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What answers on Quora have the most upvotes?

19 Jun

Answer by Oliver Emberton:

I wrote a script to find the most upvoted Quora answers, how quickly they're gaining votes, and some fun facts about them.

Updated: 17 June 2013.

13,000 – 13,999 votes

1. How do I get over my bad habit of procrastinating?Oliver Emberton – 13,687 upvotes (↑ 89 / day)

12,000 – 12,999 votes

2. What is the nicest thing you've ever done that no one knows about? – 12,157 upvotes (↑ 68 / day)

9,000 – 9,999 votes

3. If China, Pakistan and Sri Lanka attack India at the same time, how long will it take to defeat India?Pratyush Rathore – 9,227 upvotes (↑ 91 / day)
4. What does it mean when a girl smiles at you every time she sees you? – 9,120 upvotes (↑ 61 / day)

7,000 – 7,999 votes

5. How does it feel to have sex with your spouse on your wedding night when he/she is a stranger? – 7,855 upvotes (↑ 53 / day)
6. Why is it difficult to date an Indian girl in general? – 7,063 upvotes (↑ 52 / day)

6,000 – 6,999 votes

7. What's the shrewdest, smartest maneuver you've ever seen in business?David Fry – 6,859 upvotes (↑ 74 / day)
8. What is one accomplishment you are most proud of?Rachit Pandey – 6,827 upvotes (↑ 53 / day)
9. What are some of the best rare natural phenomena that occur on Earth?Mayank Singh Shishodia – 6,824 upvotes (↑ 75 / day)
10. What is the difference between a girlfriend and a girl friend? Or a boyfriend and a boy friend?Mike Wilhelm – 6,715 upvotes (↑ 51 / day)
11. What are some of the most ridiculous startup ideas that eventually became successful?Michael Wolfe – 6,580 upvotes (↑ 56 / day)
12. Why is Dropbox more popular than other programs with similar functionality?Michael Wolfe – 6,499 upvotes (↑ 41 / day)
13. What are the biggest misconceptions that Indians have about India?Sonu Giri – 6,176 upvotes (↑ 82 / day)
14. What is the most heroic thing you have ever done?Drew Young Shin – 6,105 upvotes (↑ 63 / day)

5,000 – 5,999 votes

15. What is the best Google employee perk, and why?Paul Cowan – 5,944 upvotes (↑ 41 / day)
16. What are the best stories about people randomly meeting Steve Jobs?Tim Smith – 5,920 upvotes (↑ 19 / day)
17. How do Muslims in India view Pakistan? – 5,895 upvotes (↑ 50 / day)
18. What is the most amazing photo you have ever taken?Martin Bennett – 5,845 upvotes
19. What is it like to always be the smartest person in the room? – 5,789 upvotes (↑ 15 / day)
20. Why are software development task estimations regularly off by a factor of 2-3?Michael Wolfe – 5,691 upvotes (↑ 7 / day)
21. Why is it difficult to date an Indian girl in general? – 5,641 upvotes (↑ 43 / day)
22. What are some of the funniest and cleverest advertisements?Jessica Hui – 5,430 upvotes (↑ 21 / day)
23. What has been the most embarrassing moment of your life? – 5,404 upvotes (↑ 60 / day)
24. How should I explain dynamic programming to a 4-year-old?Jonathan Paulson – 5,299 upvotes (↑ 23 / day)
25. In layman's terms, what are the major programming languages, and what are they used for?Isaac Lewis – 5,298 upvotes (↑ 13 / day)

4,000 – 4,999 votes

26. Can ants sense death?Matan Shelomi – 4,877 upvotes (↑ 54 / day)
27. What are the most famous computer passwords in history?Bulat Bochkariov – 4,705 upvotes
28. What is the latest fad among the youth of India?Lester Pereira – 4,600 upvotes (↑ 17 / day)
29. What would a modern-day evil genius have to do in order to take over the world?Oliver Emberton – 4,577 upvotes (↑ 28 / day)
30. What is the most amazing photo you have ever taken?Guy Nesher – 4,465 upvotes
31. What are important things and advice to know that people generally aren't told about?Marcus Geduld – 4,376 upvotes (↑ 62 / day)
32. What is a good tagline for Quora?Alex Tamkin – 4,284 upvotes (↑ 11 / day)
33. What if Ravan had won the war with Ram?Anonymous – 4,273 upvotes (↑ 12 / day)
34. What was the right strategy for Abhimanyu to defeat the Padmavyuha formation from the Mahabharata?Navin Pai – 4,245 upvotes (↑ 37 / day)
35. What are some nice, beautiful stories? – 4,242 upvotes (↑ 26 / day)
36. What are some things that you can do in India but not in the US?Balaji Viswanathan – 4,168 upvotes (↑ 35 / day)
37. What's the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you?Joey Frey – 4,167 upvotes
38. How does Apple keep secrets so well?Anonymous – 4,144 upvotes (↑ 9 / day)
39. How can one make the most of one's youth?Feross Aboukhadijeh – 4,109 upvotes (↑ 39 / day)
40. Who do you think is the best professor in the world and why?Saarthak Sachdeva – 4,095 upvotes (↑ 24 / day)

