Asked by Jameson Hauck in Heart, Cardiovascular Health, Death and Dying
Has a person ever been scared to death?
One can assume or presume that a death was caused by fear, but this is unprovable. There's never any way of kowing for certain whether the death was induced by fear or whther it was just a coincidence. Somone mentioned in here that an elderly woman was scared to death by an intruder, and was conviceted of it in court. The fact that a court legally convicted the man for the womans murder, doesn't meant that the man medically, actually caused her death.
How many NFL players have had 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in the same season?
Just three: Roger Craig, Marshall Faulk, and Christian McCaffrey. Most recently, McCaffrey inched over the 1,000-yard receiving mark in the Panthers’ final game of the 2019 season—he finished the year with 1,387 rushing yards and 1,005 receiving yards. McCaffrey, a third-year back, was a major bright spot on a 5-win team that started 3 different quarterbacks; he’s the only player to go 1,000/1,000 for a losing team. Before him was Faulk, who hit the milestone in the Rams’ championship season in 1999. In his sixth NFL season and first with the Rams, the elusive back caught 87 passes for 1,048 yards, and he rushed for 1,381. Faulk was an especially adept pass-catcher in the Rams’ high-powered offense, often lining up at receiver. The first to do it was Craig on the 1985 49ers. Like McCaffrey, Craig accomplished this in his third NFL season. With 1,016 receiving yards, he’s the only player on this list to lead his team in that category, and he also managed 1,050 yards on the ground with the fewest rushing attempts on the list (214).
Asked by Russel Paucek in Netflix, Friends (TV Series), TV Shows and Series
Why is “Friends” gone from Netflix?
Netflix’s streaming deal with Friends ended as the clock struck midnight on New Year’s. Netflix simply got outbid—last June, The Hollywood Reporter reported that HBO Max, a streaming service launching in May, agreed to pay $85 million a year for five years of that Friends-y goodness. The New Year’s blues will come around next year, too, as The Office will leave Netflix on Jan. 1, 2021, and reappear on NBCUniversal’s planned streaming service, Peacock, soon after.
Asked by Antonia Bins in Mattresses, Federal Laws
What will happen to me if I remove the "do not remove" tag on my mattress?
When I was little, I was completely convinced the FBI was going to come get me if I so much as thought about taking those tags off. Turns out that fear is totally unfounded (duh), and nothing happens if you take the tag off. Those warnings are for the people who sell the products, not the consumers. Back in the early 1900s, mattresses could be stuffed with anything, even gross stuff like old rags, and the consumer wasn’t always warned. So regulations were created, and mattresses were required to have tags identifying their stuffing. As a workaround, mattress sellers started ripping those tags clean off before the public could even see them. That’s when those big, scary “DO NOT REMOVE” messages started appearing on the tags. So, as long as you’re not in the mattress biz, you’ll be fine tearing the tag off.
Why do we sing “Auld Lang Syne” on New Year’s Eve?
“Auld Lang Syne” is a Scottish folk song that roughly translates into “Old Long Since” or “For Old Times’ Sake.” It became a New Year’s Eve favorite in the U.S. thanks to Canadian bandleader Guy Lombardo, who hosted an annual end-of-year concert in New York City starting in 1929. In 1965, Lombardo told LIFE magazine that he chose the song “because Auld Lang Syne is our theme song—and was long before anyone ever heard us on the radio. In our particular part of western Ontario, where there’s a large Scottish population, it was traditional for bands to end every dance with Auld Lang Syne. We didn’t think it was known here. When we left Canada we had no idea we’d ever play it again.” The popularity of Lombardo’s yearly concert helped the song become a U.S. tradition to celebrate the end of the year and the beginning of the next, and its status as the New Year’s anthem was reinforced in classic Hollywood films such as An Affair To Remember and It’s a Wonderful Life.
Asked in Clams Oysters and Scallops
Where did the saying happy as a clam come from?
This saying originated in the early 1800s in the northeast United States, where they eat a lot of clams. At first blush, the phrase seems kind of weird—what could clams possibly have to be happy about? Turns out our modern idiom is missing some key context. The original phrase was actually “happy as a clam at high tide” or “at high water.” Clams can only be harvested at low tide, so they’re safe and therefore presumably happy at high tide. It’s not completely clear how or why the phrase got shortened, but the meaning has remained pretty much the same.
Asked by Leland Grant in Onions and Garlic
How can you cut an onion without crying?
