I saw this, and I tried to resist posting this. But as trying goes, I couldn’t resist. I had to laugh when I heard this and wanted to share the fun. This ought to Tickle your Fancy as the saying goes.
America has a new secret weapon they are deploying against the Somali Pirates. You know those bad, bad people who kidnap people and take over cruise ships for ransom. Here’s link for ships they attacked. If they had this secret weapon they all could have been saved.
No it’s not all the bombs, missiles, chemical gases, or atomic weapons the U.S. has. This weapon is even more dangerous than all those combined. It stop them dead in their tracts and sends them running of the hills, as fast as they can paddle their boats. This ought to Tickle your Fancy. The new weapon is apparently Britney Spear’s. I don’t make this stuff up, See.
Apparently what happens is they blast her songs through loud speakers at the Somali Pirates. They turn and run, because they can’t stand the music. Never would have guessed this would have worked, and how they figured this out is still Top Secret. But it works.
They hate the sounds of Western Culture music. Let’s face it, Britney can be annoying at times. But you got to love her as she has become our new secret weapon. Second Officer Owens, who works on supertankers off the east coast of Africa, said: “Her songs were chosen by the security team because they thought the pirates would hate them most. He was right on!
Next they ought to try using a hologram of Paris Hilton’s dog and see if this scares them to death. How this untalented being made it to stardom and fame is beyond me. I guess when you have money you can promote yourself. It’s true, we can be anything we want to be. If your daddy has money. As she has done nothing but made a porn film. Which I heard was really boring. As I can’t confirm or deny, I have ever watch it.
Anyway I thought I would Tickle your Fancy. The next time you hear Britney’s, Ooops, I Did it Again, Drop Dead Beautiful, I’m A Slave 4U, Baby One More Time, or Big Fat Bass. I know, I Wanna Go. Because if I stay she will, Gimme More. And that’s just, Criminal. So be sure you have, Gasoline in your car, Because Britney, You Drive me Crazy. Don’t Hold it Against Me, as that’s just How I Roll. This ought to, Break the Ice. Allowing me to fall into Quicksand, waiting for the Touch of My Hand, to get, Out from Under, this Trouble for Me. Because this is Toxic. And I am Lucky, that you Kill the Lights, because I am wearing Lace and Leather, Inside Out. And everybody want’s a Piece of Me, so Ooh La La. Britney, I am Stronger then I have ever been. If U Seek Amy, Don’t Keep Me Waiting, It’s Just, Me Against the Music, and I’m no Mannequin, My Baby. I am no, Womanizer, But you are a Work Bitch. I Love Rock and Roll, but this is not Heaven on Earth. So it’s Over to You Now, I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman. It’s a good thing those ships have Radar. As 1+2 makes 3 Somali Pirates, Everytime. Dear Diary, the Boys and Mmmm Papi are really mad at me for doing this post. They are Anticipating the end of this paragraph. As this has been a Circus.
I just wanted to say, Thank You for your service to our Country. And Kick Ass on those Somali Pirates. As these ships don’t have to fire a shot. I solute you, as you are saving lives with your work. I hope this will Tickle your Fancy as this story has Tickled mine. Just thought you might like to know, There’s a New Terrorist Group in Town. Hey, this might work on them as well. It’s worth a try.
How can you tell if Someone is Lying? Their Lips are moving!
OK, that’s not really fair. But it’s the truth. If they are telling you their story chances are they are telling you Lies, Lies, and More Lies. Our emotions are real. Our suffering and pain our heart feels is true. However the reason why we suffer may not be true at all. Humans are possessed with reasons, by distorted images of ourselves. This is why we are no longer free. The good thing here is that you can’t see my lips moving.
Aren’t you tired of the Lie, Lies, and more Lies? No, this not about our Government Lying to its people. It’s about us, our self lying to ourselves. For the longest time I had been lying to myself.
It’s not OK, that we tell our self Lies, Lies, and More Lies. It’s time we step into the truth and quit lying. How can we tell we are lying to our self, since we can’t see our lips moving? We have to ask our heart. Our mind loves to play tricks on us. It loves to tell us we are this and should be that. We listen to it and put on a facade trying to be what we believe we should be, instead of being our true self. We live in our mind instead of our heart.
So if by chance you are hearing these thoughts of self, then believing them you are listening to Lies, Lies, and More Lies. When someone lives from the heart, they don’t hear the truth. They feel it, and there lies the difference.