3,000 – 3,999 votes

41. What is the craziest experience you've had when a prospective groom/bride had come to see you for the first time (before the wedding)?Parul Dixit – 3,917 upvotes (↑ 94 / day)
42. What are some nice, beautiful stories?Greg Heynen – 3,757 upvotes (↑ 76 / day)
43. What is the latest fad among the youth of India? – 3,721 upvotes (↑ 6 / day)
44. Is it racist that white gets the chance to make the first move instead of black in a game of chess?Diana Cretu – 3,702 upvotes (↑ 58 / day)
45. As of May 19th 2013, what is the latest fad among the youth of India?Lester Pereira – 3,659 upvotes
46. As of May 2013, what is the latest fad among the youth of India?Lester Pereira – 3,658 upvotes (↑ 31 / day)
47. At age 25, would you pursue a good paying corporate job that makes you unhappy or a hobby that makes you happy but has no guarantee to pay the bills?Oliver Emberton – 3,644 upvotes (↑ 35 / day)
48. Why do some people prefer to become professors or faculty when they can have a better life (or at least more income) outside academia?Antariksh Bothale – 3,612 upvotes (↑ 9 / day)
49. What does this quote mean: "Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people."?Zach Baker – 3,572 upvotes (↑ 8 / day)
50. What's the shrewdest, smartest maneuver you've ever seen in business?Roberto De Leon – 3,497 upvotes (↑ 24 / day)
51. What's the craziest thing you ever said (or did) at an interview and still got the job?Gil Yehuda – 3,477 upvotes (↑ 10 / day)
52. As of May 19th 2013, what is the latest fad among the youth of India? – 3,438 upvotes
53. As of May 2013, what is the latest fad among the youth of India? – 3,438 upvotes (↑ 9 / day)
54. How can you overcome your envy of people who are your age but are far more successful than you?Anonymous – 3,381 upvotes (↑ 6 / day)
55. Why is Quora better than Twitter?Zachary Davidson – 3,353 upvotes (↑ 3 / day)
56. Why should I provide my knowledge to Quora for free?Ben Mordecai – 3,350 upvotes (↑ 7 / day)
57. What does it feel like to be the CEO of a start-up?Anonymous – 3,266 upvotes (↑ 6 / day)
58. What are the biggest misconceptions that Indians have about India?Ankit Sethi – 3,248 upvotes (↑ 27 / day)
59. What strikes you as unusual about your own culture?Anjishnu Kumar – 3,225 upvotes
60. What's the shrewdest, smartest maneuver you've ever seen in business?Vivekanandan Jai – 3,120 upvotes (↑ 42 / day)
61. What is the most beautiful equation?Tracy Chou – 3,085 upvotes (↑ 3 / day)
62. What is the most amazing photo you have ever taken?Jeff Weston – 3,071 upvotes
63. What are some things Americans should learn from the rest of the world?James Barnes – 3,030 upvotes (↑ 3 / day)
64. What are some of the most mind-blowing facts about India?Gautam Maingi – 3,030 upvotes (↑ 27 / day)
65. What is the most beautiful number, and why?Ganesh M Raturi – 3,016 upvotes (↑ 6 / day)

