BY ROGER DOBSON
If you’re thinking of asking your beloved to marry you, make sure that you utter your declaration of love into his or her left ear; it may increase your chances of hearing a heart-lifting “yes”. New research suggests that declarations of love, jokes, or words of anger are best remembered when they are heard through the left ear, while instructions, directions and non-emotional messages have more impact on the right side.
It is all to do with how our brains process information. Although the left and right hemispheres, or sides, of the brain are similar structures, they have specialized functions. The left side, it is suggested, is more logic-based and dominant, while the right is the more imaginative side, more visual, intuitive, emotional and spatially aware. Because the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body, the left ear has been shown in some research to be the route to the emotional side of the brain, and the right ear to the non-emotional, logical side.
But it’s not just ears that are affected. The right eye has been shown to be best for processing colours, the right foot is the most vulnerable to tickling, the left cheek the more favourable one to kiss, and the left side is the favoured one for holding babies. Support for the idea comes from a number of psychological and brain scanning studies, and from research based on patients with brain injuries or structural changes.
The different hemispheric roles are, for example, more pronounced in patients who have no corpus callosum, the structure that connects the two hemispheres. And studies of stroke patients have shown that those who suffer left-side damage tend to have more problems with speech and language than those who have right-side damage. Here is a round-up of the latest research that delves into the mysteries of how the two halves of our brains work.
After reading this document, you may increase your knowledge of useless information :
1. Look at your zipper. See the initials YKK? It stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushibibaisha, the world’s largest zipper manufacturer.
2. 40 percent of McDonald’s profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.
3. 315 entries in Webster’s 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.
4. On the average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.
5. Chocolate kills dogs! True, chocolate affects a dog’s heart and nervous system. A few ounces is enough to kill a small sized dog.
6. Ketchup was sold in the 1830′s as a medicine.
7. Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.
8. Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.
9. There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.
10 Leonardo da Vinci invented scissors. Also, it took him 10 years to paint Mona Lisa’s lips.
11. Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to slow a film down so you could see his moves. That’s the opposite of the norm.
12. The original name for the butterfly was “flutterby”!
13. By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can’t sink in quicksand.
14. Mosquito repellents don’t repel… They hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito’s sensors so they don’t know you’re there.
15. Dentists recommend that a toothbrush be kept at least six feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush.
16. The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley’s gum.
17. Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than the entire Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.
18. Marilyn Monroe had six toes on one foot.
19. Adolf Hitler’s mother seriously considered having an abortion but was talked out of it by her doctor.
20. The three most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca-Cola, and Budweiser, in that order.
21. To escape the grip of a crocodile’s jaws, prick your fingers into its eyeballs. It will let you go instantly.
22. The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
23. The “pound” (#) key on your keyboard is called an octothorp.
24. The only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible is the cat.
25. Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
26. The average person’s left hand does 56% of the typing.
27. Dreamt” is the only word in the English language that ends in “MT”.
28. It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
29. In Chinese, the KFC slogan “finger lickin’ good” comes out as “eat your fingers off”.
30. A cockroach can live for 10 days without a head..
31. We shed 40 pounds of skin a lifetime.
32. Yo-Yos were once used as weapons in the Philippines
33. Mexico City sinks about 10 inches a year.
34. Brains are more active sleeping than watching TV.
35. Blue is the favorite color of 80 percent of Americans.
36. When a person shakes their head from side to side, he is saying “yes” in Sri Lanka
37. There are more chickens than people in the world.
38. The thumbnail grows the slowest, and the middle nail grows the fastest.
39. There are more telephones than people in Washington , D.C..
40. The average four year-old child asks over four hundred questions a day.
41. The average person presses the snooze button on their alarm clock three Times each morning.
42. The three wealthiest families in the world have more assets than the Combined wealth of the forty-eight poorest nations.
43. The first owner of the Marlboro cigarette Company died of lung cancer.
44. Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
45. The world’s youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.
46. Our eyes remain the same size from birth onward, but our noses and ears Never stop growing.
47. You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching TV.
48. A person will die from total lack of sleep sooner than from starvation. Death will occur about 10 days without sleep, while starvation takes a Few weeks.
49. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.
50. The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows.
A viewer’s guide…because it’s hard to tell who’s killing who without a “Pogrom.” Haha!
