Why is something disgusting said to be “Gross”?

May 19th, 2010

Gross was a prejudging way to call obese or overweight people. Gross is from a latin word, more specifically “grossus”, it’s meaning can be thick or large. In the 14th century that word spawned another word which was grocer, which meant a merchant who sold tons of items. See the connection between that grocer word and grocery? Yes they have a history together. To a man studying in finance gross means “without deductions”. To “Gross Out” in the emotion sense means being disgusted by something really over the top, the expression came to be in our standard language around 1960s.

There is an insect in Africa which is called Ptyelus Grossus, it is suppose to be one of the most disgusting things to look at. The images might not horrify you but seeing them in real will turn your stomach upside down.

Why do we say someone’s indecisive?

May 19th, 2010

It all happened during the Revolutionary War, a famous New Jersey jurist, Judge Imlay, hadn’t yet decided which side to chose revolutionaries or loyalists, so when Big George(yes Washington) talked to one of the Judge’s slaves he asked him what was the judge’s side. Washington actually fell in love with what the slave had to say. Washington said it so many times that the sentence became standard in our language. What the slave did say was “Until my master knows which is the strongest group, he’s staying on the fence.”

Imlay was born in Imlaystown, notice the similarity between the family name of James and his hometown. The town is now historical preserved for it’s historical importance in our society.

What is the difference between a web and cobweb?

May 19th, 2010

One of the most despised species in human kind are Spiders. Some scientists even believe we are now born with a fear for them. Many are fear it but others find them just annoying, especially those webs in the warehouse which is barely visible to the human eye. Sometimes we hear people say a spider’s web then sometimes they say cobweb so what is actually the difference between these to words?

If you thought it was hard for us to see these webs, it’s on a whole other level for these insects. That is why there are always tons of spiders stuck on corners of an old building. Talking of old, when a place gets old, dust collects and when that happens a web becomes a cobweb. The word cobweb came to be in the 13th century, it had evolved from the word Coppe which meant spider in those days.

The Connection Between Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, and Charlie Chaplin with Adolf Hitler?

May 18th, 2010

How come all these people are connected in some way? All of them are politicians except for Chaplin who was a famous English comedian. Chaplin and the German dictator had more in common than one would believe. Chaplin and Hitler were born in the same hour of the same week in the same year.

The connection between the three politicians is a bit different. Franklin and Winston both hated Adolf with great passion. But he kind made them into the heroes they’re now. January 30th, the day Gandhi died, the day Winston Churchill passed away too, the day Hitler became chancellor of Germany and the day of Franklin’s birth.

Medical Biller Facts

May 17th, 2010

In a world filled with behind the scene policies. Medical Billers and Coders are perhaps the most important behind the scene workers in our current world. This text will elaborate on the most intriguing aspects of this job.

What does the job consist of?

A patient needs to see his doctor, upon seeing him he orders a few tests. The coder/biller, who works in the doctor’s office, will assign codes to each of the tests. What makes him important you ask? The coder’s code will be used for communication between the doctor and the insurance company of the client. If the communication codes are flawed the insurance company will refuse to pay up for their client.

Here are a few interesting things about medical billing and coding.

• Did you know coders/billers need the understanding of ABCs of medical terminology? Which there are over 100s of terms, each suffix and prefix correspond to […] Continue Reading…

Do you need a university to be smart?

May 16th, 2010

D o you need to go to the university to become smart? In most cases yes, the more education you get the better the chances are that your IQ will be high. But this has not been the case for a few of the smartest people to have ever graced our planet. Formal education doesn’t guarantee good wits. Albert Einstein, one of the smartest man in the science field, who created all sorts of formulas, he left school at 15 years old because his teacher called him “retarded”.  One of the most famous electricians, Thomas Edison dropped school at 8.  50% of North America’s people who have the Genius level IQ never graduated from high school.

So even a standard education isn’t required to be really smart. Some might argue that a really select few have  been able to done that and not the majority, which is actually true.

Why is a timid person said to have “cold feet”?

May 16th, 2010

To have cold feet means to lose your nerve when facing a dangerous predicament. It’s meaning changed from nervous to coward centuries ago. This is a bit harsh because everyone’s body extremities become cold when nervous, not only of cowards. When the body knows you’re about to fight or run, it transfers all the blood into the vital organs instead of spreading it around like normally.

Did you know that there is no substance that can replace blood in your body and that 7% of your current body weight is blood, also an average adult has 14-18 pints of blood inside his body.

Why do we say “rise and shine” in the morning?

May 15th, 2010

When we want to wake someone up in the morning we say to them “rise and shine”. But do they actually do rise and shine? and where does this weird English expression come from?

The Marine Way

The term was born in the marines rigorous camps. The men who wanted to become marines need to wake up really early in the morning, a person would go in the barracks and would shout “rise and shine”, which would mean for the others to wake up and clean their boots for checking. Did you know the marines were created in the 1700s. They were used to fight alongside the British Forces, before coming into their own.

Why do we say “break a leg” when wishing luck?

May 15th, 2010

Going to a job interview? Someone tells you “Break a leg” and it means good luck, don’t mess up. What kind of maniacal society do we live in? The expression has an origin which does represent our world violently.

During the World War 1, air combat was one of the most difficult and dangerous aspects of the war. German soldiers wished each other luck by saying “break a neck and a leg” which was often considered a good thing since most of the time the pilots would lose their lives, which was a lot common.  After the war german actors picked up the line, wishing other luck in their jobs. Eventually the expression went to Britain and then America, where it became “break a leg”.

Why is a list of people you hate called “a black list”?

May 15th, 2010

If you’ve ever been messed with by someone, you probably said you’re in my black list. Black listing is list of people who are denied a certain privilege or are ready to be dealt with by some action. The American Congress use to black list artists during the 1950s, it was considered an horrible act to do. People who have lots of enemies have black lists to remember them.

Black List’s History

It began when King Henry VIII Of England, whose black book contained the evil deeds the monastery had done, thus giving justification to his purge against them.