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    • LeighA

      They taught us the metric system at my school. We had to learn both systems of measurement in 2nd grade, and then in high school science we exclusively used metrics. That said, metric tonne never came up in any class, and doesn’t use any of the standard prefixes. If I hadn’t learned that from a random outside source, the best I could’ve done was guess. (Since 2000 lbs = 1 ton, it makes sense that 1000 kg = 1 metric tonne.)

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      Why? It was a tragic event that left the country completely shaken for weeks, if not months. People were scared and confused and didn’t know what to expect to happen next. A lot of people responded with displays of patriotism—people wore flag pins and put eagle pictures in their windows. In a sense, you could say it brought the country together, but it was a sad and scary time. I can understand feeling like you’re missing something by not being a part of the country’s collective memory of it, but it was an awful experience at the time.

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      Except people generally don’t order things they don’t like in restaurants, and most kids outgrow their more ridiculous preferences (when was the last time you saw an adult ask for a peeled hot dog?). Adults can choose to only eat things they like, the way they like them, so why shouldn’t kids be allowed to have some control over what they eat? You can let your kid have some say in their lives without them being “in charge.” If they don’t want to eat something because it makes them gag or the texture bothers them, what’s the benefit of forcing them to eat it anyway? That doesn’t mean catering to their every whim, and of course you should encourage them to eat healthy foods they’re unsure about, but forcing them to eat things they find disgusting doesn’t benefit anyone.

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      Here’s the thing, most of the time the men’s and women’s versions of a product are not shelved together. At best, they’re on opposite ends of the same aisle. Usually, they’re in completely different aisles. If you know that men’s razors are cheaper (and they aren’t always, by the way), then you can go to the aisle with men’s razors and buy those. If you don’t know, and you never think to check, you have no way of knowing. And what about things like deodorant? I use men’s razors because they work better, but I don’t want to smell like men’s deodorant. It’s not that it smells bad, but it’s a smell that’s strongly associated with men. I’d have to go to the men’s deodorant aisle to compare the price and see if it’s actually cheaper, but I don’t want to buy men’s deodorant anyway.

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      How much of the cause for children liking things geared toward their gender is innate and how much is due to boys and girls being treated differently from birth? If you have a daughter and your friend or sibling has a son, and you put your little girl in frilly pink clothes and a headband with a bow, with a white and pink crib, in a pink nursery, and your friend puts their son in blue-and-brown striped clothes, with a blue and brown crib, in a blue nursery, you can’t say it’s innate if he grows up liking blue and she grows up liking pink. Maybe it is, but we can’t know because they were primed to like that color from day 1. I can say that things were not as strongly gendered twenty years ago as they are now. I had lots of toys as a kid (including a box full of Barbie dolls), and almost none of it was pink. Even my Barbies came with mostly blue, purple, and red clothes. The only pink ones were gymnast Stacie, Skipper’s swimsuit, and some Courtney doll with a cell phone (and that was just her shirt). Try finding a non-pink Barbie now.

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      When I was a kid, I liked being a girl and I liked princesses, but I hated pink, wasn’t huge on arts and crafts, and loved science. Here’s the thing. If you put me (as a little kid) in a toy aisle of ungendered products and told me to pick whatever I wanted, I’d leave with a Barbie, a science kit, dress up clothes, and a toy robot. But if you put me in an aisle of gendered products, I would be reluctant to pick anything that said “for boys” because I wasn’t a boy and I would be embarrassed to have the check-out person see me, a girl, getting something that said it was for boys. Would they think I didn’t realize I was a girl, or didn’t like being a girl? Or would they think I was actually a boy who looked like a girl? I didn’t want to be a boy, and I didn’t want to buy anything that said it was for boys, I just wanted those same toys to not say “boy” on them.

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      Wikipedia: Scripturally, the Song of Songs is unique in that it makes no reference to “Law” or “Covenant”. Nor does it refer to Yahweh, the God of Israel. And it does not explore “wisdom” in the manner of Proverbs or Ecclesiastes (although it does have some affinities to Wisdom literature, as the ascription to Solomon suggests). Instead, it celebrates sexual love. It gives “the voices of two lovers, praising each other, yearning for each other, proffering invitations to enjoy”. The two voices are in harmony, each desiring the other and rejoicing in sexual intimacy; the women (or “daughters”) of Jerusalem form a chorus to the lovers, functioning as an audience whose participation in the lovers’ erotic encounters facilitates the participation of the reader. The Song was accepted into the Jewish canon of scripture in the 2nd century CE, after a period of controversy in the 1st century. It was accepted as canonical because of its supposed authorship by Solomon and based on an allegorical reading where the subject-matter was taken to be not sexual desire but God’s love for Israel. Christians admitted the canonicity of the Song of Songs from the beginning, but after Jewish exegetes began to read the Song allegorically, as having to do with God’s love for his people, Christian exegetes followed suit, treating the love that it celebrates as an analogy for the love between God and the Christian Church. Over the centuries the emphasis of interpretation shifted, first reading the Song as a depiction of the love between Christ and Church, the 11th century adding a moral element, and the 12th century understanding of the Bride as the Virgin Mary, with each new reading absorbing rather than simply replacing earlier ones, so that the commentary became ever more complex.

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      I never understood why people though Furbies were creepy. It’s just a toy, and it’s far from the creepiest looking toy ever. It’s kinda like a cross between a rabbit and a bird. I thought they were neat. I mean, they talked, and they “learned” English as you played with them (I remember them using that as a selling point, even though of course they were just programmed to gradually use more English and less Furbish). And apparently Chrome has “Furbish” in its spell check dictionary, even though it still doesn’t know the word “Zealand.” That’s weird.

