Daily Discovery: Strange Stories and Amazing Facts

text based emoticons dict

Most of the text based emoticons are either Japanese or Korean.

Japanese text based emoticons are called "kamoji" and doing a Google search on it would result to tons of sites that enumerate many of it.

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Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee underwent "isometric training" - done by holding a certain position for a certain amount of time in order to exercise the muscles. Such training is good for muscle toning.

Bruce Lee had only one testicle.

Why do cats have whiskers?

Question: Why do cats have whiskers?

Observation: All cats have whiskers.

Hypothesis #1
May be whiskers are cats' form of mustache - since we are to assume that every creature evolved from one parent life organism then such similarity may have stayed during the course evolution. This implies that whiskers have no particular use for cats.

Hypothesis #2
May be whiskers are like ant antennae. They assist in cats' olfactory sensing.

Whiskers are properly known as Vibrissae.
They don't only appear in the "mustache-area" or in the snout or muzzle of car (and most mammals) but also above the eyes (like eyebrows, but not really since cats don't have eyebrows).
Cat whiskers are especially sensitive. They use it to navigate through space - especially useful in judging if it will fit itself through a narrow opening. A cat's whiskers are usually as wide as its body, making space measurements more effective.

Fat affects your *thing*'s size

According to Vicky Belo, a famous cosmetic surgeon in the Philippines, during a radio interview where she answered questions from callers to that show, a fat man has a smaller penis.

This is not only due to the proportion of a fat man's body to his penis but also because an over weight body has more estrogen (female hormones) than a normal, leaner man's body. This is supported by other studies where a man with more muscles (a healthier, more fit man) has more testosterone (male hormones) in his system.

Cosmopolitan magazine however does not take "pumped up testosterone" light - it's not always a win-win situation. Just because a man has a better body, has more testosterone, doesn't mean he's more "desirable". Also according to studies, men with higher testosterone levels are more likely to cheat - blame it on their testosterone levels and lack of self discipline. However, just because there is such a tendency, it doesn't make it normal and uncontrollable.

Fw: 8 Main Causes of Liver Damage

  1. Sleeping too late and waking up too late are main cause.
  2. Not urinating in the morning.
  3. Too much eating.
  4. Skipping breakfast.
  5. Consuming too much medication.
  6. Consuming too much preservatives, additives, food coloring, and artificial sweetener.
  7. Consuming unhealthy cooking oil. As much as possible reduce cooking oil use when frying, which includes even the best cooking oils like olive oil. Do not consume fried foods when you are tired, except if the body is very fit.
  8. Consuming raw (overly done) foods also add to the burden of liver. Veggies should be eaten raw or cooked 3-5 parts. Fried veggies should be finished in one sitting, do not store.

Fw: Brain Damaging Habits

1. No Breakfast
People who do not take breakfast are going to have a lower blood sugar level.
This leads to an insufficient supply of nutrients to the brain causing brain degeneration.

2. Overeating
It causes hardening of the brain arteries, leading to a decrease in mental power.

3. Smoking
It causes multiple brain shrinkage and may lead to Alzheimer disease.

4. High Sugar consumption
Too much sugar will interrupt the absorption of proteins and nutrients causing malnutrition and may interfere with brain development.

5. Air Pollution
The brain is the largest oxygen consumer in our body. Inhaling polluted air decreases the supply of oxygen to the brain, bringing about a decrease in brain efficiency.

6. Sleep Deprivation
Sleep allows our brain to rest. Long term deprivation from sleep will accelerate the death of brain cells.

7. Head covered while sleeping
Sleeping with the head covered increases the concentration of carbon dioxide and decrease concentration of oxygen that may lead to brain damaging effects.

8. Working your brain during illness
Working hard or studying with sickness may lead to a decrease in effectiveness of the brain as well as damage the brain.

9. Lacking in stimulating thoughts
Thinking is the best way to train our brain, lacking in brain stimulation thoughts may cause brain shrinkage.

10. Talking Rarely
Intellectual conversations will promote the efficiency of the brain

Fw: Top 5 Cancer-Causing Foods

1. Hot dogs
Because they are high in nitrates, the Cancer Prevention Coalition advises that children eat no more than 12 hot dogs a month. If you can't live without hot dogs, buy those made without sodium nitrate.

2. Processed meats and bacon
Also high in the same sodium nitrates found in hot dogs, bacon, and other processed meats raise the risk of heart disease. The saturated fat in bacon also contributes to cancer.

3. Doughnuts
Doughnuts are cancer-causing double trouble. First, they are made with white flour, sugar, and hydrogenated oils, then fried at high temperatures. Doughnuts, says Adams , may be the worst food you can possibly eat to raise your risk of cancer.

4. French fries
Like doughnuts, French fries are made with hydrogenated oils and then fried at high temperatures. They also contain cancer- causing acryl amides which occur during the frying process. They should be called cancer fries, not French fries, said Adams .

5. Chips, crackers, and cookies
All are usually made with white flour and sugar. Even the ones whose labels claim to be free of trans-fats generally contain small amounts of trans-fats.