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  1. #61
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    Misconceptions about New Yorkers or New York:

    1) Not all New Yorkers have the distinct "Noo Yawk" accent.

    2) As it is with Florida, living in NYC isn't all that exciting unless you actually live in Manhattan.

    3) Living in NYC doesn't necessarily make one superior when it comes to knowing about the subway systems, their lines, the stops, and etc. Same goes for the bus.
    Gustav Holst was right!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paulie
    John and Bravo, you haven't tried my grilled chicken. It's legendary in these parts. I'll share some at FORTCon.
    Hey, looks like we were promised some chicken. Good luck getting that grill on the plane.

    Great old thread!!! I had a lot of fun reading back through it. Being from Kentucky, we have more misconceptions than you can shake a stick at. The entire state isn't full of Thoroughbreds and whiskey. Not that I would mind that so much.
    "Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter."- Yoda

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    Misconception about quiet people:
    They are unhappy.
    Not true in my opinion. I am a very quiet person, I am just very shy.

  4. #64
    It is a misconception that you get sick from going outside with wet hair or from not wearing a coat when it is cold. I am talking flu or that type of sick.

    The thing is germs are passed person to person so people seem to get sick more during colder months, but it is because they are inside more and confined in a closer area to one another where germs can be passed easier.

    You can also swim on a full stomach nothing will happen.

  5. #65
    First about Norway:
    *Not everybody in Norway is blonde, and no the dark-haired people do NOT get sent to a tribe up North .... :-) (my husband actually read this in some kind of encyclopedia several years ago... LOL)

    *Not everyone in Norway likes fish...like the rest of the world, there are a variety of people living there with a variety of likes and likes-not :-)

    *LUTEFISK is probably more popular among the Norwegian descentant living in the USA than it is in Norway itself ..... (For those of you who don't know, Lutefisk is cod soaked in lye for about a week, then boiled & eaten with potato & butter...looks like a pile of grey jello when it's done & lying on your place...yum...NOT!

    Some general facts:

    *Bats aren't really blind, at night they actually see a lot better than we do (Although they don't see color)... they just choose to "see" via their sonar system instead of their eyes.

    Here are a bunch of interesting fact/fiction statements I bookmarked a while back from MSN:

    * Old wives say: An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
    Eating an apple is a great way to get essential nutrients into your diet, but no more so than chowing down on other fruits or vegetables, according to Sharron Coplin, a registered dietitian and professor of nutrition at Ohio State University. Fresh produce contains antioxidants, which can lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer and other diseases. Sure, apples are good for you, but oranges, bananas and mangoes would be just as effective at keeping the doc at bay.
    Final verdict: True

    * Old wives say: If you swallow gum, it takes seven years for your body to digest it.
    Nope, says Cynthia Yoshida, M.D., director of the Women's Gastrointestinal Clinic at the University of Virginia. "If you swallow a tooth, a penny or even gum, it goes right through your system," she says. "Although it's sticky, gum does not attach itself to the well-lubricated lining of the gastrointestinal tract."
    Final verdict: False

    * Old wives say: Sitting too close to the television is bad for your eyes.
    Getting up close and personal with the tube isn't really harmful, says Anne Sumers, M.D., a spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. "It may fatigue your eyes temporarily, but it's not bad for them," she says. "The same goes for reading without adequate light. The fact that people's eyes get worse each year is simply attributable to the aging eye."
    Final verdict: False

    * Old wives say: Fish is brain food.
    "Fish is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, and that's important in the development of the brain," says Coplin. Research shows that fish eaters have less plaque in their arteries, so they have better blood flow to the brain, which may be associated with better overall mental function. In addition, fish contains important B vitamins that help with cognitive ability and memory, says nutritionist Janine Whiteson, author of "Get a Real Food Life."
    Final verdict: True

    * Old wives say: You'll catch a cold if you go outside with wet hair.
    This notion is malarkey, says to David Whitaker, D.O., an emergency medicine physician in New Jersey. "Colds are caused only by viruses," he says. Going outside with a soaking head (or forgetting your jacket on a chilly day) isn't going to make you sick.
    Final verdict: False

    * Old wives say: Eat the crust of the bread -- it's especially good for you.
    A crumb of bread crust has eight times the amount of cancer-fighting antioxidants as a crumb from another part of the slice, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. (However, eating the crust won't turn your hair curly or your teeth whiter, as you may have heard.)
    Final verdict: True

