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Duh? How come.......?
DUHMsg # 31 of 141 Date: Fri 23/02/1996, 7:29 am
From: TREKKER Read: 47 times [1 Reply]

Subject: Re: how

>And here's another one. Our inner ear is so suseptable to noise, how come
>we can't hear the blood flowing around inside our heads? shouldn't it be

You can. Ever been in a quiet room, or trying to get to sleep. You can
quite often hear it then. Or after hard exercise, the blood is thumping
round the system. You should be able to hear that.

Most of the time you won't hear it because you are used to it, and shut it

DUHMsg # 32 of 141 Date: Mon 26/02/1996, 5:26 pm
From: HELLCAT Read: 47 times

Subject: Re: how

>>And here's another one. Our inner ear is so suseptable to noise, how come
>>we can't hear the blood flowing around inside our heads? shouldn't it be
>You can. Ever been in a quiet room, or trying to get to sleep. You can
>quite often hear it then. Or after hard exercise, the blood is thumping
>round the system. You should be able to hear that.
>Most of the time you won't hear it because you are used to it, and shut it

I find it interesting that we can hear a pin drop across the room, when we
can't hear the thumping and swooshing that's going on inside our heads at
the same time.

I've heard of selective hearing, but hearing something that's softer than
our own internal noise is ridiculous! 8#)

DUHMsg # 33 of 141 Date: Thu 28/03/1996, 7:22 pm
From: AIMEE Read: 39 times

To: All
Subject: Are you a Genius?

Could you qualify to join Mensa, the international society for high-IQ
people? The only requirement for qualification is to score in the top two
per cent on a standard intelligence test. Members include people who never
finished high school and those with advanced degrees.

See if you're Mensa material. Feel free to use paper and pencil. A genius
at work rarely does everything in his head. Time yourself. There are bonus
points for finishing in less than 25 minutes.

Answers in next message. Don't cheat!


1. While Bill was walking his dog, he met his mother-in-law's only
daughter's husband's son. What relation was this person to Bill?

2. What is the missing number in this series?

1 3 9 __ 81 243

3. Which of the proverbs below best matches the meaning of "All that
glisters is not gold?"

a) Fine feathers make fine birds.
b) A fool and his money are soon parted.
c) You can't tell a book by its cover.
d) A penny saved is a penny earned.
e) There's a light at the end of every tunnel.

4. I met my friend the test pilot, who had just completed a
round-the-world flight by balloon. With the pilot was a little girl
of about two. "What's her name?" I asked my friend, whom I hadn't
seen in five years and who had married in that time. "Same as her
mother," the pilot said. "Hello, Susan," I said to the girl. How
did I know her name if I never saw the wedding announcement?

5. Here are the scrambled letters of an everyday object. Unscramble the


6. If Susan is ten, Arabella is 20, and Jim and Neal are both five, but
Richard is ten, how much is Jennifer by the same system?

7. After paying all your holiday bills, you find that you have just
$8.45 in your pocket. You have equal numbers of five-cent, ten-cent
and 50-cent pieces, but no other coins. How many of each of those
three coins do you have?

8. Which of the following words is least like the others?

a) House b) Palace c) Cave d) Mansion e) Stable
f) Kennel.

9. How many 9s do you pass when you start at 1 and count up to 100?

10. One four-letter word will fit on all three lines below to make new
words with the word preceding and the word following (example: IN
[DOOR] STOP). The same word must be used for all three lines.
What's the word?

Back ____ Some
Free ____ Made
Fore ____ Bag

11. Ann has the same number of sisters as she has brothers, but her
brother Bill has twice as many sisters as he has brothers. How many
boys and how many girls are in the family?

12. What letter would logically come next in the following series?

J, F, M, A, M, J, ?

a) M b) J c) E d) R

13. What is the species of tree that contains all the vowels, A E I O U
(not in order)?

14. In the following is a common proverb in disguise. Put it in its
common form.

"Those persons who reside in vitreous constructions are well advised
to refrain from hurling heavy projectiles."

15. The spy was captured easily, and his message proved to be so simple
that the lieutanant saw its importance immediately. Here it is.
What does it say?

Alice: Tom told Ann Carter Killy and Ted, David Atwood was not
moving out now. David awaiting you.

16. All the vowels have been removed from the following remark, and the
letters have been broken into groups of three. Replace the missing
vowels (one null letter at the end).


17. A certian rule has been followed in the numerical squares below.
Work out the rule and fill in the question mark with the correct
number. (The rule applies vertically and horozontally.)

