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May 9, 2012 6:56 am at 6:56 am #603324
Post here any weird, quaint or interesting things that people do and hope somebody will answer why we do it.
This one happens to me often. Why is it that people come over to me and say regards from X (from a different town). I’m pretty sure that X did not come over to them and say please send regards. Its not his way. Its just the regards-bearer’s way of trying to tell you that they were in that town and saw X. Why say someone sent regards if they didnt?May 9, 2012 1:12 pm at 1:12 pm #948700YW Moderator-42Moderator
The person giving the regards saw X, made eye contact and knew that X knows you, and through that regards were automatically sent telepathically so the regards he is sending exist even if X didn’t explicitly send them.May 9, 2012 2:05 pm at 2:05 pm #948701dhl144Member
why do you assume that X didn’t send regards? it is very possible that the person sending regards saw X starting speaking to him, then u came up in the convo and he said, “o u know speak to him send regards!” I have sent regards for ppl many times and ppl hav sent regards to me vry normal thing I dont chop your reason to bash it…May 9, 2012 2:07 pm at 2:07 pm #948702TheGoqParticipant
Mod-42 are you feeling all right you were up about 3 am?May 9, 2012 3:18 pm at 3:18 pm #948703
Mod 42 is feeling right. He was doing his civic responsibility of keeping Klal Yisroel (the ones who hang out here) safe and sound. All around the clock. ????? ?????!May 9, 2012 6:39 pm at 6:39 pm #948704
dh144 because I asked X next time we spoke a short time later and he said yes I saw that guy but I didnt send regards with him, he must have done it by himselfMay 9, 2012 7:15 pm at 7:15 pm #948705apushatayidParticipant
Put this in the weird column.
Why do people blow their nose and then look into the tissue. What do they expect to see?May 9, 2012 7:52 pm at 7:52 pm #948706
To make sure their nose isn’t there. Especially if they blew hard.May 9, 2012 7:53 pm at 7:53 pm #948707YW Moderator-42Moderator
They want to make sure itsnot BloodMay 9, 2012 8:11 pm at 8:11 pm #948708takahmamashParticipant
To make sure their brain didn’t leak out.May 9, 2012 8:50 pm at 8:50 pm #948709
I do this. Its a roundabout way of saying you know a friend / relative of theirs. (Its sometimes called Jewish Geography)
(I do the tissue after blowing too, but thats a different story)
Very funny, ZK!May 9, 2012 9:32 pm at 9:32 pm #948710
BPT: how will I ever look you in the face again knowing that about youMay 9, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm #948711
Syag I wouldnt want to look him in the face again either. Especially not if he does that after-tissue thing…May 10, 2012 3:51 pm at 3:51 pm #948714
Oh, get real, you two. Everyone (well, almost everyone) checks the tissue after a real good blow. How else would you know if your cold is almost over or if you need to double your cold-remedy efforts?May 10, 2012 4:48 pm at 4:48 pm #948715
By whats left in my headMay 10, 2012 6:56 pm at 6:56 pm #948716
Not me. I use the fluid color / viscosity to judge. Kinda like the way you check the oil in your car.
The color tells you all you need to know.May 10, 2012 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm #948717
*shudder*May 11, 2012 12:20 am at 12:20 am #948718FashionableeMember
What a way to lose your appetite.
Forever.May 11, 2012 3:16 am at 3:16 am #948719Quirk EMember
Why do people ask “how are you?” and walk away before they get a response?May 11, 2012 6:02 am at 6:02 am #948720
Quirk E lol. Hi to you. Yes I noticed that too. I conducted an experiment a couple of years ago where whenever anyone said to me “hi how are you” I would ignore that comment and move onto another subject with a short sentence. Very rarely did anyone repeat the question or inquire again. I could feel they were only saying how are you as an opener, a matter of habit, but were not really bothered and waiting for a response.May 11, 2012 1:49 pm at 1:49 pm #948721
When someone asks me that sort of conversation starter, I reply with something like “Liar!”.
“Well, you really don’t care the slightest how I am..”
