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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2009-10-19 08:33:39 AM
So what's the evolutionary advantage of the hair on top of my head falling out?
 
2009-10-19 08:36:54 AM
ZAZ: So what's the evolutionary advantage of the hair on top of my head falling out?

Aerodynamics?
 
2009-10-19 08:49:47 AM
ZAZ: So what's the evolutionary advantage of the hair on top of my head falling out?

I'm not balding. My hair just can't keep up with me.
 
2009-10-19 09:15:15 AM
I've always wondered why my eyes get all teary when I yawn. The defect made me look like a sissy when I sat through the ending of The Notebook with the gf.
 
2009-10-19 09:28:09 AM
Sumo Surfer: I've always wondered why my eyes get all teary when I yawn. The defect made me look like a sissy when I sat through the ending of The Notebook with the gf.

Happens to me too, but only when really tired.

The one that really pisses me off is sneezing when seeing a bright light.
 
2009-10-19 09:46:11 AM
Slaxl:

The one that really pisses me off is sneezing when seeing a bright light.


Photic Sneezing(pops) It sucks. A lot.
 
2009-10-19 09:55:38 AM
Slaxl:

Happens to me too, but only when really tired.

The one that really pisses me off is sneezing when seeing a bright light.


Ok that one's just funny. I'm going to high-beam every car on the other side of the median hoping there are more like you.

/Inevitably goes on a hiccup tirade after consuming hot sauce.
 
2009-10-19 09:59:01 AM
Sumo Surfer: Slaxl:

Happens to me too, but only when really tired.

The one that really pisses me off is sneezing when seeing a bright light.

Ok that one's just funny. I'm going to high-beam every car on the other side of the median hoping there are more like you.

/Inevitably goes on a hiccup tirade after consuming hot sauce.


lol, then i'll carry hot sauce in case I get high-beamed to set off sneezes, and I will catch you.
 
2009-10-19 10:34:56 AM
Sumo Surfer: I've always wondered why my eyes get all teary when I yawn. The defect made me look like a sissy when I sat through the ending of The Notebook with the gf.

I've got that one too. Always happens when I'm about to go to sleep, and if I suppress a yawn I tear up. Farking annoying.
 
2009-10-19 10:52:22 AM
Having read the whole article I cracked up upon seeing this:

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/an exercise in absurdity
 
2009-10-19 10:59:07 AM
7. Greenlight a Cracked list.

zing!
 
2009-10-19 11:05:44 AM
6 Things Your Body Does Every Day That Science Can't Explain

yet.
 
2009-10-19 11:10:19 AM
6 Things Your Body Does Every Day That Science Can't Explain

Well, I argue in Fark Political threads. Does that count?
 
2009-10-19 11:24:10 AM
jaylectricity: Having read the whole article I cracked up upon seeing this:

/an exercise in absurdity



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Sometimes I think John Cussack penis tries too hard.
 
2009-10-19 11:25:24 AM
Gee, here I thought dreaming was a byproduct hallucination of neural connections in the brain reforming and repairing during the process of sleep.

Thank god Cracked set me straight.
 
2009-10-19 11:42:27 AM
ZAZ: So what's the evolutionary advantage of the hair on top of my head falling out?


You're turning into a Pak Protector.
 
2009-10-19 12:00:33 PM
CtrlAltDelete: Gee, here I thought dreaming was a byproduct hallucination of neural connections in the brain reforming and repairing during the process of sleep.

Thank god Cracked set me straight.


I've never heard that.

Got a citation?

The whole adolescent thing is an invention of the depression/post WWII eara. Before then, most society either treated children like small adults-or once they grew pubes, they were adults and sent to the work force.

Hell,most farm children just went to work as soon as they could walk. I suspect that the more work/exercise the children got-the less clumsy and nervous they were.
 
2009-10-19 12:04:08 PM
Darth_Lukecash: CtrlAltDelete: Gee, here I thought dreaming was a byproduct hallucination of neural connections in the brain reforming and repairing during the process of sleep.

Thank god Cracked set me straight.

I've never heard that.

Got a citation?

The whole adolescent thing is an invention of the depression/post WWII eara. Before then, most society either treated children like small adults-or once they grew pubes, they were adults and sent to the work force.

Hell,most farm children just went to work as soon as they could walk. I suspect that the more work/exercise the children got-the less clumsy and nervous they were.


And as far as mammals go, we birth our babies very early. Adolescence is probably an evolutionary by-product of that.
 
2009-10-19 12:20:36 PM
Darth_Lukecash

The whole adolescent thing is an invention of the depression/post WWII eara. Before then, most society either treated children like small adults-or once they grew pubes, they were adults and sent to the work force.