In order to prevent crying, it helps to understand why it happens. There is a chemical reaction that occurs when you cut an onion—you damage the onion’s cells, and the enzyme (Syn-ropanethial-S-oxide) that escapes acts as a lachrymatory agent. When that agent hits your eyes, it mixes with your tears to make sulfuric acid, and your tear ducts activate in an attempt to wash out the contamination. So, that being said: Wearing goggles is the most obvious answer. It may look a little silly, but it’s the easiest way to prevent the onion’s enzyme from reaching the eyes. Sharpening your knife beforehand limits the damage to the onion cells, thus releasing fewer gases. Spraying your cutting board with vinegar slows down the chemical reaction. It does, however, make your onions smell/taste like vinegar. Always placing the cut side down will minimize the chemicals released into the open air. Cutting onions under the kitchen vent will remove some of the chemicals from the air. And finally, try not to form an emotional bond with your onion.
Asked by Shanel Weimann in Ketchup, Condiments
What makes fancy ketchup so fancy?
The “fancy” designation, which you’ve probably seen on Hunt's bottles or McDonald's ketchup packets over the years, actually used to be the USDA’s highest rating for ketchup. It has (somewhat mysteriously) fallen out of use recently, though; its current equivalent is U.S. Grade A ketchup. Ketchup can get an A, B, or C grade. To get an A, ketchup has to be at least 33 percent solid and have good color, consistency, flavor, and finish, as well as earn at least 85 points on the USDA’s 100-point scoring system. The USDA still uses “fancy” to describe the quality of some other foods (apples can even be extra fancy), but by today’s standards, “fancy ketchup” is as meaningless as it sounds.
Asked by Nathaniel Lebsack in Buildings, Home Construction
What is a spite house?
A spite house is a building or home that’s been built or modified specifically to inconvenience or annoy the neighbors. One notable example is the Skinny House in Boston, Massachusetts. The story goes that two brothers fought over land they inherited from their father. While one of the brothers was away serving in the military, the other built a large home, leaving only a scrap of land left over that (he thought) was far too small to build on. When the second brother returned, he decided to construct a narrow house to spite his brother by blocking the sunlight and ruining his view.
Asked by Josie Sporer in Restaurants and Dining Establishments, Breads
Why do restaurants give out free bread?
There are a lot of theories, none of them definitive. One is based on a historical precedent—supposedly, tavern owners typically served only one meal per day, and they offered diners free bread because it was a cheap way to fill them up before the main course. Thus, they ate less of the more expensive latter courses of meat or fish, saving the tavern money. Another theory is that free bread gives people something to do and eat when they sit down, so they are less impatient waiting for their food to arrive. Others believe the bread is a simple sign of the restaurant’s hospitality.
Asked by Jazlyn Hoppe in Christmas, Santa Claus, Holidays and Traditions
If your childhood home had no chimney/fireplace, how did you think Santa got in?
Asked by Antonette Beatty in Animal Behavior, Accents and Dialects
Do animals have accents?
Yes, some animals do vocalize differently based on where they’re from. Scientists believe this is related to forming a group identity. Some cool examples of this phenomenon: Caribbean sperm whales use a pattern of sounds no other group of whales uses, and pilot whales’ noises differ more between groups than within them. In one study, bats raised in a lab with their mothers were exposed to a different subset of bat vocalizations through speakers. Instead of just imitating their mothers, the baby bats developed an “accent” more similar to the sounds they heard on the speakers. Although they have a pretty limited set of bleats, goats have been shown to modify their calls based on their social surroundings. So yeah, animal communications can develop regional differences just like human speech.
Asked by Molly Breitenberg in Mental Health, Dementia
What is the difference between Alzheimer's and dementia?
The main difference is that, unlike Alzheimer’s, dementia is not a disease; it is a group of symptoms that impact memory, ability to communicate, and performance of daily tasks. It usually starts with simple forgetfulness and can progress to an inability to care for oneself. There is more than one type of dementia, and people can suffer from multiple types simultaneously. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. It gets worse with time and affects language, thought, and memory, and it’s currently incurable. No exact cause is known.
Asked by Al Leuschke in Male Puberty, Human Anatomy and Physiology
Why do boys' voices crack during puberty?
A child has a small larynx and thin vocal cords, which creates a higher pitched voice. When boys hit puberty, they have an increase in testosterone, which causes a lengthening of the larynx and a thickening of the vocal cords. And as children grow, the cavities in their noses and throats enlarge, allowing more space for sound to resonate. All these changes combined result in a lowered voice. The whole process takes place gradually, but when there is a period of rapid growth, the muscles involved can struggle to properly control the vocal cords. This causes some boys to experience a “crack” or “squeak” in their voices from time to time. It’s completely normal and usually only lasts a few months.
