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Sunday, 22 February 2015

Even MORE Riddle Me This?

These have all come up over the last week - I am amazed at what I don't know! Can you help?

1. Once the egg is fertilized, what makes the bones start to form? How does just a tiny egg and sperm suddenly grow a skull? (Who knew I'd be more comfortable with the sex talk than the science part?)

2. Why is it, if humans from the same family have a child there are risks of mental degradation but with horses, they're thoroughbreds? (or in the child's terms, with humans it's bad, but with horses it's good?) Why doesn't it cause problems with the horses brains?

3. In evolution, what is the point of the moody adolescence? (That's my question, obviously, but figured I'd chuck it in there).

4. Does a blind person need to blink? (My question, does a person with a glass eye or no eye need to blink?)

5. Why is the rude finger rude? (I would also ask why are swear words considered bad - I understand the biblical ones like damn but what makes certain words for body parts or functions worse than others?)

6. When a baby is just born, does it know who it's dad is? (I wonder if it even knows it's mum?)

7. Does anyone really expect Beyoncé to be airbrushed in real life? (That's obviously my question - and I'll add I thought she looked great anyway, so I really don't get that was a story at all).

8. . Why are fat cells different to normal cells, or do just all cells get fat?

9. Is DNA what makes something a living thing?

10. Did you know the Devil spelt backwards is LIVED? This was pointed out to me by my 6 year old who misread a scripture find-a-word. There has to be a story in that! (I know that's not a question but it blew my mind)

Do you have the answer to these questions? Do your kids ask you questions you can't answer on a regular basis?

Linking up with #MummyMondays

21 comments:

  1. What a cool array of questions and most I want to know the answers to also. If my kids asked me these questions, I would make it up (cause I tell them I know everything).

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  2. Now these things have really got me thinking. I'm sure Mr. Google would give you some answers, but whether they're true or correct is another question! This is what I found on the 'rude finger' gesture from BBC News ....

    Ancient Greek philosophers, Latin poets hoping to sell copies of their works, soldiers, athletes and pop stars, schoolchildren, peevish policemen and skittish network executives have all been aware of the gesture's particular power to insult and inflame.

    "It's one of the most ancient insult gestures known," says anthropologist Desmond Morris.

    "The middle finger is the penis and the curled fingers on either side are the testicles. By doing it, you are offering someone a phallic gesture. It is saying, 'this is a phallus' that you're offering to people, which is a very primeval display."

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    1. Interesting - and interesting that a phallus was meant to insult to Ancient Greeks and Latin Poets - when you look at the statues of the time, I got the feeling they thought it was something to admire...

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  3. Well, I'm still sitting here trying to work out why sandwiches go soggy and you expect me to figure out all that?? *scratches head* I love the Devil spelled backwards one. Reminds me of a FB meme I spotted yesterday: If there's a Highway To Hell and only a Stairway To Heaven, doesn't it give you an indication of the expected traffic? Just sayin'. LOL.

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  4. They sound like questions I get around here from Gilbert. He asks a range of questions from science ones to what happens after death to why is there always conflict in the middle east to why do kids HAVE to go to school. All the perennial questions of life... #therearenoanswers

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  5. Love the rude finger question. My son calls it the rude finger and it always makes me laugh. You have some good questions here but I cant really help you considering that I failed my HSC Biology exam. Shouldda listened... Cheers for linking with The Lounge!

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  6. Ummm, well I felt SURE I would be ale to answer at least one question but no, apparently I can't ... I'll pop back later and see if any one else can ...

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  7. Number 2 I can answer. Thoroughbred is actually a breed of horse. I think you're referring to "pure bred" which means two of the same type of horse bred to acheieve desirable and predictable attributes. Even with horses if you have too small a gene pool, however, you'll end up with inbred horses

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    1. Thoroughbred is a breed??? I had no idea....

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  8. Whoa! Awesome questions. I would love to know how bones form from that one sperm and egg. Those cells just keep mulitplying. It's magic. I believe a baby does know who it's Dad is when it's born. I think they know from listening to his voice from the inside. Great set of riddles!!

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  9. Oh Lydia! As I'm reading your questions, I'm being bombarded with questions about the genetics of bird versus butterfly!
    And I haven't even had my first coffee yet. So, great questions, but sorry love, I'm out.

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  10. That's far too difficult for my brain right now
    Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

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  11. Ha! Some great questions to ponder - so glad you are obsessed with similar thoughts to mine. Lots of these answers can be found on the back of Libra sanitary protection strips! I really quite enjoy the fascinating reads every month!

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  12. Great questions. I need to do this with some of the maths problems my girls are getting at the moment.

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  13. Ouch, my head hurts. Time to google :)

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  14. All great questions to which I have no answer for!! Riddle me this, where are my car keys??!!

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  15. Wow. I don't actually know the answer to any of these questions. Your post has definitely got me thinking and turning to Google. Thanks for linking up with Mummy Mondays. #TeamMM

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  16. I'm thinking that the symmetry of the extended middle finger makes it look more penis like than any of the other fingers hence its rude credentials. I dont think teenage moodiness serves any evolutionary purpose - in fact its a relatively recent thing. Thats all I've got for the moment.

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    1. Funny you say that. I said to a teens father the other day, that until recent times, you were married with kids and a job in your teenage years so were you stomping about in a random mood all the time or did this 'teenager' business not start until after the war (the '50's being the start of the idle teen years)?

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  17. Oh I love this. Brought a smile to my face ...thing I have never thought about!

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  18. Oh my goodness, I am going to be useless when my daughter is older and asking me loads of questions! Fascinating questions though! x

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