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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #5550 on: November 07, 2012, 09:34:37 PM »
I went to a baby shower today- the baby was born prematurely, so she was just a little past her due date now. She was a newborn size, but had 'unfolded' and would nestle up to you like you'd expect a month-old baby would do. I enjoyed holding her, but I've never really wanted one of my own. I just enjoy doing my part in welcoming a new person to the neighborhood.  ;D

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #5551 on: November 08, 2012, 04:18:06 AM »
A discussion I had on FB with my brother: I was explaining why I had stopped visiting a certain 'funny images' website (much sexism, racism in both images and comments section). My brother argued that i shouldn't let it get to me because so many people are dumb and stupid anyways, and that intelligence was actually a rare trait (not said in a tomgue in the cheek way, but fully serious). I argued back that such issues were not always linked to intelligence but is more linked to upbringing, culture and a lack of knowledge. I also don't believe that the large majority of the people is dumb and stupid, that is an elitist view.
My brother tried to proove how many are stupid by pointing out how many have voted for political party X - again, beimg fully serious. (linda unrelevant, but this was about a dutch political party). Using politics to argue that people are dumb was so brainhurty for me...I really didn't want to continue that discussion.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #5552 on: November 08, 2012, 05:40:31 AM »
Remember, half of the population is below average.

Half is also above average.  :D
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #5553 on: November 08, 2012, 05:49:27 AM »
Remember, half of the population is below average.

Half is also above average.  :D

That would be median, not average :)

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #5554 on: November 08, 2012, 06:53:48 AM »
Remember, half of the population is below average.

Half is also above average.  :D

That would be median, not average :)

Median is a type of "average", the others being mean and mode.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #5555 on: November 08, 2012, 08:56:25 AM »
Regardless... wouldn't some people just be at average (or median, etc), not above or below?

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« Reply #5556 on: November 08, 2012, 10:02:10 AM »
I have seen Facebook advertisements for a clothing store that's trying to give off a sweetheart/vintage vibe. The name of the store, though, is Riffraff, which has some negative connotations. Why didn't they just name their store "the filthy, unwashed masses"?  ???

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #5557 on: November 08, 2012, 10:31:57 AM »
It makes my brain hurt when people say that, while dieting, you shouldn't drink diet soda or Crystal Light-type drinks because of the artificial sweeteners possibly causing sugar cravings.
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I hadn't heard this version, but I have heard/read to avoid diet sodas for weight control purposes because the feeling of virtue from picking a diet soda can translate into letting yourself splurge on something else high-calorier...  Possibly brain-hurty but at least partially backed by a 2005 study discussed here:

http://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20050613/drink-more-diet-soda-gain-more-weight
There was a commercial for one of the artificial sweeteners that showed just this.  The person virtuously putting two packets of the stuff in their morning coffee, then chowing down on a Big Mac-size hamburger for lunch.  Because, you know, they saved THIRTY-TWO WHOLE CALORIES by skipping the two teaspoons of sugar.

But I think a lot of people would eat the same burger with whichever soda they ordered, and burger plus diet soda really is fewer calories than the same burger plus regular soda. That and once you're used to diet soda, the other stuff tastes wrong, so you're not going to just switch to regular for that one meal because "oh well, I'm already eating something that's bad for me." Because it'll taste yukky.

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« Reply #5558 on: November 08, 2012, 10:32:31 AM »
Regardless... wouldn't some people just be at average (or median, etc), not above or below?

If you want to get into the world of statistics, a value like IQ measured across an entire population assumes a continuous, normal distribution. In such a situation, no one person is exactly at the mean, but many people cluster around that mean.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #5559 on: November 08, 2012, 10:36:05 AM »
I have seen Facebook advertisements for a clothing store that's trying to give off a sweetheart/vintage vibe. The name of the store, though, is Riffraff, which has some negative connotations. Why didn't they just name their store "the filthy, unwashed masses"?  ???