15 3 5 24 4 6
5 1 5 6 1 ?
3 3 1 4 4 1
DUHMsg # 34 of 141 Date: Thu 28/03/1996, 7:40 pm
From: AIMEE Read: 38 times [2 Retorts]

To: All
Subject: Answers

1. His son. Draw a box and label it Bill. Draw another box for his
mother-in-law and connect them. Draw a third box for his
mother-in-law's only daughter, who has to be Bill's wife. Then a
fourth box for her son, who also has to be Bill's son.

2. Twenty-seven. Each number has three times the value of the number
preceding it.

3. c). A general knowledge question.

4. My friend the test pilot was named Susan. Did you assume the pilot
was male?


6. Jennifer is 15, in a system that awards five points for each syllable
in the name.

7. Thirteen.

8. c) Cave. All the others are man-made.

9. Twenty.

10. HAND.

11. Four girls and three boys.

12. B) J. The letters are the first letters of the months of the year,
beginning with January.


14. People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

15. Attack at dawn Monday. The lieutenant lifted the first letter out of
each word and strung the letters together.

16. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

17. Six. The first number on each line is divided by the second to give
the third.


Give yourself one point for each correct answer. An extra five
points if you did the test in less than 15 minutes; three additional
points if you finished in less than 20 minutes; two additional in
less than 25 minutes.

17-22 points: You are very intelligent - an ideal Mensa candidate.

12-16 points: Among the most intelligent people around - a clear candidate
for membership.

7-11 points: A most respectable score. You might want to try taking the
complete, standard Mensa test.

Below 7: You must have had a bad day. Even if you didn't, remember
that many successful, intelligent and creative people don't
do well on tests like this.

DUHMsg # 35 of 141 Date: Thu 28/03/1996, 8:13 pm
From: AIMEE Read: 35 times

To: All
Subject: Quantum Queries

Quantum Queries
By J.G. Barton

Are you a physics whiz - or 'scientifically challenged'? To find out, try
these testing questions.

1. Which is the hardest of all naturally occurring substances?

2. Why can a needle float on water, and small animals walk on water?

3. What is the name for the quantity of heat required to raise the
temperature of one gram of water by one degree Celsius?

4. Name two of the three main types of particle that are present in an

5. In connection with computers (hehehehehehehehehehehe) what do the
abbreviations ROM and RAM stand for?

6. How do you convert Fahrenheit to Celsius, and vice versa?

7. Which word describes

a) Liquid that does not flow freely;
b) metal that can be shaped by hammering;
c) metal that can be drawn out into wire or thread?

8. Ignoring the effect of Daylight Saving Time, on how many days in the
year does a sundial agree with the clock?

1; 4; 13; 30; 52; 365.

9. Give the seven colours of the spectrum in order.

10. What is measured on these scales?

a) Richter;
b) Beaufort;
c) Reaumur.

11. What is a catalyst?

12. Why is a thick drinking-glass more likely to crack than a thick
glass when hot water is poured into it?

Answers in next message.
DUHMsg # 36 of 141 Date: Thu 28/03/1996, 8:20 pm
From: AIMEE Read: 34 times

To: All
Subject: Answers

1. Diamond

2. Because of surface tension, which makes the surface layer of a liquid
behave like an elastic skin.

3. Calorie.

4. Electron, neutron and proton.

5. Read-only memory - a data-storage device who's contents cannot be
modified; Random-access memory - a temporary store for programs and
data, which can be written to or read from in any order.

6. To convert Fahrenheit to Celsius deduct 32, then multiply by five and
divide by nine; to convert Celsius to Fahrenheit, multiply by nine,
divide by five and add 32.

7. A) Viscous; b) Malleable; c) Ductile.

8. Four. In 1994 they are April 15, June 15, September 1 & December 24.

9. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. (Richard Of York
Gave Battle In Vain is the old mnemonic.)

10. A) Energy released by earthquakes; B) Wind force of speed;
C) Temperatures. (now superceded by Celsius.)

11. A substance that affects the rate at which a chemical change or
reaction occurs, without itself undergoing any permanent change.

12. Glass is a poor conductor of heat, so the inside of the
drinking-glass expands more quickly than the outside, and this uneven
expansion causes the glass to crack.

DUHMsg # 37 of 141 Date: Sat 30/03/1996, 12:53 am
From: BJ THE HUN Read: 33 times [1 Reply]

Subject: Re: Answers

>Below 7: You must have had a bad day. Even if you didn't, remember
> that many successful, intelligent and creative people don't
> do well on tests like this.

I got 6! Arrgh
DUHMsg # 38 of 141 Date: Sat 30/03/1996, 9:21 am
From: AIMEE Read: 33 times

Subject: Re: Answers

>>Below 7: You must have had a bad day. Even if you didn't, remember
>> that many successful, intelligent and creative people don't
>> do well on tests like this.
>I got 6! Arrgh

Some people do better at the visual ones :>
DUHMsg # 39 of 141 Date: Sat 30/03/1996, 3:50 pm
From: AIMEE Read: 33 times

To: All
Subject: Don't believe everything you hear.

