In the world of What If — or maybe we should say ‘worlds’, considering the journeys across space, time and various dimensions we have taken with all of you — we come across interesting concepts and theories every day. Many of these are sent to us by you, the fans of the show, with hopes of them becoming an episode others can enjoy. Some of these ideas don’t make the cut but deserve some recognition simply because they are too bizarre or weird to pass by. See what we mean below.
What If Our Noses Faced Up Instead of Down?
If you want to find out if you can be blinded by a sneeze moving faster than a speeding car and shooting 100,000 droplets of mucus directly at your eyeballs in the process we can give you a quick response here: Yes, yes you can.
What If Our Organs Could Talk to Us?
Here are a few assumptions we can make: Your liver is probably screaming for mercy, the appendix is asking what exactly its job is, your kidneys are fighting over which of them filters best, all while you’re getting the stinkeye from your heart every time you go to an all-you-can-eat buffet.
What If Bruno Went to Mars?
NASA is optimistically planning on a human mission to Mars by the 2030s, and we’re pretty sure they wouldn’t turn down Bruno if he wanted to join the crew. Calling all his lovelies once he was there would be a bit of a task since the transmissions would take over 20 minutes, but Bruno Martian does have a nice ring to it.
What If You Had Medusa Hair?
Would we also be dealing with possessing the ability to turn anyone who looks at you turning to stone, keeping in mind Medusa had to get her head chopped off for that to happen?
What If Our Farts Could Be Used as a Source of Power?
Some people love to point out their home is eco-friendly; solar-powered, wind-powered, but fart-powered? Scientists are working on genetically modified ‘fart beans’ to help fuel this cause, but this idea is just a little too stinky for us.
What If Men Could Get Pregnant?
We wanted to look further into this idea but every man we asked about their thoughts on the topic was unable to answer due to becoming stricken with fear at the idea of enduring nine months of labor while not being able to put their feet up at work.
What If We Had Scales Instead of Skin?
Having an all-natural keratin-based epidermis might appeal to some people, but jump ahead to when nearly 8 billion people are stuck together in the midst of shedding season and we’re brainstorming how to dump it all into an active volcano.
What If People Could Bend Earth, Water, Fire and Air?
We don’t know if there’d ever be enough time to analyze just what might happen if it were as easy to manipulate flames and waves as it was to tweet about doing it.
What If Farts Were Contagious?
Contagious yawning might be a psychological effect linked to a sense of empathy toward another person, so we’re going to go out on a ledge here and say contagious flatulence is directly related to your sense of smell.
What If Birds Had Arms?
This idea may seem really dumb, and sure, maybe it is. But if all birds replaced their wings with arms, the consequences would would change our world...
To paraphrase Albert Einstein, curiosity has its own reason for existing, and we love how the What If community always comes together to embrace ideas that not only put smiles on everyone’s faces but get us thinking outside of the box for future topics. To further build on the wisdom of Mr. Einstein: The important thing is to not stop questioning, and never stop wondering, “what if?”
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