Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Because our shoes rub against our skin.
Blisters are an automatic response the body uses to protect an area of skin that is under attack from abrasion, heat, or chemicals. The blister is designed to offer a layer of protection to the impacted area.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Behaving bad is one thing thing, doing bad things is another thing, being bad is a problem because it means that you can resolve your problems, so you get more and more angry.
(this is probably the hardest question asked by the kids to answer so far. Doing a little bit of research I realized that defining what makes people bad, or evil is a complex issue, but furthermore, agreeing on what actions make us bad is a complicated moral question.
Of all the opinions I've read, this seems like a valid one:
There are no good or bad people in the world. People however do make choices that are good or bad. A person therefore makes a choice to engage in activities that are considered good or bad. The choices people make are usually dependant on the psychological conditioning they are exposed to, from the moment of foetal conception, to the point of completion of their social/cultural programming. This social/cultural programming is similar to the programming of a computer’s processor with data that is considered to be factual. The computer then compares all incoming data against its programmed intelligence, in order to generate a conclusion. Similarly the human intellect processes incoming data based on the morals/values they have been conditioned with. Some of these morals/values are inherited from genetic sources and the others are learnt from the environment to which the absorptive mind is exposed.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Because I'm hungry.
Well, the answer is borborygmi. I know it's a crazy word, it kind of sounds like what happens when your stomach growls doesn't it? But, it's actually the name of the process where the walls of your intestines squeeze together to mix and digest food. Now, you will notice I said intestines and not stomach. That is because it really is not your stomach making those noises, it is further downstream after food passes out of your stomach. Sometimes you hear the growling when you're not hungry because your brain automatically turns the digestive system on and off several times a day. But digestion continues whether your stomach is full or empty. You just hear it more clearly and loudly when there is no food there to muffle the sounds.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Because Daddy was born on that day.
Birthdays - and the annual observance of these times both as a society and for individuals - is the oldest of celebratory rites, and one that arose in every culture as soon as they had any sort of calendar.
The first real calendar has to do with the sun and the moon's position - the fundamental tools of astrologers today. The wise men (and women) noticed that when the sun hit the same spot in the heavens (against the zodiac backdrop) that it held on a person's birthday ... well, that day turned out to be extremely fortunate.
Maybe a woman found a husband, a shepherd saved his sheep, a merchant sold his goods or an illness vanished. Plus, people gave to the birthday person instinctively. So presents were bestowed - both from others and from the universe. The wise elders saw this phenomenon happening all the time. And just as most basic astrological information came about based on these days, the astrologer/priests saw that a "pattern" was occurring.
This lucky pattern brought joy, and thus the birthday person wanted to celebrate. His or her friends naturally gave to them (thus the idea of presents) and the birthday celebrant wanted to share his or her pleasure, so a big gathering was held.
That's the reason that we celebrate birthdays today - as a tradition that came about because of repeated observations of luck on this day.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Because moms are special and we like to give them this day as a "thank you".
Mother's Day owes its origins to several long standing traditions in Europe and the UK where a specific Sunday was set aside to honor motherhood and mothers. Traditionally the day was marked by the giving of token gifts and the relinquishing of certain traditionally female tasks such as cooking and cleaning to other members of the family as a gesture of appreciation.
While the role of the woman has become less rigid in modern day society Mother's Day (or Mothering Sunday) as it has been called in the UK dating back to the sixteenth century, remains an important day for the honoring of the role that mother's play in the home and in society in general. There is a corresponding holiday for Fathers called, not surprisingly, Father's Day, but most sources site this as a more recent addition coming about in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
While considered by many as a "Hallmark Holiday", ie. one with a purely commercial background, Mother's Day is actually a long standing tradition in the UK and several countries in Europe, and has cooresponding equivalents in many countries, including parts of India and many communities in Eastern Africa and the Far East.