Crowdsourcing is a fundamental part of the Twitter experience, especially when it comes to traffic, cell phone plans, and burger toppings. Some days, though, the questions are a bit more abstract. A bit more...urgent. Tuesday was one of those days.

NBC's Chuck Todd cursed the name of Vasco de Gama.

Why why are there any time zones which are on the half hour!?!?! I mean, come on.less than a minute ago via ÜberTwitter


CNN's Howard Kurtz played doomsayer and matchmaker.

Curb Your Enthusiasm curse? First Larry David, now his TV wife Cheryl Hines is getting divorced. Maybe they should date.less than a minute ago via web


Comedy writer Daniel Chun made nature come alive with a deep question on the biological taxonomy.

Herpetology: Snakes. Who's got 'em, who wants 'em. Are they just big worms? You'd be surprised. #DannysDefinitionsless than a minute ago via web


Jake Tapper comforted people who thought "The Purple Rose of Cairo" was a documentary.

Marsellus Wallace's briefcase? No, cupcakes w/candles in the press room for Major Garrett's bday. http://twitpic.com/2hteofless than a minute ago via Twitpic


Delrayser put out feelers for a gibberish decoder.

The WaPo's Style Section's Tumblr just linked to an @Awl post about Getty Images. Can anyone decode that sentence for me?less than a minute ago via web


The Washington Post's Dan Steinberg worked blue.

Golly, which Rex will be Sexiest, Grossman or Ryan?less than a minute ago via web


Gregg Carlstrom theorized on why the president keeps acting like he's the president.

WH press corps: Why is Obama "spending the week after vacation almost entirely on foreign policy?" Because, uh, that's the president's job?less than a minute ago via web


Politico's Patrick Gavin overestimated the dedication of campaign spot fanboys.

Tweeps: What have been your favorite campaign ads this summer? (links please)less than a minute ago via TweetDeck


Joel Stein of Time was struck by a premonition
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"You have a beautiful family" makes we wonder if you're secretly thinking about killing them.less than a minute ago via HootSuite


Nick Baumann asked the question that has really been weighing on everyone's mind...

Tweeple: Anyone know if an Elizabeth Bazan is still at the Congressional Research Service?less than a minute ago via TweetDeck


...while basketball blogger Kurt Helin made us an offer we couldn't refuse.

Who is up for a pickup game on this court? http://twitpic.com/2hsv6oless than a minute ago via Twitpic