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Duh? How come.......?
DUHMsg # 1 of 141                   Date: Sun 26/09/1993,  2:08 pm

From: AIMEE                      Read: 164 times  [1 Reply]

     To: You
Subject: How come?

I'm short sighted, and a question has come to me over the past few months:

How come when I look in a mirror (say in a car or whatever) the picture I
get back is also fuzzy?  It's only a few inches away from my face, and it's
a flat picture, so how come I get the picture in the same sight as if I was
looking backwards myself?

Any answers to this?

DUHMsg # 2 of 141 Date: Mon 4/10/1993, 2:52 pm
From: SYSOP Read: 127 times

Subject: Did you know?...

Did you know:


Tears have a more complex chemical composition than ever imagined,
raising the possibility that they act as one of the body's
waste-disposal systems.

Emotional tears are chemically different from those caused by irritation
of the eyes, and contain substances the body manufactures in larger
quantities when under stress.

People generally feel better after crying. And those who cry more
frequently and have better attitudes to crying may be less prone to such
stress-related diseases as ulcers and colitis.

Woman cry more often then men. This may have to do with body chemistry
as well as the greater licence to cry that our society grants to women.


<just a little something...>

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DUHMsg # 3 of 141 Date: Mon 4/10/1993, 6:47 pm
From: SATAN Read: 118 times [1 Reply]

To: You
Subject: Men & Women

On the major question on "What's The Difference Between Men & Women" your
ever Studly One tookit upon himself to find out!

Here are some results!

1 Females sleep longer than males - on avarage about an hour a night.

2 The die is cast at the moment of conception, and it is the male sperm that
decides our sex. (so concentrate on having a boy guys!!!!!)

3 Baby girls tend to walk at about 12 months.... thats two months before
before baby boys, and they also start talking earlier.

4 There are more pregnancy and birth complecations with a male baby than a
female baby ....... and male babies are often more irritable.

5 More than twice as many men as women have homosexual contact by the time
they are 45.

6 The taste thresholds for sweet, sour and salt are reportedly lower for

7 Women spend on avarage 153 seconds each time they use a public toilet. Men
can get it done in a flash, just 113 seconds!!!

8 When lighting a match a man strikes it towards him, a women away from her.

9 The male eye is bigger than the female eye, but the latter shows more

10 By the age of 16, a man has reached his orgasmic peak. On avarage, a
women has to reach 29 before she can match the orgasm rate of a teenage boy!

Well.... and there is more where that came from...

<file LESTUD.ANS not realistic>
DUHMsg # 4 of 141 Date: Tue 5/10/1993, 10:53 pm
From: IRISH Read: 117 times

Subject: shortsighted..

re yr first question.. when looking in the mirror yuou can
either focus on the mirror iutsself, (ie 6 inches away..)
or you can focus on the object reflected.. which might be 6 feet
away.... the ray of light youre looking down will go either to the mirror
and stop, or to the mirror and be reflected on to the object your
looking at..... thats not scientifically correct cause the light
is reflected back the other way, but if you want to test the theory
try taking a photo of something in the mirror.
DUHMsg # 5 of 141 Date: Thu 4/11/1993, 12:06 pm
From: AIMEE Read: 108 times

Subject: How it's done. 1/2

How it's done:

How do magicians saw a woman in half?

This stunt is designed so that a woman appears to be lying full length
in a box that rests on a table. Her feet and head protrude through
holes in the ends of the box. The magician proceeds to saw the box in
half. The two halves are then separated, but you can't see inside
because metal sheets have slid down over the cut ends. Finally, the two
halves are pushed together and miraculously the woman is whole again and
very much alive.

One method of creating the illusion involves two women. When the props
are brought on stage, one woman is already hidden in the table. As the
woman on stage climbs into the box, the one who is hidden climbs into it
through a trapdoor in the table and pokes her feet out the end. She
curls up, her head bent forward between her knees; the other woman draws
her knees up to her chin. An empty space then lies in the path of the

How do they make instant coffee?

First, the factory percolates huge amounts of coffee, as much as 900
kilos at a time, and extracts the soluble parts. Then the coffee liquid
passes through tubes in which high pressure and temperature produce a
concentrated coffee extract. Now it is ready to be dried by one of two

For powdered instant, the extract is dried in air heated to 260 degrees
C. The water in it evaporates, leaving finely grained instant coffee.
Finally, the coffee is remoistened slightly to produce clumps that
dissolve more readily in hot water. It is then ready to be packed into

In the freeze-dry method, the coffee extract is frozen, broken into
granules and placed in a vacuum dryer. The frozen water is changed
directly into vapour, which is removed. What remains are coffee solids
that dissolve instantly in hot water for a quick cup of coffee.