Hell, most farm children just went to work as soon as they could walk. I suspect that the more work/exercise the children got-the less clumsy and nervous they were.


that's what i was going to say.

Sumo Surfer

/Inevitably goes on a hiccup tirade after consuming hot sauce.

the same thing happens to my husband. It's funny.
 
2009-10-19 12:28:28 PM
Fairly good list. Half the time I see those 'science can't explain' lists, it's just the author being a moron.
 
2009-10-19 12:45:46 PM
ZAZ: So what's the evolutionary advantage of the hair on top of my head falling out?

Serious answer: use it or lose it. We don't really need hair anymore. Therefore its one more useless thing that could possibly cause you a problem and death. It could catch on fire, it could aid in catching a disease, whatever. All rare chances- but without hair you have an ever so slight advantage in living longer and having offspring. Over millions of years, that permiates and we become balder and balder as a society.
 
2009-10-19 12:47:36 PM
Kredal: Slaxl:

The one that really pisses me off is sneezing when seeing a bright light.

Photic Sneezing(pops) It sucks. A lot.


Yes. It does. It's even worse when you have the combination of light blue eyes and low light tolerance. Not only am I partially blinded in bright light, but I end up sneezing a lot which makes me even more unable to see what I'm doing.

Essentially, the condition means that lots of light bounces around in my eye instead of being absorbed and processed as it should. When I step out into a sunny summer day, I am blind, but instead of it being blackness, it's a vast, painful curtain of yellow. Then the sneezing might start, if it's a particular hue.

I can handle normal sunlight, but noon on a bright July day is killer and requires that I wear Transitions lenses or sunglasses.

Computer screens filled with white also give me some eye-strain.

On the plus side, I have an exceptionally high resistance to toxic substances, and I seem to be incapable of getting goosebumps or visibly blushing. (Someone had to show me what goosebumps were before I'd believe that they really existed. I thought it was just a figure of speech.)

Oh, and at 38, I'm showing absolutely no signs of balding, nor am I likely to ever lose the hair from the top of my head, seeing as my mother's father had a full head of hair at 98 years of age. `Not even a tiny bald patch. Genetics can sometimes be good to you.
 
2009-10-19 12:53:03 PM
Darth_Lukecash: I've never heard that.

Got a citation?


I had to dig out an old undergraduate textbook. Turns out my books are really dusty and I was, for a moment, appalled. So I had to clean the shelf.

Anyway..

"[The] Activation-synthesis theory--This neural activity is random, and dreams are the brain's attempt to make sense of it. Much as a neurosurgeon can produce hallucinations by stimulating different parts of a patient's cortex, so can stimulation originating within the brain. Psychologists Martin Seligman and Amy Yellen (1987) note that the seconds-long bursts of rapid eye movement during REM sleep coincide with bursts of activity in the visual cortex. If awakened during one of theses bursts of brain activity, people report vivid experiences, usually dramatic hallucinations.

Given these visual scenes, what does our cognitive machinery do with it? It does what it usually does with meaningless stimuli--it imposes meaning. [Thus], say Seligman and Yellen, our ever-active brain weaves a story line from whatever is available-residues from the day's experiences, the alarm clock's ringing, or the brief visual hallucinations triggered by the brain-stem. [The] emotion-related limbic system also becomes active during REM sleep, while brain regions responsible for rational thought are idling. PET scans taken of sleeping people [...] reveal increased activity in several brain areas, especially the amygdala (Maquet, 1996). Add the limbic system's emotional tone to the brain's visual bursts and--voila!--we dream." (Myers, Psychology- 5th ed.)

It's cursory, somewhat banal and not the quote I was looking for, but it's a good place to start as any, I suppose.
 
2009-10-19 12:58:49 PM
And also it turns out when I type quickly, copying from a book, I don't bother to proofread what I've typed.
 
2009-10-19 01:03:01 PM
CtrlAltDelete

Awesome sauce! That's a pretty interesting theory, and I'll follow up on that.

Didn't mean for you to actually clean your bookshelf so early.
 
2009-10-19 01:08:02 PM
Slaxl: The one that really pisses me off is sneezing when seeing a bright light.

I have that one too..
every time I leave the office, I sneeze.
 
2009-10-19 01:09:09 PM
GAT_00:

I've got that one too. Always happens when I'm about to go to sleep, and if I suppress a yawn I tear up. Farking annoying.


Maybe it's to lubricate the eyes during extended eye-opening so our eyballs won't shrivel up and dry during late-night cramming sessions or date-movie induced boredom.

I'm gonna go look up the wordiology of "bored to tears"
 
2009-10-19 01:17:09 PM
Darth_Lukecash: Awesome sauce! That's a pretty interesting theory, and I'll follow up on that.

