8 Questions You Did Not Know The Answer To

Searching for answers is part of human nature, but here are eight questions that we were either too afraid or too lazy to ask. 

What does ‘OK’ stand for?

We use the term everyday of our lives, but do any of us know what it stands for? Let’s find out. Ok?

It’s the late 1830s in Boston and newspapers enjoyed creating fanciful abbreviations such as “OW” for “all right”. While none of them found a place into our dictionaries, they cleared the path for OK to become a norm. In its issue of March 23, 1839, the Boston Morning post introduced o.k. as the abbreviation for ‘all correct’ in the middle of a long paragraph.

The abbreviation survived through a lucky coincidence as American Presidential candidate in 1840, Martin Van Burren, who was nicknamed Old Kinderhook, adopted the slogan “Old Kinderhook is OK”. At the same time, a false tale was doing the rounds that a previous president could not spell to save his life and approved documents with an “OK” for “all correct”. The joke being that neither “all” or “right” began with an “O” or a “K”

Despite it being grammatically incorrect, the term caught on and over a decade later, people started signing OK on documents and using it on the telegraph to signal the approval of a document as it was easy enough to say and distinctively clear.  

Why is it hard to remember dreams?

Waking up covered in your own sweat after a terrifying nightmare, one thinks, “that I will never forget.” Sure you will, as you will most of the dreams in your lifetime.  

University of Utah’s Dr Kevin Walker, who is board certified in both neurology and sleep medicine, explains that the brain has a process of converting information from the short-term memory into long term, which doesn’t occur while we sleep. If people wake up right after the dream, they recall some of the visions. However, if we go right back to sleep or are distracted, the process of converting the information from the dream into the long-term memory is interrupted and we forget.

Do fish drink water?

One would think that fish drink either too much or too little water, but it depends mainly on their habitat.

"Marine fish drink, but freshwater fish don't," says Bernardi of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California.

He explains that freshwater fish are ‘saltier’ than their environment and through osmosis, water goes into their bodies through the gills, filling them up. The last thing that is on the minds of these freshwater dwellers is more H20.

On the other hand, the sea is saltier than saltwater fishes. As a result, the water leaves their bodies at the gills and in order to compensate, they feel the need to drink a lot. However, the consumption means they take in a lot of salt, which they get rid off through specialized cells called chloride cells that are found in the gills.

Who buys the outrageous designs from fashion show ramps?

As outrageous as they may look, clothes worn by models on runways are actually bought by normal people. The price for looking ridiculous can be above $70,000.

Wall Street Journal reported that Ana Pettus, a 42-year-old Dallas mother, spent $74,000 to buy a gold, fringed V-neck mini-dress she saw at the Balmain Fashion Show in Paris.

It now hangs in one of her four closets, joining styles from Alexander McQueen and Yves Saint Laurent. Among her collection is a black-and-white Dolce & Gabbana gown with a giant picture of Marilyn Monroe. She says she loves the exclusivity. But for that price?

Why does a woman's mouth hang open when she puts on eye makeup?

Women will acknowledge that applying eye makeup with their mouths closed is as difficult as trying to sneeze with their eyes open.

Now that the ladies reading this article have repeated their eye makeup pose, they would be interested to know that dropping the jaw is the same as a reflex that relaxes the orbicularis oris, or the muscles that control the mouth.

When putting something close to the eye intentionally, people relax their face as much as possible so that they don't poke their eyes out. It also pulls the skin tighter around the eye, making the area wider and easier to apply makeup. Another interesting fact is that women also hold their breath and eventually drop their jaw to breathe through their mouth when concentrating on their eye makeup.

Why do we get hiccups?

The answer to this all important question is quite simple. As human’s we all have a tendency to eat too fast or consume food that is either very hot or very cold. In any of these cases, the diaphragm goes into a spasm, making us breathe quickly, and causing the vocal chords to snap.

Now comes the time to reach for the glass of water because you have a case of the hiccups.

Why do we get brain freeze when we eat or drink something cold?

Ever taken a bite of your favorite ice cream, savored the flavor, only for your head to feel like it is about to explode when you swallow it down? Welcome to the brain freeze.

Probably tired of suffering the same phenomenon, a team at Harvard Medical School, in 2012, decided to find out more about the ice cream headache. They found that an increase in pressure of blood flow to the brain causes the stabbing pain and it’s your body’s way of telling you to slow down.    

Dr. Jorge Serrador, a cardiovascular electronics researcher, found that an artery in the brain that supplies oxygenated blood increased in size when his subjects drank ice-cold water. As blood flow to the brain increased, each subject reported a pain in the forehead. However, as the temperature of the palate rose, the artery returned to normal size and the headache was gone.

He concluded that as the temperature of your palate drops, blood vessels dilate to warm up that area again. The quick pace of the process causes pain receptors to be fired off and release prostaglandin, which causes that awful pain.

Why is football called football?

Although one barely touches the ball with their feet, American Football can trace its name back to Rugby Football, a sport where the feet are used to kick the call at a goal or successfully carry it over the line. In either case, the feet are required to kick the ball or carry it over for a touchdown. Another derivative of Rugby Football is soccer. In earlier times, football had virtually no rules and its origins can be traced back to the 1600s.  

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