How does a time-release capsule of medication know when to release?

This technique was inspired by the tiny confectionery beads used for
decorating cakes. Each of the 300 to 900 'tiny time pills' in a
time-release capsule consists of a central core of sugar and starch.
Millions of these cores are placed in large drums resembling concrete
mixers. Medication is added and districuted evenly over the core as the
drum rotates. An outer waxy coating is applied in the same manner.
Beads in different drums receive different amounts of coating, so that
some will release medication almost immediately, others more slowly -
over a 12-hour period - as the digestive system dissolves the waxy

How do they get the stripes into toothpaste?

A small tube, with slots running lengthwise, extends from the neck of
the toothpaste tube a short distance into the interior. Red paste - the
stripe - is inserted into the small tube. When you squeeze the large
tube, the white paste presses on the red paste at the head. The red
passes through the slots on to the white, and, presto - red stripes!

How does a vending machine recognise a genuine coin?

Vending machines are equipped with a coin-testing device that not only
measures the diameter and thickness of your coin, but also checks its
weight, allow composition and magnetic properties.

How are fireworks made?

Many fireworks are made of potassium nitrate (saltpetre), sulphur and
finely ground charcoal. Others contain potassium percholorate,
magnesium, aluminium and salts of antimony.

Black powder provides the lift and explosion, and the brilliant reds,
greens, blues and yellows are produced by strontium nitrate, barium
nitrate, copper oxide and sodium salts, respectively.
>>> Continued to next message
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DUHMsg # 6 of 141 Date: Thu 4/11/1993, 12:06 pm
From: AIMEE Read: 104 times

Subject: How it's done. 2/2

>>> Continued from previous message
The different patterns created by fireworks in the air are determined by
variations in composition and casing. A fountain, for example, consists
of a charge of sulphur, saltpeter and charcoal, which gives off sparks
either by itself or in combination with metal particles; 'stars' have
various combinations of the chemical compounds that burn colourfully for
a few seconds after the powder shoots them skyward; roman candles are
made by repeating layers of powder, a delay fuse and stars; rockets have
a paper cap on a cylindrical case tightly packed with stars and powder.
A propelling charge sends the rocket soaring, then ignites the stars.
The casing for pinwheels has a nozzle at one end of each of it's tubes
and a central nail round which the explosive material revolves. Other
types of fireworks, such as large shells that are filled with stars,
have one or more smaller shells inside that encase the stars and produce
successive blasts for a breathtaking spectacle in midair.

How does a thermos keep liquids hot or cold for hours on end?

A thermos is designed to cut down the exchange of heat between the
inside and the outside of the bottle by hampering the three ways in
which heat can travel: conduction, convection and radiation. The
thermos has an inner bottle made of double glass. Glass is used because
it is a poor conductor of heat. A near vacuum exists between the two
layers of glass: this limits the possiblity of heat escaping from, or
penetrating, the thermos by convection. however, since heat can travel
through a vacuum by radiation, the facing surfaces of the inner and
outer bottles are coated with a solution of silver that reflects and
does not absorb heat waves.

Sir James Dewar invented the thermos in 1892 to keep heat away from the
liquefied gass with which he was experimenting. The happy byproduct of
this ingenuity has made summer picnics and winter football games more
pleasurable ever since.
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DUHMsg # 7 of 141 Date: Thu 4/11/1993, 2:29 pm
From: AIMEE Read: 99 times [1 Reply]

Subject: Body Language

How to tell if someone is lying: by Allan Pease

The Eye Rub

"See no evil" says the wise monkey. This gesture is an attempt to block
out the deceit, doubt or lie that a person sees - or to avoid having to
look at the face of someone to whom they are going to tell a lie to.
Menu usually rub their eyes vigorously, and if the lie is a big one,
they will often look away, normally towards the floor. Women often use a
small, gentle rubbing motion just below the eye, probably to avoid
smudging their eye make-up.

The Neck Scratch

The index finger of the writing hand scratches below the ear lobe. My
observation of this gesture reveals an intereting point: Rarely is the
number of scratches more or less than five. This gesture is probably a
signal of doubt or uncertainty, characteristic of the person who thinks,
I'm not sure I agree. It is particularly noticeable when the verbal
language contradicts it; for example, when a person says, "I can
understand how you feel."

