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Yahoo Answers Shutting Down as People Share Funniest Questions Ever Asked

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Yahoo Answers has announced it will be shutting down, after serving for 16 years as a staple platform for internet browsers.

The news has sparked a flurry of activity online as people rushed to share the funniest, most obscure and outright bizarre questions ever asked.

From awkward sex-related inquires to pregnancy FAQs and answers to life’s biggest questions, many lamented the “end of an era” and the source of “the greatest philosophers of all time.”

“I’m here for Yahoo Answers jokes, but I’m mostly really bummed that Verizon is being a terrible steward of internet history. This site should be archived for the future,” The Verge editor Dieter Bohn tweeted as others replied, “RIP to the Q&A forefather!” and “Gone, but never forgotten.”

With Yahoo Answers going away, I figured I’d also commemorate with my favorite image from there pic.twitter.com/axDrmb4zwZ

— Retrotype (@Retronnity) April 6, 2021

yahoo answers is too important to be shut down pic.twitter.com/pRHp68bYPi

— shay⍣ (@tinymeatgreg) April 6, 2021

the greatest philosophers of our time were found on Yahoo Answers pic.twitter.com/S3SIpdcODj

— Getter Donkus (@poondonkus) April 6, 2021

Some of the site’s more hilarious questions were shared over Twitter after Yahoo announced the shut down on Monday. “Yahoo Answers is shutting down on 4 May 2021 (Eastern Time) and, as of 20 April 2021 (Eastern Time), the Yahoo Answers website will be in read-only mode,” a banner at the top of the Yahoo Answers homepage reads.

“In honor of Yahoo Answers shutting down, I just gathered my favorite questions,” one man tweeted. “Caught my son having sex with another guy,” a screengrab reads. “I think he might be gay. Is there a definitive way I can tell?”

“How do I use the internet?” another bewildered user asked as another digital novice questioned, “Will my laptop get heavier if I put more files on it?”

“How do you get YouTube to come film you?” another pleaded. “I’ve been calling calling calling YouTube all day to come film me but no answer. How do other people get their videos up there? I have some really funny stuff but they won’t come.”

Since everyone’s sharing their favorite Yahoo Answers posts, here’s mine. pic.twitter.com/u4vK4zWqUJ

— ♔ Opal, if you will. ⁷ 𖧵 (@gcfseungwan) April 6, 2021

No! Yahoo is going to delete all of Yahoo Answers. That’s like burning down the internet’s goofy Library Of Alexandria. We’d lose antiquities like this: pic.twitter.com/sepP0gejjZ

— Josh Constine – SignalFire (@JoshConstine) April 5, 2021

yahoo answers is shutting down and I can’t handle the idea of losing this pic.twitter.com/Lnp7u7UVZs

— Maddy ☻ (@TheirMaddesty) April 6, 2021

RIP yahoo answers you will be dearly missed pic.twitter.com/kOEgjMRu6z

— YEOLO™ (@tzehern_) April 6, 2021

Other users posed questions to seemingly simple demands. “Are there any autographs of Jesus Christ that are either on Ebay or in people’s houses?” one person asked.

“Where can I buy a frog? (not for sexual reasons)” another added. “I am in the market for a frog but don’t know where/what kind of frog I want to get a frog from. I would like the frog (not for sexual reasons) to be blue.”

Some had loftier aspirations. “Do you think humans will ever walk on the sun?” one curious woman asked back in 2013. “Well, if they do, it would have to be at night,” read a helpful reply. Another earnest contributor asked: “What is the right age to start teaching my dog about sex?” before clarifying that the dog, Charlie, was 4 years old.

In an email sent to Yahoo users, the web services provider wrote: “We launched Yahoo Answers sixteen years ago to help people around the world connect and share information.”

Describing Yahoo Answers as “once a key part of Yahoo’s products and services”, Yahoo conceded the service has “become less popular over the years as the needs of our members have changed.”

Yahoo was acquired by Verizon for $4.5 billion in 2017 and was later merged into a subsidiary with AOL called Oath.

The Oath portfolio includes HuffPost, Yahoo Sports, AOL.com, MAKERS, Tumblr, BUILD Studios, Yahoo Finance and Yahoo Mail.

File photo: A Yahoo search page is displayed on a computer screen as its Q&A platform, Yahoo Answers, is set to shut down on May 4.
Scott Barbour/Getty Images

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