Archive for August, 2010

WoD – Evolutionary Thoughts

I read this snippet in a book recently (if curious, ask me what book) that had an amazing thought about homosexuality and evolution.  As I read it, it stopped me in my tracks.  I was just blown away by the concept – absolutely fascinating.

” ‘From an evolution standpoint, what was the point of having people around who were not inclined to have offspring?  There must be some good, and fairly subtle, reason for it.’ The only thing he could work out is that it was groups of people – societies – rather than individual creatures who were now trying to out-reproduce and/or kill each other, and that, in a society, there was plenty of room for someone who didn’t have kids as long as he were up to something useful.

Human evolution changing in such a way that we may now engage in survival of the fittest as societies of people, instead of just individuals.  As Mr. Spock would say, “fascinating…!”

Wednesday:

SHVINDEL (SHVIHNdell)

Fraud, deception  (also probably the orig. derivation for the English word “swindle”)

Oy, that Madoff!  What a shivindel! He walked off with all of our money!

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WoD – Gnats

What’s the point of a gnat?

When I was little and playing baseball with my brother in the early evenings, I recall vividly how lots of darn gnats used to always fly around our sweaty heads.  But they didn’t bite.  Or sting.  Or land.  Or do much of anything really.  All they did was encircle and annoy.  From a mother nature perspective, what’s the point in that…?

I hate mosquitoes.  But at least I understand how they fit into the world and the food chain (they bite and spread disease, etc.)  But what purpose does one of those little good-for-nothing gnats serve?

Thursday:

MOMZER (MAHMzer)

Disliked person, untrustworthy (literally: bastard)

My boss is such a momzer!

WoD – Sneezing. And genes.

You know how people all sneeze a different way?  Some people have those dainty little sneezes that barely make a sound, while others have huge sneezes like they’re the big bad wolf.  Some spray; some don’t; some snough (that’s a sort of sneeze and a cough).  Well, as I think about it, my dad has a pretty big sneeze.  Not too often, but it sometimes was one of those big ones.  I can’t describe it of course, but it is pretty distinct; at least to me.

Ok so what.  Well, I sneezed a big one earlier today, and damn if it didn’t sound just like my dad’s! Not like anyone else’s, mind you – just his.  Could it be that the way we sneeze might possibly be… genetic?

I know it sounds weird.  Almost unbelievable, right?  But, why not?  After all, the way my body reacts to foreign particles is all genetically-driven.  So perhaps the way we sneeze (as well as many many other things we probably haven’t considered before) has more to do with our DNA and genes than we might think…


Wednesday:

NU SHOYN!  AHIN ODER AHER!  (noo SHOYN ahHIHN ohdehr ahHEHR)

Make up your mind!  (literally: here or there)

It’s not that hard a choice. Nu shoyn!  Ahin oder aher!



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