can’t the poor be handed out lots of money to make them rich?  by Yishan Wong
  280. Mathematics: What is it like to understand advanced mathematics? by Anonymous
  281. What is the biggest misconception people have about life? by Anonymous
  282. What is success? by Anonymous
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  284. What’s it like to not identify as male or female? by Anonymous
  285. What’s it like to be a heavy user of marijuana on a regular basis? by Anonymous
  286. What does it feel like to be attractive and desired by many? by Anonymous
  287. Do Muslim women feel oppressed? by Anonymous
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