Banco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1408 times:
Quoting HAWK21M (Thread starter): People say "Bless you" when you sneeze because when you sneeze, your heart stops for a millisecond.
That could only be a recent discovery. The phrase is way older than that, and is thought to derive from the time of the Black Death. Sneezing was one of the first symptoms, which is why those around said "God Bless You". It's also the origin of the rather gruesome children's nursery rhyme:
A ring, a ring of roses
A pocket full of posies
We all fall down.
She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
The name of all the continents ends with the same letter that they start with.
No. North America South America Oceania
Unless of course you consider just "America" and not say "Oceania".
The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.
Not entirely true:
The unexplained statement that "the tongue is the strongest muscle in the body" appears frequently in lists of surprising facts, but it is difficult to find any definition of "strength" that would make this statement true. Note that technically the tongue consists of sixteen muscles, not one. The tongue may possibly be the strongest muscle at birth.
People say "Bless you" when you sneeze because when you sneeze, your heart stops for a millisecond.
Most of the other rumors about sneezing are not true: your heart does not stop when you sneeze, and with great effort you could probably keep your eyes open during a sneeze. While the tradition of saying "Bless you" or "Gesundheit" (meaning "health" in German), or some variation on this theme, apparently originated from superstitions that sneezing was a sign of approaching danger or even death, most people who sneeze have an excellent prognosis!
No. Another recurrent myth is that the great white bears are left-pawed. Scientists observing the animals haven't noticed a preference. In fact, polar bears seem to use their right and left paws equally.
Lazyshaun From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 555 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1092 times:
Saying it is impossible to lick your elbow is plain stupid! You could cut your arm of at the shoulder, endure an almost unbearable amount of pain for a long period of time, then pick your chopped off arm up with the one remaining attached arm, and lick your elbow.
Impossible? No. Unless anybody has actually tried to do this and found there is an invisible force field that disables you to perform such an act?!
The correct sentence should be: It is incredibly difficult and pointless licking ones elbow.
I'm with you on that one. The first time I ever heard that term was on here a few months ago. Maybe we should start another thread to discuss it some more. Because if we as a world population can't agree on how many Continents there are, and what their names are, we will never agree on the important things like war or politics.
I've been out of school for over 20 years, but I don't believe todays American schools are teaching that way either.
As far as I know 2+2 still equals 4. If that has been changed too, please let me know.
This is what I was taught
As I said, If we can't agree on a verifiable fact like that, we cannot agree on anything of importance.
Fokker Lover From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (10 years 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 990 times:
Australia and the surrounding islands together? How can an island be considered part of the Continent? It's not attached to anything. Hell, Central America is attached to both North and South Americas, but we don't consider it part of the actual Continent because it's so small.
My definition of a Continent would be an incredibly huge land mass. So huge, that only seven exist. It seems that some Countries have broken it down to five. I'm open for more discussion, but I would never consider New Zealand part of a Continent. Even though it does sit on the Australian Continental Shelf.
: How does Spiderman get out of the bath?
: To tell you the truth, I don't know. I guess it's the same way the Caribbean Islands are considered a part of the American Continent. Or at least tha
: Continents: Europe America Africa Asia Australasia Antartica
: If North America and South America are considered to be a single continent, it makes absolutely no sense for Asia and Europe to be considered separate