This generic “cave man” represents the first human settlers in Israel/Canaan/the Levant. Whoever they were.
What did ancient Canaanites look like? I don’t know, so this is based on ancient Sumerian art.
Canaan was located between two huge empires. Egypt controlled it sometimes, and…
….Assyria controlled it other times.
The “Children of Israel” conquered the shit out of the region, according to bloody and violent Old Testament accounts.
Then the Baylonians destroyed their temple and took the Hebrews into exile.
Here comes Alexander the Great, conquering everything!
No sooner did Alexander conquer everything, than his generals divided it up and fought with each other.
Greek descendants of Ptolemy, another of Alexander’s competing generals, ruled Egypt dressed like Egyptian god-kings. (The famous Cleopatra of western mythology and Hollywood was a Ptolemy.)
More Greek-Macedonian legacies of Alexander.
This guy didn’t fight, he just ran the Second Temple re-established by Hebrews in Jerusalem after the Babylonian Exile.
Led by Judah “The Hammer” Maccabee, who fought the Seleucids, saved the Temple, and invented Channukah. Until…
….the Romans destroyed the Second Temple and absorbed the region into the Roman Empire…
….which split into Eastern and Western Empires. The eastern part was called the Byzantine Empire. I don’t know if “Romans” ever fought “Byzantines” (Eastern Romans) but this is a cartoon.
Speaking of cartoon, what did an Arab Caliph look like? This was my best guess.
After Crusaders went a-killin’ in the name of Jesus Christ, they established Crusader states, most notably the Kingdom of Jerusalem.
Mamluk of Egypt
Wikipedia sez, “Over time, mamluks became a powerful military caste in various Muslim societies…In places such as Egypt from the Ayyubid dynasty to the time of Muhammad Ali of Egypt, mamluks were considered to be “true lords”, with social status above freeborn Muslims.” And apparently they controlled Palestine for a while.
Did I mention this is a cartoon? Probably no one went to battle looking like this. But big turbans, rich clothing and jewelry seemed to be in vogue among Ottoman Turkish elites, according to paintings I found on the Internet.
A gross generalization of a generic 19-century “Arab”.
The British formed alliances with Arabs, then occupied Palestine. This cartoon is an oversimplification, and uses this British caricature as a stand-in for Europeans in general.
The British occupied this guy’s land, only to leave it to a vast influx of….
Desperate and traumatized survivors of European pogroms and death camps, Jewish Zionist settlers were ready to fight to the death for a place to call home, but…
….so were the people that lived there. Various militarized resistance movements arose in response to Israel: The Palestinian Liberation Organization, Hamas, and Hezbollah.
Guerrilla/Freedom Fighter/Terrorist State of Israel
Backed by “the West,” especially the US, they got lots of weapons and the only sanctioned nukes in the region.
Sometimes people fight in military uniforms, sometimes they don’t. Creeping up alongside are illicit nukes possibly from Iran or elsewhere in the region. Who’s Next?
And finally…The Angel of Death
The real hero of the Old Testament and the only winner up to now.
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By Harvey Tobkes
[This happened back in January of 2008.]
On my daily exercise power walk, I always pass by Angelo’s Italian Restaurant on the beach in Hollywood, Florida. To my shock and great surprise, I saw comedian Jackie Mason talking and emoting to one of his smallest audiences ever, eight people who were seated at one of the outdoor tables on the Boardwalk, and they were all firing questions at him and cracking up with laughter at his replies:
Jackie: If an Englishman gets run down by a truck he apologizes to the truck.
Q. This may seem a bit personal but are you financially in good shape?
Jackie: I have enough money to last me the rest of my life, unless I buy something.
Jackie: Eighty percent of married men cheat in America. The rest cheat in Europe.
Q. My child is good in math, Do you think I should encourage him to be an accountant?
Jackie: Did you ever hear of a kid playing accountant…even if they wanted to be one?
Jackie: It’s no longer a question of staying healthy. It’s a question of finding a sickness you like.
After the conversation died down, I walked up to Jackie and shook his hand, and told him I thought the articles he wrote for the Internet were brilliant. I also said I thought the show he did from London was one his best, and I mentioned that although the English have a slightly different sense of humor and a slightly different culture, he seemed to have really reached that audience and they absolutely loved him.
Like all comedians who you meet off stage, they are never really off but rather are always on and he was no different. He looked down at the Sony CD Walkman I had on my belt and he said, ‘ “Are you are recording this?”
