Would you rather be forced to give up e-mail or salt? Or, if you could date a cartoon character, who would it be? Or perhaps you'd rather debate which sitcom cast you'd want to be marooned on an island with.

Whatever your answers, welcome to the world of "barguments" — simple questions that are deep enough to trigger passionate arguments; simple enough to debate while letting loose; and have no right or wrong answers.

Doug Hanks' new pocket-size book, "Barguments" (Simon Spotlight Entertainment, 2008), offers several hundred such unanswerables, the perfect social lubricant to spur lively conversation at your summer barbecue.