2,000 – 2,999 votes

66. How does one manage time more effectively?Oliver Emberton – 2,975 upvotes (↑ 7 / day)
67. Is it okay to lick the pasta sauce off my plate?Jonas M Luster – 2,907 upvotes (↑ 6 / day)
68. What is the most amazing photo you have ever taken?Odin Hole Standal – 2,866 upvotes
69. What are some of the most profound jokes ever?Sai Kishore K – 2,810 upvotes (↑ 28 / day)
70. What are the best body hacks that people should know about?Tolu Manuwa – 2,805 upvotes (↑ 7 / day)
71. Is it possible that CRIS(IRCTC) utilizes a special algorithm to keep young female travelers (say 18-24) away from the compartments of …Rachit Goel – 2,793 upvotes (↑ 11 / day)
72. What are the most common tricks used by dumb people to seem smart? – 2,791 upvotes (↑ -1 / day)
73. How should a 22-year-old invest time?Neal Wu – 2,749 upvotes (↑ 10 / day)
74. What have you wasted the most amount of time doing during your stay at IIT?Rahul Kapil – 2,725 upvotes (↑ 9 / day)
75. Does the Apple logo really adhere to the golden ratio?David Cole – 2,725 upvotes (↑ 18 / day)
76. What are some English phrases and terms commonly heard in India but rarely used elsewhere?Pushpendra Mohta – 2,711 upvotes (↑ 5 / day)
77. Is there any theory that was discovered or inspired during an examination, quiz or homework?Michael Ishigaki – 2,688 upvotes (↑ 4 / day)
78. What are the best comments by Navjot Singh Sidhu heard by you?Narendra Singh – 2,665 upvotes (↑ 21 / day)
79. What are some of the interesting ways to annoy Punjabis?Rajesh Gupta – 2,656 upvotes (↑ 5 / day)
80. Who are the masters of irony, sarcasm, and wit? – 2,617 upvotes (↑ 29 / day)
81. What does it feel like to lose a lot of money (quickly)?James Altucher – 2,602 upvotes (↑ 2 / day)
82. What is the most amazing photo you have ever taken?Kent Miller – 2,597 upvotes
83. What is the wittiest/funniest original line YOU have ever said?Sandesh Agrawal – 2,594 upvotes (↑ 23 / day)
84. What is the most annoying situation in India? – 2,579 upvotes (↑ 47 / day)
85. What are the best examples of people cheating the system?Pranav Reddy – 2,578 upvotes (↑ 30 / day)
86. What are some of the most profound jokes ever?Addy Satija – 2,564 upvotes (↑ 26 / day)
87. What's the craziest thing you ever said (or happened) at an interview and still got the job?Gil Yehuda – 2,549 upvotes
88. What's the shrewdest, smartest maneuver you've ever seen in business?Balaji Viswanathan – 2,523 upvotes (↑ 33 / day)
89. Should I be worried that my girlfriend texts her ex-boyfriend till 4 a.m., and if so, why?Zachary Davidson – 2,507 upvotes (↑ 14 / day)
90. Why do some people prefer to spend time on Quora rather than Facebook?Karen X. Cheng – 2,488 upvotes (↑ 2 / day)
91. What explains Chetan Bhagat's success?Anonymous – 2,471 upvotes (↑ 6 / day)
92. What does it feel like to murder someone?Tommy Winfrey – 2,462 upvotes (=)
93. What's the shrewdest, smartest maneuver you've ever seen in business?Isaac Lewis – 2,430 upvotes (↑ 10 / day)
94. I have $5. What is the best way to invest and grow my money?Visakan Veerasamy – 2,395 upvotes (↑ 367 / day)
95. What distinguishes the top 1% of product managers from the top 10%?Ian McAllister – 2,374 upvotes (↑ 2 / day)
96. What is the most mind boggling example of a time travel paradox?Ravi Bhoraskar – 2,371 upvotes (↑ 10 / day)
97. Why are Nokia phones stereotyped for being indestructible?Christopher Reiss – 2,354 upvotes (↑ 48 / day)
98. Is it racist that white gets the chance to make the first move instead of black in a game of chess?Andy Warwick – 2,336 upvotes (↑ 24 / day)
99. What is it like to understand advanced mathematics? – 2,335 upvotes (↑ 24 / day)
100. What's the craziest thing you ever said at a job interview and still got the job?Gil Yehuda – 2,318 upvotes (↑ 276 / day)
101. Why isn't Microsoft 'cool'?Balaji Viswanathan – 2,301 upvotes (↑ 2 / day)
102. Why do people hate Windows?Balaji Viswanathan – 2,295 upvotes (↑ 6 / day)
103. If you injure a bug, should you kill it or let it live and not die?Matan Shelomi – 2,276 upvotes (↑ 5 / day)
104. What are some things nearly everyone believes that actually aren't true?Sreeram N Ramasubramanian – 2,262 upvotes (↑ 28 / day)
105. Why aren't people repulsed by eating eggs, which (PETA claims) is actually the menstrual flow of a hen?Robert Frost – 2,224 upvotes (↑ 34 / day)
106. What is the most bizarre job interview you have ever been party to?Lee Ballentine – 2,220 upvotes (=)
107. What are some unusual ways by which people make money?Makarand Sahasrabuddhe – 2,196 upvotes (↑ 11 / day)
108. What are some of the most ridiculous startup ideas which eventually became successful?Michael Wolfe – 2,179 upvotes
109. Which is the best joke about engineers that very few people have heard?Deepak Mehta – 2,174 upvotes (↑ 17 / day)
110. What do you like most about this world?Anonymous – 2,162 upvotes (↑ 8 / day)
111. What was the funniest thing that happened to you while travelling in a BMTC bus?Lohith Nagaraj – 2,156 upvotes (↑ 4 / day)
112. What are some of the most mind-blowing facts that sound like "BS" but are actually true?Alex Tamkin – 2,148 upvotes (↑ 5 / day)
113. Have you ever been discriminated on the basis of caste in India's top universities and colleges? – 2,133 upvotes (↑ 16 / day)
114. What is the funniest joke you've ever heard or read?Samuel Martha – 2,099 upvotes
115. Who are the craziest/most awesome Indians ever? – 2,099 upvotes (↑ 12 / day)
116. What life lessons are counter-intuitive or go against common sense or wisdom?Yishan Wong – 2,090 upvotes (↑ 1 / day)
117. What was your most embarrassing airport/airplane experience?Tim Morgan – 2,079 upvotes (↑ 26 / day)
118. Why weren't we warned about the meteor that struck in Russia?Robert Frost – 2,077 upvotes (=)
119. What's the shrewdest, smartest maneuver you've ever seen in business? – 2,067 upvotes (↑ 10 / day)
120. What's the most bizarre thing you've ever had to explain to a third party?Erin Paige Law – 2,064 upvotes (↑ 77 / day)
121. What is the manliest thing you have seen somebody do?Brian Browne Walker – 2,063 upvotes (↑ 24 / day)
122. What did it feel like to be inside the World Trade Center at the time of the 9/11 attacks?Jonathan Weinberg – 2,047 upvotes (↑ 18 / day)
123. Does someone who was born with a hearing loss "hear" an inner voice?Michele Westfall – 2,047 upvotes (↑ 50 / day)
124. Why is Abdul Kalam widely loved and respected by everyone?Balaji Viswanathan – 2,034 upvotes (↑ 11 / day)
125. What are the best "_____ walked into a bar" jokes? – 2,010 upvotes (=)
126. What are some amusing or interesting things you liked in the 90s, that you miss now?Jugal Anchalia – 2,007 upvotes (↑ 5 / day)