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      Leaving things on random store shelves isn’t just lazy, it’s inconsiderate. The one about walking vs driving a block depends a great deal on where you’re at. If you’re in a small town, walking makes sense because a block isn’t very far. In a major city, it makes sense to walk because it’d take longer to drive anyway. In some areas (like where I live, just outside of a city), it’s feasible to walk a block as long as it’s on the same side of the road, but I’m not crossing a six lane road on foot, so anything on the other side, I’d drive, even if it’s only a block away. I’m sure there are probably areas where you wouldn’t want to walk a block even if it was on the same side, for whatever reason.

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      “The child inside the womb is a living, human, being.” Citation needed. It’s human, in that it has human DNA (though so do cancer cells and the majority of what makes up dirt), and it’s living in the sense that it’s eating and growing (though it’s incapable of living independently for much of duration of pregnancy, so how living it is is debatable), but it doesn’t make much sense to argue that something with no brain, no spine, and no heart is truly a human being. You can make arguments for calling it a living human being at several points after the development of those things, but an organless ball is not a human being, it’s a potential future human.

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      Did you seriously reply to “I don’t understand how someone can live with the burden of being forced to carry…a product of rape or a child they don’t want” by saying “there is adoption”? How in the world does that have any bearing on having to carry the baby to term? It has to be born before it can be adopted. It’d really suck if you were raped, got pregnant, were forced to watch your body change before your eyes as a constant reminder of the traumatic experience, and then suffered a not uncommon lifelong complication of pregnancy or childbirth as a result. But hey, it’s worth it for rape victims to have to physically suffer for the rest of their lives if it means there’s more unwanted babies that may grow up being passed from one potentially abusive foster home to another before being tossed out on the street at 18, right?

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      If you’re married and don’t want children (or already have children and don’t want more), you and your spouse should simply never have sex again until you’re no longer physically capable of having children, right? I’m sure that won’t negatively affect the marriage at all. What’s 20 years without sex, anyway? Even getting a vasectomy isn’t a guaranteed method of preventing pregnancy, so I guess the cliche of married people never having sex will just have to become a lot more accurate.

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      “It’s your mother’s choice if you continue to grow as a baby and eventually be brought into this world, or be killed in your mother’s womb. It sounds horrible, doesn’t it? ” I think it’s the exact opposite of horrible. I, for one, am glad that my mother chose to have me, rather than being forced to have a baby she didn’t want simply because there was no other option. Imagine how awful it would be to know that your mother wished you’d never been born and that you only exist because she had no choice in the matter.

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      6. Hold on, I’ll just take a picture with my phone real quick! There were camera phones 10 years ago. By about 6 or 7 years ago, it was almost impossible to get a phone without a camera (I know someone who tried, though I never understood why). 14. Oh, and let me recharge my book. Does anyone actually say that? I would think most people would say “let me recharge my Kindle/Nook/whatever.” Also, the Sony Librie launched in 2004. 17. Shoot me a text. Texts became a thing in the 90s. I’m not sure if anyone used this exact phrase then, but I’m sure they did by 2004. 25. Make sure you delete your cookies. According to Wikipedia, “The general public learned about [cookies] after the Financial Times published an article about them on February 12, 1996.” 28. We’re 69% compatible. In elementary school, we used to play this game called “True Love” where you would right your name and your crushes name down and…well, we had two different versions. One, you’d count how many letters they had in common and use that to determine how compatible you were. For the other two, you’d count how many letters you each had that were in the words “true love” (for instance, Amber Brown has T=0, R=2, U=0, E=1, L=0, O=1, V=0, E=1, and Kyle Jones has E=2, O=1, E=2), then either add them all together and multiply by ten (100%) or put the total for each word together (true=5, love =5, 55%), usually whichever gives you the higher total. Whichever way you did it, if the total was 69, you would say you were 69% compatible. 37. IDK, my BFF Jill. As a catchprhase, you are correct. That ad is only 7 years old (I could’ve sworn it was older, but apparently not). But those acronyms were common in IM speak long before 2004, so it would’ve made for a perfectly intelligible sentence. Wikipedia again: “The term BFF as in Best friends forever has been used at least since 1987.” I have no idea when people started using “IDK,” but it was no later than 2001, because they taught us “internet slang” in school that year, including that one. Sadly, I have no idea how to find the textbook (reading anthology) that was in, because I’m sure it would be very amusing to look at now. I bet it explained the “world wide web” and everything.

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      I’m not sure how they do things in other countries, but in the US they usually give different foods every day. Some of the things they served at my school: Horrible pizza with ridiculous amounts of grease
      Soft tacos
      Stir fry
      Chicken patty sandwiches
      Grilled cheese and tomato soup
      Chicken nuggets
      Sloppy joes
      Turkey, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce (for holidays) With each one, you had to get some sort of fruit or vegetable. They had fresh apples, oranges, and sometimes pears, as well as little containers of fruit in syrup. The vegetables included things like broccoli, carrots, or cauliflower. I think you might also have been required to have a starch, as there were usually mashed potatoes, tater tots, fries (sometimes), or bread. There was also milk, of course. My high school had a salad bar, which you could get instead of hot lunch. About once a month, they’d give everyone a small piece of cake, and sometimes they’d give frozen fruit juice pops or some sort of cobbler or crumble.

    • LeighA

      I never knew that Canada didn’t have school lunch. I find that kind of odd. In the US, school lunches (and breakfasts) provide an opportunity for low income kids to eat even if their families can’t afford food*. I don’t think Canada has as much poverty as the US, but there must still be plenty of kids who don’t have enough food. What are they supposed to do? I would think Canada of all places would ensure they got at least one meal a day. *School food in the US isn’t generally free, but low income families can apply for free lunch. Most schools have a system in place where kids pay using student IDs or meal tickets, so it’s not apparent to other students who gets free lunch.

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