Lies, Lies, and More Lies
I love this example I learned about years ago, maybe you have heard it before. If not, I’ll share it with you now, so you can quit telling yourself Lies, Lies, and More Lies. And step into the truth and move into your heart. Closer to your Spirit.
People are different that’s for sure. However we are really more like than we are truly different. Let’s say you’re a plum. No, we are not fruit. Quite!, mind so my heart can write this. You’re a plum. You can be an apple, if you want to and most of the time, we tell ourselves Lies, Lies, and More Lies to be that apple our mind tell us we really want to be. We have to be an apple.
We thought we wanted to be an apple. Why? Because people really like apples. And this person I thought I loved, loves apples they eat them everyday, They tell me how much they like apples, I see them looking at apples all the time. They love everything about apples. The red skin, how it has different colors that all blend together. The shape, size, and smell of apples. The white juicy meat inside that tastes so sweet when you bite into one as the juice runs down your chin. I mean, how could one not love an apple. Even Eve loved an apple. But that’s another story that is most likely Lies, Lies, and More Lies so we won’t go there. Today! But I am not going to lie to you and say, I won’t ever go there. Because I am tired of the Lies, Lies, and More Lies.
Anyway, back to the apples. Apples are so cool they hang around on trees. And I love trees so apples must be really awesome. They hang by this thing, I guess you would call a stem and they just hang around all day soaking up the sun. Being sweetened by its rays. The tree nurtures them because the tree really loves apples as well.
The apple even has seeds in it that can grow more apples. Well Imagine that! The apple even loves its self. How could it not love itself? It’s an apple. Even the birds of the sky, and the creatures of the land love to eat apples. Even the insects love apples, and we wish they didn’t. Everybody loves apples. So being an apple is a really good thing, because everybody loves them.
So one day we are walking by this tree and we are really hungry and we see this beautiful apple, just hanging there minding its apple business. And we walk up and ask the trees permission to pick an apple that the tree has loved for a long time and the tree says yes.
Here. I love this apple it’s one of my favorite apples. All the other apples love this apple very much as well. How did you know it’s one of my best apples? I have others apples but you picked the best apple I have. You must really like apples as much as I like apples. When did you start loving apples so much? How many apples would you like? I have a lot of apples and they are all very good. Did you know apples have seeds? Some people eat the seeds and some people don’t. They through the apple core on the ground so other animals can eat the core. I like those people because the animals spread my apple seeds around and I can grow in other places from my seeds, my apples have. You know I am twenty years old today! Aren’t you going to wish me Happy Birthday? Yep, just twenty years ago somebody named Johnny Appleseed came by and put my seed in the ground. And I was born. Isn’t that amazing? Wait don’t go, I was just getting started.
You didn’t know trees could talk did you? Yea, they stand around all day with nobody to talk to. Because nobody believes they can talk. Therefore nobody talks to them. And they don’t have lips, so you can’t see when they’re talking. No lips, they must being telling the truth. Once you get them started talking they never shut up. They really love to talk about their apples, as you noticed. So be forewarned. Trees really love to talk. They wake up about five o’clock in the evening, and sleep all day. So if you want to talk to trees. Be sure their awake.
Everybody loves apples, however you’re a plum remember? You tell yourself Lie, Lies, an More Lies that you’re an apple so that you can be loved by apple loving people. Here’s the problem. Your not an apple. And that might really bum you out because you really want to be an apple, so you can be loved. Truth is, you can be an apple. You can dress in red. Put on perfume that smells like apples. You can do everything apples do. Like hang around all day with other apples. And before you know it, you believe you are an apple. You act like apples, you look like an apples. You even talk like apples. We can see your lips moving.
Then one day somebody comes by and takes a bite out of you and inside they find a worm. They spit you out and throw you away. Why? Because you’re a second-rate apple. Your full of worms. They love apples, they hate worms.
The best a plum can be is a second-rate apple. People that love apples only love first-rate apples. They really don’t want anything to do with second-rate apples. And when your lips move you are telling Lies, Lies, and More Lies. About yourself, about your world, and the worst is you are lying to your heart. And your mind could care less. Because your mind has no emotion, it thinks it does. But it doesn’t. It’s your heart that has feeling, it’s your heart that is in the center of your being. Your heart is where you feel the Lies, Lies, and More Lies you have believed all the while you believed you were an apple.