He had some notes written on a piece of paper in his hand and he kept looking at them while talking, so thinking he would appreciate something funny, I said, ‘When you are performing on stage, you do a 2 hour show without notes; here you have to read from a piece of paper?
That’s when I think he got a little pissed off and told me to take a walk.
So I did. I was doing that anyway!
Can you imagine the view from up there? Can you imagine yourself flying alongside these guys?
AND HERE’S HOW IT COULD EASILY HAPPEN:
1) Co-signing a loan:
Before you put your name next to your loved one’s on that loan document, be sure you know precisely why they require a co-signer and that they’ll be responsible enough to pay it back on their own. If they default, you could be on the hook, even if you’re no longer together.
2) Paying their bills:
It’s one thing to split shared bills — rent, utilities — when you’re living with someone, but it’s another thing to accept the burden of paying off someone else’s credit card. Additionally, some experts advise against getting joint credit cards because it can be very hard to separate that account if the relationship goes south.
3) Dragging in family members:
It may be tempting to ask in-laws to lend money or co-sign on a loan, but if it’s not exactly a good idea to co-sign on a your loved one’s loan, why would you want to add even more people (and therefore more potential for problems) into the equation?
4) Moving too fast:
Just because you’re head-over-heels in love right now doesn’t mean you will still feel that way a few years down the road. Too many people rush into buying property with their significant other, only to find out that the relationship wasn’t built on the most solid of foundations.
5) Not having an exit strategy:
Discussing finances with a loved one is anti-romantic, so discussing what could happen to those finances if the relationship were to go kaput can get downright ugly. Even so, it’s important for anyone who decides to join accounts, buy property and share assets with a loved one to also think about how those things would be divvied up if the relationship ends.
This is a great way to rid yourself of negative thoughts (hopefully by now you agree that this is very important!). Place a rubber band around your wrist and snap it against your skin anytime a negative thought finds its way into your head.
This operant conditioning technique associates a slight pain with negative thoughts like Pavlov associated food/salivation with the sound of a bell. Sounds a bit cruel at first but it only stings for a second, I promise. Plus the outcome, having only positive thoughts, far outweighs a little slap on the wrist here and there.
1. A Naked Tiger Still Has Stripes
If a tiger loses all his hair, he’ll still be striped. Tiger stripes are like fingerprints, each individual cat’s markings are unique. And they’re not just hair, the stripes are in their skin. Seems to be a thing with cats, since your house cat’s fur markings are also skin deep!
2. Alligators Never Need Dentures
While both humans and alligators depend on their teeth in order to chew food, humans only get two sets of natural teeth to last them a lifetime. Alligators get from 2,000 to 3,000 teeth during the course of their lifetime! Which is no doubt why we never hear about grumpy ‘gators gumming anybody to death.
3.. “Salt of the Earth” Is More Than A Title
There is enough salt in the world’s oceans to cover all the land on all the continents to a depth of nearly 500 feet! I’m cutting down on salt anyway, hope you are too.
There are an estimated 1,476,233,470 Muslims on the face of the planet: one billion in Asia, 400 million in Africa, 44 million in Europe and six million in the Americas . Every fifth human being is a Muslim; for every single Hindu there are two Muslims, for every Buddhist there are two Muslims and for every Jew there are one hundred Muslims.
Ever wondered why Muslims are so powerless?
Here is why: There are 57 member-countries of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), and all of them put together have around
500 universities; one university for every three million Muslims. The United States has 5,758 universities and India has 8,407.
Some 98 per cent of the ‘literates’ in the Christian world had completed primary school, while less than 50 per cent of the ‘literates’ in the Muslim world did the same.
Around 40 per cent of the ‘literates’ in the Christian world attended university while no more than two per cent of the ‘literates’ in the Muslim world did the same.
Muslim-majority countries have 230 scientists per one million Muslims. The US has 4,000 scientists per million and Japan has 5,000 per million.
In the entire Arab world, the total number of full-time researchers is 35,000 and there are only 50 technicians per one million Arabs. (in the Christian world there are up to 1,000 technicians per one million).
Furthermore, the Muslim world spends 0.2 per cent of its GDP on research and development, while the Christian world spends around five per cent of its GDP.
Conclusion: The Muslim world lacks the capacity to produce knowledge!