Didn't mean for you to actually clean your bookshelf so early.


It needed cleaning anyway ;)
 
2009-10-19 02:18:51 PM
Cue the Fark comment thread scientists to prove that science, in fact, DOES explain all..
 
2009-10-19 02:19:16 PM
Sometimes, I'll smell something really bad. Breath-of-Satan bad. And then, a few minutes later, I'll rip a massive fart. I can only conclude that the fart tore a hole in the temporal fabric of reality (and possibly my pants) and the stench traveled backwards in time. Explain that one, science!
 
2009-10-19 02:19:58 PM
APPROVES
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2009-10-19 02:21:00 PM
And the opposite of the Placebo Effect, the Nocebo effect (new window).
 
2009-10-19 02:22:07 PM
Science can explain it. This stuff falls into the seldom-studied realm of "magic"
 
2009-10-19 02:22:51 PM
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I'll be in my bunk.
 
2009-10-19 02:23:19 PM
Prank Call of Cthulhu: Sometimes, I'll smell something really bad. Breath-of-Satan bad. And then, a few minutes later, I'll rip a massive fart. I can only conclude that the fart tore a hole in the temporal fabric of reality (and possibly my pants) and the stench traveled backwards in time. Explain that one, science!

That or your breath blew back into your face.
 
2009-10-19 02:23:23 PM
i think cracked's lists should never again be green lit.
 
2009-10-19 02:23:46 PM
Okay, poop is coming out.
 
2009-10-19 02:24:30 PM
FTFA

"As for why yawning is contagious, some scientists have pointed to human being's primitive herd instincts, figuring group yawning could have helped regulate sleeping patterns so that a 'whoops, we all fell asleep at once and got eaten by giant sloths' situation didn't develop."

Hang on now, wouldn't contagious yawning contribute to a "we all fell asleep at once" incident?
 
2009-10-19 02:24:56 PM
Uh, science does a fairly good job of explaining nearly all of those. Blushing is more often explained sociologically, and I don't think they've found an adequate explanation of the trigger in an evolutionarily advantageous way. Other than that, pretty much all of them are pretty well nailed.
 
2009-10-19 02:25:00 PM
Could someone post the article? Cracked gets blocked here...
 
2009-10-19 02:25:11 PM
Cracked articles are about the laziest greenlights available. I mean it's not like subby had to look no farther than the sidebar to find the article.
 
2009-10-19 02:25:15 PM
A recent development... my nose runs when i take a shiat. odd.
 
2009-10-19 02:26:22 PM
Basically it was a list of stupid things nobody cares about punctuated by a blatantly racist image at the end.
 
2009-10-19 02:26:35 PM
Sumo Surfer: I've always wondered why my eyes get all teary when I yawn. The defect made me look like a sissy when I sat through the ending of The Notebook with the gf.

Mine get teary when I wake up in the morning. I shed about 10 tears between the alarm clock and the bathroom.

And I'm not even married.
 
2009-10-19 02:26:55 PM
sboyle1020: Could someone post the article? Cracked gets blocked here...

Here too.

"Tasteless content" It makes me laugh because half the links I try to go to are tasteless apparently.
 
2009-10-19 02:27:24 PM
CtrlAltDelete: Gee, here I thought dreaming was a byproduct hallucination of neural connections in the brain reforming and repairing during the process of sleep.

Thank god Cracked set me straight.


I figure dreaming is our bodies version of a screen saver. Something to watch and keep us entertained while the brain isn't in use.
 
2009-10-19 02:28:09 PM
Left off the list:

Phantom cell phone ringing syndrome. (PCPRS)

Also:

The recurring dream that you're back in college, the term is almost over, and you realize, to your horror, that you enrolled in a class, and never went, and will fail it. I know at least 20 people who have the exact same dream.
 
2009-10-19 02:28:09 PM
Crunch61

Off topic: your TF tag is very faint relative to everyone else. Is this something new, like a reminder that your TF is running out? Strange.
 
2009-10-19 02:28:34 PM
ZAZ: So what's the evolutionary advantage of the hair on top of my head falling out?

Your body can only produce so much hair, and obviously ear and back hair becomes more and more important the older you get. Which would you rather have, hair on your head or full, lush fields of back and ear hair? Yeah, I thought so.

/starting to recede on top
//full, lush ear hair
///the back hair is starting to come in
////gross
 
2009-10-19 02:29:22 PM
SpaceLord: I know at least 20 people who have the exact same dream.

Dude, add another to the list. That occurred a few months back. Woke up with a sinking feeling for a few seconds.
 
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