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Question and Answer, i.e., Explain!
« on: March 21, 2009, 10:00:10 AM »

I'm going to blame this idea for not being able to sleep (which means, I might edit this first post come morning... er, real morning, when I'm not sleep-talk-typing). But it seems to be a legit idea, so here we go, eh?

Basically, don't you all think we need another 'game' type thread? (It might get marked as a spam thread at some point, but oh well, it's still another thread and those are needed.) My idea is this: Ask two questions of the person below you (yes, this was semi-inspired by Kik's Simpsons thread and kinda by PBM). All the ones I was coming up with earlier were semi-philosophical, but they don't really need to be. Just two questions, about ideas, opinions, "why you think this is this way", etc. Maybe not so many 'shallow' questions, the kind that have really simple agreed-upon answers, though I'm sure they'll turn up (that comment was just meant to lessen the number of them). The person following you can choose which they'd like to answer, or both, and they choose just how silly their answer ends up (anywhere from serious <-(to)-> everyone else go 'what??').


So, to start us off:

Why do you think we dream? ... and ... What is your own favourite dream you remember?
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« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2009, 05:18:28 PM »


Why do you think we dream? ... and ... What is your own favourite dream you remember?
We dream because when our eyes are shut, we can't see what's on tv. So our minds make a little tv in our heads.
My favorite dream I've had is where I was a ghost and haunted everyone.



What do you think makes the full moon sometimes look orange?... and...what do you think makes peoples eyes red in photographs?
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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2009, 08:00:06 PM »

What do you think makes the full moon sometimes look orange?... and...what do you think makes peoples eyes red in photographs?

I think the full moon looks orange because of extra dust in the air? Or maybe because it's PUMPKIN TIME ... usually.
And I don't know why people get red-eye in photographs, but I do know that dogs with brown eyes get the opposite case. DEMON DOG!



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Why are human brains wrinkly?
And why do airlines fly you east only to go west? (say, Tennessee to Charlotte, NC, then on to Denver)
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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2009, 09:00:33 PM »

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Why are human brains wrinkly?

Because if they were flat you'd never get convoluted trains of thought.

Why? or
Who?
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« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2009, 11:39:05 PM »

Why? - Because......

Who? - Why it's me, Mario!!!!!


What does any of this have to do with the price of eggs in China?

Is Global Warming as real as Manbearpig?
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« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2009, 11:07:27 PM »

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Is Global Warming as real as Manbearpig?

Absolutely, it's scientifically proven that Global warming is a direct effect of the decreasing number of pirates since the 1800s...don't believe me http://www.venganza.org/about/open-letter/...it has a graph hence it is true!

As for the price of eggs in China who knows???

Did the flying spaghetti monster create the universe?

Why when i really need something before i go to work, I can't find it, but it is always 'there' when I get home and am no longer in need?
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« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2009, 11:34:03 PM »

Perhaps you have a trickster for a guardian spirit, that loves messing with your life? And he loves spiting you, by revealing where it is, when you no longer need it. Be wary.

Where can I find any decent wards to prevent the threat of any trickster spirits, that want to include themselves in my life, in a way I'd not prefer, and how much am I going to have to pay?
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« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2009, 11:48:53 PM »

I'd go and buy a weejee board (is that how you spell it??? eh) and take a dump on it. The spirits will take this as a sign that they are "giving you the shits" and quit messing with you. Leave the board in whatever area of your house serves as a gateway to the spirit realm.
This is good for two reasons: One - it doesn't cost you a thing and; Two - you get to crap on a wedgie board (haha, I like that spelling better).

*Note: Turns out it's spelt "Ouija".

Is it better to have loved and lost, or to have hated and gained???
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« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2009, 11:57:31 PM »

Why when i really need something before i go to work, I can't find it, but it is always 'there' when I get home and am no longer in need?
(Whereas with me, I won't find it, regardless of urgency, until I buy another one. That, my friends, is why I'm careful to keep track of all my drawing stuff, because I already have way more than enough.)

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Is it better to have loved and lost, or to have hated and gained???

Well. I think loving and losing (that love) might well end up leading to hating (everything) and gaining (experience and Cynical Points).


What do you think is more helpful, and why: "tough love" or ... hmm, 'soft' love?
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« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2009, 01:55:12 AM »

Tough love. Soft love makes needy dependant grown babies who can't take care of themselves.
Tough love creates independant do-it-yourselfers who won't cry to his mama everytime there is a confrontation of any sort

What causes leaves to change colors?
What is the best monkey tree?
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« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2009, 03:54:32 PM »

What causes leaves to change colors?
What is the best monkey tree?

Indeed what does cause leaves to change colour. Lets take Fall/Autumn.

Every autumn across the Northern Hemisphere, diminishing daylight hours and falling temperatures induce trees to prepare for winter. In these preparations, they shed billions of tons of leaves. In certain regions, such as our own, the shedding of leaves is preceded by a spectacular color show. Formerly green leaves turn to brilliant shades of yellow, orange, and red. These color changes are the result of transformations in leaf pigments.