1,000 – 1,999 votes

127. My girlfriend says that she will break up with me unless I stop using Quora. What should I do?Christopher Reiss – 1,999 upvotes (↑ 2 / day)
128. How would you explain the plot of Game of Thrones in brief, from the beginning?Sandhya Ramesh – 1,998 upvotes (↑ 21 / day)
129. Is there a science to picking the colors that work well together in a design, or is it just subjective?Colm Tuite – 1,992 upvotes (↑ 12 / day)
130. What are some of the most mind-blowing facts that sound like "BS" but are actually true?Deepak Mehta – 1,991 upvotes (↑ 5 / day)
131. How can Penny, who works as a waitress, afford to drink wine everyday?Robert Frost – 1,981 upvotes (↑ 9 / day)
132. During an interview what's an appropriate answer when asked "where do you see yourself in 5 years?"Tom Allen – 1,980 upvotes (=)
133. What are the coolest startup culture hacks you've heard of?Jonny Miller – 1,979 upvotes (↑ 21 / day)
134. What are some of the most epic photos ever taken?Julio Rodriguez – 1,978 upvotes (=)
135. What is the biggest waste of time in your life?Anuj Agarwal – 1,976 upvotes (↑ 2 / day)
136. What is it like to be with a person who has the exact same name as yours?Nikhil Garg – 1,965 upvotes (↑ 2 / day)
137. What are some animals that most people have never seen before?Mayank Singh Shishodia – 1,954 upvotes (↑ 11 / day)
138. Is paying Rs 100 for a cup of coffee a good idea when half the population is too poor to spend that much in a day?Anonymous – 1,943 upvotes (↑ 4 / day)
139. What makes a good engineering culture?Edmond Lau – 1,927 upvotes (↑ 2 / day)
140. What is the genesis of Instagram?Kevin Systrom – 1,926 upvotes (↑ 2 / day)
141. What turns people off about Quora?Bradley Voytek – 1,916 upvotes (↑ 7 / day)
142. What is 'OK' in 'Horn OK Please'?Sunny Upadhyay – 1,909 upvotes (=)
143. What are some of the most profound jokes ever?Andrew Udell – 1,908 upvotes (↑ 7 / day)
144. Would becoming homeless be a good strategy to cut costs?Kurt Varner – 1,894 upvotes
145. Can you cry in space?Robert Frost – 1,882 upvotes (=)
146. What are the most convincing bits of evidence which prove, beyond a shadow of doubt, that the Holocaust occurred?Tim O'Neill – 1,840 upvotes (↑ 3 / day)
147. What dead or fictional famous person would be a great Quora contributor?Krutikaa Jawanjal – 1,839 upvotes (=)
148. Why is U2 so popular?Daniel Rosenthal – 1,829 upvotes (=)
149. What is the most amazing photo you have ever taken?Julien Vaché – 1,824 upvotes
150. What are some mind-blowing facts about Hinduism?Balaji Viswanathan – 1,798 upvotes (↑ 20 / day)
151. Why do we fall asleep during lectures?Robert Frost – 1,798 upvotes (↑ 5 / day)
152. What's the single most valuable lesson you've learned in your professional life?Edmond Lau – 1,792 upvotes (↑ 3 / day)
153. Why does Quora use MySQL as the data store instead of NoSQLs such as Cassandra, MongoDB, or CouchDB?Adam D'Angelo – 1,783 upvotes (↑ 2 / day)
154. My ideal girl/boy is out of my reach, should I settle for what I can get?Oliver Emberton – 1,773 upvotes (↑ 13 / day)
155. What is the breakdown of a typical A-list actor's week when not shooting?Stephen Fry – 1,768 upvotes (↑ 1 / day)
156. What is the craziest story you have heard from NIT Trichy?Nitish Krishna – 1,764 upvotes (↑ 7 / day)
157. What are the most important soft skills to have?Jessica Su – 1,763 upvotes (↑ 1 / day)
158. What are some time-saving tips that every Linux user should know?Joshua Levy – 1,762 upvotes (↑ 2 / day)
159. What are some iconic quotes about Rahul Dravid?Arnab Chatterjee – 1,761 upvotes (↑ 3 / day)
160. What is India's worst contribution to itself? – 1,752 upvotes (↑ 2 / day)
161. What is the most important thing you have ever learned from a movie?Jordan Phoenix – 1,751 upvotes (↑ 55 / day)
162. What does it feel like to be stupid? – 1,747 upvotes (↑ 1 / day)
163. Which is the best joke about engineers that very few people have heard?John Savidge – 1,729 upvotes (↑ 12 / day)
164. What is the most awesome psychological fact(s) you know of?Varsha Iyer – 1,725 upvotes (↑ 12 / day)
165. What do people outside India feel when Indians eat with their hands?Thomas Foster – 1,723 upvotes (↑ 2 / day)
166. I want to become an entrepreneur, where do I start?Oliver Emberton – 1,717 upvotes