    * Old wives say: Stress and spicy foods cause ulcers.
    Overconsumption of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as Advil and Aleve, and the bacteria H. pylori are the two major causes of ulcers, reports Dr. Yoshida. Stress and eating piquant foods can cause indigestion or even acid reflux, but they don't create ulcers -- they just irritate them.
    Final verdict: False

    * Old wives say: Eating carrots is good for your eyes.
    Mom had the right idea but the wrong vegetable. The nutrient lutein -- found in small amounts in carrots -- has been shown to reduce the severity of the age-related eye disease macular degeneration (one of the top causes of vision loss). Broccoli, spinach and other green leafy vegetables are much better sources.
    Final verdict: False

    * Old wives say: You'll be healthier if your head points to the south when you sleep.
    This notion may get its basis from the Chinese practice of feng shui, the art of arranging objects in your environment to achieve harmony in life. But according to Whitaker, there's no need to bring a compass to the bedroom -- this tale isn't supported by medical fact.
    Final verdict: False

    * Old wives say: Don't cross your eyes; they'll stay that way.
    You may look funny when you cross your eyes, but your pupils will be just fine, says Dr. Sumers. People with perpetually crossed eyes aren't being punished for making goofy faces. Rather, faulty messages from their brain cause these individuals' eyes to be misaligned.
    Final verdict: False

    * Old wives say: Don't crack your knuckles -- it causes arthritis.
    "The 'cracking' is actually caused by the bursting of a bubble of nitrogen that forms inside the joint when the joint moves," says John Klippel, M.D., medical director of the Arthritis Foundation. "Popping your knuckles may be annoying to others, but it doesn't cause arthritis, enlarged joints or musculoskeletal problems."
    Final verdict: False

    * Old wives say: You'll go deaf listening to loud music.
    Pumping up the volume can damage your inner ear, says Whitaker. A study from the Institute of Laryngology and Otology at University College in London found that 62% of nightclub regulars and 72% of people who regularly attend rock concerts have experienced hearing problems, including premature hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
    Final verdict: True

    * Old wives say: Having sex can induce labor.
    "There are no concrete medical studies showing that sex will bring on labor," says Meg Autry, M.D., an associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at the University of California at San Francisco. "That said, orgasm is known to cause uterine contractions, and semen contains prostaglandins, which are involved in the onset of labor and are part of medications that we use to induce labor."
    Final verdict: No proof, but it may be fun to try! (Caution: Doctors recommend that certain women abstain, including those who are expecting twins, have cervical difficulties, or experience vaginal bleeding. Talk to your doctor before getting busy.)

  6. #66
    Good Post!

    Me, being Japanese, set things clear.

    Sushi is NOT raw fish.

    Raw fish = Sachimi...

    Sachimi "CAN" be only Sushi.... but sushi itself is NOT raw fish.

    Sushi - holds many different varieties with a sticky rice.

    ... this is one misconceptions which i know many people make.

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    That if you're from the South, you have a Southern accent and/or drawl.

    Not true. I am a Southerner. A down-home, dyed-in-the-wool Southerner.

    I don't have a Southern accent or drawl. Never did. And believe me, I caught ten different kinds of hell for that, particularly when I was growing up from other kids around me in school. I still hear some of the following questions to this day, though not quite as much:

    "You sound like a Yankee!" "Are you from up North?" "Where are you from?"

    Can I slip into using traditional Southern lingo when I talk? Yup. Can I light up the room with a stereotypical Southern accent and drawl when I'm extremely, extremely angry? Yup, from what I've been told.

    But no, all Southerners do NOT have a Southern accent or drawl.

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    I love sachimi, especially with soy and wasabi.
    Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!" -- Steve Parker

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    People automatically think Japanese people have all the latest gadgets and all.

    False....maybe 1 out of 100 japanese people would have the latest technology. You have no idea how expensive all these new gadgets, hangphones, PDA's, Laptop Technology technology is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wyndemere
    *LUTEFISK is probably more popular among the Norwegian descentant living in the USA than it is in Norway itself ..... (For those of you who don't know, Lutefisk is cod soaked in lye for about a week, then boiled & eaten with potato & butter...looks like a pile of grey jello when it's done & lying on your place...yum...NOT!
    I have to agree on that one, Lutefisk is a travesty of seafood. My mom's side of the family is always going to lutefisk dinners, etc., and they assume that people such as myself who like seafood will like it too. I'd rather go and eat some random thing off the street than eat lutefisk. I think it became a "tradition" here because that was the only way to have fish inland 100 years ago but now that method of preservation isn't necessary. It's as if they still want to punish themselves when perfectly good fish is available everywhere.
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