The green pigment in leaves is chlorophyll. Chlorophyll absorbs red and blue light from the sunlight that falls on leaves. Therefore, the light reflected by the leaves is diminished in red and blue and appears green. The molecules of chlorophyll are large (C55H70MgN4O6). They are not soluble in the aqueous solution that fills plant cells. Instead, they are attached to the membranes of disc-like structures, called chloroplasts, inside the cells. Chloroplasts are the site of photosynthesis, the process in which light energy is converted to chemical energy. In chloroplasts, the light absorbed by chlorophyll supplies the energy used by plants to transform carbon dioxide and water into oxygen and carbohydrates, which have a general formula of Cx(H2O)y.

x CO2 + y H2O -> (light chlorophyll)-> x O2 + Cx(H2O)y 

In this endothermic transformation, the energy of the light absorbed by chlorophyll is converted into chemical energy stored in carbohydrates (sugars and starches). This chemical energy drives the biochemical reactions that cause plants to grow, flower, and produce seed.

Chlorophyll is not a very stable compound; bright sunlight causes it to decompose. To maintain the amount of chlorophyll in their leaves, plants continuously synthesize it. The synthesis of chlorophyll in plants requires sunlight and warm temperatures. Therefore, during summer chlorophyll is continuously broken down and regenerated in the leaves of trees.
 
Another pigment found in the leaves of many plants is carotene. Carotene absorbs blue-green and blue light. The light reflected from carotene appears yellow. Carotene is also a large molecule (C40H36) contained in the chloroplasts of many plants. When carotene and chlorophyll occur in the same leaf, together they remove red, blue-green, and blue light from sunlight that falls on the leaf. The light reflected by the leaf appears green. Carotene functions as an accessory absorber. The energy of the light absorbed by carotene is transferred to chlorophyll, which uses the energy in photosynthesis. Carotene is a much more stable compound than chlorophyll. Carotene persists in leaves even when chlorophyll has disappeared. When chlorophyll disappears from a leaf, the remaining carotene causes the leaf to appear yellow.

A third pigment, or class of pigments, that occur in leaves are the anthocyanins. Anthocyanins absorb blue, blue-green, and green light. Therefore, the light reflected by leaves containing anthocyanins appears red. Unlike chlorophyll and carotene, anthocyanins are not attached to cell membranes, but are dissolved in the cell sap. The color produced by these pigments is sensitive to the pH of the cell sap. If the sap is quite acidic, the pigments impart a bright red color; if the sap is less acidic, its color is more purple. Anthocyanin pigments are responsible for the red skin of ripe apples and the purple of ripe grapes. Anthocyanins are formed by a reaction between sugars and certain proteins in cell sap. This reaction does not occur until the concentration of sugar in the sap is quite high. The reaction also requires light. This is why apples often appear red on one side and green on the other; the red side was in the sun and the green side was in shade.

During summer, the leaves of trees are factories producing sugar from carbon dioxide and water by the action of light on chlorophyll. Chlorophyll causes the leaves to appear green. (The leaves of some trees, such as birches and cottonwoods, also contain carotene; these leaves appear brighter green, because carotene absorbs blue-green light.) Water and nutrients flow from the roots, through the branches, and into the leaves. The sugars produced by photosynthesis flow from the leaves to other parts of the tree, where some of the chemical energy is used for growth and some is stored. The shortening days and cool nights of autumn trigger changes in the tree. One of these changes is the growth of a corky membrane between the branch and the leaf stem. This membrane interferes with the flow of nutrients into the leaf. Because the nutrient flow is interrupted, the production of chlorophyll in the leaf declines, and the green color of the leaf fades. If the leaf contains carotene, as do the leaves of birch and hickory, it will change from green to bright yellow as the chlorophyll disappears. In some trees, as the concentration of sugar in the leaf increases, the sugar reacts to form anthocyanins. These pigments cause the yellowing leaves to turn red. Red maples, red oaks, and sumac produce anthocyanins in abundance and display the brightest reds and purples in the autumn landscape.

The range and intensity of autumn colors is greatly influenced by the weather. Low temperatures destroy chlorophyll, and if they stay above freezing, promote the formation of anthocyanins. Bright sunshine also destroys chlorophyll and enhances anthocyanin production. Dry weather, by increasing sugar concentration in sap, also increases the amount of anthocyanin. So the brightest autumn colors are produced when dry, sunny days are followed by cool, dry nights.

(btw the best monkey tree is the one with the most monkeys in it :D)

Why did I copy and paste all that?
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Do I have anything better to do with my time?


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« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2009, 06:31:35 PM »

You need to get a control on your impulses to copy and paste/type up that much, Myd. :lol: No way am I reading something of that length on that subject. :P

How would you 'cure' the epidemic of earth that is mankind? Population problems could be quickly fixed, but the only way of doing this is by 'culling the herd' - eliminating other humans and/or delaying fertile women who want children. How could we, as people, even chose consciously to do this, and live with it?

