Australian comedian and author James Colley recently turned on notifications for BBC Science Focus Magazine, and his observations about the notifications are amusing all of Twitter.
The screenshot Colley shared shows all of the notifications from BBC Science in the iOS' News app.
There is a definite theme.
As Colley observed, they all sound like questions one might hear from a curious child.
I’ve accidentally set up push notifications for the BBC science magazine and it’s like being followed about by an i… https://t.co/XX46mvaQUE— James Colley (@James Colley)1554698812.0
Twitter users loved the observation.
Some related to the childlike questions, others totally wanted to know the answers.
@JamColley @EGadsby CAN plants die of old age though?!— Lena Clare needs to edit dammit (@Lena Clare needs to edit dammit)1554707582.0
Someone offered the inevitable follow up question:
@JamColley @daveweigel "But why?"— Clay Ranck (@Clay Ranck)1554711493.0
A few people saw their childhood (or current) selves in the comment.
Gee, thanks for personally attacking six-year-old me https://t.co/l0MVhdZP7s— Liam Clarkson (@Liam Clarkson)1554702998.0
@JamColley @eli_schiff “Inquisitive and annoying”, oops, am guilty lol sorry— Min Andy Choi (@Min Andy Choi)1554711565.0
I feel called out, BBC. God bless my parents for putting up with me and my years of non-stop questions. https://t.co/EE855x3FaI— Thomas Seymat (@Thomas Seymat)1554708433.0
...or their own children.
@JamColley @quatrionaa As someone with an inquisitive, annoying child, I feel your pain. Opt out immediately— Dr Hilary Murray (@Dr Hilary Murray)1554718544.0
@JamColley these are seriously like questions I have to answer from my 3yo.— Peta Astbury-Bulsara (@Peta Astbury-Bulsara)1554701603.0
@JamColley @GeordieStory Welcome to my world. My teen devours this mag and I hear all about it throughout the day!— Toni Hargis (@Toni Hargis)1554710410.0
@JamColley Yes, I’ve got the real life human version of this...— Rachael 🍃 (@Rachael 🍃)1554707906.0
This childlike curiosity is something that most people grow out of, but a good dose of curiosity about the world we live in seems like it would be a good thing.
Maybe we should all be asking more questions like these.