Your heart still pumped plum juice. Your heart was still soft inside. Your heart knows you are a Plum. Your heart can not be an apple because it’s a plum.
But there’s hope. Your heart knows it’s a plum. Your heart loves to be a plum. Your heart beats plum juice. Plums are purple and red. They are really soft, and their meat is just as juicy as an apple and sometimes even more juicy. The juice runs down your chin just like with apples. Plums can make plum juice that talks really well to your bowels. So we can eliminate all the Lies, Lies, and More Lies we have filled ourselves up with.
I bet you thought I was going to say shit, didn’t you? Shit, I said Shit, and I didn’t want to say shit. Shit! I said shit again. Damn, that plum juice works really good. Yea, they call it prune juice but it’s really plum juice. Maybe they call it prune juice because that’s what we look like, all wrinkly and shrunk up when we eliminate all the Lies, Lies, and More Lies that has pump us up and filled us up with all the Shit. I give up.
Instead of a bunch of seeds inside. There’s this one beautiful seed that grows this wonderful plum-tree. Plum seeds aren’t poisonous like apple seeds. And there’s a lot of seeds in an apple. Plum trees can talk. Plums hang around on trees all day long doing the same thing as apples. Getting sweetened by the suns rays. Talking with all the other plums about the shit that is happening. Shit, I said Shit again! That plum juice is still working.
So one day we are walking by this tree and we are really hungry and we see this beautiful plum just hanging there minding it’s plum business. And we walk up and ask the trees permission to pick a plum that the tree has loved for a long time and the tree says yes. Here I love this plum it’s one of my favorite plums. All the other plums love this plum very much as well. How did you know it’s one of my best plums? I have others plums but you picked the best plum I have. You must really like plums as much as I like plums. When did you start loving plums so much? How many plums would you like? I have a lot of plums and they are all very good. Did you know plums have a seed? Some people eat the seed and some people don’t. They through the plum seed on the ground so other animals can eat the seed. I like those people because the animals spread my plum seeds around and I can grow in other places from my seeds, my plums have. You know I am twenty years old today! Aren’t you going to wish me Happy Birthday? Yep, just twenty years ago somebody named Johnny Plumseed came by and put my seed in the ground. And I was born. Isn’t that amazing? Wait don’t go, I was just getting started. There’s something I need to tell you.
We pick a hand full of plums and start walking again. Man, this plum really tastes good. You know, I really love plums they taste much better than apples. I could eat plums all day. They are so soft and juicy and they only have one seed to through on the ground. I never knew plums were so convenient. This is really a first-rate plum. In fact this is the best plum in the whole wide world. How could people not like plums, this plum is really good to. I think I’ll have another. What a wonderful day for a walk. I am so happy I found that plum-tree. Boy, she sure is a talkative tree. I wonder why people don’t talk to trees more often? Oh, it’s probably because their mind tells them that trees can’t talk. Well if they would just step into their heart. They would be able to hear the love the trees have for humanity. Because that tree sure gave me a lot of plums, and I love plums. I have never had a better plum in my life. It’s weird I can hear my heart talking to other part of my body. Wow, what an amazing feeling. I have never felt like this before.
I wonder if that’s why our hearts are in the center of our being. So it can openly communicate with the rest of our being. Hummm. My heart is really talking up a storm to my bowels, I wonder what that is all about. Shit, I better start walking towards home. Shit, the talk is getting louder. Shit, I hope I make it. Shit, I don’t think I will, at least that’s what my mind is telling me. Shit, I better start running. Shit, I better start running faster. Shit, Oh, Shit! Damn, tree.
We can be whatever we want to be. This is truth. Our mind tells us so. It tells us these stories and we believe them. We change our selves to fit the stories, and then our heart feels the pain. Because what our mind told us we could be is something our heart is not. Then our mind sits back and judges us because we failed to live up to its expectations.
It laughs at us because we believed the Lies, Lies, and More Liesour mind tells us in the stories we believe. Be like this, be like that. You need this, you need that. And for some reasons we believe what our mind is telling us. Because after all, what we are really seeking is love. We just want to love and be loved. That would make our whole body feel better.
Some people just love apples. They are apple people. Nothing wrong with that. If we lie to our self that we are an apple person when we are not. The best we can ever hope to achieve is second-rate status as an apple person. Why? Simply because our hearts not in it. We will never be a first-rate apple, never.
