Keeping up with popular culture

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by rockgor, Oct 9, 2010.

  1. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Have you come across "Unstrange Phenomena" yet? It's a cartoon.
    Easily fits into the category of "Weird". Also "Sometimes Amusing".

    The latest entry says ice cubes freeze faster and last longer if the
    tray is aligned with the nearest meridian. I seem to recall from
    9th grade science, that would be roughly north-south.

    Possibly the process is even more accelerated if you live near the prime

    And yet another cartoon says you can prolong your life by reducing the
    number of your heartbeats. Since the heart stops when one sneezes,
    just sneeze 15 minutes a day, and you will live 8 years longer.

    Sad to say, various sites on the net report that one's heart does NOT stop
    when one sneezes.

    Now I am forced to wonder if the ice cube info is accurate.

    Anyone who has more info on these topics can post here. Or just beam it
    directly to my aluminum foil hat.

  2. JimB51

    JimB51 Member

    I thought foil hats BLOCKED incoming alien messages.
    Hmmm. Maybe I don't need to wear mine after all.

    Anyway, Why in the world would someone's heart stop when one sneezes?
    (unless the sneeze lasts several minutes without allowing one to breath).
    Even so, one would simply pass out and resume breathing ... the heart having never stopped.

    Soooo ...

    The ice info might now be considered inaccurate?? Now THAT is scary.
    S-C-A-R-Y !!!
    I don't know how I'll ever get to sleep tonight.
    (Might be best not to tell the kids. They have enough to worry about with global warming and Bigfoot on the loose).

    [This Message was Edited on 10/10/2010]
  3. lgp

    lgp Well-Known Member

    It has long been believed that one's heart stopped briefly when sneezing. That is why you are supposed to say "God Bless You" to the offending sneezer!!

  4. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Yes, I read that the heart stopping bit was a popular belief. I had
    never heard it before. Well, I had a deprived childhood.

    I have read it's impossible to keep your eyes open while sneezing.

    W/ re: 2 foil, Jim, I think tin foil has gone the way of Lucy Strike green,
    slide rules and typewriters. We now use aluminum for siding, for covering
    casseroles, and as an ingreediment in deodorants.

    Just checked the deodorant on the bathroom shelf. Aluminum not listed.
    I have the impression that tin foil was used as a barrier to alien messages and
    tin foil was used to facilitate transmissons. But I could be mixed up on
    that too.