Let me begin by saying…
“In a battle between nature and culture, culture has won by a hair — or lack thereof.
That’s the finding of a group of scientists in the Czech Republic. In a new study, they had male participants shave one armpit and let the other grow wild; they then collected odor samples from each of the men’s pits and passed them under the noses of a group of females, who then rated how attractive they found each odor. As it turned out, the women preferred the smell of the shaved pits, but just barely…”
This totally amazes me. All my life I’ve been growing wild. Now that it’s too late I realize what my problem with women has been all along. Oh, well, I still have my beer…and I can still beat EB in a game of Words with Friends – shaved pits or not! Woe is me.
“Okay, technically speaking, dying isn’t an everyday activity. It is, however, done by a whole bunch of people every day. Why?
We die because our cells die. Though they replace themselves over and over again for 70-odd years, they can’t do so forever. Inside each cell, telomeres at the end of our chromosomes contain genetic information that gets clipped away with each cell division. Telomeres start out long enough to handle a great many scissor snips. But eventually, they run out of length, the information they held is lost and the cells can’t divide anymore.
Luckily, scientists are working on how to extend the lives of human beings, and think they could someday double the average lifespan…”
You know what? I can tell you the exact date scientists will discover how to double the human lifespan. It will be the day after I die. I’ll bet you a million dollars!
And all your Brazilians…. “Perhaps you’ve noticed that, in bowls of mixed nuts, the Brazil nuts always seem to be sitting on top. This is known as the ‘Brazil nut effect…'” Maybe that’s why EB keeps rising to the top?
Anyway…I spent are too much time on our site pick this week. Far too much time. There are so many interesting (but true) things on this site, I could hardly close my browser …and that’s a fact.
Here’s what the site’s developers have to say about Life’s Little Mysteries:
“Life’s Little Mysteries answers fascinating questions about the world around you and the stuff in it, from things in the news and on your mind to crazy questions you didn’t even know you had. Our team of experienced reporters and editors do serious research while having loads of fun, to explain the world’s objects and phenomena, natural and man-made.”
If you’re ready to be awed and fascinated — and sometimes shocked – take a look at today’s Cloudeight Site Pick called Life’s Little Mysteries. You won’t regret it, we promise. Go to http://www.lifeslittlemysteries.com/ and remove the hair from your brain!