Do you want to live your life always trying to be a better apple? Which will never happen. Then listening to your mind laughing at you and telling you what a failure you are because you’re not the best apple on the tree. Then our heart suffers the pain of our Spirit. Because our heart is in the center of our being for a purpose.
There is a divine design to us. Each organ in our bodies serves a purpose and we can believe it’s for the reasons we have been taught. Go ahead, your mind would love nothing more than for you to believe its Lies, Lies, and More Lies. It loves the entertainment. You even believe you’re an apple when you’re a plum.
Or we can center ourselves, come from our heart and feel the truth. The only reason we need belief or faith is because our mind has convinced us we need these things to believe the lies our mind is telling us. We have to reason the truth. There must be proof.
Yep, for no reason. Our belief and or Blind Faith gives these lies the power to act. To reflect in the reality we create though the lies. Stepping into heart changes all this. We don’t need a reason to feel what our heart is saying to us. We feel it. What can be more truthful than a feeling? It’s when our mind starts to reason out the reasons for feeling the feeling is how we get tricked.
Our heart knows better but our mind doesn’t. It has to think about it. Next time you have a thought about a feeling. Just let it go. Stop thinking and start feeling. You may think your heart is lying to you. But there’s that magic word, Think. Your heart feels and what it feels is the truth and nothing but the truth. Unless one is thinking about it.
Not because I consider myself to be an expert. Far from it. Not because I think I am so smart. DEE TA DEE. Not because I am this great person. Yea right. Not even because I am special. Even though I like to ride in those little yellow buses. No, I stop believing those Lies, Lies, and More Lies, a while back. These writings are a process, a process that I am going through personally. I felt others might be going through their own process and felt I could share mine.
Believe it or not, it’s a humble sharing and nothing more. A diary if you will. That I hope someday my children will read, about the father they never knew. It’s my chance to have a chance at showing them how much I really love them. And though these writings they might get to know me better when I am gone. And the pain my heart feels because I was so worried about finding the answers to all my questions, that I never had the time for theirs.
To say I am sorry. I am sorry, just isn’t enough. So I did the next best thing and wrote about the answers I found. I hope it might offer them the answers they seek. It’s the least I can do now.
I understand they are my answers, my truth, my visions, my feelings, my knowing. And they aren’t for everyone. That’s perfectly fine. Your right they aren’t for you. They were for me, my heart compelled me to write these posts. Because of my actions of the past. That I can’t change.
I have no close friends, my family doesn’t talk to me, unless I call them. My children have their own lives and family. I own nothing. All I have are these posts, which aren’t really mine. There every ones! That’s what sharing is. They are simply the questions I ask myself. And the answers I tell myself. You can’t see my lips moving.
Some read them in hopes of find some truth in them for yourself. I pray you do! It has taken a life time of sacrifice on my part to arrive at these answers. That was my choice. I could have been the apple my mind kept telling me, I should be. And I even tried that for a while. But I was never as happy inside during that time of being the apple, as I am right now being a plum. I have found what I truly am. My heart as shown me the way.
You have a heart follow yours. There you will feel the truth for yourself. No mind needed. Now I can be the best me there ever was or ever will be again. I have learned that I can not be something I am not. Not for you, not for my mind, not even for GOD. Lies, Lies, an More Lies.
This description of god we have been taught, is just shit. If someone truly wants to know god, all they have to do is step into their heart. They will find GOD there. Waiting in love. Welcome home son, welcome home.
What I have found being so alone and so into myself, that I have had an opportunity that few rarely get. I have been able to look deep inside and walk around in this hollow space most of my life, and find the truth of what’s really in there. Yes it’s dark and sometimes you can’t see any light whatsoever. And there are sounds in there like growling that comes from down below.. And that’s really scary. But, you know, when you do see the light, and you start walking towards it. What a wonderful moment that becomes.
Would I change my past if I could? Oh shut up mind. What you need some more entertainment at my hearts expense? Not happen! My heart has felt enough pain at your expense. I chose to live in heart for as long as I feel the truth. I know where I can find all the Lies I need. So I choose Heart, living with heart, following my heart, feeling my heart, sharing my Heart.
As a matter of fact, I met this new friend called Spirit. I feel we are going to become very close friends. I am going to love that. I need a friend. I am tired of the mind Lies, Lies, and More Lies. I have told my mind to go talk to the bowels they know what to do with its shit. Shit, I said Shit again. I really need to quit saying Shit, Shit, I did it Again. I have had enough of this shit. There I said it for the last time.