167. Did anyone decline an offer to work at Instagram?Robert Cezar Matei – 1,701 upvotes (=)
168. What are the highest leverage activities that are best for ensuring that you have a good life?Visakan Veerasamy – 1,699 upvotes (↑ 9 / day)
169. What is the smartest thing a child has ever said?Prarthana Bhat K – 1,681 upvotes (↑ 4 / day)
170. What are some of the best harmless jokes on Wikipedia?Sribatsa Pathy – 1,679 upvotes (↑ 3 / day)
171. What is it like to be exposed to new technology after a 20+ year prison sentence?Michael Santos – 1,656 upvotes (=)
172. What are some of the most interesting little-known things?Mourya Krishna – 1,642 upvotes (↑ 204 / day)
173. Given our current technology and with the proper training, would it be possible for someone to become Batman?Mark Hughes – 1,641 upvotes (=)
174. How should I explain a black hole to a 4-year-old?Robert Frost – 1,636 upvotes (↑ 3 / day)
175. How far have you gone to show someone you're attracted to them? – 1,635 upvotes (↑ 110 / day)
176. What is so great about Warren Buffett?Anonymous – 1,627 upvotes (↑ 2 / day)
177. What are the most important lessons of history?Daniel Kong – 1,625 upvotes (↑ 1 / day)
178. Why does Superman wear red underwear over his costume?Ariel Williams – 1,591 upvotes (↑ 6 / day)
179. Rahul Gandhi or Narendra Modi?Anonymous – 1,589 upvotes (↑ 26 / day)
180. What separates the top 10% of startup CEOs from the rest?Robert Scoble – 1,570 upvotes (↑ 2 / day)
181. Should you get a PhD only if you're very passionate about your field of study?Anonymous – 1,566 upvotes (↑ 4 / day)
182. What is the dumbest thing said by a bollywood actor/actress during an interview?Prakhar Singh – 1,564 upvotes (↑ 6 / day)
183. When have you most successfully hacked some (non-computer) system to your advantage?Ankur Warikoo – 1,556 upvotes (↑ 3 / day)
184. What is the sexiest thing about your job?Robert Frost – 1,531 upvotes (↑ 5 / day)
185. What would happen if I jumped in a pool full of liquor?Ryan Carlyle – 1,510 upvotes (↑ 10 / day)
186. What is Amazon's approach to product development and product management?Ian McAllister – 1,508 upvotes (↑ 5 / day)
187. What are the most surreal places one can ever visit?Anne-Marijke Podt – 1,507 upvotes (=)
188. Who is history's greatest badass, and why?Anonymous – 1,503 upvotes (↑ 3 / day)
189. What images will change the way a person sees the world after viewing them?Ryan Phung – 1,480 upvotes (↑ 3 / day)
190. What did it feel like to be inside the World Trade Center at the time of the 9/11 attacks?Ashton Lee – 1,467 upvotes (=)
191. What are some of the most common false beliefs that some Hindus have?Amar Prabhu – 1,433 upvotes (↑ 12 / day)
192. What are some of the most epic photos ever taken?Mark Hughes – 1,432 upvotes (↑ 1 / day)
193. What is meant by the phrase "objectification of women"?Jen Almonte – 1,416 upvotes
194. Why do I always feel like I’m too late for all the startup trends, how can I be at the front of the trends, executing?Robert Scoble – 1,413 upvotes (↑ 1 / day)
195. What would be a good use of Apple's $110.2+ billion in cash? – 1,400 upvotes (=)
196. What is the funniest thing you have ever coded?Rajat Khandelwal – 1,398 upvotes (↑ 21 / day)
197. What's the shrewdest, smartest maneuver you've ever seen in business?Neil Bhakta – 1,396 upvotes (↑ 5 / day)
198. Why are some people more resilient than others?Sandra Liu Huang – 1,391 upvotes (=)
199. What is the best business to start with the lowest overhead?Andrew Bellay – 1,388 upvotes (=)
200. How does Oliver Emberton create the graphics for his Quora posts?Oliver Emberton – 1,382 upvotes (↑ 1 / day)
201. What is the most amazing photo you have ever taken?Shashank Jha – 1,378 upvotes
202. What advice would Jimmy Wales give to the young generation?Jimmy Wales – 1,374 upvotes (↑ 14 / day)
203. What is the most amazing photo you have ever taken?Siddharth Nandecha – 1,373 upvotes
204. Why are email scams written in broken English?David S. Rose – 1,363 upvotes (=)
205. What is the most amazing photo you have ever taken?Alexis Birkill – 1,360 upvotes
206. What's the friendliest/kindest/most humane (recorded) thing Hitler ever did, in a non-war situation?Rohan Pawale – 1,360 upvotes (↑ 10 / day)
207. Why is it hard to scale a database, in layman’s terms?Paul King – 1,359 upvotes (↑ 1 / day)
