Resources for Incredibly Arbitrary Questions

3 years ago | ElliottThomasStaude (Member)

So, as a person who tries to keep their science fantasy within shooting, if not necessarily shouting, distance of our locally-applicable universe's rules, I often have weird lines of inquiry in the name of """realism""" and the like. Many of these lines of inquiry are the sort which Wikipedia and its underpinning sources can assist in answering, but many others are... a little more specific. Cases in point:

How much does the average human thumb weigh less the associated bones?
At what depth in the Earth's crust can one realistically expect to have enough insulation to survive the extinguishment of the sun?
What sort of economy would evolve in a society where affection is a tangible substance which can be manufactured, consumed, or stolen?
Could a gyrocopter be designed so as to function underwater as well as in air without reconfiguration between the transition?

Are there any resources out there (and OUT THERE) that people occasion for the purposes of either getting answers or at least finding directions on pseudo-believable answers to equally stupid queries?

If you've a head for holistic science fantasy, the Library may oblige:
If you've a dislike for lengthy names, I'm so sorry.

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  1. Raven Secrets (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Depending on how realistic it is you could try the science stackexchanges or (if more fanciful) the worldbuilding one.

  2. Thedude3445 (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Googling random stuff on Quora usually gets you some stuff, albeit lesser quality answers. Stack Exchange boards are helpful but they seem to lock half the topics before there's a good answer. And Reddit has places where you can ask extremely arbitrary questions but the "most upvoted" answers are often not the most useful ones, which leads to a whole lot of scrolling to find what you're looking for. Then I guess there's Yahoo Answers, but by that point you're probably better off asking the questions yourself lol

    Sorry boss, but there's only two men I trust. One of them's me. The other's not you.
  3. ElliottThomasStaude (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Hmmm. Looks like we need to unseal the crypt on a few defunct accounts. Jolly good!

    If you've a head for holistic science fantasy, the Library may oblige:
    If you've a dislike for lengthy names, I'm so sorry.
  4. unice5656 (Moderator)

    Posted 3 years ago

    /r/AskScience theoretically answers these types of questions but I didn't have a great experience looking for answers to an obscure question there.


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