So be an apple or be a plum, it really doesn’t matter which one you want to be. What matters is which one you truly are. That’s the one you should be with all your heart. That’s the best you. You can be the best you, in the whole wide world. There will never be another you, ever. So be the best you, that you can possibly be. Unless you prefer the voice of the kidney, or spleen. The mind just tells us Lies, Lies, and More Lies. And then sits back and laughs. Been there, seen that, Done it.
That’s my people blow their brains out. They never shoot themselves in the heart. What does that tell you?
I have this story I would like to share with you about the heart. Shit! I all ready did.
Knowledge is Power
Experience is Wisdom
Take your Power Back
Follow your Heart it’s centered for a purpose.
Lies, Lies, and More Lies, the problem is we believe them. Follow your heart, your heart will never lie to you. It’s the mind that tells Lies, Lies, and More Lies.
Why, when we see somebody yawn the contagious yawn, we yawn to?
The word yawn comes from Old English ‘Ginian’ and ‘Gionian’ meaning to “Open the mouth wide, gape,” which in turn comes from the Proto-Germanic base gin-.
I won’t take it personal if this article makes you a bit sleepy. Just reading about yawns can induce one without warning. I hope I can get through this without taking a nap. And it’s not because your brain needs oxygen, or whatever the schoolyard myth may be. Some current theories focus on yawning as a social cue (like laughing) because we all know laughing is contagious as well. The theory is that the yawn communicates information and helps organize group behavior. By passing from person to person with unconscious ease, a yawn can convey some piece of information around a social circle. Such a tool would have come in handy in pre-language days. But does science back this up?
One 2005 study scanned the brains of people watching yawns, and located unique activity patterns in brain areas related to behavioral mimicry. Of course, I don’t what to start yawning or laughing at this point or I may never get through this.
The Contagious Yawn
A yawn is a reflex of simultaneous inhalation of air and stretching of the eardrums, followed by exhalation of breath. Pandiculation is the act of yawning and stretching simultaneously. Yawning is commonly associated with tiredness, stress, overwork, lack of stimulation and boredom, though recent studies show it may be linked to the cooling of the brain. Is that where hot head comes from?
This study states that yawning is the body’s way of controlling brain temperature. In 2007, researchers including a professor of psychology from the University of Albany proposed that yawning may be a means to keep the brain cool. Mammalian brains operate best within a narrow temperature range. In two experiments, they demonstrated that both subjects with cold packs attached to their foreheads and subjects asked to breathe strictly nasally exhibited reduced contagious yawning when watching videos of people yawning. That’s strange as I find I yawn more when I am not using my brain. Like when watching T.V.
A similar recent hypothesis is that yawning is used for regulation of body temperature. A study by Jared Guttmann at Worcester Polytechnic Institute found that when a subject wearing earplugs yawned, a breeze is heard caused by the flux of the air moving between the subject’s ear and the environment. Researcher Guttmann determined that a yawn causes one of three possible situations to occur: the brain cools down due to an influx or outflux of oxygen, the pressure in the brain is reduced by a outflux of oxygen, or the pressure of the brain is increased by an influx of air caused by increased cranial space. Great study, put your fingers in your ears and yawn.
In humans, yawning is often triggered by others yawning. Like seeing a person yawning, or talking to someone on the phone who is yawning. So therefore the yawn can travel down phone wires. This “infectious” yawn has also been observed in chimpanzees and dogs.
A study by the University of London has suggested that the “contagiousness” of yawns by a human will pass to dogs. The study observed that 21 of 29 dogs yawned when a stranger yawned in front of them, but did not yawn when the stranger only opened his mouth. A recent study from Lund University showed that dogs, like humans, develop a susceptibility to contagious yawning gradually, and that while dogs above 7 months ‘catch’ yawns from humans, younger dogs are immune to contagion. The study also indicated that nearly half of the dogs responded to the human’s yawn by becoming relaxed and sleepy, suggesting that the dogs copied not just the yawn, but also the physical state that yawns typically reflect.
It is also possible that yawning is a low-impact territorial reflex. Usually being associated with boredom or lack of interest, yawning is often displayed when the subject is faced with a worrying or dangerous situation. Therefore, to yawn in the presence of a rival for territory would portray the subject as un-threatening by the rival in order to deter it from entering the subject’s territory. This behavior is seen in many primates as well as some feline species.
