Are There More Doors or More Wheels?


Luke Busot, Staff Writer/Editor

Internet debates have been around for a long time, ranging from what color a dress was and how dogs would wear pants. But now, after almost 6 years, the newest debate has hit the internet: “Are there more doors or more wheels in the world?,” and people are taking this very seriously.

About a week ago, a Twitter user by the name of Ryan Nixon tweeted a question for his 2,000 followers, saying, “My mates and I are having the STUPIDEST debate… and I am here for it. Do you think there are more doors or wheels in the world?” Almost overnight, there were over 223,347 responses, putting more wheels in the lead at 53.6% of responses compared to more doors at 46.2% of the responses.

This debate hinges on the use of the dictionary definitions of wheels and doors. The Oxford definition of a wheel is “a circular object that revolves on an axle.” The Oxford definition of a door is “a hinged, sliding, or revolving barrier at the entrance to a building, room, or vehicle, or in the framework of a cupboard.”

There are many trains of thought as to what people think there are more of. People on team wheels argue that every car has 4 wheels, chairs can have wheels, all conveyor belts have wheels, and even fans and circular door handles are wheels. On the contrary people on team door say every house, room, building, skyscraper, cruise ship, and cabinet have doors.

But, for the cruise ship argument, every suitcase and chair in the ship would have wheels. Some team door people also argue that every locker counts as a door, but lockers have combination locks which would be considered wheels, so they cancel each other out. It seems that whenever there’s a door, there’s also subsequently a wheel and vice-versa.

At the end of the day, no one can truly know the answer to whether there are more doors or wheels in the world. It’s an innocent and harmless debate, and it certainly won’t be the last debate the internet tears itself up over.