Only One Great Question
There really is only one great question.
The computer scanned through endless databases and found that at the center of everything there was light. Thinking that was the answer to the question, it set about to prove itself wrong. It found that there are many species that live without light.
Next it pondered the species that created it, that asked it for the ‘answer’. Humans were a carbon based life-form that needed food for cells to replicate and grow and emit waste. They had intricate brains that took in much of the information around them and processed it, but they were most motivated by pain or pleasure.
The computer searched avoidance of pain, but finding no helpful answers there that would satisfy a human, it switched to pleasure. In reviewing pleasures of the five senses, it decided taste was most important and mixing that with comedy, which humans seems to enjoy best, it found the question they must want to know.
How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop?