Friday, 15 April 2011

Smile! You know you want to!

Reasons to smile:
1. You use less muscles to smile than to frown
2. People are drawn to a smiling person
3. It is contagious
4. It releases endorphins, natural pain killers and seratonin
5. It makes you look younger and more attractive

So put a silly grin on those chops! No excuse, now you know it's healthy for you and others. Everyone smiles in the same language!

Friday, 1 April 2011

Bless You!

Why does everyone say 'Bless you' when you sneeze?
Well nowadays it's just plain good manners. But in previous ages people did it in a hope not to catch what ever(the plague or something fatal due to the lack of underdeveloped medical care) the sneezee had, or to ward the sneezee from their soul escaping through their nostrils and a demon getting in! It was said in the bible that God breathed life into Adam through his nostrils, helping the whole myth along quite nicely.

The actual point of sneezing is to rid your nose, the germ and bacteria centre of the body, of irritants on the nasal lining. Ironic isn't it? Good for you, not too amazing if you happen to be in the way...

If you ask me, sneezing is one of the most satisfying sensations I've ever had. On a par with adrenaline rushes etc....

Saturday, 26 March 2011

You've got the wrong end of the stick...

 Ever wonder this expression came from...

Well back when people lived in castles and hadn't quite figured out the whole water transport thing, they used to do their business, wipe with some straw and then use a stick to push the whole lot down the loo to the outside, normally a moat. So if you happened to get the wrong end of the stick... Awkward.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Red heads alert!

Historically, prejudice and suspicion has always greeted the redhead, along with the belief that they were fiery and hot-tempered. This image - wrong or not - most likely stems from the fact that the Scots, with their high percentage of red haired people, are descended from the Celts, notoriously violent warriers. It is this perception that spawned many strange and fantastical beliefs and ideas about red hair.
The myths do seem to permeate all cultures.

The ancient Egyptians believed that red haired animals and people were associated with the god 'Set', and many of their pharaohs had red hair. That included Ramses who was the most powerful baddest dude of all the pharaohs. Conversely, they also regarded the color red as unlucky and many red haired maidens were burnt to death to wipe out the tint. Talk about a makeover.

The Greeks, not to be outdone (the Greeks were never to be outdone as they were sore losers and it really got their sacrificial goat), believed that redheads would turn into vampires following their death. Roman historian Deo Cassius described British Warrior Queen Boudicca (or Boudicca the bodacious) as " tall and terrifying in appearance [with] a great mass of red hair." Incidentally the ancient Romans also paid a premium for red haired slaves.

During the Spanish Inquisition flame colored hair was evidence that it's owner had stolen the fire of hell and had to be burned as a witch. Apparently, stealing the fire of hell is a crime and crime doesn't pay. In Corsica, if you pass a redhead in the street you are supposed to spit and turn around. It is unclear if that is supposed to bring good luck or because redheads leave a bad taste in your mouth. During the Middle Ages, red was seen as the color of the Devil.

Russian tradition declares that red hair is both a sign of a fiery temper and craziness, and a proverb warns, "There was never a saint with red hair." Indeed, red hair figures in the bible, The word Adam is supposedly the Hebrew word for 'red' or 'ruddy', and Judas - poster boy tor tratorious - is often portrayed with red hair as is Mary Magdalene. King David is thought to have been a redhead, and some even believe the 'mark of cain' to actually be red hair.

There are some documented medical differences. We'll skip the fair skin sensitivity to the sun melanoma stuff, but did you know that human adults have about 120.000 hairs on their heads? Really. The bad news is redheads have fewer, blondes have more, and brunettes have the most. Researchers at the University of Louisville discovered that, on average, people born with red hair require about 20 percent more anesthesia to obtain satisfactory sedation. University indeed. Anyone who's ever tried to seduce a redhead knows that.

So do not despair you red heads so fair. Brunettes may be smarter, blondes may have more fun, but none are wrapped so tightly in mystery and intrigue. Like a gift to be opened on a special day. That is what fascinates us about you, and that's no myth.

"Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall madly in love with a gorgeous redhead." - Lucille Ball

Friday, 18 March 2011

Food cravings...are they necessary?

Yes, food cravings are definitely necessary! Why? Basically it's your body's way of telling you it needs a certain type of nutrient or mineral! So instead of stuffing your face with a delicious chocolate brownie, eat an apple. Find the healthy alternative to your craving...I know you can do it!

History of the Teddy Bear!

Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, is the person responsible for giving the teddy bear his name. On November 14, 1902, Roosevelt was helping settle a border dispute between Mississippi and Louisiana. During his spare time he attended a bear hunt in Mississippi. During the hunt, Roosevelt came upon a wounded young bear and ordered the mercy killing of the animal. The Washington Post ran a editorial cartoon created by the political cartoonist Clifford K. Berryman that illustrated the event. The cartoon was called "Drawing the Line in Mississippi" and depicted both state line dispute and the bear hunt. At first Berryman drew the bear as a fierce animal, the bear had just killed a hunting dog. Later, Berryman redrew the bear to make it a cuddly cub. The cartoon and the story it told became popular and within a year, the cartoon bear became a toy for children called the teddy bear.

PPPPLLLLTTTT!!!!?!?!?!!! = Blowing a raspberry...

Blowing a raspberry or strawberry or making a Bronx cheer is to make a noise signifying derision (and/or silliness), made by sticking out the tongue between the lips and blowing to make a sound reminiscent of flatulence. In the terminology of phonetics, this sound can be described as an unvoiced linguolabial trill. It is never used in human language phonemically (i.e., to be used as a building block of words), but it is widely used across human cultures.

One of my favourites....