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2642.  Wed Dec 03, 2003 9:29 am Reply with quote

What an excellent notion. Every woman should have one (or two, as in this case). The fun element would depend where the clitoris was though, surely?

2645.  Wed Dec 03, 2003 10:45 am Reply with quote

Well, as I refuse absolutely to have anything to do with clitori, here are a few clean, interesting and completely irelevant factoids for your amusement...

The most popular first name in the world is Muhammad
Dolphins sleep with one eye open
The worlds oldest piece of chewing gum is over 9000 years old
Slugs have 4 noses
Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin

And, just for fun...

It is estimated that millions of trees in the world are accidentally planted by squirrels who bury nuts and then forget where they hid them.


2647.  Wed Dec 03, 2003 10:47 am Reply with quote


Oh well, all right then, so where are the two (or one), thingys?

2652.  Wed Dec 03, 2003 11:39 am Reply with quote

In the usual place, but side by side or one behind the other, I should imagine, raindancer. I think I won't provide a link or a picture, if you don't mind.

2661.  Wed Dec 03, 2003 2:00 pm Reply with quote


Thank God for that.........

(one behind the other's interesting)

2675.  Wed Dec 03, 2003 5:18 pm Reply with quote

Dolphins sleep not just with one eye open but with one half of their brain awake, so they don't drown. 8 hours completely awake, 8 hours left side on duty, 8 hours right side on duty. They aren't unique in this respect, either.

2678.  Wed Dec 03, 2003 5:28 pm Reply with quote

Do WE sleep with part of our brain in gear?

(Honestly, this is a serious question!)

2680.  Wed Dec 03, 2003 5:38 pm Reply with quote

I'm not an expert, but I'd guess that your metaphor is apposite - ie we sleep with the whole brain ticking over but the gearbox in neutral, whereas dolphins lack a "neutral" setting.

2685.  Wed Dec 03, 2003 5:54 pm Reply with quote

So are birds who sleep on the wing engaged or in neutral?
Also: we are apparently often asleep without knowing it.

2690.  Wed Dec 03, 2003 6:39 pm Reply with quote

We have an extended metaphor here: they're on autopilot.

2711.  Wed Dec 03, 2003 9:11 pm Reply with quote

Off the developing topic, but a random factoid to be cherished, if true (I read it in the Popbitch online newsletter so I do not vouch for it):

The Chinese for "Internet cafe" is Wangka.

2798.  Thu Dec 04, 2003 6:15 pm Reply with quote

(Another story tells how) the United States led the world in adopting a unified system of time zones in 1883, with the times in neighboring zones differing by exactly one hour. This was another victory for the railroads. The crucial convention to decide the fate of the time-zone system was held in St. Louis, Missouri. The voting was measured not by the number of delegates voting but by the miles of railroad track that they represented. The final vote was 79,041 miles of track in favor and 1,714 miles opposed. After that, cities were compelled to set their clocks by railroad time and not by local time.

2800.  Thu Dec 04, 2003 6:31 pm Reply with quote

Sorry Jenny but not true. The Chinese for that is "Wangba". If it's any consolation, by adding the syllable "dan", meaning egg, at the end, you get "wangbadan", literally "turtle egg", which is the Chinese equivalent of "asshole", as in "What an asshole!"

2803.  Thu Dec 04, 2003 10:44 pm Reply with quote

I stand corrected Hans - you'll have to email Popbitch and tell them :-)

2804.  Thu Dec 04, 2003 10:46 pm Reply with quote

The reason the time zones were adopted was that this was the first time in history that people and objects had to be prevented from colliding over long distances. Trains couldn't operate with the chaotic system operating before the adoption of time zones. These enabled railroad employees to use the telegraph to co-ordinate their watches and prevented trains from colliding with each other.


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