208. Why is it hard to scale a database, in layman’s terms?Yishan Wong – 1,358 upvotes (=)
209. What do people outside India feel when Indians eat with their hands?Thomas Foster – 1,358 upvotes
210. What are the most surreal places one can ever visit?Colin Suttles – 1,351 upvotes (↑ 4 / day)
211. What if Ravan had won the war with Ram?Adi Shantanu – 1,342 upvotes (↑ 4 / day)
212. I truly want to become another Steve Jobs. What should I do?Balaji Viswanathan – 1,336 upvotes (↑ 4 / day)
213. How much money does Wikipedia cost on a yearly basis?Jimmy Wales – 1,333 upvotes (↑ 14 / day)
214. What's it like to be a drug dealer? – 1,328 upvotes (=)
215. What are the trickiest rules in English grammar?Anonymous – 1,328 upvotes (=)
216. Does Jimmy Wales hate Bill Gates, as so many Americans do?Jimmy Wales – 1,320 upvotes (↑ 3 / day)
217. What is sarcasm?Archit Sachdeva – 1,318 upvotes (↑ 54 / day)
218. How much did it cost YouTube to stream "Gangnam Style"?Amar Prabhu – 1,315 upvotes (=)
219. How does it feel to have sex with your spouse on your wedding night when he/she is a stranger? – 1,309 upvotes (↑ 3 / day)
220. How can I make my life simpler?Garrick Saito – 1,286 upvotes (↑ 4 / day)
221. Is it true that Albert Einstein failed in mathematics many times during his school days?Robert Frost – 1,285 upvotes (↑ 2 / day)
222. Whom should one follow on Quora?Marc Bodnick – 1,280 upvotes
223. What features do you wish Quora had?Mairaj Pirzada – 1,279 upvotes (↑ 5 / day)
224. What are some useful technical skills I can learn within a day?Anonymous – 1,275 upvotes (=)
225. If there was an Oscar for "Best Line in a Movie," which line would win it?Deepak Mehta – 1,270 upvotes (↑ 10 / day)
226. What are the last things an astronaut does before going into space?Robert Frost – 1,266 upvotes (↑ 2 / day)
227. Off the top of your head, what is the most interesting fact you know?Anurag Singh – 1,263 upvotes (↑ 4 / day)
228. As a startup CEO, what is your favorite productivity hack?Matt DeCelles – 1,259 upvotes (↑ 2 / day)
229. How far have you gone to show someone you're attracted to them?Aniket Thakkar – 1,250 upvotes (↑ 289 / day)
230. How does Gilt's business model work?Matthew Carroll – 1,250 upvotes (=)
231. Why did Steve Jobs choose not to effectively treat his cancer?Ramzi Amri – 1,248 upvotes (=)
232. What are some of the most profound jokes ever?Akash Agrawal – 1,241 upvotes (↑ 10 / day)
233. Do doctors visit other doctors when they fall ill? Or do they prescribe their own treatment and medication?Drew Young Shin – 1,237 upvotes (=)
234. Do the people of Telangana have the right to ask for a separate state? – 1,236 upvotes (↑ 4 / day)
235. What are some particularly awkward things that can happen to people at Harvard?Christopher Reiss – 1,236 upvotes (↑ 4 / day)
236. What are some of the habits entrepreneurs have that other people don't?Oliver Emberton – 1,234 upvotes (↑ 3 / day)
237. What was the biggest turning point in Jimmy Wales' life?Jimmy Wales – 1,234 upvotes (↑ 4 / day)
238. What is the most annoying situation in India?Purvesh Bhokardankar – 1,231 upvotes (↑ 8 / day)
239. What is the wittiest/funniest original line YOU have ever said?Hemanth Kumar Mantri – 1,219 upvotes (↑ 7 / day)
240. How can one believe in science and religion at the same time?Jae Won Joh – 1,211 upvotes (↑ 3 / day)
241. What does Dustin Moskovitz think of The Social Network?Dustin Moskovitz – 1,198 upvotes (=)
242. If I found a bundle of cash ($700k) hidden by a drug cartel, would I be able to keep it and spend it without getting caught by the IRS?Jon Mixon – 1,194 upvotes (=)
243. Does Jimmy Wales have nothing better to do than hang out on Quora all day?Jimmy Wales – 1,191 upvotes (↑ 15 / day)
244. What is it like when your Quora answer unexpectedly goes viral?Ramzi Amri – 1,186 upvotes (↑ 1 / day)
245. As a startup CEO, what is your favorite productivity hack?Matt DeCelles – 1,186 upvotes (=)
246. How does one know if one is making excuses or having valid reasons not to begin one's entrepreneurial journey?Oliver Emberton – 1,179 upvotes (↑ 6 / day)
247. What is it like to be in a relationship with someone who has Asperger's?Laura Copeland – 1,179 upvotes (↑ 2 / day)
