Have you ever wondered…?

Coco Boyden

Experts estimate that the human mind thinks between 60,000-80,000 thoughts a day. Surely, one of them is a random question or concept that goes unanswered. Well, do not worry, because now is the time to finally get the answer to six of those questions!

What even are the hiccups? Why do we get them?

According to Healthline, a hiccup occurs when the diaphragm contracts quickly, causing the muscles of the chest and abdomen to shake. This causes the glottis, the part of your throat that houses your vocal cords, to close. The result is air being expelled from your lungs which ultimately creates the “hic” sound.

A few reasons why we get the hiccups are:

  • Eating too much.
  • Excitement or stress. 
  • Experiencing sudden temperature changes.
  • Swallowing air, such as when chewing gum or smoking.Several studies have demonstrated that females have better handwriting than males. Researchers from the University of Warwick wrote that, “Girls generally have better handwriting than boys, both in terms of the quality of their handwriting overall and in terms of the formation of letters. They also tend to write faster.” Additionally, according to a study conducted in 2003, “Untidy handwriting scored high for male gender roles, whereas tidy handwriting scored high for female gender roles.”

Is having a good singing voice genetic?

According to Music Gateway, there is no doubt that genetics play a role in singing. Physiology affects the timbre, the perceived sound quality of a musical note, of your voice and some singers are naturally born with a good vocal apparatus. However, there are other factors that contribute to a great singer. Don’t worry if singing isn’t in your genes – learning to sing is a multifaceted process and you can become a good musician in many different ways. Genetics play an important role in your voice, but they aren’t the entire story.

How are bridges over water typically built?

According to LAD Bible, a cofferdam is the key to the creation of structures over water. They are created when a number of large piles are driven into the water, then the water is pumped out, leaving a dry and safe environment for people to work. It’s extremely useful when building a bridge across water, but it could also be used to reclaim land if you wanted to build something on there too.

Why is it illegal to pick California Poppies?

Growing up, many Californians are told that it’s illegal to pick the state flower, the poppy. But why? According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, there is no law specifically protecting the California poppy, but California Penal Code Section 384a requires written permission from the landowner before cutting or damaging the poppy. Nevertheless, these laws do not prevent landowners from collecting California poppies on their property.

Why do some people have curly hair?

According to JSTOR Daily, curly hair is dominant as proven by inheritance studies, so if one of your parents has curly hair, you’re more likely to have it as well. Recent research suggests that trichohyalin, a protein found in hair follicles, may play a role as well. However, there are many genes that affect hair curliness, most of which are unknown.