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This week the ‘Thinking in English’ Community is talking about Ridiculous Questions!

You can have a lot of fun and learn a lot about a person by asking them a ridiculous question. Some of these questions are impossible to answer, and others are nonsense!

These types of questions aren’t really about finding a good answer, but are actually an opportunity to think in a curious and creative way!

Here are 10 conversation questions to get you talking about ridiculous situations!

Conversation Questions: Ridiculous Questions!

1. What came first, the chicken or the egg?

2. If you could merge two animals together, what animal would you create?

3. Would you rather fight a mouse the size of a lion, or 100 lions the size of mice? 

4. Do mermaids give birth to live children or do they lay eggs?

5. If I say “I am a liar”… am I telling the truth or am I lying?

6. If you could only use three words for the rest of your life, what would they be and why?

7. Would you rather have hands for feet, or feet for hands? Why?

8. If aliens came to Earth, what would they look like?

9. You are stuck on a desert island. Would you rather be stuck with your ex partner or a vicious animal?

10. “Questions don’t have to make sense…but answers do.” 

—  Terry Pratchett

How much do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Vocabulary List:

  • Merge
    • to combine, add or join things together
  • Mermaid
    • an imaginary creature described in stories, with the upper body of a woman and the tail of a fish
  • Alien
    • relating to creatures from another planet
  • Vicious
    • intending to hurt badly, or (of a person or animal) likely to be violent
  • Make sense
    • to be clear and easy to understand
Mermaids are famous mythical creatures. Photo from Soly Moses on
Many people believe that aliens exist somewhere. Photo from Michaël Meyer on

Model Answers:

B1 (Intermediate) Model Answers


  • Riddle
    • something that is confusing, or a problem that is difficult to solve
  • Evolve
    • to develop gradually, or to cause something or someone to develop gradually.
  • Ancestor
    • a person related to you who lived a long time ago
  • Mythical
    •  imaginary or not real
  • Myth
    • an ancient story or set of stories, especially explaining the early history of a group of people or about natural events and facts
  • Curious
    • strange and unusual
  • Odd
    • strange or unexpected
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B2 (Upper Intermediate) Model Answers


  • Combine
    •  to join together to make a single thing or group
  • Agile
    • able to move your body quickly and easily
  • Swiftly
    • quickly or immediately
  • Fascinating
    • extremely interesting
  • Versatility
    • the quality of being versatile (= able to change easily or to be used for different purposes)
  • Paradox
    • a situation or statement that seems impossible or is difficult to understand because it contains two opposite facts or characteristics
  • Form
    • the shape or appearance of something
  • Limb
    • an arm or leg of a person or animal
  • Sensory
    • connected with the physical senses of touch, smell, taste, hearing, and sight
  • Organ
    • a part of the body of an animal or plant that performs a particular job
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C1 (Advanced Level) Model Answers


  • Intriguing
    • very interesting because of being unusual or mysterious
  • Opt
    • to make a choice, especially of one thing or possibility instead of others
  • Mitigate
    • to make something less harmful, unpleasant, or bad
  • Coexist
    • to live or exist together, esp. in peace, at the same time or in the same place
  • Colossal
    • extremely large
  • Pose
    • to ask a question, especially in a formal situation such as a meeting
  • Conundrum
    • a problem that is difficult to deal with, a question that is a trick, often involving a humorous use of words that have two meanings
  • Encapsulate
    • to express or show the most important facts about something
  • Embody
    • to represent a quality or an idea exactly
  • Innovate
    • to introduce changes and new ideas
  • Instinct
    • the way people or animals naturally react or behave, without having to think or learn about it
  • Complexity
    • the state of having many parts and being difficult to understand or find an answer to
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By Thomas Brock

Hi I'm Thomas and I'm an English language teacher and editor. I teach English to adults from all over the world. I focus on written English and on conversational English. I also edit written English in a number of different fields and areas. When I'm not teaching I'm travelling as much as I can, cooking new dishes, and trying hard to play and watch sports.

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