Questions to ask when spending long hours with someone?
May 16, 2015 12:32 PM   Subscribe

A friend and I travel together frequently. What are some interesting questions we can ask one another while we're hiking for hours on end?

[I'm male and she's female, if it matters.]

Some questions we've already come up with are:

1) When was the last time you cried and why?

2) What is a memory you have from 3rd grade?

3) What are the stories behind all of the scars on your body?

4) What are 3 things we like about one another?

(And yes, we've found The 36 Questions That Lead to Love)
posted by buckaroo_benzai to Human Relations (20 answers total) 95 users marked this as a favorite
What music did you once like but can't listen to now?

Do you have a happy food memory from childhood?

Are you superstitious about anything?

Do you prefer to stand out or blend in?

Who's your movie star crush?
posted by biscuits at 12:45 PM on May 16, 2015 [2 favorites]

Which character from a book would you like to be, and why?

If you were a food, which food would you be?

Which historical person would you like to have dinner with? What would you want to talk about?

If you could be any animal for a day, what animal would you want to be?

If you were the other sex for a day, how would you feel and what would you want to do?
posted by Too-Ticky at 12:50 PM on May 16, 2015

This is exactly the kind of situation that The Book of Questions was written for.
posted by workerant at 12:51 PM on May 16, 2015 [1 favorite]

Time to move beyond your lives... bigger questions like:

- What's the one thing you'd change about human nature?
- If you could live in any time period in history, what would it be and why?
- What's the most mind-blowing thing you ever learnt/discovered?
- How would you feel/what would you do if you found out, right now, that everyone else on Earth was gone except us?
- What's your favourite Arnold Schwarzenegger movie? :-)
posted by 0bvious at 12:53 PM on May 16, 2015 [2 favorites]

- fancast of your favourite book which is not a movie
- recast of favourite 80s movies with current day popular actors
posted by poffin boffin at 12:55 PM on May 16, 2015 [1 favorite]

What is your relation to death?

what does health and sickness mean to you?

what things did your family eat when you were a kid that has gone out of fashion now?
posted by Blitz at 1:11 PM on May 16, 2015

posted by Redstart at 1:54 PM on May 16, 2015

What would you do if you knew you would not fail?
posted by bookmammal at 1:55 PM on May 16, 2015 [6 favorites]

What trips would you take with a time machine?
Who would you like to be if you weren't you (and why)?
What one thing would you like to own (constrained by reality)?
What one thing would you like to own (not constrained by reality)?
What are the top 5 (or whatever) things would you change about yourself?
posted by still_wears_a_hat at 3:24 PM on May 16, 2015

Hey, is that a Sasquatch?

What book or class or teacher changed the way you think the most?
posted by SemiSalt at 4:06 PM on May 16, 2015

What talent / superpower would you choose to have?
posted by RoadScholar at 4:14 PM on May 16, 2015

What would your perfect house be like, money and practicality not a constraint?
posted by LobsterMitten at 4:14 PM on May 16, 2015 [1 favorite]

what is your dream vacation? no detail too small.
posted by fingers_of_fire at 5:27 PM on May 16, 2015

What was the best thing you did this year (or for any other period-- in college, when you first started working, etc.)?
posted by hellomiss at 7:23 PM on May 16, 2015 [1 favorite]

My friend invented (as far as I'm aware) a game for these situations. Pretending that you are going to be transported back to some pre-historic time, with no ability to ever come back, which four types of professions/experts in what fields would you bring with you and why? This seems to lead to really long, interesting conversations for some reason.

One other:
Strategies for zombie apocalypse survival (if you have friends in common, who's in the group and who is definitely not coming with, would you rather go with a group or go solo, etc)
posted by lookoutbelow at 9:09 PM on May 16, 2015 [1 favorite]
posted by M. at 12:05 AM on May 17, 2015

The above might be what you are looking for, it's a set of cards with interesting questions.
posted by M. at 12:05 AM on May 17, 2015

My favorite: Have you ever seen any ghosts, aliens, or other unexplainable etceteras? (best stories to hear and people love to tell)

Also I love asking people to recall times they misbehaved growing up
posted by supernaturelle at 9:06 AM on May 17, 2015 [1 favorite]

Have you tried the StoryCorps question generator?
posted by orange_square at 12:21 PM on May 17, 2015 [1 favorite]

There are lots of books including the above-mentioned Book of Questions. Here's another: How Far Will You Go.
posted by IndigoRain at 2:38 PM on May 17, 2015

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