Over the past week, a divisive argument has spread its roots through AHS: are there more wheels or more doors in the world? After a week of strong debates in the halls, however, the results seem to be in.
On Thursday, March 10th, the Avonews Instagram account ran a poll on its story asking people to choose whether they thought there were more wheels in the world or more doors. The result? 75% of respondents chose wheels, and 25% chose doors.
Following the poll, the account uploaded another story post asking users to explain the choice they had picked on the first slide. Many offered their reasoning as to why they chose either doors or wheels, including Junior Peyton Faulkner, who offered “Doors without a doubt,” mentioning that many can be found in “cruise ships, houses, and lockers.”
Sophomore Hayzes Robinson, however, leaned the opposite direction, saying, “It’s literally common sense… everything has wheels.”
Much of the debate comes from differing definitions of what really constitutes a door and what constitutes a wheel. Doors are more straightforward, defined as “a usually swinging or sliding barrier by which an entry is closed and opened.” The only aspect up for personal interpretation with doors is whether or not a double door counts as one door (because there’s just one door frame) or two doors (because there are two separate, physical doors). Wheels, by dictionary definition, are any “circular frame of hard material that may be solid, partly solid, or spoked and that is capable of turning on an axel.” Some, though, argue that all axels are wheels, which would greatly increase the number of wheels if included in the count. However, not everyone agrees with this interpretation, which is a large part of the reason for the debates happening.
People are not always fully confident in their decision, though, so often when they hear of a new example of something with a lot of wheels or doors, they’ll change their answer. Some objects/places that have a lot of doors are houses (think regular doors, but also cabinets), lockers in schools and gyms, hotels, skyscrapers, and drawers. Things with many wheels include toys (think LEGO and Hot Wheels), bikes, cars, semi-trucks, and office chairs. While these lists themselves aren’t simple, the comparison still gets much more complicated: many things, even on those lists, have both doors and wheels. Hotels often have rolling chairs in each of their rooms, thereby counteracting the number of doors (there are, however, still drawers and cabinets). Skyscrapers run into the same issue. Cars also sometimes have a net-zero quantity of doors or wheels because they often have four doors and four wheels.
Junior Erika Valois said that she chose wheels because “most objects with wheels have more than one wheel attached.” Sophomore Ryan Hartle also chose wheels, bringing up “toy cars, suitcases, and the tables that have wheels.”
Senior Cat Barie offered a different perspective on the matter, though, saying that she chose doors “because it doesn’t make sense so I feel like it’s just the answer.”
Overall, we may never know the true answer to this deep question. We do know one thing, though: Avonworth has made up its mind — for now, at least — and wheels is what it has chosen.