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Hairy arms = easy lay?

Having married a fraternity guy, I hear all kinds of entertaining fraternity guy stories.  (He wasn’t the stereotypical fraternity guy, thank God, so usually the stories are about one of his fraternity brothers instead of about him.)

One of the most interesting things he’s told me is about how some guys look to see how hairy a girl’s arms are before they buy them a drink at a bar.

According to Puddle, girls with hairy arms have more testosterone in their body, which in turn makes them hornier, which makes them more promiscuous and more likely to go home with them.

Um… huh?  Hairy arms mean a girl is an easy lay?  Are they serious??!

He also says that most guys think a girl that smokes is also easier to get into bed.

I won’t even mention the tramp stamp.

Guys are so scientific.

November 25, 2008 at 2:50 pm Leave a comment

Doesn’t this sound like something from a sci-fi flick?

A couple of weeks ago, Tim Flannery, an Australian scientist, said that global warming was becoming so dire that we would have to resort to “global dimming” in order to stop it. Global dimming would dim the sun and keep the earth from heating up. To achieve this, we would have to put sulfur into the Earth’s stratosphere. They would do this by adding something into jet fuel. Putting sulfur into the air would also change the color of our skies–I’m assuming to a yellowish color, since sulfur is yellow.

This is the most absurd thing I’ve ever heard in my life. One, have you ever smelled sulfur? It smells like ass. I don’t know if we would be able to smell it or not, but I’m assuming it would put off some sort of odor, even if it was really high up, right? Two, isn’t sulfuric acid what causes acid rain? Wouldn’t putting sulfur in the atmosphere cause acid rain???

And also, doesn’t this kind of remind you of that part in The Matrix where Morpheus talks about the humans darkening the skies? Kinda creepy.

I seriously think there would have to be better ways to stop global warming other than putting sulfur into the skies. Even Tim Flannery admits that he doesn’t know what the consequences should be. Shouldn’t that be something that’s researched before he goes off and says that we need to do it within the next five years?

And I know this is probably one of the most ridiculous reasons to be against this that I could possibly ever have, but I can’t help it, I’m a photographer. Can you IMAGINE how crappy all of our photos would look with a yellow tint to them? That would suck!!!

May 31, 2008 at 10:48 pm Leave a comment

Can you be both right and left brained???

So, apparently everyone at work has decided that I know everything.  (Which I admit is sometimes kinda cool.)   

It’s kind of funny, really, because whenever someone is curious about something, they say, “I bet kegger knows!”  Whether it’s how to pronounce a name or how to spell something, or some profound religious question, I always get asked the random questions. 

Today, I was asked, “What makes people left handed?”  This kind of caught me off guard, because I thought everyone knew about genetics.  I mean, didn’t everyone learn about genetics in 7th grade, or was that just me?  Granted, I did have Mrs. Beckham for science, and she was completely and totally obsessed with genetics, but still.  (We paired up one day in class and made babies by flipping a coin to see which genetic traits our baby would get.  I was paired with my friend Rebecca, and we named our baby Aeon Flux.  My two guy friends at the next table named their babies Mrs. Butterworth and Aunt Jemima.  Hee.)  I thought genetics were pretty common sense.  Of course, the lady that was asking me this was in her 40’s and genetics might not have been such a big deal back then, who knows.  So anyway, I start going in to the whole dominant and recessive trait things and I tell her that someone in her family must have a left hand, either her mom or her dad, if she does (her dad does) and then I go on to tell her that if she’s left handed, she’s usually right brained. 

So that got me thinking–I don’t know if I’m right brained or left brained.  Can you be both?  I’m right handed, but I’m also relatively creative–I paint, I draw, I’ve illustrated a book, I like to photograph things–and those types of things are typically a right brain thing.  I also like to write but I’m not entirely sure if writing is a right brain thing, or a left brain thing.  But I’m also right handed, not left handed (although my dad did say once that when I was little, I used my left hand more and they trained me to use my right hand instead) and I’m always on time and I’ve usually fairly organized at work (but rarely at home for some reason) so I couldn’t decide if I was right brained or left brained. 