More Contagious Yawn Studies
There are a number of theories that attempt to explain why animals and people yawn. It is likely that there is a number of triggers for the behavior. However, there are a few theories that attempt to explain the primary evolutionary reason for the yawn. None of them has been ever been substantiated.
One study states that the yawn occurs when one’s blood contains increased amounts of carbon dioxide and therefore becomes in need of the influx of oxygen (or expulsion of carbon dioxide) that a yawn can provide. Yawning may in fact reduce oxygen intake compared to normal respiration. But giving people additional oxygen didn’t decrease yawning, and decreasing the amount of carbon dioxide in a subject’s environment also didn’t prevent yawning. This study was a yawner and a waste of some valuable oxygen. However there’s hope.
Another speculated reason for yawning is the desire to stretch one’s muscles.The tongue and throat are some of the most overused muscles in the body, used for speech, breathing and swallowing. The need to stretch these muscles and refresh them arises just like in other muscles of the body, to ensure that they do not cramp. Let me ask you? Have you ever had a tongue cramp?
Yawns are often accompanied by the urge to stretch. As prey animals must be ready to physically exert themselves at any given moment. There have been studies that suggest yawning, “the contagious yawn“, may have developed as a way of keeping a group of animals alert. If an animal is drowsy or bored, it may not be as alert as it should be to spring into action. Therefore, “the contagious yawn” could be an instinctual reaction to a signal from one member of the group reminding the others to stay alert. Yep, another study that doesn’t explain the contagious yawn. Really does yawning keep one alert?
Nervousness has also been suggested as a possible reason. Nervousness often indicates the perception of an impending need for action. Anecdotal evidence suggests that yawning helps increase the state of alertness of a person. Paratroopers have been noted to yawn in the moments before they exit the aircraft. Yea, like yawn, I better get busy. The desire to yawn when one is nervous or afraid is linked to the ‘flight or fight’ response and is related to the amount of adrenalin in the muscles and the readiness to use it. If one is in this aroused adrenal state and the adrenalin isn’t used, yawning results as a way of stretching and using the muscles and expending this excess of adrenalin. This is a cycle, so the yawning does not diminish until the ‘danger’ has passed or the ‘fight’ has occurred.
Another hypothesis is that yawns are caused by the same chemicals (neurotransmitters) in the brain that affect emotions, mood, appetite, and other phenomena. Recent research carried out by Garrett Norris, a lecturer in psychology at the University of Leeds, supported by neuro-imaging research. Came to this conclusion, “We believe that contagious yawning indicates empathy. It indicates an appreciation of other people’s’ behavioral and physiological state.”
Another proposed theory is that yawning has evolved to give sleeping animals a better chance of hearing approaching predators. Because yawning stretches the eardrums, the listener can often hear quieter sounds after a yawn, and since animals rely on their hearing while sleeping, this may have provided an evolutionary advantage. This theory suggests that the yawn serves to synchronize mood in gregarious animals, similar to the howling of the wolf pack. It signals tiredness to other members of the group to synchronize sleeping patterns and periods.
The Contagious Yawn Facts
The study of yawning is anything but boring. It boasts a rich history of theories that go back to Antiquity, but thus far the biological function of yawning remains a mystery. Yawn, sorry!
Not all yawns are the same. Most of us yawn and stretch (pandiculation) when we wake up or go to bed, yawn when we are bored or when we need to “pop” our ears after traveling in high altitudes, and even yawn just because we saw someone else yawn. The act of yawning occurs in almost all vertebrates. Yes, even birds and fish exhibit a form of mouth gaping similar to yawning.
We start yawning even before our birth. Fetuses have been found to yawn often during the second and third trimester of pregnancy. Yawning is a reflex action, which causes us to open our mouth wide and inhale a large amount of air, which is than followed by its exhalation. Man this study is good. I never knew their was air in the womb. In humans, yawning can start as early as 20 weeks after conception. Fetuses begin yawning in the womb as early as 11 weeks after conception. Research data strongly suggest that neither contagious nor story-induced yawning are reliable in children below the age of six years.
Contagious yawning gets at the ancient, deep, and subconscious roots of empathy and social bonding. Yawns become contagious around age four. Kids with autism are less likely to catch yawns than other kids. The more severe their condition, the less common the behavior gets.