The Mouth Guard

This is one of the few adult guestures that is as obvious as a child's.
The hand covers the mouth, and the thumb is pressed against the cheek.
It is possible that the brian is subconsciously instructing the hand to
suppress the deceitful words that are being said. Sometimes this
gesture may take the form of only a few fingers over the mouth, or a
closed fist.

Some people try and disguise the mouth-guard guesture by giving a fake
cough. I've noticed that Humphrey Bogart, when playing the role of a
criminal, often used this gesture when being interrogated by the police
to show the audience that he was being dishonest.

If a person uses the mouth guard while he is speaking to you, it may
indicate that he is telling a lie. If, alternatively, he covers his
mouth while you're speaking, it may well indicate that he believes that
*you* are lying!

Nose Touching

In essence, the nose-touch gesture is a disguised version of the
mouth-guard gesture. It may consist of several light rubs below the
nose, or one quick touch.

One explanation of this gesture's origin is that, as a negative thought
enters the mind, the subconscious tells the hand to cover the mouth. At
the last moment, however, in an attempt to appear less obvious, the hand
pulls away from the face. A quick nose gesture is the result.

But what if the person is just reacting to an itchy nose? An itch is
normally satisfied by a deliberate rub or scratch, as opposed to the
light strokes of the nose-touch gesture. Like the mouth-guard movement,
it can be used both by the speaker to hide his own deceit and by the
listener who doubts the speaker's words.

The Ear Rub

This is an attempt by the listener to 'hear no evil.' It is the adult
version of the child's hands-over-both-ears gesture. Other variations
of the ear rub include rubbing the back of the ear, pulling at the ear
lobe or bending the entire ear forwards to cover the ear hole. This
last gesture is a signal that the person has heard enough.

To Tell The Truth

Throughout history, the open palm has been associated with truth,
honesty, allegiance and submission. The palm is held in the air when
somebody is giving evidence in a court of law; the left hand is placed
on the Bible, and the right palm is held up for the members of the court
to view.

One valuable way to discover whether or not someone is being open and
honest is to look for palm displays. When a child is lying or
concealing something, his palms are often hidden behind his back.

You may ask, "Do you mean that if I tell lies with my palms visibie,
people will believe me?" The answer to this is yes - and no. If you
tell an outright lie with your palms exposed, you may still appear
insincere because of many other gestures that are inconsistent with the
open palms.

It is possible, however, to make yourself appear more credible by
practicing open-palm gestures; conversely, as the open-palm gestures
become habitual, the tendency to tell untruths lessens. The use of palm
signals also encourages others to be open with you.
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DUHMsg # 8 of 141 Date: Mon 22/11/1993, 2:55 am
From: DAVE Read: 101 times

Subject: Re: Body Language

>How to tell if someone is lying: by Allan Pease

This seems mostly a very plausable piece of text.... I'm not sure on this
one though....

>The Mouth Guard
>suppress the deceitful words that are being said. Sometimes this
>gesture may take the form of only a few fingers over the mouth, or a
>closed fist.
>If a person uses the mouth guard while he is speaking to you, it may
>indicate that he is telling a lie. If, alternatively, he covers his
>mouth while you're speaking, it may well indicate that he believes that
>*you* are lying!

I think I do this quite a bit, without any particular correlation to times I
think people are lying. (Besides, I'm a pretty trusting guy, you can
probably convince me of anything! :-)

It's more a reaction when I'm thinking carefully about something. It may be
an indication on my part that I am listening carefully to what is being
said, or a signal that I am not about to talk myself, not about to interrupt
the speaker. I might also be using it to invite suggestions from other

These are just guesses at a reflex reaction, but it's pretty easy to tell
that I use the gesture quite readily in situations where I do not think the
other person is lying.
DUHMsg # 9 of 141 Date: Sun 8/05/1994, 2:17 pm
From: DETH Read: 77 times [1 Reply]

To: [D[D[You
Subject: I _hate_ Macs...

Ok, here's a question:

How do 'they' make cornflakes?

Do they get a sledgehammer, hit the kernels hard _while_ lying on a
hotplate and let 'em sizzle? Or is it some more estoric process?

Deth (Only takes me 6 months to get a modem working... and then I have
to use a Mac to use it. <grump>)
DUHMsg # 10 of 141 Date: Mon 9/05/1994, 9:40 am

From: SAM VILAIN Read: 75 times

Subject: I _hate_ Macs...

ô Quoting Deth To [D[D[You:
³ How do 'they' make cornflakes?
By heating them up slightly, rolling through rollers (like old clothes
dryers) and then either baking or frying or whatevering the flattened corn

°±² Sam Vilain ²±°

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