So, because I was curious about that, I googled “Left and right brain tests” and I took one.  http://www.wherecreativitygoestoschool.com/vancouver/left_right/rb_test.htm

And sure enough, I’m kind of both, even though I’m more one than the other.  Usually people are more to the left or right and less in the middle, from what I’ve heard:   

Left Brain Right Brain
42% 58%

 

You are more right-brained than left-brained. The right side of your brain controls the left side of your body. In addition to being known as right-brained, you are also known as a creative thinker who uses feeling and intuition to gather information. You retain this information through the use of images and patterns. You are able to visualize the “whole” picture first, and then work backwards to put the pieces together to create the “whole” picture. Your thought process can appear quite illogical and meandering. The problem-solving techniques that you use involve free association, which is often very innovative and creative. The routes taken to arrive at your conclusions are completely opposite to what a left-brained person would be accustomed. You probably find it easy to express yourself using art, dance, or music. Some occupations usually held by a right-brained person are forest ranger, athlete, beautician, actor/actress, craftsman, and artist.

Your Left Brain Percentages

  54% Verbal (Your most dominant characteristic)
  42% Symbolic
  27% Reality-based
  18% Sequential
  17% Logical
  16% Linear (Your least dominant characteristic)

Your Right Brain Percentages

  46% Concrete (Your most dominant characteristic)
  45% Random
  43% Intuitive
  40% Fantasy-oriented
  36% Holistic
  0% Nonverbal (Your least dominant characteristic)

So, amelie, take the quiz.  What are you???!   

 

 

April 21, 2008 at 1:15 pm 55 comments

The Watson Controversy

I find it interesting that a lot of people are pro-science until science tells them something that they don’t agree with or don’t want to hear–then they slam the scientist that said it. 

People are going to hate me for saying this, but I’ve never been very good at being politically correct. 

 By now, everyone has heard of the James Watson racial controversy.  (If you didn’t, google it, I don’t feel like doing a recap.)  Basically, he said that black people weren’t as intelligent as white people and it’s because they’re genetically different. 

While I admit that the way he said it wasn’t very tactful, and while I also admit that I don’t know how I feel about it–whether it’s true or not, it made me think about things.  When all of us evolved, we were in different areas of the world.  Asian people are usually much shorter than white people or black people, and they’re usually very intelligent.  They’re also very rarely fat, excluding sumo wrestlers, of course.  Black people are known to be better athletes than white people.  Jewish people stereotypically have big noses.   

My point is, all of these individual people groups were separated for years and years, and we all evolved differently.  Asians are short.  Black people are atheltic.  We all evolved different when it comes to physical aspects, like height, color, etc.  Doesn’t it also make sense that we would have evolved differently when it comes to intelligence?  Science doesn’t lie.  And it doesn’t always give you the results you’d like.  I feel awful saying that, but it’s the truth.  I can’t dance for shit, but I don’t know a single black person that CAN’T dance.  I can’t play sports to save my life, but the vast majority of black people that I know were very active in sports in high school, and they played sports well, they didn’t just sit on the bench.  We’re just all different.  In some areas, white people accel more, in others Asians and Indians excel more, and in some areas, black people accel more.  Doesn’t that make sense?  We’re different, even though we’re the same.  We evolved differently.  It makes sense to me, and I don’t think it has to be a bad or negative thing. 

I’m sick of people saying, “It’s not genetics, it’s because of the environment that they were raised in and the education that they received.”  I don’t buy that.  Someone’s house might be different, but all of the black people in my city had the same education as I did, and they grew up in the same city as I did, and the crappiest neighborhoods where I live still aren’t all that bad.  So, I’m not buying it.  I think it’s how much people apply themselves or push themselves.  Genetics or not, you can easily make yourself more intelligent, some people just have to work harder, study harder.  I think it’s all about how you apply yourself. 

I don’t think that the James Watson guy should be condemned because of something he said that can be scientifically supported.  This guy is obviously brilliant, he discovered DNA.  And like I said, he was most definitely not tactful when he made his remarks, but still–leave the guy alone.  Stop supporting science only when it tells you what you want to hear.  That’s dumb.  Facts don’t always make you happy.  That doesn’t mean you should ignore them. 

Okay.  I’m done now.  And I promise I’m not racist.

October 25, 2007 at 8:34 pm 3 comments


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