Watch someone yawn, and try not to yawn yourself. It can be impossible to resist. Even reading about yawning can make one do it. Yawning when others yawn, the study suggests, is a sign of empathy and a form of social bonding.
For reasons scientists still can’t explain, spontaneous yawning continues throughout life. Studies have shot down theories about yawning to bring in more oxygen. In fact, all vertebrates yawn, including snakes and lizards.
Contagious yawning is a different story. Only humans, chimpanzees and possibly dogs have been shown to do it. Of course, I have the pictures to prove differently.
Like contagious laughter and contagious crying, scientists have theorized that contagious yawning is a shared experience that promotes social bonding. Specifically, it could defuse stress after a period of being on high alert and spread a feeling of calm through a group.
Though yawning is more commonly associated with boredom, fatigue, sleepiness, overwork or stress, many of us also yawn when we wake up or simply when see others yawn.
What causes The Contagious Yawn is still a mystery. Sorry, this article hasn’t been much help.
Possible Reasons Behind The Contagious Yawn
Out of the various theories regarding what causes a yawn, the most important ones are given below.
1) The first theory about yawning is that it is induced when the concentration of oxygen in the blood and lungs decreases, while that of carbon dioxide increases. A yawn can help the body to take in more air, for which yawning was believed to indicate that the body is not getting enough oxygen. Found that neither increasing the concentration of oxygen, nor reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the subject’s environment stopped yawning.
2) Another supposition about yawning is that it is caused by a desire to stretch, as the very act of yawning involves stretching of several overused muscles of the body, such as the muscles used for breathing, swallowing, and speaking.
3) A recent theory has suggested that yawning may be a mechanism that helps cool down the brain. A study conducted in 2007 observed that people tend to yawn in situations, where the brain is likely to be warmer. This may explain why people tend to yawn more when they are tired or when they have not had enough sleep, as both the conditions have been found to increase the temperature of the brain. Another similar hypothesis is that yawning helps regulate the body temperature.
4) The hypothesis that yawning has a cooling effect on the brain is supported by another experiment, which showed that nasal breathing can help reduce yawning, as against mouth breathing. This is because, when we breathe through the nose, oxygen can reach the brain faster, as compared to mouth breathing.
5) Some people believe that a yawn helps stabilize the pressure on either side of the eardrums. When we yawn, our mouth opens wide and the eardrums get stretched. This facilitates the release of excess pressure from the eardrums. This is the reason why, yawning is believed to be induced when the pressure inside our eardrums increases.
6) Another assumption regarding yawning is that it is caused by some chemicals found in the brain, like serotonin, dopamine, glutamine, glutamic acid, and nitric oxide. These chemicals are also responsible for affecting emotions, mood, appetite, and certain other phenomena. Activation of these chemicals in the brain is found to increase the frequency of yawns, while some other chemicals, such as opioid neurotransmitters, endorphins, can reduce yawning.
7) Yawning is believed to be induced when the level of glucose supplied to the brain decreases, as in the state of hunger.
The fact remains, a yawn is contagious, in the sense that it can easily spread to the person who is observing the other person yawning. Besides observing, even reading or thinking about it is also found to stimulate yawning in many individuals.
Interesting Beliefs on the Contagious Yawn.
Thus, yawning is not only associated with tiredness, sleepiness, and some physiological conditions, but is also a form of non-verbal communication that can be interpreted to mean several different things. Apart from these, it has given rise to some really interesting beliefs or superstitions.
The ancient Greeks and Mayans, believed yawning was a sign, which indicated that the soul of the person yawning was trying to run away from the body. Another common belief is that one should always cover the mouth while yawning, otherwise the soul may escape from the body.
This belief may have originated to discourage public yawning, and to maintain public health, as yawning might facilitate the spread of diseases. As we all know the yawn is contagious.
So, contrary to the popular belief that yawning indicates sleepiness, this natural process can actually help us stay alert by arousing the brain. However, excessive yawning can be associated with certain health problems as well. Hence, if you are experiencing excessive yawning, consult a doctor and get the cause diagnosed.
So with all the study and all the theories. Nobody knows for sure why we yawn and why The Contagious Yawn is contagious.
After reading this you might have found yourself yawning. I hope it was not because you found this article boring, but because I put the idea of yawning in your head. What I have come to understand is that a lot of money was spent and a lot of time a the universities was wasted on studies of yawning that were in essence quite boring. Yawn, sorry to have wasted your nap time.
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