To prevent me from ranting on about the subject, I'm going to cut myself short, and ask you all for an anwser on this. :P
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« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2009, 07:02:17 PM »

I've heard it said that AIDS (and other rampant and hard-to-control diseases) are God's and/or Mother Nature's response to overpopulation.
In fact, one of my friends and I were talking yesterday, about some of the things the Pope said about AIDS in Africa.  She pointed out that, taking into consideration the unresisting belief for his words that the Pope gets from his followers, and the fact that that is pretty much the only actual power he has -- I don't think the Vatican has nuclear weapons -- he has said some of the most deadly words anyone can say, namely that comment about condoms not being necessary or even helpful in controlling AIDS and other STIs/STDs.
Yes,  I realizing I'm skipping the question, sort of.
I think we just need to elect lots of sociopaths to positions of vast power (or just let them take it), and then blindly follow them...

Can you think of any words that could be more deadly, given that your only power would be the belief and acceptance of many, many, many people?
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« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2010, 05:56:09 PM »

I've heard it said that AIDS (and other rampant and hard-to-control diseases) are God's and/or Mother Nature's response to overpopulation.
In fact, one of my friends and I were talking yesterday, about some of the things the Pope said about AIDS in Africa.  She pointed out that, taking into consideration the unresisting belief for his words that the Pope gets from his followers, and the fact that that is pretty much the only actual power he has -- I don't think the Vatican has nuclear weapons -- he has said some of the most deadly words anyone can say, namely that comment about condoms not being necessary or even helpful in controlling AIDS and other STIs/STDs.
Yes,  I realizing I'm skipping the question, sort of.
I think we just need to elect lots of sociopaths to positions of vast power (or just let them take it), and then blindly follow them...

Can you think of any words that could be more deadly, given that your only power would be the belief and acceptance of many, many, many people?
'Jump.' Some people have, through-out history, the power to compel people to throw themselves onto their own swords, i.e. kill themselves, in lots of nice ways. General warfare, in particular, has concocted so many wonderful ways of solving population issues.

My question, if we have come to the point where we can indeed control the weather and shape it to our design and/or whim, altering the face of our landscape, and image presented to us, then how can we not cease our continued nattering on concerning the damn weather? (Quite a mouthful, I know)
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« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2010, 10:27:36 PM »

Well, 'affect' and 'control' are different ideas. We have certainly made an effect on weather around the world, but we can't control it (and won't be able to in the foreseeable future). Therein lies the problem that we're continuing to natter about. "Global warming" is an awful misnomer that I think has caused a lot of stalling and non-action; it's "climate change" and I don't think it's gonna be pretty.
Although, it will be good in that it's led to the International Olympics Committee resolving to actually check the climatology of cities proposing to host Games -- considering there's no snow in Vancouver, that's a damn good idea.


Right now, I'm applying for jobs. Does anyone have any novel ways to get more people jobs nowadays? (Gimme a new damn CCC!)
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« Reply #15 on: February 18, 2010, 09:41:11 AM »

tell me more of what you mean Ed
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« Reply #16 on: February 19, 2010, 04:21:31 AM »

As in, what kind of economic 'stimulus' would help countries out?

However... that's not a good question. Related, but not as ... obscure (?) -- Does anyone know why the U.S. is so damn religious? *annoyed*
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« Reply #17 on: February 19, 2010, 05:33:47 AM »

I don't think it's just the US Ave. I reckon you'll find that most countries' base their politics and national identity around the doctrines and ethics found in organised religion. At least places like Australia and  US has freedom of religion (well, to a certain extent anyway), although the Yanks have a tendancy to go overboard with religious fanaticism.

So the real question is; why is the world so damn religious?

(note: I know that in the US, "The world" refers specifically to the US. You know, like in those movies where there's a threat on America, someone will save the day, then some dickhead observer will say - "wow man. you just saved the world" and I'm like "what world? At no time in this movie did you venture outside the US. Nor was there any mention of the threat spreading to anywhere but a place in the US. I'm pretty sure that dude only saved Kansas, buddy.)
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« Reply #18 on: February 19, 2010, 03:57:33 PM »

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Does anyone know why the U.S. is so damn religious? *annoyed*

I think maybe it just seems that way. Unfortunately we are all apparently entitled to hearing the opinion of many of these intolerant hypocritical a-holes who feel its their duty to force their beliefs on everyone around them even to the point of social bullying and forcing legislative bigotry.

there are many completely reasonable people who follow their own beliefs without forcing them on everyone around them. Unfortunately they are also many times the quiet ones, the only ones you see on TV and hear screaming from the rooftops are the whackjob religious fanatics. Unfortunately, certain politicians have also deduced that catering to these fanatics can get them votes, so now you have religious nutjobs agenda being pushed by people in power, until of course the person in power's hypocrisy is exposed and the nutjobs have to go find a new person to vote for.
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« Reply #19 on: February 19, 2010, 09:28:38 PM »

Unfortunately, certain politicians have also deduced that catering to these fanatics can get them votes...

That always annoyed me, even in the very mild cases.. you know, how politicians pretty much have to say "God bless America" on the campaign trail. Although -- I saw a kinda funny bumper sticker, once, "America bless God".

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Someone else come up with a question?
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