At least to me, RiffRaff actually conjures up images of the Rocky Horror Picture Show - so I would imagine them selling corsets and other lingerie in "manly" sizes.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #5560 on: November 08, 2012, 10:37:33 AM »
I have seen Facebook advertisements for a clothing store that's trying to give off a sweetheart/vintage vibe. The name of the store, though, is Riffraff, which has some negative connotations. Why didn't they just name their store "the filthy, unwashed masses"?  ???

At least to me, RiffRaff actually conjures up images of the Rocky Horror Picture Show - so I would imagine them selling corsets and other lingerie in "manly" sizes.

I was thinking of the cat from the Heathcliff cartoons...I would fully expect to see him and his crew hanging out in the window. :)
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #5561 on: November 08, 2012, 11:01:15 AM »

So basically she's saying that the one, tiny sentence per day made him more recognisable to the baby than the voice of the person he literally lived inside of 24/7 for several months? ???   I just can't comprehend how that would make sense to anybody.  I guess you could argue proximity, e.g. the mother's voice is further away whereas the Dad was leaning in closer... but nope, I still can't see any way that makes sense. 
Babies can be attracted to certain voices/vocal ranges. My father is magic with babies- they will instantly stop crying and watch his face with as much fascination as they are capable (depending upon their age). He doesn't coochy-coo, he just talks seriously to them. So perhaps that papa also has a voice that's incredibly attractive to his infant, whereas the mother's voice just turned into background noise?  :D

My husband works with a guy whose nickname is 'Baby Whisperer.' Whenever there's a potluck or work function that someone brings a kidlet to, BW winds up holding him/her at some point. The baby promptly does one of two things - goes wide-eyed and starts trying to play with BW's beard, or falls completely to sleep. It's hilarious, and pretty sweet too. He's almost always found with a drooling baby asleep on his shoulder while arguing football.

What hurts my brain is people saying: "Ohh, Mr. Seraphia! Don't let Seraphia hold the baby or she'll start wanting one!" Funny, I didn't think pregnancy was contagious.
It does happen!  When Elfqueen's best friend first held Elfbaby, BF said "OH, I WANT ONE!"  Guess what little gift she got 9 months later?  ;)
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #5562 on: November 08, 2012, 11:04:56 AM »
Remember, half of the population is below average.

Half is also above average.  :D

That would be median, not average :)

Median is a type of "average", the others being mean and mode.

If we're getting picky, mean, median and mode are all "measures of central tendency."  :)
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #5563 on: November 08, 2012, 12:14:24 PM »
This made my brain hurt the other day, and I wish I knew the answer to why it happened, but I was so flummoxed I just walked away...

I went to have some sushi at a stand in a food court. I ordered soup, a scallop roll and two servings of maki.

The soup and the roll came, no problem, they were great. Then I waited. And waited and waited. No maki. Then the waitress came with my bill. I wasn't charged for the maki, but you could see where I had checked it off on the menu.

I told her that I didn't get my maki, and she said, "Yes, we didn't make it for you."

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I was so baffled that I said ok and left.  I have no idea what that was about. I was still hungry and had to go get something else to eat!

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #5564 on: November 08, 2012, 12:33:46 PM »
This made my brain hurt the other day, and I wish I knew the answer to why it happened, but I was so flummoxed I just walked away...

I went to have some sushi at a stand in a food court. I ordered soup, a scallop roll and two servings of maki.

The soup and the roll came, no problem, they were great. Then I waited. And waited and waited. No maki. Then the waitress came with my bill. I wasn't charged for the maki, but you could see where I had checked it off on the menu.

I told her that I didn't get my maki, and she said, "Yes, we didn't make it for you."

 :o

I was so baffled that I said ok and left.  I have no idea what that was about. I was still hungry and had to go get something else to eat!

That is BIZARRE.  It actually crosses into rudeness, despite the waitress' politeness.  (I'm assuming she was polite about it, anyway.)
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