Deep Thoughts Over Cheerios

Prepare yourself, we are about to get deep…

“Mom, I’ve got a question. What if I was sitting all by myself in my room, but everybody else in the whole world happened to be hanging out in Africa, I mean EVERYBODY. And then all at once, everybody in Africa screamed. Would I hear them?” Jay-8

Alright, so what’s your best guess? Jay’s upstairs in his room here in the Northeast while the rest of the population on the planet just happens to be “hanging out” in Africa. We all scream. Can he hear us? It’s sort of like that age-old riddle, “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” Only switch the location to Africa and add about 6 billion people. Except, of course, for Jay because he’ll be upstairs in his room.


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61 Responses to Deep Thoughts Over Cheerios

  1. Lenore Diane says:

    Once again I defer to the Magic 8 Ball for my response, “Concentrate and ask again.”
    Hmmm … perhaps after my third cup of coffee.


    • I need a Magic 8 Ball! Imagine the possibilities…
      “Mom, what’s for dinner?” … “Hold on, let me ask the Magic 8 Ball.”
      “Mom, can we go to Toys “R” Us?” … “Hold on, let me ask the Magic 8 Ball.”
      “Mom, when can I start wearing makeup?” … “Hold on, let me ask the Magic 8 Ball.”
      “Honey, where are my keys?” … “Hold on, let me ask the Magic 8 Ball.”
      Thanks, Lenore!


  2. O. Leonard says:

    Since I know, without a doubt, that a tree falling in the forest will make a sound even if there is no one around to hear it. I’m pretty sure Jay won’t hear 6 billion people scream from Africa that far away. Pretty sure. That’s deep.


  3. muddledmom says:

    Sounds like something my son would ask me at breakfast while I’m still half asleep…followed by twenty more questions. It makes my head hurt just thinking about it. I would probably tell him I don’t think so, and my son would probably keep asking me until he got the answer he wanted, which is “yes, because that’s a lot of people.”


  4. Isabella says:

    Don`t know the answer, but I truly believe your kids are brilliant! Their thought processes continually amaze me. I so enjoy my morning read of your blog. 🙂


  5. says:

    If the wind blows really, really, really hard you can hear them. 🙂
    But probably not.
    Or if there on the tv. 🙂


  6. ANNIE says:

    We’re calling a joint meeting of all Florida residents to help Jay along…we’re practicing our best screams….will keep you posted


  7. jacquelincangro says:

    Sometimes I wish the entire population would vacate. I don’t think I’d mind that for a little while.


  8. ryoko861 says:

    All depends on which way the wind is blowing. Most of our winds travel west to east. People in Australia may hear them, but if the winds change, be prepared for some nasty ass weather on the east coast.


  9. madtante says:

    A) human voices (any) can only reach a certain decibel B) if you’re DOWN wind, you’re going to hear things from much farther C) certain geographical structures help “carry” sounds and others stop or muffle them D) how far are you from Africa (and exactly where in Africa as it’s a freaking massive continent with many countries)? As pertaining to the last question, everybody in the world shouting upwind with certain geographical structures towards an island off the coast could probably hear a mile away or more.

    I’m not a scientist but I did grow up calling cattle in from several valleys over?

    Took the question too literally, eh? Ah, well. I think he should do an illustration for us.


    • So, I’m totally reading your comment to Jay. He’ll appreciate your insight…I appreciate your insight. You really called cattle? Wow!
      As for the illustration, I’m sure he’d be thrilled to draw one…he’s very artsy these days.


  10. Great question. I don’t know the answer, but if Jay could organize everyone in Africa to do that, he probably win the Nobel Prize.


  11. cooper says:

    it depends on what is screamed. If everyone screams “clean your room”, no he won’t hear it. If 10% of the people scream “do you want a piece of chocolate cake” he’ll ask everyone to stop shouting at him.


  12. Tori Nelson says:

    Haha, or the Southern interpretation “If a tree falls in WalMart and everybody’s dressed in camo…”


  13. Jay could hear them if he puts a really REALLY big one-sized cup to his ear. Tell him to start looking for one and that might keep him busy for a while.


    • While he’s looking for that REALLY big cup, he’ll discover where I’ve hidden the Playdoh and then decide to mold the continent of Africa out of ALL the Playdoh, which he will inevitably drop all over the floor, step on and track through my house. 😉


  14. Spectra says:

    That’s one busy little mind your son has there 😀 I think you can hear Austrailia if you stick your head in the toilet and flush.


  15. Does he have a conch shell? ‘Cause if he does, I’m pretty sure he’d hear them. Or maybe that’s the ocean…


  16. this is so funny…but having now stopped ha ha-ing – if he puts a cardboard cup to his bedroom wall he will hear them. definitely. continue…


  17. Bearman says:

    Depends…can he hear his mother down the hall yelling at him to clean his room? If no, then probably not.


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  19. breezyk says:

    I bet h wouldn’t so much hear it but FEEL it. like a mini-earthquake.
    He is hilarious P.S.


  20. Scholar Mel says:

    Yes, I think so.

    Northeast? For some reason I pictured you living next to some vineyards in California.


  21. Carrie says:

    How FUNNY!!

    Except the part about me having to admit that’s a little too deep for me.

    And I’m well past 8.


  22. riggledo says:

    I’m of course being far too literal here, but my answer is: Yes, he would hear it, but he’d have no idea what he was hearing.


  23. I think Cooper hit the nail on the head with his response. As for Jay – I wish he was in one of my Gifted and Talented classes!


  24. Karen says:

    If Jay is anything like my son, I could be standing outside his bedroom door screaming his name & he wouldn’t “hear” me. So, the answer is no. Unless of course he was hungry, then he would hear everyone.


  25. MC/Curtis says:

    No, but it sure would freak out that bird flying over the crowd.


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  27. I bet if everyone else on the planet was eating Rice Krispies Jay could hear a faint *snap crackle pop*, anyway.


  28. I love these comments! You guys should be writing my blog for me. 🙂


  29. My question is, why did Jay have to stay at home? Shame on you.


  30. Tony McGurk says:

    If they broadcast the event & Jay is watching it on TV he’s sure to hear them/us. I assume I’ll be there too


  31. Binky says:

    You’d hear them if they called you and then they yelled into their phones.


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