“OK, OK just kidding” (this last line is just for civility, there aren’t so many people on my page, some take things quite seriously – like some people here. They haven’t been through the humor course.)May 11, 2012 5:41 pm at 5:41 pm #948723HaLeiViParticipant
I often answer “how are you”s with “yes”. Nobody bats an eyelash. All they meant was, it’s good to see you, or let’s start talking. “Yes”, is the perfect response.May 15, 2012 7:50 pm at 7:50 pm #948724
Why do some people repeat words like “do you know what I mean?” over and over and over again the whole time whenever they talk? Do you know what I mean? Are they trying to gain thinking time? Why do they do it? And what other phrazes have you noticed other people repeating endlessly for no reason (besides how are you)? Do you know what I mean? Kind of? Basically?May 15, 2012 8:42 pm at 8:42 pm #948725
WhateverMay 15, 2012 9:24 pm at 9:24 pm #948726
Shticky: There is an algorithm (maybe) to reveal the gender, age, IQ and social status, based on the frequency and types of phrases (ab)used.May 16, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am #948727kapustaParticipant
“I’ll talk to you later” to end a conversation. (This would probably be a bad time to mention that I do it all the time.)May 16, 2012 2:28 pm at 2:28 pm #948728
To that I retort “Is that a threat?”May 16, 2012 3:07 pm at 3:07 pm #948729Ken ZaynMember
Why when talking to people on the phone and they are about to put you on hold briefly do they usually say ‘I won’t be a second’ when what they actually mean is the exact opposite; that they WILL (only) be a second?
And another thing. Why do all official forms have the following – Title: Enter Mr, Mrs, Miss, Ms etc, which is followed by the next question Gender: Male or Female?May 16, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm #948730Doodle-Man™Member
Ken Zayn: To make sure youre not a robot.May 17, 2012 6:42 am at 6:42 am #948731
Why do all official forms have the following – Title: Enter Mr, Mrs, Miss, Ms etc, which is followed by the next question Gender: Male or Female?
I also used to puzzle over this one. Then I realized the clue is in the “etc”, or ‘other’, that you quoted. Some titles, eg Dr, Professor, (Rabbi???), are used by either gender.May 17, 2012 2:28 pm at 2:28 pm #948732
How about: ”One second, hold on a minute” or something like that? Is that not a stira?
(I do it sometimes but then immediatly ask myself why I just said that!)May 17, 2012 2:39 pm at 2:39 pm #948733
Talking about blowing your nose, why do people do THIS:
Blow their nose and then leave the dirty tissue on the table or chair or under Seforim. It’s DISGUSTING!!
And another thing about tissues and blowing the nose, when someone needs to blow their nose, they ask if they can borrow a tissue. I tell them that they don’t have to borrow it, they can have it for free ’cause I don’t want them returning their dirty tissue!!
(Can someone correct my theirs, I honestly dont know the the rules!)June 1, 2012 6:13 am at 6:13 am #948734
Can I ask you a question, why do people start every question with ”Can I ask you a question”? Just ask the question and skip the intro!June 2, 2012 7:09 pm at 7:09 pm #948735
Some of the women in shul finish shemoneh esrei, then, instead of standing in place, or even sitting in their place, go to the back of the ezras nashim. They don’t go together as a group, they each go separately. Some read Tehillim, others read something about the parsha. It’s not a lot of women, just a few.
Some return to their seats at the beginning of charez hashatz, others at the beginning of kedusha.
Why do they do this?September 3, 2012 5:14 am at 5:14 am #948736
Why do people, at their Shabbos meal, have a large white bread, and a small whole-wheat roll, then keep the roll to themselves and give the guests the white bread? Maybe the guests would like whole-wheat, too?September 3, 2012 5:18 am at 5:18 am #948737WolfishMusingsParticipant
Can I ask you a question, why do people start every question with ”Can I ask you a question”?
Whenever anyone does that to me, I answer “You just did.”
