10 Questions You May Never Have asked Outloud

  1. thinkingWhy do trumps (wind break) smell so bad in water? I had a look around for a good solid explanation and found this at www.answerbag.com  “Ah, the great question of our times. . . H2O, in the form of water vapor, easily attaches to methane molecules by the chlorine atom, or the sulfur released from bacteria, making the foul smell more readily attach to the nostril lining, subsequently sustaining the odor longer than in a dry climate. In addition, warm vapors will cause any crusted mucus to soften and disengage, providing more surface area within the sinuses. *(No image I can think of will cover this).
  2. Which armrest is yours in a cinema or on an aeroplane? No One could give me a straight answer in real life or on google so here’s my thought…..may the best woman win! Untitled design (2)
  3. Why is Gin known as “Mothers Ruin”?  So i got searching for the answer and I came across this website www.historic-uk.com which offered this explanation and actually shocked me!! *Pass me the Gin* Untitled design (3)“In the mid-eighteenth century the effects of gin-drinking on English society makes the use of drugs today seem almost benign!Gin started out as a medicine – it was thought it could be a cure for gout and indigestion, but most attractive of all, it was cheap.In the 1730’s notices could be seen all over London. The message was short and to the point

    Drunk for 1 penny, Dead drunk for tuppence, Straw for nothing’!!

    In London alone, there were more than 7,000 ‘dram shops’, and 10 million gallons of gin were being distilled annually in the capital

    Gin was hawked by barbers, pedlars, and grocers and even sold on market-stalls.

    Gin had become the poor man’s drink as it was cheap, and some workers were given gin as part of their wages. Duty paid on gin was 2 pence a gallon, as opposed to 4 shillings and nine pence on strong beer.

    The average person could not afford French wines or brandy, so gin took over as the cheapest, and most easily obtained, strong liquor.

    Gin rendered men impotent, and women sterile, and was a major reason why the birth rate in London at this time was exceeded by the death rate.

    The government of the day became alarmed when it was found that the average Londoner drank 14 gallons of spirit each year!

    The government decided that the tax must be raised on gin, but this put many reputable sellers out of business, and made way for the ‘bootleggers’ who sold their wares under such fancy names as Cuckold’s Comfort, Ladies Delight and Knock Me Down.

    Overnight, gin sales went underground! Dealers, pushers and runners sold their illegal ‘hooch’ in what became a Black Market.

    Much of the gin was drunk by women, consequently the children were neglected, daughters were sold into prostitution, and wet nurses gave gin to babies to quieten them. This worked provided they were given a large enough dose!

    People would do anything to get gin…a cattle drover sold his eleven-year-old daughter to a trader for a gallon of gin, and a coachman pawned his wife for a quart bottle.

    Gin was the opium of the people, it led them to the debtors’ prison or the gallows, ruined them, drove them to madness, suicide and death, but it kept them warm in winter, and allayed the terrible hunger pangs of the poorest.

    In 1736 a Gin Act was passed which forbade anyone to sell ‘Distilled spirituous liquor’ without first taking out a licence costing £50.

    In the seven years following 1736, only three £50 licences were taken out, yet the gallons of gin kept coming.

    On the last night, as the last gallons of gin were sold off cheaply by the retailers who could not afford the duty, more alcohol was drunk than ever before or since.

  4. Why are there no fat stick men? – No.  I cannot answer this sensibly.
  5. Who decided what time it is?  Although we might believe it is all down to science it is actually the decision of each individual country and the whole world could be on the same time zone regardless of what we call night or day.Untitled design (4).jpg
  6. Why don’t all humans speak one shared language?  I am and always have been sooooooo fascinated with this one, it was one of my favourite questions as a child alongside, “why isn’t every person in the world not equal? Why are some people starving, homeless, living in deserts with no water and on and on that question went endlessly without answer….still.  So what of the languages? Well it’s said that in biblical times, the world spoke with the same tongue but I have to ask myself…how did anyone know the rest of the world existed as such?  There was no tv, no newspaper, no social media.  Then there are other theories but nothing satisfactorily explaining this to my curious satisfaction.Untitled design (5)7. Why are the band “The Beatles” called The Beatles? I have an answer 🙂 John loved ‘Buddy Holly and the Crickets’, so they toyed with insect names. It was John who came up with ‘Beetles’. He changed it to ‘Beatles‘ because he said if you turned it round it was ‘les beat’, which sounded French and cool.

8.Why does “Wise Guy” mean something entirely different to “Wise Man” ?  It’s just a thought 😉

9. Can you cry underwater? No is the answer.  Here is why: we breathe heavily when we cry, and as you can’t breathe underwater, you would end up drowning from swallowing too much water. So you would most likely end up dead, unless you have an airtank and a mask. If you had the proper gear you could see the actual tears, and you could breathe.

10. Why IS the sky blue?

So, some have answers because there is one available, some have no answer as I have no answer and cannot find a logical answer to offer.

Leaving the best I thought for last, let’s take a look.

So. Not only did I find a proper answer but even at the ripe age of 42, i enjoyed what I discovered on this website. Nasa Spaceplace


Why is the sky blue?

It’s easy to see that the sky is blue.
Have you ever wondered why?

A lot of other smart people have, too. And it took a long time to figure it out!

blue sky and clouds illustration

The light from the sun looks white. But it is really made up of all the colors of the rainbow.

A prism separates white light into the colors of the rainbow.When white light shines through a prism, the light is separated into all its colors. A prism is a specially shaped crystal.

If you visited The Land of the Magic Windows, you learned that the light you see is just one tiny bit of all the kinds of light energy beaming around the universe–and around you!

Like energy passing through the ocean, light energy travels in waves, too. Some light travels in short, “choppy” waves. Other light travels in long, lazy waves. Blue light waves are shorter than red light waves.

Different colors of light have different wavelengths.All light travels in a straight line unless something gets in the way and does one of these things:—

  • reflect it (like a mirror)
  • bend it (like a prism)
  • or scatter it (like molecules of the gases in the atmosphere)

Sunlight reaches Earth’s atmosphere and is scattered in all directions by all the gases and particles in the air. Blue light is scattered in all directions by the tiny molecules of air in Earth’s atmosphere. Blue is scattered more than other colors because it travels as shorter, smaller waves. This is why we see a blue sky most of the time.

Atmosphere scatters blue light more than other colors.Closer to the horizon, the sky fades to a lighter blue or white. The sunlight reaching us from low in the sky has passed through even more air than the sunlight reaching us from overhead. As the sunlight has passed through all this air, the air molecules have scattered and rescattered the blue light many times in many directions.

Atmosphere scatters blue light more than other colorsAlso, the surface of Earth has reflected and scattered the light. All this scattering mixes the colors together again so we see more white and less blue.



What makes a red sunset?

As the sun gets lower in the sky, its light is passing through more of the atmosphere to reach you. Even more of the blue light is scattered, allowing the reds and yellows to pass straight through to your eyes.

Red sky at sunset

Red sun at sunset.

Sometimes the whole western sky seems to glow. The sky appears red because larger particles of dust, pollution, and water vapor in the atmosphere reflect and scatter more of the reds and yellows.

Hope you enjoyed these tit bits as much as I did.


Karoline Simone

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