248. What are some of the most common false beliefs that some Hindus have?Amar Prabhu – 1,176 upvotes
249. What does it feel like to be bitten by a black widow spider?Brad Porteus – 1,174 upvotes (↑ 4 / day)
250. What should all first time entrepreneurs know before starting their very first business?Oliver Emberton – 1,171 upvotes (↑ 5 / day)
251. Why did dinosaurs look so frightening, and why do living creatures today look so small and nice compared with dinosaurs?Ian York – 1,166 upvotes (↑ 1 / day)
252. If you were allowed to ask only one question on Quora, what would it have been?Jimmy Wales – 1,164 upvotes (=)
253. What are some good tips on getting along well with kids?Diane Meriwether – 1,163 upvotes (↑ -1 / day)
254. Why is there not a single Indian university within the world's top 100 index list?Balaji Viswanathan – 1,154 upvotes (↑ 60 / day)
255. What practical gun control measures could have a realistic chance of reducing the risk of gun crime and mass shootings?Mike Barnard – 1,150 upvotes (=)
256. What negative things do you see looking at earth from space?Robert Frost – 1,141 upvotes (↑ 3 / day)
257. What does the moon smell like?Robert Frost – 1,140 upvotes (=)
258. What happens to an ant that gets lost?Matan Shelomi – 1,136 upvotes (↑ 12 / day)
259. Why do straight men want to have a girlfriend?Graeme Shimmin – 1,127 upvotes (=)
260. What were the biggest mistakes of Mahatma Gandhi?Tejasvita Apte – 1,125 upvotes (↑ 3 / day)
261. What are the greatest stories of triumph over tragedy?Shikhar Agarwal – 1,121 upvotes (=)
262. What are bullied children like as adults?Oliver Emberton – 1,114 upvotes (↑ 45 / day)
263. Is it better to own a gun for self-defense, or is that more likely to cause problems?Jon Davis – 1,108 upvotes (↑ 4 / day)
264. Why are Indian men so handsome?Sribatsa Pathy – 1,107 upvotes (↑ 2 / day)
265. What is the most amazing photo you have ever taken?Robert Fisher – 1,100 upvotes
266. Why should I quit Quora and go to the Himalayas for better knowledge?Jimmy Wales – 1,098 upvotes (↑ 43 / day)
267. Why is Barnes & Noble performing well as a business while Borders has filed for bankruptcy?Mark Evans – 1,094 upvotes (=)
268. Can an Indian working in an IT company ever buy a BMW 3 Series/Mercedes C Class?Gaurav Gupta – 1,092 upvotes (=)
269. What are some good ways to annoy extremely logical people?Michael Wolfe – 1,088 upvotes (↑ 5 / day)
270. Which animal has been used most frequently for a band name?Erik Frey – 1,086 upvotes (=)
271. What is it like to be deafblind?Cristina Hartmann – 1,081 upvotes (=)
272. What does it feel like to be a well behaved Indian guy and be subjected to umbrella statements about your gender?Antariksh Bothale – 1,079 upvotes (=)
273. What does Jimmy Wales' CV/résumé look like?Jimmy Wales – 1,075 upvotes (↑ 7 / day)
274. Is life a game?Viraj Voditel – 1,058 upvotes (↑ 5 / day)
275. What images will change the way a person sees the world after viewing them?Faye Wang – 1,049 upvotes (=)
276. What is it like to date or marry a fashion model? – 1,046 upvotes (=)
277. Why has indian rupee devalued from around Rs 5 per $1 at independence to around Rs 55 per $1 today?Balaji Viswanathan – 1,042 upvotes (↑ 18 / day)
278. What are some quintessential Indian memes?Sudhir Srinivasan – 1,037 upvotes (=)
279. What's your lame superpower?Stanley Wong – 1,037 upvotes (↑ 20 / day)
280. What Quora user would make a great Bond villain, and why?Graeme Shimmin – 1,028 upvotes (↑ 1 / day)
281. What's the shrewdest, smartest maneuver you've ever seen in business?Mohammed Chang – 1,021 upvotes (↑ 27 / day)
282. Why do most of the successful startups come out of the USA?Robert Scoble – 1,017 upvotes (↑ 1 / day)
283. What are the ingredients of a high-quality insult?Anonymous – 1,016 upvotes (↑ 8 / day)
284. How is being a billionaire better than being a millionaire?David S. Rose – 1,015 upvotes (=)
285. What are some of the best PR (public relations) spin jobs you've ever seen?Graeme Shimmin – 1,011 upvotes
286. What answers on Quora have the most upvotes?Oliver Emberton – 1,009 upvotes (↑ 3 / day)
287. How would man have spoken with himself inside his head before the advent of any language?Marc Ettlinger – 1,009 upvotes (↑ 12 / day)
288. What are best ways to use perfume?Sanjay Sabnani – 1,000 upvotes (↑ 6 / day)