If you are hurried and pressed for time, do not watch this. If you are prepared to let your mind and body relax, this will exceed your expectations. Note, the scenes change gradually as does each musical masterpiece…Best to watch in full screen.
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My comment: Maybe these foods can kill you, but I guarantee you will die happy.
I had to look up “paraprosdokian.” Here is the definition: “Figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently used in a humorous situation.” “Where there’s a will, I want to be in it,” is a type of paraprosdokian. Okay, so now enjoy!
A diplomat is someone who tells you to go to hell… in such a way that you look forward to the trip.
Behind every successful man is his woman…. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.
Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian…. any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.
Hospitality is making your guests feel at home… even when you wish they were.
Evening news is where they begin with ‘Good Evening,’… and then proceed to tell you why it isn’t.
Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says, ‘In case of emergency, notify:… I put ‘DOCTOR.’
A clear conscience is… the sign of a fuzzy memory.
War does not determine who is right… – only who is left.
We never really grow up… we only learn how to act in public.
I used to be indecisive…Now I’m not so sure.
Though the Soviets did it first with the shoot down of the plane that crashed in 1983, Korean Air Lines Boeing 747SP, the U.S. also once accidentally downed a civilian airliner carrying about 300 people on it. On July 3, 1988, as the Iran-Iraq war was winding down, US and Iranian ships were involved in some skirmishes in the Persian Gulf. An Airbus A300 took off from a nearby airport, one which was used for both military and civilian purposes. An American cruiser, the USS Vincennes, mistook the plane for an F-14, an American fighter plane that we had sold to Iran before the 1979 revolution, and launched two missiles, downing the plane and killing everyone on board.
President Reagan called the event a “terrible human tragedy,” and stated “we deeply regret any loss of life.” Iran’s UN ambassador condemned the action as ”criminal act,” an ”atrocity” and a ”massacre,” while the US insisted it was a misunderstanding. Then-Vice President George H.W. Bush called the idea the US would have shot down the plane deliberately “offensive and absurd,” and argued that allowing passenger flights out of an airport as a naval battle was underway was irresponsible of the Iranians. “They allowed a civilian aircraft loaded with passengers to proceed on a path over a warship engaged in battle,” Bush said. ”That was irresponsible and a tragic error.”
Iran sued the United States in the International Court of Justice, and the American government eventually agreed in 1996 to pay $61.8 million ($93.7 million today) to the families of victims; notably, that amount was 1/30th of the compensation the US secured from Libya for victims of the Lockerbie plane bombing that same year. The US government has never apologized for shooting down the plane, beyond Reagan’s initial statement, and Max Fisher has noted the event contributes to Iranian mistrust of American intentions to this day.
The Captain bellowed in anger that it might clear the stink in the air if the sailors would change underwear occasionally. The first mate responded, “Aye, aye sir, I’ll see to it immediately!”
The first mate went straight to the sailor’s Berth Deck and announced, “The Captain thinks you guys smell bad and wants you to change your underwear.”
He shouted, “Pittman, you change with Jones, McCarthy, you change with Witkowski, And Brown, you change with Schultz.”
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By Linda Sauget
There once was a wise man who had the right answer to any question, and a young boy who was determined to stump him.
The boy’s idea was to catch a small sparrow and hold it cupped in his hands. He would ask the wise man if the bird was dead or alive. lf the wise man said the bird was dead, he would open his hands and let the bird fly away. If the wise man said the bird was alive, the young boy would crush it. No matter what the wise man answered, the young boy would make sure the answer was wrong.
As the tale goes, the boy went to see the wise man- “Tell me, sir, is the bird I hold in my hands dead or alive?” The wise man thought for a momentand said, “Young man, the answer is in your hands. lt is up to you to kill that bird or let him live. Remember this, you always have the answer. The answer is always in your hands. lt is always up to you.”
We look for answers from teachers, gurus, therapists, friends, family members, the daily horoscope, psychics, seminars and books. We consult advice columns, astrological charts, the lnternet, and blogs. But we have the answers within ourselves.
Think of a question you want answered and follow this simple exercise. Ask yourself the question and notice the first thing that comes to your mind.That answer is your inner intelligence, your intuitive knowledge, your inner guidance. Galileo said, “We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves.”Whatever the question, you have the answer. Trust yourself and look within.