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(Fishki.net)   The strangest superstitions from around the world. Holding your breath during a punt return against the Colts is notoriously absent   (en.fishki.net) divider line 17
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2012-08-05 05:03:31 PM  
Weird...they didn't mention anything about not eating bacon or not eating meat on Fridays.
 
2012-08-05 05:14:01 PM  
Pat McAfee usually seems to have the punts working out OK - but if a kickoff isn't a touchback, that's a problem.
 
2012-08-05 05:28:12 PM  
Oddly enough McAfee doesn't want me to see that page.
 
2012-08-05 05:38:41 PM  
No south Korean fan death?
 
2012-08-05 05:50:39 PM  

Wolfman Johnny: Oddly enough McAfee doesn't want me to see that page.


That's because it was made by a dumbass. Just because I'm using a phone doesn't mean I want to see a reduced-resolution version of the picture that is almost impossible to read. I was promised the real Internet and dumbass designers keep trying to give me a crappy mobile version.
 
2012-08-05 05:59:03 PM  
 
2012-08-05 06:22:00 PM  
"Notoriously" absent, subby?
 
2012-08-05 06:41:10 PM  
Nothing about fan death? RTFA, oh, this list is REALLY lazy.
 
2012-08-05 07:55:01 PM  
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fan_death -->

Fan death is a widely held belief in South Korea that an electric fan left running overnight in a closed room can cause the death of those sleeping inside. All fans sold in South Korea come with an automatic timer that turns the fan off after a certain number of minutes.
 
2012-08-05 08:12:54 PM  
Could they have picked up useful bacteria from passing the babies through the cheese?
 
2012-08-05 08:41:47 PM  
The Vitamin A/Beta Carotene found in carrots is used by the body to produce the chemical in the eye that detects light in low light levels. If you are deficient in that chemical, your response to dark levels of light will be diminished. Saying that "carrots won't help night vision" is certainly not entirely accurate.
 
2012-08-05 09:34:23 PM  
In before a mainstream religion is mentioned.
 
2012-08-05 10:03:47 PM  
I read somewhere that the carrot thing was started during WWII, when the British had invented a night vision appliance. The Germans were suspicious, so the British started a propaganda regime stating they were feeding their plots more carrots to mprovethoer night vision.
 
2012-08-05 10:50:24 PM  

urban.derelict: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fan_death -->

Fan death is a widely held belief in South Korea that an electric fan left running overnight in a closed room can cause the death of those sleeping inside. All fans sold in South Korea come with an automatic timer that turns the fan off after a certain number of minutes.


Happens in Bulgaria too, but they aren't the brightest folks. It was 103 degrees in Sofia this summer when we were visiting the in-laws. Since it is usually 70-80 they had no fan. We found one at a hardware store and the sales clerk told us her niece was paralyzed by sleeping next to a fan. My father-in-law made my wife move to the other side of the room so she wouldn't get sick.

/csb
 
2012-08-05 11:41:26 PM  

Lord Jubjub: The Vitamin A/Beta Carotene found in carrots is used by the body to produce the chemical in the eye that detects light in low light levels. If you are deficient in that chemical, your response to dark levels of light will be diminished. Saying that "carrots won't help night vision" is certainly not entirely accurate.


Unless you are an alcoholic living in an asian country with unfortified rice, you get enough vitamin A with a normal diet. And the myth is that eating carrots will enhance your night vision. Which it won't. Unless you are taking specialized vitamin A supplements post wwII we gave to agents with the hope of shifting their visual spectrum. We gave up when starlight scopes were more effective.
 
2012-08-05 11:42:48 PM  

Heineken Skywalker: I read somewhere that the carrot thing was started during WWII, when the British had invented a night vision appliance. The Germans were suspicious, so the British started a propaganda regime stating they were feeding their plots more carrots to mprovethoer night vision.


It was part of a propaganda campaign to deny their RADAR
 
2012-08-06 04:15:12 AM  

Heineken Skywalker: I read somewhere that the carrot thing was started during WWII, when the British had invented a night vision appliance. The Germans were suspicious, so the British started a propaganda regime stating they were feeding their plots more carrots to mprovethoer night vision.


There was actually a (unrelated) American project whereby an altered form of Vitamin A was supplied to soldiers with the intent of improving their night vision. It slowly replaced the light-sensitive compounds in the rod and cone cells of the eye with a slightly different form that responded more to infrared light. As a consequence, their sensitivity to blue light actually diminished. In any case, performance was mediocre compared to actual infrared scopes then under development, so the project was canned.

It didn't involve carrots, though. Think it might have been extracted from fish.
 
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