Facts about these answers

  • In the past day, these answers have gained a total of 5,009 upvotes.
  • The fastest gaining answer was upvoted 367 times in a day.
  • On average 4.6% of people viewing a top answer vote it up.
  • The average top answer has been viewed by 53,271 people.
  • The most viewed answer has been seen by 367,652 people.
  • The least viewed answer has been seen by 9,077 people (show them some love).
  • 188 Quora users have an answer above 1,000 votes.
  • 67 Top Writers have an answer above 1,000 votes.

On maintaining this list

When I started, there were only a few answers with more than 1,000 upvotes. Now there are well over a hundred, and it's likely I'm missing some out. Quora doesn't provide access to their data, so everything here is gathered by my efforts (and that of my software) – we sample Top Writers feeds and many popular blogs to find and track new answers. If you see something is missing, please leave a comment below.

On the value of upvotes

The Backstreet Boys have sold more than Bruce Springsteen; that doesn't necessarily make them better. And so it is with upvotes. Bear in mind:

  • Older answers are favoured – they've been around longer to gain votes. The top answer, for example, still gains an average of 60 votes / day.
  • Quora's Valley era – from what I can tell, Quora enjoyed an early period of explosive growth where half of Silicon Valley signed up for it. The most popular users reveal the trend – like Robert Scoble (40k+ followers), Evan Williams (30k+ followers) and Kevin Rose (30k+ followers) – and so there's an understandable bias towards tech answers. This appears to be fading however.
  • India's ascent – since 2013, there's a notable increase in answers specific to India (where most of Quora's new users appear to be coming from). You can easily see this in the results above.

There's a lot of incredible content in this list. Looking into the quirkiness, the range, the effort and the wit within, I like to think of it as a microcosm of Quora as a whole.

For more fun Quora facts and figures follow the Quorabot blog.

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