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Monday, June 4, 2007

I found some cool things out from this article I found with stumbleupon.

WHY DO THE PEOPLE WE FANCY SMELL NICE?

The scent of someone you find attractive is always a turn-on – and it turns out it’s all to do with that old romantic: disease.
A pleasing smell is a sign that the object of your affection has an immune system that’s different from yours.
And by combining the two, your children will have a better chance of survival than either parent before them.

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WHY DO ASIANS GET DRUNK MORE EASILY THAN EUROPEANS?

When our ancestors first settled in towns and cities, clean water was a major concern for survival.

In Europe, we purified water through fermentation to make beer and the alcohol made in that process killed microbes.

But in Asia, they purified by boiling their water to make tea.

So here we had a genetic need to tolerate alcohol – which was never called for in the Far East.

So Asians today do not produce the enzyme which breaks down acetaldehyde – the first by-product of alcohol – into less harmful acetate.

Acetaledehyde is 30 times more toxic than alcohol, so the build-up in the body can produce nasty results.

There’s a few more at http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/2007/06/04/can-your-shades-give-you-sunburn–89520-19241885/

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