Before anyone with a religion tells me that I’m just being silly, I know. It’s a joke.
Monthly Archives: February 2009
Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
This sort of question keeps me up at night.
I completely forgot about pancake day.
Which leads me to my question for today:
Where did the tradition of scoffing down vast quantities of pancakes come from and what does it have to do with “Shrove Tuesday”? What is “Shrove Tuesday” anyway?
“Type O is the oldest and the most common type. About 40,000 BC our ancestors in southern Africa had weapons and tools and they hunted in packs. They were hunter-gatherers, who thrived on meat, which led to their digestive characteristics. In time, hunting grounds became depleted of big game. To survive, the human race migrated to northern Africa. Eventually good hunting there was eliminated leading to migration out of Africa into Europe and Asia. Thus, the basic population of the planet was type O for “old.” In time, depletion of large game in Europe and Asia occurred so different kinds of food were needed. Our ancestors survived on berries, small game, nuts, grubs, and fish. Overpopulation by early man led to increasing competition for the remaining meat, which led to war and further migration.
According to D’Adamo, type A first appeared in Asia or the Middle East between 25,000 and 15,000 BC. Type A mutated from type O because the increased population and major diet changes resulted in many infections. This mutation occurred rapidly. The gene for type A thrived. Characteristics of the culture were agriculture and the raising of domesticated animals. Dietary and environmental changes led to further digestive and immune system mutations. People became better able to absorb and tolerate grains and other agricultural products. They were able to sustain themselves and stable communities arose, which led to networking and cooperation. Eventually the type A gene spread into Western Europe.
Type B (for balance) developed between 15,000 and 10,000 BC in the Himalayas. Changes in climate from hot East Africa to the cold Himalayan highlands may have brought about the mutation to type B. It was characteristic of the Steppe dwellers of the Eurasian plains. Some of these were nomads, who penetrated far into Eastern Europe; while others, agriculturally based, spread through China and Southeast Asia. Movement of type B into North America was prevented by the disappearance of the land mass between it and Asia. Earlier populations in North America were all type O.
Type AB is found in less than 5% of the population and did not exist prior to between 900 and 1,000 years ago. When eastern Mongolian invaders overran the last of European civilization, type AB came into existence. AB’s inherited the tolerances of A and B, which gave them enhanced ability to counteract infections, allergies, and immune diseases. However, they have some increased susceptibility to certain cancers.”
Why do people have different blood groups?
I haven’t blogged for a little while as I’ve been at home for the last week.
I have mostly been cooking decent meals at home, putting up fences and painting them dark brown. Now I am back at work. 😦
Has anything monumental occurred in the last couple of weeks?
There are 318 days until Christmas!
A man flying in a hot air balloon realizes he is lost. He reduces his altitude and spots a man in a field down below. He lowers the balloon further and shouts, “Excuse me, can you tell me where I am?”
The man below says, “Yes, you’re in a hot air balloon, about 30 feet above this field.”
“You must be an engineer,” says the balloonist.
“I am. How did you know?”
“Everything you told me is technically correct, but it’s of no use to anyone.”
The man below says, “You must be in management.”
“I am. But how did you know?”
“You don’t know where you are, or where you’re going, but you expect me to be able to help. You’re in the same position you were before we met, but now it’s my fault.”
Here is a response received today from one of our field agents following an automated email showing a list of open cases.
INSTRUCTION REFERENCE: XXX/XXX/XXXXXX
13/01/2009: Transferred to Agent SEE SEPERATE MESSAGE
I have a strong desire to reply with this message:
The word you are looking for is spelt “separate”. There is no such word as “seperate”. If you need a mnemonic to help you with this common misspelling then “pare” is what you do to fruit when you cut it in half. In fact “pare” and “separate” come from the same route Latin word “parare” meaning “make ready”.
The question is: Am I that pedantic?
I’ll put the kettle on while I think about it.
Why are banks “too big to fail”?
Back in the olden days there was a saying that went like this:
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
The general idea being that a distribution of eggs throughout several container would mitigate the loss of one container and damage to said eggs whereas a single container results in the loss of all eggs if the container somehow fails. In banking the analogy is that the banks are the baskets and the eggs are our money.
Fairly obvious really. Why is it then that banks and other large corporations are allowed to grow to such a size that failure of any one of them can result in disaster for the whole economy? Shouldn’t there be some kind of monopolies commission, government body or something in place to stop companies from growing too large and threatening the stability of society? Just a thought.
This is also an excuse to post this picture: