So apparently Stephen Hawking, theoretical physicist and current incumbent of the lazy media's go-to genius avatar position, posed a recent query to Yahoo Answers concerning our future. "In a world that is in chaos politically, socially and environmentally," asked the comically-voiced ALS-sufferer, "how can the human race sustain another 100 years?"

According to The Guardian, 25,000 respondents offered their own solutions, but most were interested in what Hawking himself had to say. "Yesterday, the professor's response finally arrived. In a videoclip submission, the familiar electronic voice pronounced: 'I don't know the answer. That is why I asked the question.'"

While the lack of concrete elucidation from a man who wrote a long book that nobody read may prove disappointing to those who look to others to solve the eternal questions, we at Gawker are happy to provide the correct answer for you, which we do after the jump.

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The only way for the human race to persevere is to develop a highly refined sense of irony and to insure that its basic needs for food, shelter, and protection from the elements continue to be met. To that end, we recommend the purchase of the "Hot Piece of Twat" t-shirt currently sweeping the nation. It's what Dr. Hawking would want, and, really, it's the human race's only hope. Buy one today.

The great man's answer to the question of human survival: Er, I don't know [Guardian]
Hot Piece of Twat T-Shirt [Gawker Shop]