It began when Ryan Nixon (@NewYorkNixon) from Aukland, New Zealand inadvertently saw his innocent debate with friends turn into viral online discourse after sharing what they were going back and forth about.
In his tweet, Nixon wrote: "My mates and I are having the STUPIDEST debate... And I am here for it," before proposing the question "Do you think there are more doors or wheels in the world?"
Team Doors were arguing that there are doors in every building and on every vehicle - so that is quite a big amount.
Doors. Pretty much everything with wheels has doors, except bikes. Anyone who owns something with wheels will live in a building whose doors outnumber their wheels. Eg I own 10 wheels (2 cars, 1 bike) but 28 doors
In my household there are 29 doors (including fridge, cupboards, washing machine, tumble dryer and car) \n\nGot 4 wheels on my car and the hamster has a wheel, can\u2019t think of any more wheels \n\nI\u2019m saying doors
— Matt Daubney \ud83c\udfcf (@Matt Daubney \ud83c\udfcf)
Must be doors.\n\nCars have 4 wheels and let's say an average of 4 doors so offset each other.\n\nI have 15 doors in my house and I can only count 6 wheels from a cabinet and bicycle.\n\nOffice/apartment buildings. Cupboards/cabinets.\n\nAlthough, toys with wheels and bikes...
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It's clearly doors. Almost every person lives in a place with doors. Not everyone has a car. Even cars have as many doors as wheels. Not to mention cupboards.
Hmm, you've got to see the bigger picture (and given there's is no qualification on wheels/doors)\n\nThe biggest tire maker in the world is Lego, 381M tires per year (more than the 2 biggest vehicle tire makers).\n\nGiven each one has a wheel, I think we have a winner.
Just did a count up and reckon 25 doors in our house (including cupboards, wardrobes) and about 36 wheels including vehicles, bikes, golf trundlers. I'm going wheels but this pointless exercise has taught me there's heaps more of each than you'd think!
Must be wheels. Wheels is one of the earliest human invention. Not only in vehicles, also in roller blades, suitcases, chairs etc. Wheels also made each day more than doorshttps://twitter.com/NewYorkNixon/status/1500000428985286657\u00a0\u2026
@LEGO_Group make a lot of tyres so they also much make a lot of doors. I am going doors\u2026 however do steering wheels, flywheels count.https://twitter.com/NewYorkNixon/status/1500000428985286657\u00a0\u2026
— D a v i d B r o o k s (@D a v i d B r o o k s)
Some were even debating what actually qualifies as a door and a wheel.
Perhaps some definitions will help - according to Oxford Languages 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."
Meanwhile, the same dictionary defines wheels as "a circular object that revolves on an axle and is fixed below a vehicle or other object to enable it to move easily over the ground."
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— Mr.Darcy sans money and good breeding (@Mr.Darcy sans money and good breeding)
Where do we stand on flaps? Is a cat flap a type of door? Are those beads that hang down in butchers to separate the back of the butchers to the front a type of door?
My answer depends on whether a hinge is a wheel and an axlepic.twitter.com/wXCsMU8fl6
— disasteradio / eyeliner in 2 person horse costume (@disasteradio / eyeliner in 2 person horse costume)
From the answers, I think you cannot answer this question without first defining what is a door and what is a wheel. Many wheel like things are not called or generally considered wheels (e.g. pullys or rollers). Same with doors (e.g. the part that swings open on luggage).
Considering the sheer amount of people who responded, the result was actually pretty close with doors receiving 46.% of the vote, while wheels won after gaining 53.6% of votes - meaning most people think there are more wheels in the world than doors.