Most difficult question known to man


The glass is:

  1. Half Full

    37 vote(s)
  2. Half Empty

    15 vote(s)
By God Of Mana ยท 97 replies
Aug 28, 2007
Post New Reply
  1. A glass has 1/2 it max amount of contents,
    Is the the glass:
    Half full
    Half Empty?
  2. CrustyOldGeezer

    CrustyOldGeezer TS Rookie Posts: 24

    Wouldn't the answer depend on the contents of the glass?

    If it has a yucky medicine, and you're trying to get a 2 year old to drink it, from your point of view it's half empty, but from the kids point of view it's still half full.
  3. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Posts: 1,986   +12

    If you like the stuff, it's half empty.

    If you don't, it's half full.

    i.e. agree with CrustOldGeezer.
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Twice as big as it needs to be.
  5. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    The glass is neither half full nor half empty. It is merely holding 1/2 of it's maximum capacity, as God of Mana said. The rest is perception.
  6. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    If the glass was full to begin with, then it`s half empty.

    If on the other hand, it was only filled to half way, then it`s only half full.

    In any case, who really cares ;)

    Regards Howard :)
  7. Po`Girl

    Po`Girl TS Rookie Posts: 595

    If it`s your glass,it`s half full.

    If it`s my glass,it`s half empty.
  8. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Posts: 1,986   +12

    Beautiful answers, all of you!!
  9. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6

    I'd say it's both at the same time. I'm neutral.
  10. sbgsus

    sbgsus TS Rookie Posts: 30

    isn't it meant to be that

    if you say the glass is half full you're more of a positive person..

    and if you say its half empty... you're more negative...

    or am i getting confused with something else?

    i would actually say half empty... but im a positive person so its all lies.
  11. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Posts: 937

    It depends on if the glass is half full..or half empty
  12. God Of Mana

    God Of Mana TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 493

    I said that it contained its max capacity as not to make any kind of effect on your polled choice.
    Its up to you if it is half full or half empty, it depends on what you see a 1/2 cup of liquid as being.

    You should have read the first post. :p
  13. hamas123

    hamas123 TS Maniac Posts: 482

    Personally if i was given i was given a cup of water that was half empty i'll think of the empty bit,not because i've a negative person or wanted more,it's just what i think and i think ravisunny2 is right,if you like the stuff it's half empty,and if you hate the content its half full.

    NOTE:i'm 99% a positive person.
  14. sbgsus

    sbgsus TS Rookie Posts: 30

    I prefer that theory actually...

    come to mention it I usually describe a drink I like as half empty... because its less of a good thing...

    and something I dislike as half full, because its more of a bad thing...
  15. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    The important point to the remember as it colours everyone's thinking is that we are talking about a glass. A glass implies a drink, a drink implies happy happy joy joy. There is still half left so empty it.
  16. God Of Mana

    God Of Mana TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 493

    Uh ha

    And that is what you call pessimistic and optimistic. The Glass being half full or half empty depends on which YOU are.
  17. hamas123

    hamas123 TS Maniac Posts: 482

    Actually,now i think about it,if i am given a glass of something i dont think of the full or empty parts,i just drink.
  18. curiousabout

    curiousabout TS Rookie

    Generally speaking, the "half full/empty glass" question refers to a glass of something good. Considering that, a positive person would see the glass as half full since he or she would be focused on the good part of the situation. The negative response would be half empty- defining the situation by what is bad about it.

    I'm firmly in the half-full camp:)
  19. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,273

    It's Half-empty, because if it was half-full then it would be 1/2 full but if it's half-empty you could have added only a little bit of what ever the contents is, then it'll be like 1/4 empty or 1/6 empty or what ever ;)
  20. God Of Mana

    God Of Mana TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 493

    Good,time paradox. But just remember, dont choose a option just becuse you saw others choosing it, choose on your own. I never thought this thread would actually be
  21. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,273

    I did answer my own opinion, if you ever read my post you'll notice I hardly read what others say and just post right away :)
  22. curiousabout

    curiousabout TS Rookie

    Or... 3/4 full, or 5/6 full.
  23. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,273

    No then that'll be more then half-full or half-empty ;)
  24. ChrisLam

    ChrisLam TS Rookie Posts: 82

    The way I see it is:

    full = 1
    empty = 0

    1/2 full = 1/2
    1/2empty = 0/2

    Since 1/2 is the maximum capacity of the glass, the glass is half full.
  25. curiousabout

    curiousabout TS Rookie

    ? I didn't change the equation, TimeParadoX, you did!:)

    But anyway. Where is this glass? Now I need a drink...

Similar Topics

Add your comment to this article

You need to be a member to leave a comment. Join thousands of tech enthusiasts and participate.
TechSpot Account You may also...