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Did you ever venture out onto the Internet to look up a simple fact and then found yourself reading Wikipedia for hours? No, it is not just you! It is our human nature to be fascinated by information. But in this world of overwhelming information and infinite complexity, it seems like there are no longer simple answers. But do you really need to know everything?

The websites introduced below will spare you the details. They give the most simple answers possible to essential questions of everyday life.

Is This Website Really Down?

Often, things go wrong, servers go down, and websites don’t load. It happens all the time and everyone just has to be patient and wait until the server guy gets around to fixing it. There’s nothing  you can do about it.

Sometimes, however, it is not the website or its server that are down, but it’s something on your very own network or computer that prevents you from loading the website, for example a filter that blocks the specific URL. If you want to make sure that it’s not just you, Down For Everyone Or Just Me? can help you out with a quick and easy answer:

Just in case the above website is ever down, here are a few alternatives, which are actually slightly more attractive:


Two more similar services were reviewed in this article – 3 Ways To Figure Out If Your Favorite Website Is Down 3 Ways To Figure Out If Your Favorite Website Is Down 3 Ways To Figure Out If Your Favorite Website Is Down There are a few websites out there that are devoted simply to answering the basic question that you'll eventually ask: "Is this website down?" Here, we have three of these websites, and they are all... Read More .

Will It Rain Tomorrow?

Why get into the details of the weather forecast if all you need to know is whether it’s going to rain? Is It Going To Rain Tomorrow? can answer that for you!

Well, you better double-check because [NO LONGER WORKS] depending on whom you ask (and what source they consult), the forecast may be different. This is what I got:

In case you are wondering, the two services above determine your location based on your IP address. Depending on your service provider, this may not work.

Do I need an umbrella? is a similar US-only service that works with your ZIP code.

Of course you could always use the ever so smart Google Search to provide you with a more elaborate answer.

By now I’m sure some of you will wonder what happened to simply looking out the window and drawing your own conclusions. At least I hope so.

Is It Friday Yet?

This appears to be one of the most important questions of our time. Why else would there be multiple different websites, not just in English, but in many other languages too, such as German, Chinese, and Swedish, all dedicated to this one question? Moreover, I found an Android app, an iPhone app, and a Facebook page addressing the same question.

Here are several more websites, just to be sure:

You wouldn’t want to miss Friday, would you?

The Ultimate Question

Of course, there is the ultimate question that has plagued our kind ever since we started asking questions – What is the answer to life the universe and everything? Well, it seems like a rhetorical question, right? By now, even Google knows the answer is 42.

What are some simple questions you wish you could get simple answers for?

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  1. Janice
    November 29, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Wasn't that a quote from a Terry Pratchett book????

    • Tina
      November 29, 2011 at 8:04 pm

      Do you mean this quote: "What is the answer to life the universe and everything?"

      That's from Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.