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  • The Top Ten Daily Consequences of Having Evolved

    A fun read from Smithsonian Magazine, 11/19/10. Enjoy!

    The Top Ten Daily Consequences of Having Evolved | Science & Nature | Smithsonian Magazine

  • #2
    Interesting stuff, thanks!
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    • #3
      This was interesting to me:

      "One of the reasons it is so difficult to stop hiccupping is that the entire process is controlled by a part of our brain that evolved long before consciousness, and so try as you might, you cannot think hiccups away."

      I'm actually the only person I know of who can stop hiccupping at will. I just decide to stop... and they stop. My whole life I've never understood why other people can't do this, or why I can.

      Anyone else out there able to stop when they feel like it?

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      • #4
        Cool article
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        • #5
          Number 8 is funny to me because I have my wisdom teeth and never had any problems with them. Does that mean I have a small brain? If so, at least I now have an excuse for all the bone-headed things I do.
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          • #6
            Probably means you have properly-developed jaws, unlike most modern-society-dwelling people. The notion that hunter-gatherers, who are anatomically modern and don't have smaller brains than anyone else, need to extract their wisdom teeth or risk painful and deadly impactions and abscesses is laughable (not a lot of dentists on the savannah). Developmentally normal humans have jaws that accommodate their teeth just fine, but people who grow up on modern industrial diets are not developmentally normal. Similarly back pain is not an issue for people who follow ancestral behavior and movement patterns, but it is for people who spend a lot of their day sitting or standing in one spot rather than moving around naturally.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by ciep View Post
              This was interesting to me:

              "One of the reasons it is so difficult to stop hiccupping is that the entire process is controlled by a part of our brain that evolved long before consciousness, and so try as you might, you cannot think hiccups away."

              I'm actually the only person I know of who can stop hiccupping at will. I just decide to stop... and they stop. My whole life I've never understood why other people can't do this, or why I can.

              Anyone else out there able to stop when they feel like it?
              Hey cool lie bro.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by ciep View Post
                This was interesting to me:

                "One of the reasons it is so difficult to stop hiccupping is that the entire process is controlled by a part of our brain that evolved long before consciousness, and so try as you might, you cannot think hiccups away."

                I'm actually the only person I know of who can stop hiccupping at will. I just decide to stop... and they stop. My whole life I've never understood why other people can't do this, or why I can.

                Anyone else out there able to stop when they feel like it?
                I can't stop at will, but drinking from the other side of the cup works for me every time.
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                • #9
                  Definitely food for thought. My hubby hipnotised me many (like 30) years ago and told me to stop hicupping if he said "boo" (like scaring or suprising someone) and to this day, it will stop my hicupps. So funny! I've even called him on the phone and it works!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by iniQuity View Post
                    Hey cool lie bro.
                    Haha. Unfortunately, opportunities to prove myself don't come along often. All I can say is I promise it's true.
                    Last edited by ciep; 08-15-2011, 07:07 AM. Reason: Spelling

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                    • #11
                      The "hold breath for a slow 10 count" works for me whenever I get hiccups.
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                      • #12
                        I get hiccups pretty much every day, and I am also able to stop them sometimes. Sometimes I can even feel a hiccup building up but I can make it stop if I can relax and focus. My dad gets frequent hiccups as well, even hiccuping three times for no reason while driving.

                        Anyone remember that girl with the non-stop hiccups (and also charged with murder later on)? Her doctors had suspected her hiccups may actually be a form of Tourette's. If you look at news vids of her on YouTube, you can see that she also jerks her head and neck when hiccuping. Tourette's could affect any group of muscles or even a single muscle, so it wouldn't be surprising if the diaphragm muscle was affected in her case.

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                        • #13
                          Once when I was little and had the hiccups, my mom said to me "hiccup again and I'll give you a dollar". Stopped my hiccups cold. I was so disappointed. I really wanted that dollar.

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