There is no such thing as a dumb question... Right? How many times have you heard that before? I think nearly every teacher, professor, boss, authority of some kind that I have ever had has uttered this phrase at some point or another. I think until about 10 minutes ago, when I read this article, I believed it :-)
Now, let me explain. The Miss Universe pageant was apparently on TV this past Monday night. The girl who won (Miss Angola) was asked this question during her final interview- "If you could change one of your physical characteristics, which one would it be and why?" She handled the question extremely well, stating that she wouldn't change a thing, that she was satisfied with how God created her, and that she felt that she was beautiful inside and out. But- of all places to be asked to talk about something you would want to change about your looks (not to mention the fact that this is a pretty unfair question to be asked by anyone at anytime-- why must we want to change?) People often say that pageants are not all about beauty and looks, but with a question like this, it seems to perpetuate this ideal. This question that was asked is what I might call the exception to the "no questions are dumb" rule.
This article, "The Dumbest Question in the Universe" written by Jessica Ravitz, is definitely worth a read. It is dead-on, and really addresses some important points. You can check it out here.