Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Random Stuff You May Not Know: Eight

1- Hit by a Meteorite?

Random Stuff You May Not Know: Eight by Omar Cherif

One of historys rare confirmed meteorite victim, Ann Hodges, was simply napping on the couch on a clear November 1954 afternoon in Sylacauga, Alabama when a fragment of a fast-moving softball-size hunk of black rock broke through the ceiling, bounced off a radio, and hit her in the thigh, leaving a pineapple-shaped bruise. The odds of this happening seems to be so unreal that Michael Reynolds, a Florida State College astronomer commented: Think of how many people have lived throughout human history... you have a better chance of getting hit by a tornado and a bolt of lightning and a hurricane all at the same time.

Even though she survived the hit, Ann later suffered a nervous breakdown. In 1964 she and her husband, Eugene, separated, then she eventually died in 1972 of kidney failure at a Sylacaugan nursing home. She was only 52 years of age. Eugene believes that the media frenzy which followed the incident ultimately led to his wife’s nervous breakdown.

Was it some kind of hyperdimentional curse? 

EDIT (Feb, 2017):

After re-sharing this article recently, a cousin sent me
a link titled Some interesting meteorite falls of the last two centuries. The list dates back to 1807 until 2013 and according to it, our Alabama woman is not History’s only confirmed meteorite victim as she is widely described. She is though the only American human victim, while other meteorites have fallen in the U.S throughout the years to hit one horse plus multiple houses, cars, even a mailbox. 

Apparently, the first recorded incident of a meteorite victim was from 1825 India (considered possible). The following is from 1827 also in India when a man was wounded. 1874 in China a child was killed. In 1879, a French farmer killed. A family was killed in 1907 China. Also in China in 1915 a womans arm was torn off when hit by a meteorite. A young girls head was injured in 1927 Japan. In 1929, a man died while his new wife was injured in Yugoslavia. Plus a dog in Egypt in 1911 and some more animals. I wonder, then, why Ann Hodges is thought to be the only one in the entire world. Mayhap because it happened in America. 
And now we’re closer to the truth. 

2- Psychological Sex Rivals” May Help

Random Stuff You May Not Know: Eight

Women who hang out with more male friends and co-workers have more frequent sex with their partners than women who have fewer male influences in their life.

The study from Oakland University — published in the Journal of Comparative Psychology — found that men often perceive their female partner’s abundance of male friends to be a form of “sperm competition psychology,” in which the men have more sex with their girlfriends due to the potential of “sex rivals”. However, the researchers revealed that this is only the case among men who initially perceive their partner to be particularly attractive compared to other men who partook in the same study. Ta-Da

3- Callipygian

Random Stuff You May Not Know: Eight by Omar Cherif

Callipygian (adj): An English word for having a shapely rear end; a beautiful butt.

Callipygian, or Callipygean, comes from Greek Kallipūgos, from the combination of Kallos ‘Beauty’ + Pūgē ‘Buttocks’. The word was famously used to name a naked statue of the Greek Goddess of Love, Venus ― also known as “Aphrodite Kallipygos” and the “Callipygian Venus”. The naming literally means “Venus (or Aphrodite) of the beautiful buttocks”.

Synonyms are: Bootylicious, bumtastic, and rumpalicious. ‘Callipygous’ is another variant of the word.

You’re most welcome for this next idea for fancy compliments.

*Inspired by this morning
s jogger... and her Lab.

4- Balls and Boobs Are Uneven

Random Stuff You May Not Know: Eight by Omar Cherif
If we
re at it, then let us talk about other sets in the human body.

Around the time I reached puberty, I noticed that one of my testicles sometimes hangs lower than the other. I told my dad and he said that it’s not something good. Though I remember he wasn’t too alarmed, which made me not give it much attention.

As I grew up my cojones grew with me, and the left ones would still hang lower than the right one. Not all the time, but most of it ― except when they shrink when cold or excited.

More than 25 years later I decided to Google my ‘abnormality’. And BAM.

“One testicle is often slightly larger than the other. This is usually normal and nothing to worry about. However, if you notice that one testicle has enlarged you should ask your doctor to check it. Usually, the right testicle is larger than the left. Also, one testicle (usually the left) often hangs lower than the other.”

So apparently I’m not the freak I always thought I was.

Interestingly, 65 percent of women have the left breast larger than the right, which is the same percentage of men having a left testis hanging lower than the right.

Knowledge is power. It's even free these days. 

On a parallel note, check Whats the Story with Blue Balls (and Blue Vulva)? to know what's that all about.

5- The Man Who Survived The Titanic Then Became a Tennis Champion
Random Stuff You May Not Know: Eight by Omar Cherif
Richard Dick Norris Williams II (January 29, 1891 – June 2, 1968),
generally known as R. Norris Williams
was an American tennis
player as well as an RMS Titanic survivor.

He had won the Swiss Championship in 1911 before entering Harvard a year later. He was then on board of the Titanic with his father when disaster struck.
Even though he had to spend hours in the freezing water, helping people, he managed to climb on top of one the life boats. However, the doctor on board of the RMS Carpathia, which rescued most of the survivors, wanted to amputate his legs.

Williams, who was 21 at the time, refused to go with the doctor’s decision and voted against the amputation. He managed to get up and take walks every couple of hours on the board of Carpathia, which has healed him. He fully recovered from his severe injuries the same year and went on to enter the US Tennis Championship and actually won it! He become the intercollegiate tennis champion in singles (1913, 1915) and doubles (1914, 1915).

The young man further won many more championships and titles. He also served in World War I and received several honors. After the war was over, he returned back to tennis.

Williams died in 1968 of emphysema at the age of 77.


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