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Biblioklept
Biblioklept Community member Posts: 4,995 Disability Gamechanger
I don't think anyone will be able to answer them my mind is very distracted by these questions at the moment but if I google I'll go in a deep dive when I'm meant to be working, so putting my thoughts here!! <3

Why are men and women's buttons on different sides? I bought a "men's" top recently as it had a design I liked that wasn't available in "women's" and it was the first time I noticed they do up the opposite way!!! 

Why do finger tips get wrinkly in water?? I've thought about this since I was little as it used to creep me out and I needed a logical reason and the only thing I've come up with is that it helps us pick up things when our hands are wet, but why does it happen?? What causes it?

Who was the first person to celebrate their birthday?? Like did some random person just decide one day "Ooooh everyone should gather and celebrate me!" or was it their parents? How did the tradition of celebrating birthdays start?

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  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Posts: 12,499 Disability Gamechanger
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    Interesting questions @Biblioklept! I also don't want to fall into a Google hole, so I'll hope someone else has some answers for you :D 

    However, I think I read somewhere that the buttons thing is from the past, when women were more likely to be dressed by a servant, so it was helpful to have the buttons on the other person's right hand side? I'm not sure if that's true, though!

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  • Alex_Alumni
    Alex_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,561 Disability Gamechanger
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    I'd heard the same about finger tips in the water @Biblioklept, in a guide online it says: 

    "When you soak in water, your nervous system sends a message to your blood vessels to shrink. Your body responds by sending blood away from the area, and the loss of blood volume makes your vessels thinner. The skin folds in over them, and this causes wrinkles." 

    Hopefully that helps answer the what and why! :)
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  • Biblioklept
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    Interesting questions @Biblioklept! I also don't want to fall into a Google hole, so I'll hope someone else has some answers for you :D 

    However, I think I read somewhere that the buttons thing is from the past, when women were more likely to be dressed by a servant, so it was helpful to have the buttons on the other person's right hand side? I'm not sure if that's true, though!
    Oooh that's quite interesting I didn't think about it being easier or harder to undo or do up for someone else. It's weird it hasn't ever changed
  • Biblioklept
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    I'd heard the same about finger tips in the water @Biblioklept, in a guide online it says: 

    "When you soak in water, your nervous system sends a message to your blood vessels to shrink. Your body responds by sending blood away from the area, and the loss of blood volume makes your vessels thinner. The skin folds in over them, and this causes wrinkles." 

    Hopefully that helps answer the what and why! :)
    That's so strange!!! There must be a reason for them to shrink and send blood away from an area. How odd! Thank you <3 
  • JustPete
    JustPete Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 303 Pioneering
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    That's so strange!!! There must be a reason for them to shrink and send blood away from an area. How odd! Thank you <3 
    It will likely be the body protecting itself.  Finger tips are disposable, vital organs need the blood - is my guess
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  • Alex_Alumni
    Alex_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,561 Disability Gamechanger
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    If I had to make an educated guess, that would be mine too @JustPete, thanks :) 
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  • Biblioklept
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    JustPete said:
    That's so strange!!! There must be a reason for them to shrink and send blood away from an area. How odd! Thank you <3 
    It will likely be the body protecting itself.  Finger tips are disposable, vital organs need the blood - is my guess
    Ooooh I'd never have thought of that but it makes complete sense!! Thank you @JustPete <3
  • Biblioklept
    Biblioklept Community member Posts: 4,995 Disability Gamechanger
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    I have another question I thought of - why do some car windows have the little black dots on them? Do all cars have it??? 
  • Alex_Alumni
    Alex_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,561 Disability Gamechanger
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    I don't know that one @Biblioklept, if I have time today I might venture to google...unless one of our more knowledgeable members has the answer! 
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