Tuesday, June 22, 2010

For a few glasses more

Yahoo Answers... I just can't look away... Today, the question of "8 glasses of water a day: should you or shouldn't you?" remains super popular. I lost my last battle, but we'll see how it goes this time. Once again, someone is asking if they really need to drink this much water, and does it have to be pure water? Does juice count?

I think you already know where I stand on this, but user Mickey Rainheart contributes this answer:
Sweet tea and Juice are good but water is actually essential because our bodies need the moisture from water because we are mostly made up of water. Water improves your health incredibly from the way you look to the way you feel :)

You should drink water alot especially now that its summer...If you don't like the taste get vitamin flavored water or those little packets of flavoring people add to there water...like crystal light or something
This makes me wonder: what does Mickey think happens to water when it is turned into tea? What does she mean when she says we need the moisture from water? Does juice not contain moisture? I don't think there's any question that between water and water with sugar/tea in it, the one without the sugar in it is probably better for you -- but does that entirely negate the hydrating qualities of the water that nevertheless constitutes 99% of the drink? In what way is sweet tea or juice different from the sweetened, flavoured vitamin water she recommends? Is it because it has "water" in the name?

I wonder if Mickey's body knows this information. How does it know the difference between water you flavoured yourself and water that came from the factory with flavouring already in it? As far as I know, my body tends to funnel all of this stuff through the same processing plant -- I don't have different pipes for plain water and flavoured water. What happens if I eat a packet of sugar and chase it with a glass of water? Will they cancel each other out? Will I time travel?

Now I'm thirsty... Which according to Yahoo means I'm at death's door, so I better go take care of that.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Fun with Yahoo Answers: The Questions Edition

Often with Yahoo Answers, the questions themselves aren't as interesting as the way in which they are asked. This one starts off very broad and then suddenly gets very specific:

"What are some celebrities who dress preppy and are like alexa chung?"

First, name some things (I notice they used "what" instead of "who" as a pronoun for celebrities -- I think that's a telling sign) that fit into this broad category. Oh, and make sure they are in some way like this other very specific person or thing. It's kind of like if I asked, "Who are some actors that you like and are Will Smith?"

A lot of people also just don't know how to phrase questions. I've seen many that don't ask a question, but rather state the thing they want to know more about. YA automatically adds the question marks, I believe:

"Complicated situation!?"
"I want to dye my hair...?"

This guy's got the right idea, but still doesn't get the wording quite right:

"How to clean a tongue?"

At least the basic info is there in the question.

My most despised question style, however, comes from people who ignore the "question" and "more info" fields in the question form and just start typing their explanation directly into the space where the main question is supposed to go. As a result, you don't even get to know what the question is about until you open it. Like this:

"I'm a little confused right now...?"

Yes. Yes, you are. Next question!

"Do you think...?"

Sometimes. Next!

At first glance, this next person actually seems to have worded their question correctly, but it's a trick, because they also have a second question:

"Can you help me with a decorating question?"

I would, but I've just exhausted myself answering your first question.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

LOL of the day

Just when things were getting boring... Thanks, Yahoo Answers!
"How to make crapmeat sandwiches?"