Among the wide variety of silly questions, this is in the category of "Do not ask a sulking person this if you expect an honest answer straight up." The response you will almost always get is: Nothing. This would be fine, except for the rest of the day you find that "Nothing" has some very direct and harmful repercussions on your regular interaction with this person. Can only be counter-measured by deliberately, patiently and diplomatically continuing to ask the person to explain their problem.

A typical conversation:
+ What's the matter?
- Nothing.
+ Are you sure?
- Yes.
+ Is everything alright?
- Yes, damnit, how many times do I have to tell you so?!
+ Ok.
- *sulk*
+ Are you sure nothing's the matter?
- {insert burst of cussing and swearing, followed by soft heart-wrenching sobbing, followed by final admission of cause for anxiety}

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