Don't Believe Everything You Hear
by Alfie Kohn

"You know what they say ..." is one of the most misused phrases in our
language. Hundreds of proverbs have become accepted as folk wisdom, but
many are dead worng. Here's a sampling of popular beliefs.

1. You shouldn't swim for an hour after eating.

This bit of folk wisdom was prevalent half a century ago when the US Red
Cross published a life-saving manual claiming that stomach cramps and
possible death awaited foolhardy swimmers who went stright from table to

But in 1961, exercise physiologist Arthur Steinhaus reported that the very
idea of 'stomach cramps' was questionable. "Many athletes report swimming
long distances regularly in training almost directly after eating," he said.
Steinhaus quoted a prominent physical educator as saying, "I have never seen
a case of so-called stomach cramps, although I have observed hundreds of
thousands of persons swimming immediately after eating."

2. The more you cut your hair, the faster it grows.

When the hairs start to grow back, they may feel coarser because they're
short and all of the same length, but the speed of growth doesn't vary.

3. Couples should beware the seven-year itch.

It's not easy to agree on what counts as evidence of an itch. But if you
look at divorce, the answer is clear: There is no such thing as a
seven-year itch. In America, about two per cent of married couples divorce
during the first year, four per cent of those remaining split up the
following year, and roughly five per cent of surviving marriages end in each
of the next three years. After that, the divorce rate drops off.

4. Carrots are good for your eyes.

Carrots contain beta-carotene, which your body turns into vitamin A. Since
it's needed by your retinas, a complete deprivation of this vitamin would
cause night blindness. But the body has immense reserves of beta-carotene
stored in the liver, easily replenished from a variety of foods. There is
no real danger of running low, at least for people in industrialised
countries. Practically speaking, then, eating carrots will not benefit your

5. Reading in the dark will ruin your eyes.

Tell your mother she was wrong. As the US Academy of Ophthalmology puts it:
"Reading in dim light can no more harm the eyes than taking a photograph in
dim light can harm the camera."

6. Spicy food is bad for the stomach.

David Graham, a gastroenterologist, wanted to record what happens to the
stomach lining when people eat spicy foods. Dr Graham and his colleagues
fed healthy subjects a bland meal, a bland meal with six aspirins, a
pepperoni pizza or a spicy Mexican dinner.

The next morning, the researchers used a video endoscope (a fibre-optic tube
that is swallowed) to inspect the stomach lining of each subject. The
people who'd taken aspirin developed small pits in the protective lining of
their stomachs, but no-one else did. Even munching enchiladas with hot
chillis for both lunch and dinner caused no damage.

Of course, Graham studied only healthy people. Surely people suffering from
duodenal ulcers would do better on a bland diet, right? Not decessarily.
In 1984, some gastroenterologists in India sprinkled three grams of chilli
powder on the food of 25 ulcer patients every day, while another 25 went
without this staple of Indial cuisine. After four weeks, the chili eaters'
stomach linings were unaffected, and their unlcers healed at the same rate
as those of the patients condemned to a bland menu.

7. You can catch a cold from being chilled.

More people come down with colds during winter than in summer, but that
doesn't mean lower temperatures are responsible. The *only* way to catch a
cold is to be exposed to one of the relevant viruses. The sole effect cold
weather might have is to bring people closer together for longer periods,
which increases our odds of infecting one another.
DUHMsg # 40 of 141 Date: Wed 3/04/1996, 1:27 pm

From: PRIVATE PAARTZ Read: 32 times [1 Reply]

Subject: Re: Wind

>> Wind,... and who hasn't suffered from it? No, only kidding! Wind is
>>cause by pressure differentials in the atmosphere. Hot air is lighter than
>>cool air and tends to rise. Something has to move into fill the space left
>>by the rising hot air, and that movement just happens to be the wind. This
>>is a gross simplification, but hey, it works. :-}
>Air usually heats up over large land masses and as you have already said
>cool air then rushes in to fill the gap so to speak,Also there are other
>factors such as high and low pressure troughs etc.<GG>
>Hell I dont know anymore than the next guy!<GG>

Yes, they're both right. That generally accounts for breezes (sea breezes)
and constant velocity winds.

Gusts on the other hand a caused by eddies. Okay, think of the Low we see on
the weather charts. It goes clockwise (a cyclone). As it turns, it has a
sort of friction around the edges. This friction causes some of the air to
twist and turn in all sorts of the slip stream behind a
truck. This slip stream buffets you around, like gusts.

There's also a few other types of wind, generated in other ways, but you'd
fall asleep if I went on,....and on.....and on. Yeh, I guess you know what I
mean! :>

Any help Aimee??

Pvt Paartz ^

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