Why is there an "r" in "Mrs."?
Well, language changes over time, and “Mrs.” was originally an abbreviation for “mistress.” The pronunciation eventually became “missus,” of course, but the “r” stuck around. In early modern England, “mistress” was the direct equivalent to “master,” and while the word’s negative connotation eventually crept into the lexicon, it widely meant “a woman who governs; correlative to subject or servant.” The title didn’t even imply a woman was married, nor did its abbreviation—plenty of unmarried women were given the title “Mrs.” in tax lists, parish listings, and other documents of the time. By the end of the 18th century, speakers had shortened “mistress” to “missus”; the “r” in its abbreviation just never fell away. Around that same time, the term “miss” came to mean an unmarried woman, and it was then that “missus” (and its outdated abbreviation) came to mean a married woman.
Asked by Jude Beatty in Health, Dieting and Weight Loss, Nutrition
Is breakfast the most important meal of the day?
More research is needed to get a conclusive answer, but some studies have suggested that eating a nutritious meal in the morning does help to kickstart your metabolism. Nutritious is the keyword here, as there’s obviously a big difference between eggs and donuts when it comes to a beneficial breakfast. It’s also been shown that going without breakfast is associated with a higher Body Mass Index. The weight aspect aside, most experts seem to be in favor of a well-balanced breakfast that includes protein, whole grain, and a fruit or vegetable. However, the tagline "breakfast is the most important meal of the day" was actually coined by cereal companies as a marketing tactic, so it’s fair to be a little skeptical of breakfast’s supposed benefits. And what’s more, there’s some research to back up that skepticism—one recent review found no significant weight management benefits to eating breakfast. "The key message is that if a person likes to eat breakfast, that is fine. However, there is no evidence that we should be encouraging people to change their eating pattern to include breakfast in order to prevent weight gain or obesity," Flavia Cicuttini, senior author of the review, said.
How many presidents have been impeached, and who were they?
Three. The first was Andrew Johnson, then Bill Clinton, and most recently (as of Dec. 18, 2019), Donald Trump. To impeach a president, the House of Representatives must pass articles of impeachment (which are the set of charges against a president) by a simple majority, which is why Richard Nixon isn’t on this list—he resigned before articles of impeachment could be voted on. From there, the president is tried by the Senate. A removal from office requires a two-thirds majority vote.
What do roly polies taste like?
If prepared well, they taste similar to shrimp. And yes, they’re edible. Contrary to popular belief, roly polies (also known as pill bugs, doodle bugs, potato bugs, and by their scientific order name, Armadillidiidae) aren’t insects or arachnids. They’re land crustaceans, and as such, they’re more closely related to lobsters, crayfish, and shrimp. As a general disclaimer, you shouldn’t eat random crustaceans you find walking across your basement, but if you decide to eat roly polies, they’re apparently fairly easy to prepare. The blog Off Grid Homestead Prepper recommends boiling them to sterilize them, then frying them in the oil of your choice. “I regret not trying the sow bugs after boiling them but before frying them,” the writer notes. “I would like to know if there is a taste change because after frying with a little olive oil [because] all they tasted like was olive oil.” “I ate about half and will probably throw the rest into a salad where the taste will be hidden. They would be fine to throw into a stew or soup if you were just trying to boost your protein levels.” That doesn’t sound especially appetizing. Here’s another perspective. “From my experience, some of them do in fact taste similar to shrimp,” writes Joe for the sustainable food blog Eat the Planet. “Any bug should be cooked before eaten, but some people eat them raw. They make a great sauce, or they can be added to soup. There are a lot of other ways to cook them including mixed with dough, egg, or rice.” Joe notes that some pill bugs might be less edible than others, and he only recommends eating the wood lice that roll into little balls (since they’re less likely to be confused with non-edible bugs like pill millipedes). There’s no need to remove the shell. You’ll need quite a few of them to make a meal, but they’re not poisonous to humans. Don’t eat any that smell bad, and if you notice a bad taste, stop eating. If you ever find yourself in a dire situation in which pill bugs are your only source of sustenance, that could be important knowledge. And while roly polies aren’t technically insects, we should note that many insects are edible, and the United Nations has essentially advised people to eat more bugs in order to fight world hunger. The United States might be getting with it—the Seattle Mariners recently introduced fried grasshoppers as a concession at Safeco Field, and the dish quickly became one of the park’s most popular food options.