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Clueyness: A Weird Kind of Sad — Wait But Why

Clueyness: A Weird Kind of Sad — Wait But Why

By View All Posts Tim Urban

One weekend day, my grandfather went to the store and brought a new board game home for the family: Clue. It was the neighbor kids, who said they were on their way outside to play some outdoor game they all used to play. Without a second thought, my dad and aunt jumped up from their seats and left with their friends. The FedEx man probably forgot about what I did to him five minutes later. But knowing that it’s totally irrational doesn’t make clueyness any less excruciating—something I’m reminded of every time my night is ruined by post-Uber-ride-when-the-friendly-driver-tried-to-start-a-conversation-and-I-wasn’t-in-the-mood-so-I-gave-curt-answers-until-he-finally-got-the-hint-and-then-felt-embarrassed-and-stopped guilt.