||[Oct. 27th, 2006|03:13 pm]
The Question Club
This is a question about questions, really, so I hope this community's the right place!|
My friend runs a famous cake shop and as part of their promotions, they send out an email once a month with a factual question, for which the first correct answer is offered a free lunch. However, recently, every question has been solved in under 10 minutes by people simply looking the fact up on Google, despite attempts to make the questions as opaque as posssible. This is unsatisfying and not in the spirit of the challenge.
An example: which 20th century head of state ate his last meal blindfolded, and why?
type in: 'last meal blindfolded' into Google and it turns up Francois Miterrand's last meal of ortolan on the first page. (And so the competition then turns on knowing that Francois Miterrand was a 20th Century head of state, which is hardly a big deal.)
Does anyone have a good grasp of what sorts of factual questions Google isn't good at answering? Other kinds of questions, like maths or logic problems, have been more successful, but we don't want to necessarily have to rely on this sort of question each time.
Any suggestions welcome!