The WolfSeptember 3, 2012 8:01 am at 8:01 am #948738
Why do some people repeat words like “do you know what I mean?” over and over and over again the whole time whenever they talk? Do you know what I mean? Are they trying to gain thinking time? Why do they do it? And what other phrazes have you noticed other people repeating endlessly for no reason (besides how are you)? Do you know what I mean? Kind of? Basically?
I have a friend who used to do that. He doesn’t do it that much anymore. I started answering, “I know exactly what you mean,” each time he said it.September 3, 2012 1:31 pm at 1:31 pm #948739
haifagirl – I don’t mind at all that they don’t share their whole wheat roll, I would mind if they would pass out sugar cookies and keep the chocolate chip ones for themselves.September 3, 2012 3:05 pm at 3:05 pm #948740Shopping613 🌠Participant
Haifa girl that’s EXACTLY what I do! Along with like and whatever…ya I know it bugs people…but hey, that’s what makes me keep doing it! 🙂
The founder of SUC, The Awarder of SUC, The head of operations of SUCSeptember 3, 2012 5:54 pm at 5:54 pm #948741WIYMember
Yknow like and whatever are annoying fillers. So is um (um um um) lol.
I think the can i ask you a question is a polite way of preparing you. I think people usually do it when the question is random or from left field and has nothing to do with what you were talking about. It may be unnecessary but its not really bothersome and I think its a polite thing to do.September 5, 2012 4:36 am at 4:36 am #948742bh18Participant
When I was taking my son to various doctors, hospitals, tests, and such, I had to fill out so many forms that I wanted to order a pre stamped and pre filled out form! Anyway, one form I had to fill out for him asked for his gender -are you sitting down?- the choices were: male, female, undecided. Yes, I checked off undecided!!! Also, with the options ofhim being single, married, separated, divorced, widowed,….I checked off married a few times!!!! And why do they ask if you’re single or separate or divorced or widowed?! Those are all redundant descriptions of same status! Shouldn’t single or married be enough options?October 2, 2012 7:27 pm at 7:27 pm #948743
When someone invites me for a meal, and I tell them, “Thank you, but I’m eating at home,” why do they push and push and push and push? Do they think that if they push enough I’ll give in? That I’ll just forget about the wonderful meal I worked hard to prepare at home, the meal I made from food I spent my hard-earned money on? Why would they think that?
And if they think I’ll be more likely to accept an invitation in the future, they can think again.April 11, 2013 6:48 am at 6:48 am #948744
Why do frum people think singing isn’t music? There is rhythm and melody. If there are two or more people singing, there is also harmony. Those are the three elements of music.
Just go and tell Placido Domingo what he does isn’t music. I dare you!April 11, 2013 3:09 pm at 3:09 pm #948745pou_bearMember
Can I ask you guys a question , um.. like why do people aggressively snap gum as if their chewing is inherently controlling a bomb from exploding?April 11, 2013 4:09 pm at 4:09 pm #948746SaysMeMember
haifagirl- cuz halacha differentiates them
pou- to burn calories, or to suppress the desire to bite someone’s head off 🙂April 11, 2013 7:24 pm at 7:24 pm #948747
haifagirl- cuz halacha differentiates them
I understand there is a difference in halacha. That’s not what I’m asking.
I am asking: why is INSTRUMENTAL music called “music” and VOCAL music not called “music”?April 11, 2013 7:47 pm at 7:47 pm #948748☕ DaasYochid ☕Participant
I am asking: why is INSTRUMENTAL music called “music” and VOCAL music not called “music”?
Who says vocal music is not called music?April 12, 2013 12:01 am at 12:01 am #948749ShalomToYouMember
After coming out of Shul where they were for only 15 minutes, they pull out their phones to see how many thousands of calls they missed. Hello? No ones calling youApril 12, 2013 12:55 am at 12:55 am #948750Torah613TorahParticipant
I’m crazy tonight. This week wrung me dry.
Shalom: Speak for yourself. Maybe you’re just not important enough. While posting this, I got no less than 3 urgent texts. Imagine if I stopped to daven maariv!April 12, 2013 6:45 am at 6:45 am #948751
Who says vocal music is not called music?
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